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Archive for May 18th, 2012

Minnesota TechFuse 2012 Follow-up

Posted by denglishbi on May 18, 2012

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Yesterday was the final day of the Minnesota TechFuse technical conference.  I presented after Jason Strate and presented on Self-Service BI with SQL Server 2012.  Overall I think the presentation went well and the demo gods were watching out for me and everything went very smoothly.  I even finished early and I think that is a first.  There were some excellent questions asked in regards to the use of PowerPivot within an organization.  I completely understand the concerns and I think it is just inevitable the business and IT will need to work together to make it a success.  Excel is definitely not going away and is one of the #1 client based tools, so we need to figure out how this fits and works within our organizations and develop a strategy around it.TechFuse

I thought it was interesting in the lunch keynote by Peter High when he made a statement saying that IT should not consider the different departments within their organization as internal customers, they should see them as colleagues.  I really never thought about it, but I guess being in IT I have felt that not only are there the external customers we serve but there is also internal customers.  Viewing everyone within our organization as colleagues makes a lot of sense and I thought that was a very good point.

The SQL/BI tracked ended on a great note with Brian Larson providing a great introduction to Data Mining within SQL Server.  He went over, as he stated, one of the less commonly used features of SQL Server.  There is a lot of potential and insights that data mining can provide us not only in making predictions, but also with data validation to perform sanity checks.


I did setup some resource links in my presentation and I have included them below as well with some tiny URL references that I setup ahead of time:


– Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View (book) – http://tinyurl.com/powerviewbook

– Microsoft Business Intelligence http://tinyurl.com/msftbi

– PowerPivot http://tinyurl.com/msftpowerpivot
– PowerPivotPro (Rob Collie) Blog http://www.powerpivotpro.com

– Power View Overview http://tinyurl.com/mspowerview
– Power View Samples – 6 samples to test out http://tinyurl.com/msbitryit

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