Minnesota TechFuse 2012 Follow-up
Posted by denglishbi on May 18, 2012
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.
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