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TDWI Minneapolis Chapter Event: Data Mining and Social Media – June 11

Posted by denglishbi on May 28, 2013

The next TDWI Minneapolis Chapter meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 and it will take place at the St. Thomas University Minneapolis Campus. The meeting will feature William Stentz and he will be talking about data mining and social media analytics.

http://tdwichapters.org/Minneapolis (or http://www.tdwimpls.org/)

Here are all of the details:

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where:  St. Thomas University, Minneapolis Campus, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis , Minnesota 55403

Room : MOH 201 (Minneapolis Opus Hall)
Parking: Best parking is to enter the parking garage from Hennepin on the corner of Hennepin and 10th St.
Take the elevators from the parking garage and enter the UST building and the room is right there.

Directions please click here.

Click here to register for the next upcoming event


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Networking and Registration
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Introduction and Chapter Business
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. – Data Mining Social Media, William Stentz
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Break and Networking
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Data Mining Social Media, William Stentz (Part II)
11:00 – 11:30 p.m. – Q&A – Discussion
11:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Closing Comments & Wrap-Up

Click here to register for the next upcoming event


The theme of the March meeting is Data Mining & Social Media.  The meeting features local executive, William Stentz, Director Marketing Analytics from Carmichael Lynch.

This is a great topic for anyone in the Business Intelligence market who wishes to learn more about Social Media and Data Analytics.

Join us as we explore this forward-looking topic.

William Stentz is the Director Marketing Analytics at Carmichael Lynch. He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he received a BA in Advertising.  William has twelve years of experience from developing brand strategies for great companies in the automotive industry to building the analytics storyline to help Carmichael Lynch better manage, pull insights from, and present data to further their business.

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Minnesota Microsoft BI User Group 2013 Q2 Meeting–Jun 4

Posted by denglishbi on May 14, 2013

The next MN Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group is coming up on Tuesday, June 4. This meeting we will have two presentations starting out with a case study by Smead on replacing IBM Cognos BI with Microsoft BI and then a presentation on Excel 2013 with Data Explorer, GeoFlow, and Power View. Please register so that we can have your name badge pre-printed.image

Are you planning to attend the PASS 2013 Summit October 15 – 18 in Charlotte, NC? Use the MS BI User Group discount code and receive 10% off!

Your chapter: Minnesota Microsoft BI User Group

Unique Discount Code: SUM156CH

To register for PASS 2013, click here: http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2013/

Here is the remaining schedule for the quarterly meetings this year:

2013 Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Tuesday, December 3

MN Microsoft BI User Group 2013 Q2 Meeting

Sponsored by:


Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Check In: 2:30 PM Event Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Microsoft Technology Center – 3601 76th St W, Suite 600 Edina MN 55435 (in LOW 1, 2, and 3)

Please Register Now (Please register so that we can have your name badge pre-printed)


  • 2:30-3:00 : Registration
  • 3:00-3:15 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates & Announcements
  • 3:15-4:15 : Smead Case Study: Introducing a New BI Toolset
  • 4:15-4:30 : Break
  • 4:30-5:30 : Take Your Data Global with Microsoft BI Data Explorer, GeoFlow, and Power View Maps
  • 5:30-6:00 : Social and Networking


Session 1: Smead Case Study: Introducing a New BI Toolset
Smead Manufacturing Company recently completed a migration project that replaced their IBM Cognos BI Toolset with the Microsoft suite of BI Tools (SharePoint Integrated). In this presentation, they will share their approach, benefits, challenges and insights as they introduced new BI Technologies to 100 users across 12 departments. Many aspects of their journey will be covered, including use of the MS tools, data and architecture considerations, implementations, training, and project management. Whether your role focuses on development, analysis, and/or management, learn from their experiences as they replaced a legacy toolset that was relied upon by many as their source of timely, detailed Business Intelligence information.


Cindy Kummer, Lead EDW/BI Analyst at Smead Manufacturing Company – Cindy has held a number of positions in the IT industry for 14 years, spending the last 4 years in the Business Intelligence arena as the Team Lead for the EDW/BI team at Smead Manufacturing Company in Hastings, MN. She recently led their project to migrate their BI platform from IBM Cognos to the suite of Microsoft BI Tools. Cindy has been involved in projects in the Transportation, Insurance, and Manufacturing industries with a wide variety of roles, including developer, analyst, and project manager.

Will Weber, BI Consultant – Will is currently working as a business intelligence consultant in the Twin Cities. He started his career as a juggler. Almost got a degree in Theatre. Actually got a degree in Chinese. He’s a Board member for the MNPASS user group. He also thinks that the robots probably won’t rise up against their human creators – probably. But we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Session 2: Take Your Data Global with Microsoft BI Data Explorer, GeoFlow, and Power View Maps
Business Intelligence has now been a global discipline for several years, and with new Microsoft tools you can now bring the globe to Business Intelligence. Microsoft Data Explorer for Excel 2013 enables you to access, harness, transform, and mash-up data like never before. Data that is separated by source type, format, location and more will be reviewed and mashed up in Data Explorer. GeoFlow is a new geospatial Business Intelligence tool which literally adds another dimension to data visualization. The power of GeoFlow to transform inanimate data into a story will be demonstrated. Power View for Excel 2013 has the capability to recognize geospatial data and create reports that integrate with Bing Maps, enabling global data BI report development from a desktop computer. The ease of use, intuitive design, and value of maps with Power View 2013 will be reviewed with some interesting examples leveraging publically available data. Take your data global.literally.


Greg Beaumont, BI Architect at GNet Group – Greg Beaumont is a Business Intelligence Consultant at GNet Group. He joined GNet Group in 2009, and has industry vertical experience including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, retail, and public/government data. His professional focus is upon building industry standard reporting methodologies into BI solutions. He enjoys staying up-to-date with technology related to his career within the world of Microsoft BI.

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