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Archive for May, 2015

MN PASS BI User Group Q2 2015 Meeting – June 2

Posted by denglishbi on May 29, 2015

The next meeting for the Minnesota Microsoft BI User Group is next Tuesday, June 2.  This meeting will have two presentations, the first one is on the new Power BI Preview and the second one is on Datazen.  Please register so that we can have your name badge pre-printed.

*There will be a HP Stream 7 tablet given away during the networking session!

MN Microsoft BI User Group 2015 Q2 Meeting

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Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Check In: 2:45 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)

  • 2:45-3:00 : Registration
  • 3:00-3:15 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates & Announcements
  • 3:15-4:15 : The “New” Power BI Service Walkthrough
  • 4:15-4:30 : Break
  • 4:30-5:30 : Achieving Enlightenment with Datazen. Anywhere!
  • 5:30-6:00 : Eval Collection, Prizes, Networking, and Pizza

*There will be a HP Stream 7 tablet given away during the networking session!

Session 1: The “New” Power BI Service Walkthrough

In this session, we will discuss the changes that are coming to Power BI and the new features that are provided with the Power BI Designer as Microsoft continues its roadmap with self-service BI. If you haven’t seen this yet, Power BI features are now available in a standalone application outside of Excel! You will see with the new designer that you will be able to easily integrate data, create stunning and interactive visualizations, and even create cloud based Power BI dashboards to share and it is even Free!! In this session we will also cover the mobile side of Power BI looking at the new Power BI apps for both Windows and iOS.

Speaker: Dan English

Dan English is the BI Practice Manager at Superior Consulting Service and is a SQL Server MVP, co-author, and technical editor. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 15 years, and over 8 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 through 2014 and is getting ready to explore 2016. Dan has screencasts and videos on Vimeo, is an avid blogger, and tweets. Dan is on the executive leadership team for the MN Microsoft BI user group and the chapter leader for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter.

Session 2: Achieving Enlightenment with Datazen. Anywhere!

In this session we will examine the capabilities offered by Datazen, one of Microsoft’s latest acquisitions. Datazen allows you to present a highly customizable unified view of data across the enterprise. We will look at the authoring experience and integration with data sources ranging from ad hoc Excel reports to SQL Server and SSAS cubes.

The best part of it all? You can take everything with you. With native apps on Android, iOS, and Windows 8 and HTML5 rendering, your data is available anywhere, anytime.

Speaker: Greg Baldini

Greg Baldini is a BI Analyst with GNet Group. He is an experienced BI professional who has executed multiple projects delivering Enterprise BI and data warehouse solutions using the Microsoft BI Stack, which includes SSIS, SQL Server, Analysis Services, Power Pivot, Reporting Services, SharePoint, Power BI and Datazen. An expert in creating Agile BI solutions using PowerPivot/Tabular/ DAX. His experience spans verticals such as – manufacturing, healthcare, fraud analysis, marketing pipelines, and sales performance.

PASS Summit Conference 2015 Discount Code – save $150 – LC15FML4

Members of the PASS Chapter, Minnesota Microsoft BI User Group can save $150 off their

PASS Summit 2015 registration by using the unique Chapter discount code: LC15FML4


Analytics with Power BI Workshop – 6/9,10 (Discount Code)

Pragmatic Works has created a discount code that will give users 25% off their workshop purchase. This code is valid until May 31, 2015
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PASS Business Analytics VC May Meeting–The Art of Prototyping Analytics

Posted by denglishbi on May 27, 2015

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up tomorrow on Thursday, May 28.  This month we welcome Ken Raetz.

May 28 – The Art of Prototyping AnalyticsPASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502

Abstract – Have you been underwhelmed by the promised enterprise data warehouse and business intelligence implementation? Do you find yourself stuck attempting to grow the use of analytics within your organization? Is your company culture still stuck in doing it the “long and hard way”? Does IT still hold the keys to implementing deep analytics? With the introduction of Power BI and a growing set of cloud-based analytics capabilities, Microsoft has opened the door to agile analytics and enterprise reporting capabilities. Like never before, leaders are able to develop and deliver the value of analytics “early and often”, and use this as a springboard to change the culture of analytics throughout the organization. Power BI can be a critical component of a corporate analytics strategy, and by empowering business users to do what they do best (analyze the business), IT and business leaders can finally begin to change the culture of analytics.

In this session, you will learn:

• To identify the barriers to changing your organization’s data culture

• To find ways to create a bridge between IT and business leaders to gain access to critical resources and people

• The importance of ROI on your analytics projects

• To use Excel and Power BI as an effective tool to develop prototypes and production-ready analytic solutions.

• How to empower key business leaders and analysts to further the data culture change throughout the organization.

Bio – Ken Raetz (b|t) a technology professional who has spent the past 15 years as a business intelligence and data warehouse architect, as well as a technical team manager for solutions across multiple BI platforms, including Cognos, Business Objects, Microsoft SQL Server and Power BI. In 2014, Ken stepped into the brave, new world of entrepreneurship, co-founding Think Data Insights, a company focused on helping companies of all sizes effect data culture change throughout their organizations.


This month we will also be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card as well!  You need to not only register for the event, but also attend in order to qualify for the give away.

If you are interested in speaking we are always looking for speakers, please leave a comment or send me an email at denglishbi@gmail.com

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