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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Meeting – Apr 25

Posted by denglishbi on April 25, 2016

The next MN Microsoft BI User Group meeting is today Monday, April 25.  We will have two topics, one is a case study for Andersen Corporation and the other is on using R in Power BI!

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MN Microsoft BI User Group April 2016 Meeting

Sponsored by:

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Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

Check In: 12:45 PM Event Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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

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Agenda:

  • 12:45-1:00 : Check-In
  • 1:00-1:45 : Pizza Lunch
  • 1:45-2:00 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 2:00-3:00 : Andersen Corp’s Journey with Microsoft BI: A Business Perspective
  • 3:00-3:15 : Break
  • 3:15-4:15 : Introduction to and Using R with Power BI
  • 4:15-5:00 : Networking

Presentations:

Session 1: Andersen Corp’s Journey with Microsoft BI: A Business Perspective

Lessons learned, Roll out approach, Real examples of how our sales team and leadership group use Microsoft BI tools at Andersen Corp

Speaker: Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith is the Retail Insight and Sales Support Manager at Andersen Corporation. While in this role she has used Microsoft BI extensively to help expand the team’s analytic and reporting capabilities.

Session 2: Introduction To and Using R with Power BI for Insightful Visualizations with Advanced Analytics

In this presentation we will explain and demonstrate how to use advanced analytics with Power BI and R visualizations to unlock hidden insights. Learn how to get started using R and take Power BI to the next level.

Speaker: Lily Vergara

Lily Vergara is a Business Intelligence Analyst at GNet Group, where she helps customers implement Self Service with Power BI and advanced analytics with R. She has BI and analytics in human resources, manufacturing, and retail.

Planning on attending the PASS Summit?  If so, make sure to associate yourself with our user group and receive a $150 discount on registration!

PASS Summit 2016 – Use the following code to save $150 off registration LC15FML4

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PASS Business Analytics VC April Meeting – Using R Machine Learning Script as a Power BI Desktop Data Source

Posted by denglishbi on April 1, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, April 7.  This month we welcome data scientist Sergei Dumnov who will show us how we can use an R script in Power BI.

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April 7 – Using R Machine Learning Script as a Power BI Desktop Data Source

Abstract

You can develop a Power BI Dashboard that uses an R machine learning script as its data source and custom visuals. In this webinar, you will learn how to connect to data sources over the Internet, cleanse, transform and enrich the data through the use analytical datasets returned by the R script, design the dashboard and finally share it.

Bio –Sergei Dumnov

Sergei is a data scientist at Qrious, an Auckland (NZ) based big data analytics company, where he responsible for data wrangling, analysing it and building analytical applications using variety of tools (Greenplum DB, R, PostGIS, QGIS and Tableau). He received his PhD from the Institute of Hydrodymics (Russian Academy of Sciences) developing mathematical models of water flow and transport phenomena in water bodies.

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If you are planning on attending the PASS Business Analytics Conference use the following discount code and save $100

Save $100 right now using discount code BAVCBA

If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming PASS BA Virtual Chapter meeting we are always looking for speakers, please leave a comment or send us an email at PASSBAVC@SQLPASS.ORG

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PASS Business Analytics VC March Meeting–Building Business Systems to Retain Clients (CHURN) with Azure ML

Posted by denglishbi on March 9, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up on Tuesday, March 15.  This month we welcome back Professor Giuseppe MascarellaPASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502 from Florida Atlantic University, College of Business.

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March 15 – Building systems to retain valuable clients (CHURN) with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

Abstract

If you think that acquiring new clients is costly, try to deal with the cost of lost clients. Telecoms know when you will change your provider before you even make that decision and so do many other leading retailers, banks, etc. Microsoft Machine Learning will help build a cost-effective and cutting-edge system. In this session, you will learn how to build one with Azure Machine Learning.

Bio –

Prof. Giuseppe Mascarella is a former Microsoft consulting manager and has won WW awards on leading cloud and business intelligence programs at a global level. He works as an Adjunct Prof. of Social Media Analytics and Data security at FAU and is a Principal at Value Amplify where he works on Machine Learning and IoT solutions.

–> REGISTER NOW <–

If you are planning on attending the PASS Business Analytics Conference use the following discount code and save $100

Save $100 right now using discount code BAVCBA

If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming PASS BA Virtual Chapter meeting we are always looking for speakers, please leave a comment or send us an email at PASSBAVC@SQLPASS.ORG

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Minnesota Microsoft Power BI User Group Feb 22 Follow Up

Posted by denglishbi on February 23, 2016

Today we kicked off the 2016 year with two presentations, one on SQL Server 2016 and the other on Power BI.  Will Weber (@WilliamWeber) did the first presentation and I did the one covering the majority of the items that have been released for Power BI since I last spoke to our group last June. Wow, that was quite a daunting task, the Microsoft Power BI team has gone crazy and is doing a phenomenal job.

Here is the content I presented and for the demos I covered some of the key new features, but I think I might have glossed over a few as well as skipped a few that I wanted to cover, just not enough time to try and tackle this in an hour:)

 

The slides do include links, so reference those for more additional information and the complete list of updates, just remember this is not everything, just some of the key items that I selected;)

I also showcased a new Power BI report, Power BI Ideas, that I put together that is based on the Power BI Ideas area.  I thought this would be interesting to show people the items that were completed, that are started, and also being planned for.  That way they could get a good feel to how the User Voice really matters and that people need to use this to submit as well as vote on items, it really does make a difference.

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(apologize, I am using WordPress.com which does not allow for the embedding of iFrames, so the image will send you to a link to run the live report)

This report above took some time and work to put together. The Ideas forum area does not have the data in a table, it is all in a list. Plus it appears on multiple pages, so a bit of screen scraping had to be performed. Then you realize that that completed and declined ones are not include in the normal pages. So it took some time and work to compile the file. I have thought about moving the source file to OneDrive and then updating that file using Power Update, we will see.

Some other areas that I wanted to mention that I forgot were some of the nice showcase areas available that include live examples you can interact with:

Department Solutions

Industry Solutions

Partner Showcase

Best Report Finalists

Power BI Showcase

We had great attendance too today, the even was sold out and standing room only, with approximately 120 people in attendance, outstanding!

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And “Yes”, that is my work Surface Pro 3 at the bottom right. Are you on team Captain America or team Iron Man?

I can’t wait till May 6!

I also forgot that I had some Power Bars (I thought that was kind of fitting for my Power BI topic…) to give away during my presentation, so I just randomly tossed them out to some attendees afterwards.

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Looking forward to another exciting year of Power BI announcements, the roadmap ahead is looking very good!

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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Meeting – Feb 22

Posted by denglishbi on February 9, 2016

The next MN Microsoft BI User Group meeting is coming up in a couple of weeks on Monday, February 22.  We will have two topics, one on the upcoming release of SQL Server 2016 (which CTP 3.3 was just released) and the other on Power BI (all of the new content since I last spoke on it last year – which is a lot of content).

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MN Microsoft BI User Group Feb 2016 Meeting

Sponsored by:

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Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

Check In: 12:45 PM Event Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 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)

Agenda:

  • 12:45-1:00 : Check-In
  • 1:00-1:15 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 1:15-2:15 : SQL Server 2016
  • 2:15-2:30 : Break
  • 2:30-3:30 : Getting the new year started with Microsoft Power BI!
  • 3:30-5:00 : Networking and Pizza

Presentations:

Session 1: SQL Server 2016

Microsoft is continuing to invest heavily in BI and Analytics with SQL Server 2016. Reporting Services and Analysis Services are receiving major enhancements and will deliver modern and mobile reporting as well as powerful modeling capabilities. SQL 2016 also brings new advanced analytic capabilities with R Services and enables hybrid BI scenarios to benefit from existing on-premises investments. In this sessions we’ll go over the new BI features of SQL 2016 and talk about the future of BI in SQL Server.

Speaker: Will Weber

Will Weber is a Data Platform Solution Architect with Microsoft. He’s been an active participant in the SQL community in the Twin Cities for a number of years and looks forward to continuing that work in the future. And if the PowerBall gets back up to $1.5 billion he’ll definitely consider buying a ticket.

Session 2: Getting the new year started with Microsoft Power BI!

In this session we will take a look at the changes that Microsoft has released for the Power BI Service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI Mobile Apps. Microsoft continues to release updates to Power BI on a weekly and monthly basis. Some of the changes since we last met include items such as Custom Visualizations, Full Screen Mode, Pop-Out for Visualizations, Printing, Export Data, QR Codes, Excel Add-In, Widgets, R Visuals Integration, Improved Image Support, and much, much more. Come and check out all of the latest capabilities of Power BI and be amazed!

Speaker: Dan English

Dan is the Senior Data Warehouse Architect at Constellation, Inc. He is also a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, author, technical editor, and community leader. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 15 years, and over 10 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQO Server since version 6.5 through 2014 and is exploring 2016. Dan has videos on Vimeo, is an avid blogger, and tweets. Dan is the chapter leader for the PASS Business Analytics VC and on the executive leadership team for the MN Microsoft BI User Group.

Planning on attending the Data Insights Summit or the PASS BA Conference?  If so, make sure to associate yourself with our user group.

Data Insights Summit – Our 3-digit Power BI User Group (PUG) code is 102.

PASS BA Conference – Use the following code to save $100 off registration USMO03

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PASS Business Analytics VC Feb Meeting–Building Business Recommenders with Azure ML

Posted by denglishbi on February 5, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up on Thursday, February 11.  This month we welcome Professor Giuseppe MascarellaPASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502 from Florida Atlantic University, College of Business.

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February 11 – Building Business Recommenders with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

Abstract

Netflix knows if you are going to like a movie before you watch it, so do many other leading companies in what they sell. How do you build capabilities like this for your business? A cost effective way is by using a Matchbox (Large Scale Bayesian) Recommendations algorithm in Microsoft Azure Machine Learning. In this session we will go step-by-step in what is required to build one for any opportunity you might have.

Bio –

Prof. Giuseppe Mascarella is a former Microsoft consulting manager and has won WW awards on leading cloud and business intelligence programs at a global level. He works as an Adjunct Prof. of Social Media Analytics and Data security at FAU and is a Principal at Value Amplify where he works on Machine Learning and IoT solutions.

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If you are planning on attending the PASS Business Analytics Conference use the following discount code and save $100

Save $100 right now using discount code BAVCBA

If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming PASS BA Virtual Chapter meeting we are always looking for speakers, please leave a comment or send us an email at PASSBAVC@SQLPASS.ORG

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PASS BA Webinar Marathon–Dec 10

Posted by denglishbi on December 4, 2015

Don’t miss out on the upcoming PASS BA Webinar Marathon coming up next week on Dec 10. There are 7 sessions to attend:)

This is to get you excited and ready for the upcoming PASS Business Analytics Conference!

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And it was just announced that if you register by Dec 23 that you will be entered into a drawing for an XBox.

 

PASS BA Webinar Marathon Register Now!

 

Here are the sessions that are set for next week and I will be hosting the 2nd and 4th sessions:

Chris Webb

Create Amazing 3D Topographic Maps In Excel With Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power Map

Chris Webb | Director, Crossjoin Consulting Limited

15:00 GMT, 07:00 PST

Mark Wilcock

Tools For Exploratory Data Analysis

Mark Wilcock | Business Analytics Consultant, Zomalex Ltd.

16:00 GMT, 08:00 PST

Jordan Goldmeier

Creating Outstanding Spreadsheet Models

Jordan Goldmeier | Dashboards and Data Visualization Expert, Cambia Factor

17:00 GMT, 09:00 PST

Ginger Grant

Implementing Data-Based Decision Making

Ginger Grant | Business Intelligence Consultant, Pragmatic Works

18:00 GMT, 10:00 PST

Ken Raetz

Modular Data Extraction and Integration Patterns

Ken Raetz | Principal, Think Data Insights, LLC

19:00 GMT, 11:00 PST

Matt Allington

Moving From Excel to PowerBI.com, A Business Analyst’s Perspective

Matt Allington | BI Professional , Excelerator BI

20:00 GMT, 12:00 PST

Rick Grantham

Making Informed Decisions: Guidelines for Creating an Effective Dashboard

Rick Grantham | Analytics Expert, EPI-USE America / Excel.TV

21:00 GMT, 13:00 PST

PASS BA Webinar Marathon Register Now!

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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Q4 2015 Meeting – Dec 16

Posted by denglishbi on November 25, 2015

We are pleased to announced the next MN Microsoft BI User Group on Wednesday, December 16.  We have two presentations this quarter, one on HDInsight and Power BI and the other on Azure Machine Learning. Please register ahead of time and make sure to bring a photo id to get into the meeting. We are also pleased to announce that we are one of the initial user groups to also be recognized as an official Microsoft Power BI user group!

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MN Microsoft BI User Group 2015 Q4 Meeting

Sponsored by:

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Date: Wednesday, December 16, 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)

Agenda:
  • 2:45-3:00 : Check-In
  • 3:00-3:15 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 3:15-4:15 : Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI
  • 4:15-4:30 : Break
  • 4:30-5:30 : Rise of the Machine (Learning)
  • 5:30-6:00 : Networking and Pizza
Presentations:
Session 1: Powering Up HDInsight with Power BI

Join Steve Hughes as he walks through two techniques for working with data in HDInsight. In the first example, he will use Power Query to interact with the files in HDInsight. In the second example, he will use Power BI Desktop and Hive to work with the same data. Throughout the session, he will highlight some of the features within Power BI that can be used to explore data stored using Hadoop on HDInsight.

Speaker: Steve Hughes

Steve is a Principal Consultant at Pragmatic Works. He is currently responsible for guiding the Principal Consultant team and working with other areas in the organization to build out their data and analytics offerings. His area of expertise is in data and business intelligence architecture on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. He was also the data architect for a SaaS company which delivered a transportation management solution for fleets across the United States. Steve has co-authored three books and delivered many presentations on SQL Server and data architecture over the past six years. He also provides insights from the field on his blog at http://www.dataonwheels.com.

Session 2: Rise of the Machine (Learning) – Azure ML in BI, in Apps, and as a product in Azure Marketplace

Machine Learning no longer requires expensive infrastructures and knowledge of specialized statistical coding languages. Azure ML lowers the barriers of entry for predictive analytics using Machine Learning.

In this session, review the similarities and differences of Machine Learning compared to traditional Predictive Analytics, Data Mining, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence. Learn how to integrate predictive analytics into your existing analytics and reporting strategy and infrastructure. Greg will demonstrate how a BI solution using only Excel with Power Pivot can connect to an Azure ML Model in the cloud for predictions and perform analysis with Power BI.

Learn how Azure ML can be used to add value to Apps. Also, review ways to turn your Azure ML Model into a source of revenue using Azure Marketplace. Machine Learning is now quietly rising all around us as it integrates with technology, improves processes and workflows, and transforms how data drives business. Empower your organization with new competitive advantages using Azure ML.

Speaker: Greg Beaumont

Greg is currently the Data Science Practice Lead at GNet Group, where he provides consulting services using Microsoft technologies. His industry vertical experience includes healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, retail and public/government data. Greg has been working in Analytics since 2007, and enjoys designing and building specialized solutions using tools and methodologies such as Six Sigma, Healthcare Performance Measures, Price Analytics and Predictive Analytics. He frequently writes blogs on use of analytics and visualizations http://blog.gnetgroup.com

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SQLSaturday 453 Minnesota Follow Up

Posted by denglishbi on October 29, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking again at SQLSaturday Minnesota. This year it was at a new location in downtown Minneapolis at the St. Thomas Graduate Campus. Once again SQSaturday MN 453the planning team and volunteers did a wonderful job of organizing the event and having everything ready. Awesome job!

The session that I did this year was What’s new in Excel 2016 for Business Intelligence.  There were over 40 people in attendance at the session (first one of the morning) and everything went as planned, no demo issues:) I covered the new features in both Excel 2013 as well as 2016. No one in the room was using 2016 yet (not sure if anyone new it was even released yet – was released on Sept 22) and everyone was using 2013 (majority were not aware of the new features in 2013, so good thing I had that material readily available).

The new features I highlighted in Excel 2016 were the following:

  • Tell Me – search for features (probably my favorite addition to Office – provides instant access to the feature as well)
  • Sharing – much simpler
  • Version History – needs to be in SharePoint or OneDrive
  • One Click Forecasting – okay, takes more than one click, but very niceExcel Logo
  • 6 new chart types – treemap, sunburst, waterfall, histogram, pareto, box and whisker
  • PivotTable enhancements
  • Multi-select Slicers
  • Get & Transform Data (native Power Query in Data tab)
  • 3D Map (native Power Map on Insert tab)
  • Publish to Power BI
  • Power View works with Multidimensional (but Power View is a hidden item because of Silverlight and a bit of a challenge to add back into Ribbon – wouldn’t recommend, use Power BI Desktop instead)

If you would like to check out my full presentation that also includes the new 2013 features download the material here – [Demo] – SQLSat453MN_Excel2016BI_denglishbi_20151010.zip

Thanks to everyone that attended and look forward to the next event!

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PASS Business Analytics VC October Meeting–Spatial Data Looking Outside the Map

Posted by denglishbi on September 30, 2015

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, October 8.  We welcome Microsoft SQL Server MVP Hope Foley (b|t).PASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502

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October 8 – Spatial Data – Looking Outside the Map

Abstract

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, spatial data doesn’t get much love in SQL Server. It is a feature worthy of much appreciation and will become more vital as more location data is collected. In this session we will explore spatial data and discover many ways it can be used for incredible analytics. You will learn some new ways to visualize your data outside of the typical plots on a Bing map layer. Come and learn how powerful spatial data can be even though it lacks a snazzy "power" title.

Speaker Bio –

Hope Foley, a SQL Server MVP with over 16 years of experience in the IT world, has worked across many industries including insurance, health organization, and federal government. She now works for the team at BlueGranite as a Business Intelligence consultant. She has been a consultant in SQL Server technologies for over 9 years focusing on database administration and architecture, more recently in business intelligence. Hope is an active member in the SQL Server and PASS communities speaking at events and organizes the SQLSaturday event in Indianapolis.

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If you are planning on attending the PASS Summit 2015 Conference use the following discount code and save $150

Save $150 right now using discount code VC15BKR3

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

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