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PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter January 26–Take Power BI Visualizations to the Next Level

Posted by denglishbi on January 25, 2017

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting will be tomorrow on Thursday, January 26.  We welcome back Reza Rad who is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and BI Rockstar and he will be presenting on Power BI and data visualizations.PASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502

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January 26 – Take Power BI Visualizations to the Next Level

Session Abstract

Visualization is the front end of every BI system, and getting it right will affect tremendously on the data analysis solution. In this session you will learn tips and tricks of data visualization with Power BI, examples of effective visualizations, and you will learn when is best to use which type of chart. You will learn about best way of visualizing elements through built-in visualizations or custom visuals.

Speaker Bio –

Reza Rad (http://www.radacad.com/reza) speaks in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis for seven years, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI book from Rookie to Rock Star (http://radacad.com/online-book-power-bi-from-rookie-to-rockstar).

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Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away two $25 Amazon gift cards to anyone that attends and fills out the survey!

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PASS Business Analytics VC December 20 – The Civic Technology Movement

Posted by denglishbi on December 13, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting will be next week on Tuesday, December 20.  We welcome Adam Hecktman who is Microsoft’s Directory of Technolgoy and Civic Innovation for Chicago who will be teaching us about the new Civic Technology movement.PASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502

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December 20 – The Civic Technology Movement

Session Abstract

Civic Technology is a relatively new movement of people with technical skills who want to work towards the public good. Developers, designers, and…yes…data folks are working together to build tools to make our democracy work for everybody and to solve some of the most intractable social problems in cities around the country. But that is only part of the story. Learn what is being done and how you can participate by joining this webinar

Speaker Bio –

Adam J. Hecktman is Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago. In this capacity, Adam helps Chicago’s civic leaders – and the communities they serve – use cutting-edge ideas around technology to solve the city’s biggest challenges. He provides thought leadership on the key issues and opportunities facing Chicago today and in the future.

Prior to this role, Adam was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center – Chicago, helping organizations maximize business value and ensure long-term success when facing their toughest business challenges and opportunities. He has been with Microsoft in Chicago since 1991. Prior to Microsoft, Adam was a consultant for Accenture.

Adam received a Bachelor of Science in commerce and business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is pursuing his Masters of Data Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He regularly appears on television, print, and radio, and has authored numerous articles.

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Also, make sure you check out some of the other exciting events coming up:

The world of data and analytics is rapidly changing, and we’re pleased to offer the Business Analytics (BA) Marathon for data professionals looking to use data to make better business decisions. This edition features six back-to-back webinars focused on R and predictive analytics.

http://www.sqlpass.org/bamarathon/2016/december/Schedule.aspx

PASS BA Day 2017

Join us on January 11, 2017 in Chicago!

Immerse in a full day of intense learning guided by expert speakers. Connect with like-minded business analytics professionals. Walk away with real-world analytics knowledge that you can use immediately!

http://passbaday.com/2017/chicago/Home.aspx

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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Meeting – Dec 12

Posted by denglishbi on December 6, 2016

The next MN Microsoft BI User Group meeting is on Monday, December 12. We will have two presentations, the first one is embedding Power BI in applications and the other is on Data Visualization best practices.

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MN Microsoft BI User Group December 2016 Meeting

Sponsored by:

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Date: Monday, December 12, 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:

  • 12:45-1:30 : Check-In, Pizza, Networking
  • 1:30-1:45 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 1:45-2:45 : Embedding Power BI Visuals within your application for internal and external users
  • 2:45-3:00 : Break
  • 3:00-4:00 : A Bigger Boat: Data Visualization Lessons from the Movie Theater
  • 4:00-4:30 : Wrap Up & Networking

Presentations:

Session 1: Embedding Power BI Visuals within your application for internal and external users

Power BI Visuals can be consumed in different ways and fashions. You can either consume them directly from PowerBI.com or by embedding them within applications (both for internal and external users). In this session, we will cover how to embed Power BI Visuals into application for internal users (using Power BI Developers API’s) and for external users (using Power BI Embedded).

Speaker: Prateek Gandhi, Data Platform Solution Architect

Prateek works at Microsoft as a Data Platform Solution Architect. As a Microsoft employee for the last 4.5 years, he has worked with several large enterprise customers in the Twin Cities helping them with SQL Server, Azure and SQL BI. He has also been working with Microsoft database technologies for the last 15 years with a lot of emphasis on SQL Server.

Session 2: A Bigger Boat: Data Visualization Lessons from the Movie Theater

When Chief Brody first sees the shark in Jaws, he carefully backs away from the stern of the Orca and quietly, but certainly, tells Quint, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That one line, combined with a terrific delivery by Roy Sheider, packs a great deal of contextual information into six words.

Making efficient use of space to convey meaning is a vital part of good Data Visualization.

In this session, we will discuss the fundamentals of human visual perception, including the important distinction between Pre-Attentive and Attentive Processing. We will use examples from feature films like Jaws, Alien, and Sneakers to show important aspects of visual analysis around Color, Form, Position, and Motion. We will then put these concepts into practice via demos in Excel and Power BI. By the end of this session, you will have a solid understanding of the importance of data visualization and how to use it to enable better decisions.

Speaker: Mark Vaillancourt, Data Solutions Architect

Mark is a Data Solutions Architect for Microsoft, helping organizations design data solutions in Azure. He has been working with Microsoft data technologies since 2007. Before joining Microsoft, he was a Business Intelligence consultant and two-time Microsoft Data Platform MVP. With a background in Theater and Improvised Comedy, Mark makes sure that his presentations are both informative and fun.

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PASS Business Analytics Marathon–Dec 14

Posted by denglishbi on November 18, 2016

Next month is the next PASS Business Analytics (BA) Marathon on Wednesday, December 14. Six great sessions to check out! I will be kicking it off as well, so please register and join me during the event!

Stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing business analytics (BA) field and join us for the latest edition of the BA Marathon on December 14, 2016.

Industry experts will deliver six back-to-back webinars on R, Power BI and predictive analytics – topics that are highly relevant to today’s BA professional. Attend any of the webinars or all six!

Webinar Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Start time: 17:00 GMT

Session 1: Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI
Dan English, Senior Data Warehouse Architect, Constellation

Session 2: Big Data Analytics with SparkR
Jen Underwood, Founder of Impact Analytix, LLC

Session 3: Disrupt the Static Nature of BI with Predictive Anomaly Detection
Uri Maoz, Vice President of US business, Anodot

Session 4: Using R to Clean and Transform Small Data
Mark Wilcock, Technical Delivery Manager, ‎Credit Suisse

Session 5: Visualizing Multiple Time Series with R in Power BI
Bill McLellan, BI Team Lead and Sr. BI Solutions Specialist, TKC Holdings

Session 6: Real-World Predictive Analytics
Miguel Molina-Cosculluela, Managing Partner & Analytics Evangelist, Analytikus
Diwakar Rajagopal, Senior Director of Partnerships, Pyramid Analytics


Register for any of the webinars and even if you are unable to attend the live events, we’ll notify you to access the session recordings.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor

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PASS Business Analytics VC December Meeting–R; One Ring to Rule Them All

Posted by denglishbi on November 18, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting will be next month on Wednesday, December 7.  We welcome Microsoft Data Platform MVP Leila Etaati who will be going over the use of R and the new capabilities provided with R Server and in SQL Server 2016.PASS_BAVC_Logo_New_201502

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December 7 – R; One Ring to Rule them All

Session Abstract

R is one of the most popular and powerful analytics languages. That helps data scientists to prepare data, predict data and visualize it. Microsoft offers several deployment options to bring next-generation advanced analytics to your business. Microsoft R Server delivers R-based analytics to where your data lives. In this session, first basic concepts of machine learning will be discussed. Then, a demo of how to use R for data cleaning, visualization, and prediction will be presented. Subsequently, an introduction to using R server and R in SQL Server 2016 will be shown. Finally, a brief introduction on how to use Azure ML and Power BI with R will be presented.

Speaker Bio –

Leila is a PhD, mentor, speaker, and Senior Consultant. She spoke in some important SQL server conference such as PASS Summit, PASS BA, 24 Hours of PASS, SQL Rally and Microsoft ignite New Zealand. She has over 10 years’ experience working with SQL server. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big sized companies as SQL server and BI consultant. She worked in Industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing. Leila is PhD of Information System department, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a lecturer of BI and Machine Learning courses.

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Also, make sure you check out some of the other exciting events coming up:

The world of data and analytics is rapidly changing, and we’re pleased to offer the Business Analytics (BA) Marathon for data professionals looking to use data to make better business decisions. This edition features six back-to-back webinars focused on R and predictive analytics.

http://www.sqlpass.org/bamarathon/2016/december/Schedule.aspx

PASS BA Day 2017

Join us on January 11, 2017 in Chicago!

Immerse in a full day of intense learning guided by expert speakers. Connect with like-minded business analytics professionals. Walk away with real-world analytics knowledge that you can use immediately!

http://passbaday.com/2017/chicago/Home.aspx

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PASS Business Analytics Day – Jan 11 in Chicago

Posted by denglishbi on November 3, 2016

Immerse yourself in a day of intense learning guided by expert speakers. Connect with like-minded business analytics professionals. Choose one of two in-depth full-day sessions packed with case studies and expert advice. Walk away with real-world analytics knowledge that you can use immediately! PASS BA Day Jan 17 Chicago

PASS Business Analytics Day – January 11 in Chicago (home of the World Series Champions – Chicago Cubs!!!)

Join us for an exceptional learning opportunity with leading experts. Choose from one of the two following sessions for $595:

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Advanced Analytics Track: In-database Analytics with R and SQL Server 2016
Speakers: David Smith, R Community Lead, and Seth Mottaghinejad, Data Scientist, Microsoft
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Data Visualization Track: Mastering Power BI Solutions
Speaker: Paul Turley, Mentor with SolidQ, BI Architect, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP
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Who Should Attend?

Whether you work in finance, operations, marketing, sales, or customer service, PASS Business Analytics Day is designed for professionals who want to improve their business and data analytics skill set and learn best practices for making data-driven decisions and recommendations. Join us in Chicago, IL for this opportunity to learn from world-class analytic leaders and to network with the local analytics community.

Seating is limited, so register now!

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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Meeting – Oct 27

Posted by denglishbi on October 24, 2016

The next MN Microsoft BI User Group meeting is coming up on Thursday, October 27. We will have two presentations, the first one is a case study from Red Wing Shoes on Advanced Analytics and the other is on ETL in the Cloud.

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

MN Microsoft BI User Group October 2016 Meeting

Sponsored by:

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Date: Monday, October 27, 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
  • 1:00-1:45 : Pizza Lunch
  • 1:45-2:00 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 2:00-3:00 : Red Wing Shoes – Keeping on the Heels of Advanced Analytics
  • 3:00-3:15 : Break
  • 3:15-4:15 : ETL in the Cloud
  • 4:15-5:00 : Networking

Presentations:

Session 1: Red Wing Shoes – Keeping on the Heels of Advanced Analytics

For over a century Red Wing purpose-built footwear has been at the spearhead of innovation in the standard of excellence for work boots. As a global leader, they are on a journey to transform their business by leveraging data management and advanced analytics. Hear from Red Wing Shoes on how they are driving product transformation with data and analytics. See how SQL Server master data management and analytics is leveraged to implement data governance, gather and share business insights improve product performance.

Speaker: Jay Wardle, Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics

Jay is the Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics for Red Wing Shoe Company. He leads the long-term strategic direction of BI and data architecture as well as the team who performs development on and operations of BI&A platforms. He is currently driving initiatives in Merchandise Analytics and Business Performance Management to get to "One Source of the Truth." Additionally, he is moving RWSC to Self-Service BI both technically and culturally.

Session 2: ETL in the Cloud

In this session we will canvass the many options you have for doing ETL/ELT work on the Azure platform, including IaaS, PaaS and “serverless” options. We will dive deeper into two workloads with demos and some “tips and tricks” for Azure Data Factory and also Azure Functions.

Speaker: Michael Ludwig, Microsoft Data Solutions Architect

Michael is a Data Solutions Architect at Microsoft in Edina, where he works on Machine Learning, Big Data and Blockchain applications on the Azure platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Michael worked at Silver Bay, designing and optimizing geographical and financial statistical analysis solutions (mostly regression analysis and clustering). Before that, he was a database architect and then the lead systems architect of a multi-tenant cloud-based Internet-of-Things application for LogicPD, in Minneapolis.

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PASS Business Analytics VC September Meeting – Building Real-Time Scorecards with Mobile Report Publisher

Posted by denglishbi on September 13, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting has been postponed and will be on Thursday, October 20.  We welcome George Carlisle who will be going over the new SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher that is available in SQL Server 2016.

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Oct 20 – Building Real-Time Scorecards with the Mobile Report Publisher

Abstract

Organizations are complex and there is a need to keep things simple. Scorecards can help and now the Mobile Report Publisher formerly the Datazen Publisher can make this data available on desktop and mobile so you can make the best decisions in real time. Information is vital to business today but many organizational leaders wonder how to stay focused on strategic goals with so much operational data at their fingertips? The Scorecard is a strategy performance management tool to help you do this.

Bios –

George Carlisle is building a cloud genetic cloud startup in Maryland. Prior to this, he worked at Ericsson, Verizon Federal, and Hewlett-Packard supporting global accounts in solution architect roles. Also, he is an Adobe, Intel and Microsoft Partner.

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If you are planning on attending the PASS Summit 2016 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 us an email at PASSBAVC@SQLPASS.ORG

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PASS Business Analytics VC August Meeting – Maximize your Microsoft Investment with BI Office

Posted by denglishbi on August 17, 2016

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, August 25.  This month we welcome Pyramid Analytics and they will go over their BI Office product and show the Power BI on-premise solution.  If you are not familiar with Pyramid Analytics, they are one of the PASS national as well as local SQLSaturday sponsors.  If you attend a local SQLSaturday event or go to one of the major PASS Conferences (Summit or Business Analytics) make sure you stop by their location and check them out.

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Aug 25 – Maximizing your Microsoft investment with Pyramid Analytics BI Office

Abstract

Pyramid Analytics BI Office is the top analytics platform for the Microsoft BI Platform. BI Office provides a complete on-premise or private cloud solution with unparalleled governance, security, and integration with Microsoft, including Power BI Desktop content. This session will provide an overview discussion and demo of the BI Office application, including advanced analytics with complex topics made easy (such as reusable R models). Target audiences include business analysts, data scientists and Power BI users.image

Bios –

Peter Sprague is VP of Product Marketing at Pyramid Analytics. A veteran of ProClarity, Capstone and Microsoft; Peter Sprague has been developing analytic tools, and designing and deploying enterprise BI solutions for over 15 years.

John Hormaechea is Director of Product Marketing at Pyramid Analytics. John has previously worked at Microsoft as part of the SharePoint and Business Intelligence product marketing teams. and ProClarity in various sales, consulting, and training roles.

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If you are planning on attending the PASS Summit 2016 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 us an email at PASSBAVC@SQLPASS.ORG

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MN PASS Microsoft BI User Group Meeting – Aug 22

Posted by denglishbi on August 16, 2016

The next MN Microsoft BI User Group meeting is coming up on Monday, August 22. We will have two presentations, the first one is a case study from Lifetouch "Exceeding Six Sigma Email Address Quality" and the other will be by me (Dan English) on "Power BI: Dashboard in an Hour Walk-Through".

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MN Microsoft BI User Group August 2016 Meeting

Sponsored by:

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Date: Monday, August 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
  • 1:00-1:45 : Pizza Lunch
  • 1:45-2:00 : Microsoft BI User Group Updates and Announcements
  • 2:00-3:00 : Exceeding Six Sigma Email Address Quality
  • 3:00-3:15 : Break
  • 3:15-4:15 : Power BI: Dashboard in an Hour Walk-Through
  • 4:15-5:00 : Networking

Presentations:

Session 1: Exceeding Six Sigma Email Address Quality

While efforts around data quality and CRM have been around for quite a while, it seems that getting customer data clean and consistent remains a challenge for many organizations. While the causes for this are numerous, there are solutions available to improve the outcome of customer data cleansing efforts at a reasonable cost and without needing to spend several months of effort.

This presentation focuses on how through using software provided by Melissa Data, Pragmatic Works, and native functionality within the SQL Server platform an organization was able to achieve in excess of six sigma quality for email addresses and build a foundation for future customer data integration efforts. Email is a channel used by Marketing to inform and engage customers. Failure to have accurate data for email addresses can result in an email sender being identified as a spammer, or black listed as a result of sending too many incorrectly addressed emails to a given email domain (i.e. gmail, Hotmail, etc.). Using Selligent as the ESP (Email Service Provider) results of the data cleansing process were able to be validated at the receiving inbox. We will discuss what to look for in cleansing email addresses and how codes provided through Melissa Data software helped ensure spam traps were avoided, and erroneous email addresses were recovered (i.e. gmaill.com). While the project focus was email, the cleansing process also included name, address, and some limited demographics (using Census data); these will be covered as time allows.

What’s not covered? How to keep the data clean; keeping it clean varies with all the sources that produce and consume customer data and is often unique to each organization or situation.

Speaker: Chad Burdette, Data Management Team Lead

Chad currently leads the Data Management team for three Lifetouch divisions. He has over 25 years IT experience, holds certification from IBM as a DB2 DBA and Business Intelligence Expert, and from Microsoft as a Data Platform Sales Specialist. He started with the Microsoft BI stack when it wasn’t a stack using Microsoft EIS (Executive Information System) pack for Excel 3.0 back in the early 1990’s. Chad has served in multiple roles: ETL developer, Reports and Dashboard developer, Data Architect, Infrastructure Architect, DBA, Project Manager, and Leader. He is passionate about increasing customer relationships through the use of information to provide relevant points of engagement and interactions, and helping business better use the data they collect achieve superior results.

Session 2: Power BI: Dashboard in an Hour Walk-Through

This session will provide a walk-through example showcasing the Power BI tools including the Desktop, Service, and Mobile application. You will see how you can quickly access and explore data and gain insights from any device as well as collaborate and share the content with others. Some of the recent capabilities that have been released since our last meeting will also be demoed.  The content and examples will be provided after the meeting so that you can go through the walk-through examples on your own.

Speaker: Dan English, Senior Data Warehouse Architect

Dan is the Senior Data Warehouse Architect at Constellation, Inc. and is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, author, technical editor, and community leader. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 15 years, and over 12 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 through 2016. Dan has videos on Vimeo, blogs (https://denglishbi.wordpress.com), and tweets (@denglishbi). Dan is the chapter leader for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter and on the executive leadership team for the MN Microsoft BI user group.

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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