Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SoCal BI User Group - Oct1, San Diego

For those of you in the SoCal area, take part in the SoCal BI User Group. 

Enhancing BI End-User Data Visualizations using MDX
Presented by Daniel Upton

Thursday, Oct 1, 6:30-8:30pm

7480 Mission Valley Road
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92108

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Article Update - For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics

On Monday I chatted with a friend of mine about data mining. She's a brilliant woman, always makes me laugh, and these days she's swamped working on her PhD dissertation.  She studies Psychometrics at Columbia University, a field that involves the study of measurement instruments and procedures, and a field that requires proficient data analysis.

She pointed me to this NY Times article from last month, and I think there are some interesting statements in it worth noting.

excerpts from... For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics
New York Times
Published Aug 5, 2009

"I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians," said Hal Varian, chief economist at Google. "And I'm not kidding."

The rising stature of statisticians, who can earn $125,000 at top companies in their first year after getting a doctorate, is a byproduct of the recent explosion of digital data.

And the digital surge only promises to accelerate, rising fivefold by 2012, according to a projection by IDC, a research firm.

Yet data is merely the raw material of knowledge. "We're rapidly entering a world where everything can be monitored and measured," said Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Digital Business. "But the big problem is going to be the ability of humans to use, analyze and make sense of the data."

They are certainly welcomed in the White House these days. "Robust, unbiased data are the first step toward addressing our long term economic needs and key policy priorities," Peter R. Orzag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, declared in a speech in May.

It is the size of the data sets on the Web that opens new worlds of discovery.

"The key is to let computers do what they are good at, which is trawling these massive data sets for something that is mathematically odd," said Daniel Gruhl, an I.B.M. researcher whose recent work includes mining medical data to improve treatement. "And that makes it easier for humans to do what they are good at --explain those anomalies."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 2009 v.29 - Business Intelligence Update



Office 2010: Project "Gemini"
Demo: Overview
Demo: Creating table relationships in MS Gemini Self-Service Business Intelligence

Microsoft ships the first technology preview for Project code-named "Madison"
SQL Server 2008: Project "Madison"

Federal IT Dashboard
Commentary: Federal CIO Dashboard: We Can and Should Do Better Than This

NY Times: For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics

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Putting Microsoft BI Tools in the Hands of Business Users
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Best Practices for Pervasive BI
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Building the Business Case for BI/Analytics
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Sept 11, 11:45am
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Complete Business Intelligence Solution for your Microsoft Platform
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Sept 15, 1pm
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Using Microsoft Office for Business Intelligence
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Microsoft Business Intelligence for Oracle Financials
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Better Operational Efficiency with Business Intelligence
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Transforming Analytics in Financial Services
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How to Create a Clear Vision for your Business Intelligence Needs
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Oct 20, 2pm
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Oct 28, 1pm
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SharePoint Conference 2009
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TDWI World Conference
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Web: SQL Server Training Portal
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Web: PerformancePoint Monitoring and Analytics:
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SQL Server 2008 End-to-End BI Workshop
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Sept 14, Minneapolis, MN
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Microsoft BI Bootcamp
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Sept 21, Beaverton, OR
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Deploying, Operating, and Tuning an SSAS 2008 Solution
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Oct 5, Minneapolis, MN
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Enterprise ETL with SSIS
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Oct 19, Minneapolis, MN
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Designing and Developing Solutions with SSAS 2008
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Whitepaper: New Data Warehouse Scalability Features in SQL Server
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OLAP Heartbeat – monitor activity on Analysis Services
Complex Event Processing

SharePoint Server
Business Intelligence: Overview, Using BI Features

Technical Library
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Preview SQL Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Unveils Preview Code for Next SQL Server
Microsoft issues SQL Azure, CEP platform previews

Can Business Intelligence Help Save Healthcare?
4 Technologies That Are Reshaping Business Intelligence
Kimball University: Five Alternatives for Better Employee Dimension Modeling

White House set to unleash 100,000 federal data sources via