Thursday, February 4, 2010

February 2010 v.34 – Business Intelligence Update

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HOT TOPICS

Microsoft positioned in Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems

New BI Features in Excel 2010
The Great PowerPivot FAQ
QlikView from a PowerPivot standpoint

SQL Server 2008 R2 gets an official date
Download: SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP
Hands On Lab: PowerPivot in SQL Server 2008 R2

Developing a Culture of Performance with Microsoft BI

 

WEBCASTS
All webcast times are in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise specified

Obtain Customer Loyalty with Tracking, Marketing, and Communication Hosted by Neudesic
Feb 4, 1pm
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Business Intelligence using SharePoint 2010 & PowerPivot
Hosted by ShareSquared
Feb 9, 2pm
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Microsoft Consolidated Business Intelligence: Delivering BI to Microsoft
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 23, 12:30pm
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From Strategy to Students: Realizing the Vision
Hosted by Mariner
Feb 23, 11am
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Total Cost of Database Administration: A Comparison of SQL Server and Oracle
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 26, 12pm
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How Microsoft IT Developed Best Practices in Offering PowerPivot as a Service
Hosted by Microsoft
Mar 16, 12:30pm
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EVENTS

SoCal BI User Group
Hosted by Xelleration & iQ4bis
Feb 4, Irvine, CA
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Pervasive, Self-Service BI: For The People, By The People
Hosted by Tallan
Feb 4, Farmington, CT
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Business Performance Management
Hosted by GNET Group
Feb 10, St Paul, MN
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Driving Innovation and Growth with Microsoft SharePoint
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 16, Bellevue, WA
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Using SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence Breakthrough Tool
Hosted by Quilogy
Feb 17, Omaha, NE
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Using SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence Breakthrough Tool
Hosted by Quilogy
Feb 18, Overland Park, KS
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Driving Innovation and Growth with Microsoft SharePoint
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 18, San Francisco, CA
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Driving Innovation and Growth with Microsoft SharePoint
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 23, Irvine, CA
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Driving Innovation and Growth with Microsoft SharePoint
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 25, Phoenix, AZ
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Using SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence Breakthrough Tool
Hosted by Quilogy
Mar 2, Naperville, IL
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TRAINING

Web-based Training
SQL Server: Training Portal
SharePoint Server 2007: Training Portal
PerformancePoint Monitoring and Analytics: Dashboard basics IDashboard basics II
Excel 2007: Training Courses

Instructor Led Training
SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) Training
Intertech
Feb 8, Minneapolis, MN
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
Accelebrate
Feb 8, Online
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SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) Training
Intertech
Feb 10, Minneapolis, MN
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Microsoft Business Intelligence from SQL 2008 through SharePoint and Office 2007
Accelebrate
Feb 22, Online
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Implementing and Maintaining SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS)
Intertech
Feb 22, Minneapolis, MN
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Solving Business Problems with MDX in SQL Server 2008
Solid Quality Mentors
Mar 9, Minneapolis, MN
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Accelebrate
Mar 8, Online
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SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Training
Intertech
Mar 15, Minneapolis, MN
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RESOURCES

Microsoft BI
2010 Betas are here, including Office, SharePoint, Project & Visio

SQL Server
Business Intelligence:
SQL 2005, SQL 2008
SSAS: SQL Sentry, Performance Optimization Software
SSAS: list of front end applications
Data Mining: SQL 2005, SQL 2008

SQL 2008 Books Online: Planning and Architecture (Analysis Services – Data Mining)
SQL 2008 Books Online: Architecture of Integration Services

Whitepaper: Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008
Whitepaper: Top 10 Performance and Productivity Reasons to Use SQL Server 2008 for Your Business Intelligence Solutions

SharePoint Server 2007
Business Intelligence:
Overview, Using BI Features

PerformancePoint: Technical Library
Download: PerformancePoint SP2 (64-bit or 32-bit)

SharePoint Server 2010 
Describing SharePoint 2010 in 1 Sentence, 8 Categories and 40 Feature Areas 
New Features in PerformancePoint Services 2010 
Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 Feature Support, Dashboard Improvements 
Upgrading PerformancePoint Server 2007 to PerformancePoint 2010 
Planning for Upgrade from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint Server 2010

Office 2010
www.PowerPivot.com
PowerPivot Team Blog
PowerPivot Demos
PowerPivot introduction videos – load, analyse and use in SharePoint
Download: PowerPivot for Excel 2010
Blog: The Business User’s Perspective
Demo: PowerPivot Mashup by Mr Excel

Microsoft BI Certifications Blog:
New 2008 Microsoft BI Certifications Reviewed
Learning Plan: BI Developer
Exam: 70-448
Exam: 70-452

Related BI Resources
Notes from the Field

Tableau Positioned as Challenger on Gartner 2010 Magic Quadrant Report for Business Intelligence Platforms

Demo: Extended Outlook – Put your business intelligence reporting inside Microsoft Outlook Demo: PushBI Mobile for the Apple iPhone

 

NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES

Message from Tom Casey, General Manager, Microsoft Business Intelligence

Principle of Proximity: THE Best Practice in BI
The Next Wave in BI: Decision Analytics
Top 20 Data Visualizations Mentioned on Twitter
The Next Wave in BI: Decision Analysis
Assessing the Effectiveness of a New Dashboard’s Design
My 10 favourite business intelligence blog posts of 2009
Self-Service Business Intelligence: Dissolving the Barriers to Creative Decision-Support Solutions

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