Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 2010 v.35 – Business Intelligence Update



Special Report, The Economist
Data, data everywhere
A different game… Information is transforming traditional business
Show me… new ways of visualising data
The data deluge

Up to Speed with PerformancePoint Dashboards and Web Parts
SharePoint guidance for SQL Server database administrators

All webcast times are in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise specified

How Microsoft IT Developed Best Practices in Offering PowerPivot as a Service
Hosted by Microsoft
Mar 16, 12:30pm
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Week of Business Intelligence – webinar series
Hosted by Pragmatic Works
Mar 22-26
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SharePoint 2007 vs.. 2010
Hosted by Gig Werks
Mar 24, 1pm
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Using SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence Breakthrough Tool
Hosted by Quilogy
Mar 2, Naperville, IL
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North Central District Microsoft BI User Group
Hosted by BISIG
Mar 3, Bloomington, MN
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SoCal BI User Group
Hosted by Xelleration
Mar 4, San Diego, CA
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Boise SQL Server User Group
Hosted by Microsoft
Mar 9, Boise, ID
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Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference
Hosted by Microsoft
Jun 7-10, New Orleans, LA
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Web-based Training

SQL Server: Training Portal
SharePoint 2007:
Training Portal
SharePoint 2010: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010
PerformancePoint Monitoring and Analytics:
Dashboard basics IDashboard basics II
Excel 2007: Training Courses

Instructor Led Training

Solving Business Problems with MDX in SQL Server 2008
Solid Quality Mentors
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Mar 29-31, Online
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SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Training
Mar 15-17, Minneapolis, MN
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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Training
Mar 29-30, Minneapolis, MN
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Apr 12-14, Online
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Microsoft BI
2010 Betas are here, including Office, SharePoint, Project & Visio

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

SQL Server 2008 R2 gets an official date
Download: SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP
Hands On Lab: PowerPivot in SQL Server 2008 R2
SQL 2008 R2: Home, Parallel Data Warehouse
Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008

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

Whitepaper: Top 10 Performance and Productivity Reasons to Use SQL Server 2008 for Your Business Intelligence Solutions
Blog: SQL Server 2008 for Oracle DBA

SharePoint Server 2007
Business Intelligence:
Overview, Using BI Features

PerformancePoint: Technical Library
Download: PerformancePoint SP2 (
64-bit or 32-bit)
Blog: Using Excel Services Reports with PerformancePoint Server (PPS)

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
PowerPivot Team Blog
New BI Features in Excel 2010
The Great PowerPivot FAQ
Download: PowerPivot for Excel 2010
Blog: The Business User’s Perspective
Screencast: Using datamining with PowerPivot in 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
Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems
Blog: Using a Data Warehouse for CRM

Tableau 5.1 Release
Tableau Positioned as Challenger on Gartner 2010 Magic Quadrant Report for Business Intelligence Platforms
What’s New in Tableau 5.1

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


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

Launching an Analytics Practice: Ten Steps to Success
Zen BI: The Wisdom of Letting Go

Blog: Great Visualizers: Mike Deal Charts the Beatles
TED2010: Spatial Search – Bing, Flickr, Videos Maps and the Stars


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