Friday, July 9, 2010

Microsoft Dynamics CRM a Leader according to Forrester

Turn away for a second and the next thing you know Dynamics is touted as a bona fide Leader for CRM.  Check out the Waves for both Large Enterprise and Mid-Size...

Here are the related links:
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Cited as a Leader by Independent Research Firm
The Forrester Wave™: CRM Suites For Midsized Organizations,Q2 2010
The Forrester Wave™: CRM Suites for Large Organizations, Q2 2010


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 2010 v.37 – Business Intelligence Update


Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
July 11-15, Washington DC
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Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Blog: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 – Business Intelligence Samples

Microsoft Live Labs Pivot
World Cup Pivot

Blog: ProClarity Resources
Demo: Using PowerPivot to analyze MS Dynamics NAV

All webcast times are in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise specified

BI on a Limited or Shrinking Budget: Strategies for Doing More with Less
Hosted by Tableau Software
Jul 7, 12pm
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Techniques & Technologies for Enterprise-Wide BI Deployment
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Jul 8, 2pm
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Powerful Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting with CLARITY 7 using Microsoft technology
Hosted by Clarity Systems
Jul 13, 2pm
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Empower Your Users with Advanced Analytics-On-The-Fly
Hosted by Panorama
Jul 20, 2pm
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SaaS and BI
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Aug 26, 2pm
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Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
Hosted by Microsoft
Jul 11-15, Washington D.C.
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Building Cubes using Analysis Services
Boise SQL Server User Group
July 13, Boise ID
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Query Tuning Tips
Hosted by PASSMN, presented by Itzik Ben-Gan
July 20, Bloomington MN
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2010 Tableau Customer Conference
Aug 30-Sep 2, Seattle, WA
Click here for more info


Web-based Training

SQL Server: Training Portal, eLearning
SharePoint 2007: Training Portal
SharePoint 2010: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010, Introducing SharePoint Designer
PerformancePoint 2010: Up to Speed with PerformancePoint Dashboards and Web Parts

Instructor Led Training

Presenting Data and Information
Edward Tufte
Jul 19, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 22 & 23 Chicago, IL
Sep 29 & 30 Arlington, VA
Oct 1, Arlington, VA
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Jul 14-16, Online
Aug 25-27, Online
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Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning for SQL Server 2005 & 2008
Solid Quality Mentors
Jul 19-23, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 26-30, Bellevue, WA
Sep 13-17, Sacramento, CA
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SQL Server and Business Intelligence Training
Pragmatic Works
August Courses, Online
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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Training
Aug 25-27, Minneapolis, MN
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Business Intelligence Training
Hosted by QuickStart
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Microsoft PerformancePoint Planning Training
Hosted by CapstoneBI
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Microsoft BI

SQL Server
Business Intelligence:
SQL 2005, SQL 2008
SSAS: list of front end applications
Data Mining: SQL 2005, SQL 2008
StreamInsight: Versions and SQL Server SKUs, Developers Training Kit
Book: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services Unleashed
Book: Data Mining with SQL Server 2008
SQL 2008 R2: Home, Parallel Data Warehouse

Download: SQL Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Virtual Lab: PowerPivot for Excel 2010 Introduction, SQL Server 2008 Virtual Labs
Hands On Lab: PowerPivot in SQL Server 2008 R2
Whitepaper: Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008
Whitepaper: Develop Reporting Services reports using Analysis Services data
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 2010
Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog
Blog: SharePoint 2010 – Top 10 Resources to get you started…
Describing SharePoint 2010 in 1 Sentence, 8 Categories and 40 Feature Areas
Excel Services in SharePoint 2010
Feature Support, Dashboard Improvements, Planning for Upgrade from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint Server 2010
MSDN Virtual Lab:
Developing Business Intelligence Applications

Office 2010
PowerPivot Team Blog
The Great PowerPivot FAQ
Download: PowerPivot for Excel 2010
Book: Professional Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint
Book: PowerPivot for the Data Analyst: Microsoft Excel 2010

Blog: Load data from SAP into PowerPivot for Excel
Blog: The Business User’s Perspective
Blog: Thoughts on how PowerPivot and SSAS could work together
Blog: Diagnostic Guide for Usage and the PowerPivot Management Dashboard
Screencast: Using datamining with PowerPivot in Excel

Microsoft BI Certifications
Blog: New 2008 Microsoft BI Certifications Reviewed
Blog: Obtaining Microsoft BI Certification
Learning Plan: BI Developer
Exam: 70-448
Exam: 70-452
Exam: 78-702

Related BI Resources
Notes from the Field

Professional Association for SQL Server
FUTURESULTS – Microsoft web parts, add-ons, customizations
Panorama Software Releases NovaView 6.2: Integration with Office/SharePoint 2010…
Dundas Dashboard Wins “Best of TechEd” Award
Article: Microsoft PowerPivot vs. Tableau
Using a Data Warehouse for CRM
Blog: Thoughts on: Who are the BI Personas?


Review: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
Dissecting Microsoft Office 2010
Office 2010: a deeper dive
Forrester: Google still a distant Office competitor

PowerPivot Developer’s Career Is Full of Twists and Turns
PowerPivot observations from TechEd/BI Conf, Pt 1
Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Microsoft BI Conference 2010)
TechEd 2010 StreamInsight Session and Demo

Attracting and Retaining Top BI Professionals