Monday, August 23, 2010

Webcast Reminder: Self-Service BI with Microsoft PowerPivot

This Thursday, Andrew Brust of twentysix New York will be providing a 60 min webcast on the newly released PowerPivot.  Find out what this “in-memory” operational model is all about.

Thursday, Aug 26
10-11am (PST)
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

100% of companies using CLARITY FSR™ for their SEC XBRL submission successfully file without any EDGAR XBRL validation errors

Big news from our partner, Clarity Systems, regarding their Financial Reporting & Governance product, Clarity FSR.

FSR is the ONLY major XBRL creation software that filed without validation errors… are you kidding me?  This year, many of these companies were required to perform detailed XBRL tagging for the first time.

Read the Press Release

I’ve seen FSR in action and I can understand why Clarity’s clients have been so successful.  Beyond XBRL tagging, FSR provides an elegant and easy-to-use platform for simplifying the financial reporting process, particularly in the final stages of disclosure.

Contact Us if you’d like to see a demo of Clarity FSR… no doubt you’ll be impressed!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Using Excel 2007 for Analysis Services (SSAS)

I was asked by a client today if I had run across any good books or training that focus on cube functions in Excel. 

Immediately, Mr Excel came to mind.  I ran a quick search and it looks like Pivot Table Data Crunching Excel 2007 might be worth checking out.

Otherwise, here are some additional resources that look useful…

Virtual Labs
Developing Business Intelligence Applications
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services – Pervasive Analysis through 2007 Microsoft Office Excel
Business Intelligence in Excel 2007 Pivot Tables and Analysis Services

Excel 2007 – Building Business Intelligence Solutions Using Excel and SQL Server 2005 Analysis

Excel 2007 Help and How-to
List of worksheet functions (by category) – cube functions

Microsoft Excel 2010 Blog
Using Excel & Excel Services with SQL Server Analysis Services 2008
CUBE Functions Part 1
CUBE Functions 2: A Few Examples
CUBE Functions 3: Formula AutoComplete revisited
CUBE Functions 4: Deconstructing the PivotTable

Please comment with your feedback if you find any of these resources particularly useful (or bad), and if there are additional guides, books, webcasts, online trainings on this subject that you really like!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 2010 v.38 – Business Intelligence Update


Executive Breakfast Briefing
Hosted by CapstoneBI
Aug 12, San Jose, CA
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Using SharePoint 2010 to Monitor & Analyze K12 Student Assessment Scores
Hosted by CapstoneBI
Aug 25, 1pm
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Blog: Microsoft Based Planning and Budgeting solutions revisited

Where Social Media Meets Strategy
Microsoft Reports 48% Increase in Profits

Bringing Data Mining Into the Mainstream
Blog: Jamie’s Junk – continuing whatever comes to mind on data mining and predictive analytics
Blog: DM(X) – bogdanc on SQL Server Data Mining

All webcast times are in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise specified

Quick Deployment of Enterprise-Level Executive Dashboards
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Aug 12, 2pm
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Metrics to Understand Your Brand and Help it Thrive
Hosted by Tableau Software
Aug 18, 2pm
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Using SharePoint 2010 to Monitor & Analyze K12 Student Assessment Scores
Hosted by CapstoneBI
Aug 25, 1pm
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SaaS and BI
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Aug 26, 2pm
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Self-Service Business Intelligence with Microsoft PowerPivot
Hosted by Andrew Brust of 26NY
Aug 26, 1pm
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Powerful Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting with CLARITY 7 using Microsoft technology
Hosted by Clarity Systems
Sep 16, 2pm
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Executive Breakfast Briefing
Hosted by CapstoneBI
Aug 12, San Jose, CA
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TDWI BI Executive Summit
Aug 16-18, San Diego, CA
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2010 Tableau Customer Conference
Aug 30-Sep 2, Seattle, WA
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Minnesota Microsoft BI User Group 2010 Q3 Meeting
Sep 1, Bloomington, MN
here for more info

SoCal BI User Group
Sep 2, Mission Viejo, CA
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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
Sep 29 & 30 Arlington, VA
Oct 1, Arlington, VA
Click here for more info

Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Aug 25-27, Online
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Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning for SQL Server 2005 & 2008
Solid Quality Mentors
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
Blog Post: Reporting Services Bing Map – Unable to connect to the remote server

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: PowerPivot for the Data Analyst: Microsoft Excel 2010
Book: Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning
Book: Professional PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint
Demo: Using PowerPivot to analyze MS Dynamics NAV
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
Blog: Using a Data Warehouse for CRM
Blog: Thoughts on: Who are the BI Personas?


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