Monthly Archives: April 2013

Enhance your career by blogging!

When I started my blog two years ago, I never would have thought how much it would help my career.  I can’t stress enough the importance of blogging to enhance your career.  And it’s a lot easier to do than you … Continue reading

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Consultants – Why pay more?

As an independent consultant who has a higher bill rate than average, I would hope it is obvious to clients that the extra money spent would be well worth it.  But that is not always the case, and sometimes who have to … Continue reading

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Industry Expert Interview

I don’t know if I would consider myself an industry expert, but hey, it says it on the Internet, so it just be true (because you can’t put anything on the Internet that’s not true).  An interview I did to … Continue reading

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PASS Business Analytics Conference: the ultimate networking

I went to the PASS Business Analytics Conference last week, and had an absolute blast.  I presented two sessions, and attended many more, and was also part of the live blogging panel at both keynotes.  I learned a lot, but … Continue reading

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Geoflow Preview for Excel 2013

Last week at the PASS Business Analytics Conference in Chicago, Microsoft disclosed a public preview of GeoFlow for Excel (download).  GeoFlow is a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with both geographic and chronological data, providing users with a new … Continue reading

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PASS SQL Saturday in Chicago Presentation Slides

Thanks to everyone who attended my sessions “What exactly is Business Intelligence?” and “Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture” at the PASS SQL Saturday in Chicago. Here are the PowerPoint presentation: What exactly is Business Intelligence? and Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture. What … Continue reading

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PASS Business Analytics Conference Presentation Slides

Thanks to everyone who attended my sessions “Overview of Microsoft Appliances” and “Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture” at the PASS Business Analytics Conference. Here are the PowerPoint presentations:  Overview of Microsoft Appliances and Building an Effective Data Warehouse Architecture. Overview of Microsoft Appliances … Continue reading

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PASS Business Analytics Conference Live Blog

Apologies if you went to my site this morning to see my blog from the bloggers table at PASS Business Analytics Conference.  Turns out a firewall issue blocked me from getting to my site (and many others).  So I wound up … Continue reading

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PASS Business Analytics Conference

The PASS Business Analytics Conference is almost here!  Check out the sessions to be presented at the conference and you will see there are a ton of great sessions and great speakers.  I feel fortunate to be able to speak alongside many of … Continue reading

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Microsoft BI tools: How they use data sources

A quick list of how each of these Microsoft BI tools handles the two data sources “SQL Server” (relational-based) and “Analysis Services” (cubed-based, which can be the multidimensional model or the tabular model).  Note that any reporting tool that supports the … Continue reading

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