Tag: Microsoft Business Intelligence

Few thoughts on the SQL Server 2014 launch event in San Francisco

I just finished watching the hosted customer even in San Francisco where the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, CVP of Data Platform Group Quentin Clark and the SQL Server Product Marketing GM Eron Kelly officially introduced the new release of the SQL Server 2014. In this post I am not going to give

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How to think strategic about Business Intelligence

Many people reach out to me asking for advice in helping them evaluate various BI platforms for their companies. In my mind I am obviously the wrong guy to ask as I am not shy to admit my fairly heavy bias towards Microsoft.  However, over the course of the last twenty years, I have been exposed

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Microsoft BI ranks highest in ability to execute by Gartner

Microsoft once again is ranked the highest in its ability to execute by Gartner in its magic quadrant for Business Intelligence.  The report is pretty long and boring, but if I were distill it down to a few salient points, I would choose the following: Companies see a dramatic improvement in BI capabilities going from

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Forrester Releases “Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms” report, Microsoft identified as leader

Well, a leader and not the leader, although Microsoft BI stack is definitely ranked very high by Forrester.  Please follow this link to read the report. This is probably a little bit of old news, since the report was release in June and updated in the middle of July, but I figured it be a

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Slew of important SQL Server announcements is expected at SQL Pass conference in Seattle this year

Microsoft is expected to make a number of very important announcements at the upcoming SQL Pass conference in Seattle… If you are on the fence about attending it this year, I would definitely recommend attending this event.

Microsoft Data Explorer

Microsoft is working on another tool called Data Explorer. According to the this page, the tool is supposed to assist in finding data as well as combining data from different and potentially incompatible sources. It comes in both desktop and cloud versions. I have been playing with the desktop version a little bit and I

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Free technical book “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012” is available for download

The book can be downloaded in PDF , mobi (Kindle) or epub (sony reader) formats… The book does a really good job introducing such new features of Microsoft SQL Server as Data Quality Services, Master Data Services, PowerView and BI Semantic Model.. and it’s free, definitely a good idea to make it part of your technical library. If this sounds like too good of a

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Configuring Security for Microsoft Master Data Services in SQL Server 2012

I spent quite a bit of time today troubleshooting a very annoying issue with MDS, which turned out to be a total user error.  For the longest time I could not figure out why my MDS users could not connect to my MDS models.  The confusion stems from the fact that even though you can

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Configuring SQL Server 2012 Data Alerts

Data alerts is one of the most exciting new features of SQL Server 2012 that allows users set up alerts based on Reporting Services reports.  These alerts generate email notifications bases on the query parameters specified.  Several things need to be configured in order to enable this functionality: Report Datasources must use stored user credentials..

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Consumerization of Business Intelligence

This is a topic that will get a lot of coverage on my blog.  I am planning to do some research on Business Intelligence maturity models.  There are plenty of articles written on this subject, however, these articles are usually scoped to a state of Business Intelligence in a specific company. The topic is not

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