Bradley Ball is a MCITP SQL 2005 & MCTS 2008 DBA with over 10 years of IT experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is currently a Sr. Consultant for Pragmatic Works. He has presented at SQL Saturdays 62, 74, 79, 85, 86, 131, for the MAGICPASS & OPASS SSUG’s, SQL Rally 2011 & 2012, SQL Dev Connections 2012, the PASS Summit in 2011, and is scheduled for the PASS Summit 2012 and SQL Live 360 later this year. He recently finished Chapter 14 of Expert SQL Server Practices on Page & Row Compression and can be found blogging on http://www.sqlballs.com.
Hello Dear Reader, SQL Saturday 151 Orlando is picking up steam. The Pre-Con’s have been named and they are fantastic. SQL Saturday Orlando is always a big event, the schedule has been posted, and the planning is well underway. First stop the BI Pre-Con Featuring Stacia Misner(|Blog) taking place at the beautiful Lake Mary Hyatt Place hotel.
“So Balls,” you say, “Who is Stacia and why should I attend?”
Great question Dear Reader, I work with a lot of really great people in the BI world, even though that area is not my forte, and everyone agrees Stacia is one of the TOP BI experts in the world. She is one of the instructors for the Microsoft SSAS Maestro Program. Stacia has been the author of over 12 different books on the subject of SQL Server.
Her most recent is Introducing SQL Server 2012, available as a free PDF download click here to get it! I first met Stacia at SQL Saturday #62 back in Tampa in 2011. She had also written the book introducing SQL Server 2008 R2 and I had some questions about Master Data Services. I was trying to figure out if Master Data Services in the 2008 R2 release was right for a project I was working on. I asked her if I could get her advice and she was polite, candid, and very helpful. Now it is your chance to get to meet Stacia.
A 360-Degree View of SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence
One of the greatest things about SQL Saturdays is that the top SQL speakers and consultants will offer their training services for an unbelievable deal. Stacia has taught BI Immersion Courses, Pre-Cons, and spoken at seminars that cost thousands of dollars to attend. You can attend her SQL Saturday session, and get one on one time with this expert, for just $99. So now let’s look at the plan for the day.
In this session, we’ll take a holistic look at the BI features in the latest version of SQL Server by reviewing the architecture requirements, exploring the implications for existing BI applications, and introducing new capabilities that support the transformation of data into business insight. We'll start with data integration and management by reviewing the overhaul that Integration Services received in this release, how to formalize the data cleansing process by using the new Data Quality Services, and how master data management is improved with the updates to Master Data Services. Then we'll discuss the improvements to analytical capabilities by exploring updates to Analysis Services, including the new Tabular Model, and enhancements available in PowerPivot. Last, we'll cover the new presentation layer options available in Reporting Services and the new release of Power View. Of course, you’ll see demonstrations of the new features, but the primary purpose of this session is to give you a chance to ask lots of questions and to get a look “under the hood” to better understand what you’ll need to do to get these BI features up and running properly. You’ll also learn how to prepare your data environment to leverage these features and how best to manage the user experience.
If you are in a BI shop, or are looking to expand your career and get more in-depth in the BI field this is a great training opportunity. Click here to sign up for the pre-con. Click here to register for SQL Saturday 151 if you haven’t already. I hope to see you there! As always Thanks for stopping by!