Business Intelligence, Community, Data Visualisation, PowerBI, SQLServerPedia Syndication

PowerView and PowerPoint Interaction is not available offline

During my session at TechEd Europe, I was asked if Power View would still be interactive in PowerPoint, if the PowerPoint couldn't connect to the Sharepoint source.Unfortunately, this is not possible. We can look at the code inside the PowerPoint file by right-clicking on the Power View image, and selecting 'View Code'.  We can see… Continue reading PowerView and PowerPoint Interaction is not available offline

Community, Data Relish Services, Women In Tech

SQLPass Global Growth: Don’t be Afraid of Growth, Be Afraid of Standing Still

Do not be afraid of growing slowly; instead, be afraid of standing still (Chinese proverb) The Professional Association of SQL Server is in a state of international growth, in order to meet international demand. PASS are moving from a US-centric organisation to a global organisation, which is a huge effort with many cross-cultural and cross-language… Continue reading SQLPass Global Growth: Don’t be Afraid of Growth, Be Afraid of Standing Still

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Visualisation, PowerBI, SQLServerPedia Syndication

My TechEd Europe Speaking and Expo Sessions

I'm very excited to announce that I'm helping out during Microsoft Expo Hours at TechEd Europe, as well as speaking!  If you'd like to drop by and meet me for a chat about anything Business Intelligence or SQL Server related, then please come and find me in the Microsoft Expo Hall at the following times:Tuesday… Continue reading My TechEd Europe Speaking and Expo Sessions

Community

MSDN UK Team Blog Pointer: Writing Better SQL with your head in the Clouds?

I've started to write more for MSDN UK in addition to my own blog. Here is a recent article that I wrote for MSDN, which points people at Itzik Ben-Gan's series on Writing Better SQL. I liked Itzik's series very much, so I decided to write the blog in order to point MSDN readers to… Continue reading MSDN UK Team Blog Pointer: Writing Better SQL with your head in the Clouds?

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Visualisation, SQLServerPedia Syndication

MSTechEd Follow Up References on Data Visualisation and Business Intelligence

Here are some follow-up references from my MSTechEd session this week: BIWisdomEvery Friday at 1pm EST - that's 6pm for us here in the UK - Howard Dresner ( blog | twitter ) and the BIWisdom team use Twitter in order to chair a discussion on business intelligence topics.If you are interested in Business Intelligence,… Continue reading MSTechEd Follow Up References on Data Visualisation and Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Relish Services, SQLServerPedia Syndication

My TechEd Videos and Slides, plus my favourite session!

Thanks to all who attended my #MSTechEd session! The video and slides are now at the Channel9 site and you can see them here.The TechEd material is fantastic and there are lots of good sessions to choose from. I'd like to point you in the direction of the Business Intelligence track at TechEd, and here is… Continue reading My TechEd Videos and Slides, plus my favourite session!

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Relish Services, Data Visualisation, SQLServerPedia Syndication

My TechEd 2012 Journey, and some ‘Thank You’ messages from me!

I had the privilege of presenting at TechEd 2012 in June 2012, and my slides can be found below. My topic was Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation, and my intention was to present an overview of PowerPivot, Power View and some Reporting Services whilst providing a background on the 'why' of data visualisation.Before you dive into… Continue reading My TechEd 2012 Journey, and some ‘Thank You’ messages from me!

Community, Data Relish Services

My TechEd North America 2012 Schedule

TechEd North America will be an awesome event and I'm looking forward to participating!I am always available for questions at any time, during TechEd. However, I thought it might be worthwhile listing out some of the places and times in case people want to catch up with me specifically. If it helps, please send me… Continue reading My TechEd North America 2012 Schedule

Business Intelligence

Tabular Model: Why is the ‘Create KPI’ button grayed out?

How can you quickly identify how a given business objective is performing against a target? Tabular Models permit the implementation of Key Performance Indicators, which allow us to compare an actual value against a target value. A simple example of KPI usage might be to identify whether your sales are on target for a given month, for… Continue reading Tabular Model: Why is the ‘Create KPI’ button grayed out?

Community, Data Relish Services, Data Visualisation, Diversity, SQLServerPedia Syndication, Women In Tech

TechEd North America and TechEd Europe – my speaker preparation, thoughts and my screensaver!

I'm delighted to say that I'm presenting at both TechEd North America, and TechEd Europe in June 2012!  I will be giving my talks on Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation in SQL Server 2012.  I'm looking forward to these events.It is particularly special for me, since I'd always dreamed of going to TechEd one day,… Continue reading TechEd North America and TechEd Europe – my speaker preparation, thoughts and my screensaver!

Community, Data Relish Services, Data Visualisation, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Precons: What we learn by listening

When words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain. (Shakespeare, Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1)This quotation, from Shakespeare's Richard II, sums up a lot of my thinking about Business Intelligence generally. It's always about people. As a consultant, presenter, speaker or panellist, I'm there to listen as well as talk. I have posted… Continue reading Precons: What we learn by listening