Business Analytics, Community, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Want to learn Analysis Services and not sure where to start? Here’s a helping hand!

Recently, someone asked me for a list of good books, sites and other resources for learning SSAS. Here are my thoughts!You're an absolute beginner. What do you do?What in-person events can you attend?So you've done all these, and want more Analysis Services. What next?  My favourite SSAS sites!  You're an absolute beginner. What do you do?Start… Continue reading Want to learn Analysis Services and not sure where to start? Here’s a helping hand!

Community, Data Relish Services, Diversity, SQLServerPedia Syndication

How do you introduce yourself to people at SQLPass Summit?

In less than two weeks, I'll be on a flight from London to Seattle to attend the SQLPass Summit at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA.  Essentially I will be travelling a round trip of 10,000 miles and seven time zones to be there.  Why would a Scottish girl, born in… Continue reading How do you introduce yourself to people at SQLPass Summit?

Business Intelligence, Community, Mobile Business Intelligence, PowerBI

Microsoft Surface available to preorder – what does it mean for Business Intelligence?

The Microsoft Surface is available to pre-order in the US and -hurrah! - in the UK. I'm hugely excited by the Surface, and, as I tweeted earlier, it's 'awesomeness and attractiveness in one device' (thanks to Kung-fu Panda. No doubt we'll have more to discuss at my SQLPass Summit session, where I will be talking… Continue reading Microsoft Surface available to preorder – what does it mean for Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation

SSRS tidbit: quick and easy squares to serve as KPIs

Key Performance Indicators are extremely useful for helping to direct a business from an executive perspective. Alternatively, they can act as a quick 'at a glance' warning for operational reports too.KPIs can often take the form of traffic lights, smiley faces and so on. However, what about if you want to go for the 'minimalist'… Continue reading SSRS tidbit: quick and easy squares to serve as KPIs

Community

SQLPass Elections – who I’m supporting and why

The Professional Association of SQL Server has elections for the board, and the deadline is 12th October at noon for those of you who haven't voted yet. In this blog, I'm going to share with you my thoughts on whom I'm supporting for the election. Each one of the candidates has my absolute admiration, but it's… Continue reading SQLPass Elections – who I’m supporting and why

Business Intelligence, Community, Data Visualisation

When Big Data Isn’t Enough for Small Minds

I've been a Business Intelligence practitioner for a long time. Sometimes, the endless deliberating of 'new' technology or big data strategies can simply mask the simple fact that people are vacillating over making a decision. I see this thread when participating in conversations about 'big data', for example; as if having more data, is going… Continue reading When Big Data Isn’t Enough for Small Minds