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Like that crazy uncle who bailed you out of a jam without saying a word to your parents, Dear Azure is here to help.   Dear Azure supplies unique answers to all of your cloud questions. Want to host your Java application in the cloud? Need to scale resources dynamically? Answers to these and many more are featured on DearAzure.com. So go ahead, ask away!

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SQLSaturday Budapest #278: Coffee Corner for Women In Technology: Making yourself visible and getting ahead

Social systems don’t trailblaze and they are not necessarily easily visible. However, social methods are quietly voted in by societies and it’s easy not to notice them. How can you try to make sure that you are noticed in your career? Is there a lower number of women in IT, or do they simply not put themselves forward enough? How can you create a sustainable competitiveness as a company, if diversity is not an important part of the organisation?

Come to this session for a lively discussion on how to shine, share your expertise, inspire each other and train yourselves in how to use networking to advance yourselves and each other.

Join myself and Gosia Borzęcka for an informal chat on this topic. You are very welcome to join us! Men and women are both welcome.

Our session is at 2.45 and we hope to see you there! The official site is here and to register, click here.



David McCandless announced as PASS BAC keynote speaker

The Professional Association of SQL Server announced this morning that acclaimed data visualization expert, TedTalk speaker, and Information Is Beautiful author David McCandless will keynote at the 2nd annual PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose, CA, May 7-9.
 
David will take the stage on Day 2 for a journey through the world of visualizing facts, data, ideas, and statistics. Microsoft’s Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz will kick off the conference on Day 1 with insights into how Microsoft is making data more accessible through easy-to-use tools including Power BI. Exciting times, people!
 
The PASS BA Conference – featuring 65+ sessions across five topic tracks – brings together business analysts, data scientists, and BI and IT professionals to connect with each other, share experiences, and learn more about the power of data to transform business. You can find all the details at http://passbaconference.com. On a minor note, I’m speaking too during a general session (not the keynote, obviously!) and I hope to see you there!
 
I am REALLY looking forward to David McCandless speak, and it would be wonderful to meet him in person. I hope you can make it to PASS BAC. If you are looking for a discount code, here is mine for you to use to get $150 off: BASF2O
 

Democratization of Data: From Ideas to Decisions with Power BI

“Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” Howard Aiken, Founder of Harvard’s Computing Science Program.

Data is moving so fast these days, and there is a shift whereby people are paying for value, not technology. This is where cloud computing comes in: it is very empowering, because anyone with an internet connection can access it. With Power BI in the cloud, small businesses are liberated with the ability to use the same tools and techniques to explore ideas as larger organisations.

In this session, we will look at understanding the Power BI components and tools available in the cloud, including the Power BI Admin Center, Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View and Power Map. We will look at how to use them will accelerate ideas and help to clarify decisions, and related to this, discuss the roles within IT and the business in relation to these tools. We will also look at business puzzles versus business mysteries, a definition evoked by Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, Outliers) in relation to Power BI.

“Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it,” said Gary Hamel, a management guru. With Power BI, let’s see how you can translate your ideas in to a message that people can see, using cloud as an empowerment tool.

 

Democratization of Data: from Thoughts to Decisions presentation at SQLKonferenze – see you there!

I’m proud to be speaking at the SQLKonferenze in Germany.  It’s a very special event: 10 years of PASS in Germany!  I am doing two things:

  • I’m giving a brief talk during the opening session on Monday 10th Feb, as part of my role on the Board of Directors for PASS, where I am honoured to have been elected to hold the Europe seat.
  • My general session is on the Democratization of Data: from Thoughts to Decisions.


“Do not worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” Howard Aiken, Founder of Harvard’s Computing Science Program. 
Data is moving so fast these days, and there is a shift whereby people are paying for value, not technology. This is where cloud computing comes in:. it is very empowering, Because anyone with internet connection can access to it With Power BI in the cloud, Small Businesses are liberated with the ability to use the same tools and techniques to explore ideas as larger organizations.

In this session, we will look at understanding the Power BI components and tools available in the cloud, including the Power BI Admin Center, Power Query, PowerPivot, Power View and Power Map. We will therefore look at how to use them will accelerate ideas and help to clarify Decisions, and related to this, discuss the roles within IT and the business in relation to synthesis tools. We will look at business versus business mysteries, puzzles, a definition evoked by Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, Outliers) in relation to Power BI. “Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it,” Said Gary Hamel, a management guru. With Power BI, let’s see how you can translate your ideas in to a message did people can see, using cloud as on empowerment tool. 


Under the motto “community powered product knowledge” the event will provide you with the experts of the German and worldwide international PASS SQL Server Community and experts from Microsoft for two days on 11 and 12 February 2014 
The event is a Technical Deep Dive into SQL Server 2014. A day earlier, on 10 February 2014 , there is also the opportunity for PreCons sessions, the specific usage scenarios of SQL Server illuminate in three full-day Power Workshops in detail. 
And there is also something to celebrate: the launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and 10 year PASS Germany eV! In two or three days of the conference you will get views and information on topics such as business intelligence, in-memory computing, Developing on top of SQL Server 2014 Data Tools, mission-critical high availability based on improved availability groups, hybrid cloud deployment concepts for example: Disaster Recovery and Enterprise Information Management with SQL Server Integration Services, Data Quality Services and Master Data Services. 
Meet at the SQL Server conference and learn about the innovations of SQL Server 2014 and you can sign up now.