Microsoft’s HDInsightand PowerBI with a focus on data from Denmark!

In this fun session at SQLSaturday Denmark, we will use Microsoft’s HDInsight, their Big Data solution, and PowerBI tools to learn about Denmark! 
We will mix and mashup data from a variety of sources such as ‘The Spirit Level’ by Prof Richard Wilkinson, UNICEF, the World Bank and even the CIA to learn more about Denmark. BI and BA professionals need to tackle ever-increasing sources of data that are increasing in volume, velocity and variety. Let’s look at fun example of global data about Denmark to look at common data storytelling by BI and BA professionals: analysing open data with varying degrees of data quality, business puzzles vs business mysteries, and deciding on which chart or graph to use when presenting data. If the ‘too much data, too little information’ scenario is familiar, then come to this session, which isn’t just for the international visitors who come to SQLSaturday Copenhagen every year – like myself! 
Uncover surprising facts as we mashup, slice and dice the data, and look at Big Data and Data Visualisation as we go along.

Watch Microsoft Build 2014 Conference Keynote online

Microsoft’s developer conference, Microsoft build developer conference 2014,  is sold out. But you can still watch it online and immerse yourself in what’s next for the Microsoft platform and tools. Streamed keynotes start at 8:30 A.M. PDT on Wednesday, April 2. Most sessions will also be available on demand within 24 hours.

Shout out for my favourite Power BI MSDN and TechNet blogs this month

childrenyellingI wanted to call out some of our favourite TechNet and MSDN blogs posted about Excel, Power BI, Office365 and Azure over the past month. These links are a great place to get started if you want to know more about how you could use PowerBI.

I’ve selected some of the most interesting case studies, and we’d like to call out the Data Insights from the Microsoft Vision Center at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in particular. Some of our readers will be in the world of Finance, so the article Power BI for Finance will be of most interest here.
·         Power BI for Finance

Looking for Power BI Dataviz Inspiration? There’s something in the Power BI Gallery for you!
Looking for Power BI Inspiration? You may not have seen the Power BI Gallery yet, so why not go ahead and take a look? New samples are added all the time. Here you are:

·         Demo gallery page
·         Customer stories page
·         Power BI for Finance page
·         Power BI for HR page
·         Power BI pricing

SQLSaturday Portugal: Why I’m going for the third year in a row!

Going to SQL Saturday Portugal? It is an excellent event, run by SQL Server MVP and European Community Tech Leader Niko Neugebauer and his awesome team.
If you haven’t been before, it is a great event for international attendees as well as Portugese sqlfamily with sessions in English as well as Portugese.

A little Twitter birdy tells me that they are getting full on the Saturday so I’d advise you to register quick! Here is a taster of the full day, paid Workshops right before the free SQLSaturday community event:
Tim MitchellTim Mitchell – Real World SSIS: Survival Guide  (10th of AprilThursday)
Milos RadivojevicMilos Radivojevic – SQL Server for Application Developers  (10th of AprilThursday)
Edwin SarmientoEdwin Sarmiento –  High Availability & Disaster Recovery Deep Dive  (10th of AprilThursday)
Paul TurleyPaul Turley – Complete BI Solution with Office & SQL Server  (11th of AprilFriday)
Brent OzarBrent Ozar – Virtualization, Storage, and Hardware for SQL Server (11th of AprilFriday )
Until 12th of March of 2014, the early bird for these workshops is just 100€ so what are you waiting for!
I have the honour of speaking at the event as well as the privilege of helping with a Women in Technology event. The Portugese event is special because it has a diversity of attendees from all over the place (including me, from Scotland!). This will be my third year because I love the event and Lisbon is a great place to visit.
See you there!