https://www.flickr.com/photos/38953955@N07/14764024879/player/Why is analytics interesting? Well, companies are starting to view it as profitable. For example, McKinsey showed analytics was worth 100Bn today, and estimated to be over 320Bn by 2020. When I speak to customers, this is the 'end goal' - they want to use their data in order to analyse and predict what their … Continue reading Day 6: The Data Analysts Toolkit: Why are Excel and R useful together, and how do we connect them?
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, … Continue reading David McCandless announced as PASS BAC keynote speaker
How do you choose the right visualisation to show your data? Usually the customer wants one thing, the business user want something else, the business sponsor wants something flashy.... and it's hard to tease out the requirements, and that's before you've even opened up Power BI such as Power View, Excel, Tableau or whatever your … Continue reading How do you choose the right data visualisation in Power BI to show your data?
I presented this session at SQLPass Summit 2013 and at SQLSaturday Bulgaria.The topic focuses on some data visualisation theory, an overview of Big Data and finalises the Microsoft distribution of Hadoop. I will try to record the demo as part of a PASS Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter online webinar at some point, so please watch … Continue reading Data Visualisation with Hadoop, Hive, Power BI and Excel 2013 – Slides from SQLPass Summit and SQLSaturday Bulgaria
Join Us for a free webinar on Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXLThe Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter will be hosting Marc Smith next week, on 2nd July at 7pm PDT. I am honoured to be hosting. To register, click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6247999365378857472 The topic: Networks … Continue reading SQLPass Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter – Join Us for Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL
I attended the keynote from the PASS Business Analytics Conference in Chicago, April 2013. For those of you who missed it, here is some of the content of the keynote.The take away point is that Business Intelligence must be simple. It is important to make it fun, and we are drowning in data. Not being … Continue reading PASSBAC keynote: The Microsoft data story, and the next chapters
If you're here looking for precon notes, I will be posting these up in the next few weeks after I've finished my precons at SQLSaturday Denmark, Databasedays Switzerland and SQLBits in Nottingham, UK. So please keep checking back, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'm delighted and proud to be presenting at the PASS Business Analytics Conference … Continue reading Up and coming PASS BA Sessions, and Data Visualisation and Microsoft Workshops
I gave this presentation at SQLSaturday event in Portugal during March 2013. Thanks to the organisers for taking such good care of me during my visit.As I discussed during the session, there were three main strands of mobilising Microsoft technology:- use third party products such as PivotStream to free your PowerPivots- use cloud computing e.g. … Continue reading Mobile Business Intelligence Presentation Portugal 2013
Information is the new currency, the lifeblood of organisations. However, it has to be explored, and evangelised throughout the organisation before it can have any real impact. SQL Server 2012 now helps business users to access the data; a real paradigm shift in the 'umbrella' of users who touch SQL Server.However, does that mean that … Continue reading Data Visualisation: lifting the curse of Cassandra
Here's my Mobile Business Intelligence slides from my presentations at SQLServerDays in Belgium recently. Mobile business intelligence upload from Jennifer Stirrup Enjoy! Any questions, please do get in touch.
Here are my slides from my recent presentation at SQLServerDays in Belgium. I love this conference; the team do a great job of organising it, and they always make me feel genuinely welcome. If you get the chance to go along, I recommend you take the experience!Here are my slides for you to view. Visualising … Continue reading Visualising the Tabular Model in Power View
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