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

Data Visualisation Course in Dublin

In partnership with Technitrain, on 21st September, I'll be holding a Data Visualisation in SQL Server 2012 course in Dublin, Ireland. If you'd like more details, please click here to register Key benefits This course will enable you to create data visualisations that will help you and your colleagues interpret you data more effectively in … Continue reading Data Visualisation Course in Dublin

Event: Now that’s what I call the worst Data Visualisation in the world… Ever!

At SQL Saturday Cambridge on 8th September, myself and Allan Mitchell will be hosting an event entitled 'Now that's what I call the worst Data Visualisation in the world... Ever!'This will be our lunchtime sponsor slot as Copper Blue Consulting.  Now, we understand that lunchtime sponsor slots at sessions are normally some 'downtime' for you … Continue reading Event: Now that’s what I call the worst Data Visualisation in the world… Ever!

I’m holding a Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation Precon!

I'm delighted to announce that I'm holding a pre-conference one-day training in Data Visualisation in SQL Server 2012 in Cambridge on 7th September, 2012. For more details, and to register for the precon, please click here and to register for SQL Saturday 162 event, please click here.My thanks go to SQLPass and to Mark Broadbent … Continue reading I’m holding a Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation Precon!

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

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

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

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!

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!

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

Psychology, and its impact on Microsoft Books Online

In case you haven't seen it, Books Online is the Microsoft online Help facility for everything that they produce. Books Online has a problem - how do they ensure that they produce fit-for-purpose material that is effective, so as many people as possible?I've been giving training courses for 15 years now, in a range of … Continue reading Psychology, and its impact on Microsoft Books Online

Is Power View meant to replace ReportBuilder?

At first glance, it could be easy to confuse Power View and Report Builder. This blog is aimed at helping you to understand the 'why' of these packages, so that you and your business can get the best out of these complementary reporting packages.I do hear complaints now and again, that the Microsoft Business Intelligence … Continue reading Is Power View meant to replace ReportBuilder?