Data Relish Services, Microsoft, PASS Board of Directors

Four years an MVP: what I’ve been doing, and what’s next?

Four things a woman should know: How to look like a girl, How to act like a lady, How to think like a man, and how to work like a dog.I attended an event recently at which I was speaking. I met a few nice attendees who were new to the SQL Server scene, and… Continue reading Four years an MVP: what I’ve been doing, and what’s next?

Big Data, Community, Data Relish Services, Data Visualisation, Hortonworks, Microsoft, PowerBI

Data Visualisation with Hadoop, Hive, Power BI and Excel 2013 – Slides from SQLPass Summit and SQLSaturday Bulgaria

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

Community, Microsoft, PASS Board of Directors Election

Leadership Styles: My perspective on how to say no to ideas

Denise McInerny posed the following question on the PASS Election Discussion Board, and I have posted my answer here:PASS has a lot of passionate and creative people with many good ideas. Like all organizations we have finite resources, which means we can't do everything we want to do.One of the hardest things about being on the… Continue reading Leadership Styles: My perspective on how to say no to ideas

Microsoft

MCM Connect: Please stay constructive. Let the clever people shine through.

Recently, I raised a Connect item about the MCM program. Please, let's continue to debate with professionalism, dignity, insights and, above all, grace.  The point of the Connect item was to have a constructive debate about the demise of the MCM program. I felt it was a good way for people to feedback to Microsoft openly… Continue reading MCM Connect: Please stay constructive. Let the clever people shine through.

Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Community, Microsoft

PASS BA Conference: Interview with the PASS Board

I was lucky enough to interview Bill Graziano and Douglas McDowell, members of the PASS Board in order to have a chat with them about the PASS BA Conference. I've detailed the conversation here. I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' to Bill and Douglas, and the rest of the PASS team who took… Continue reading PASS BA Conference: Interview with the PASS Board

Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Visualisation, Microsoft, PowerBI, SQLServerPedia Syndication

PASSBAC keynote: The Microsoft data story, and the next chapters

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

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQLServerPedia Syndication

My 10 years with SharePoint from the SQL Server perspective; the story so far.

I've been working with SharePoint since SharePoint Server 2003. It's been ten years since my boss, on his last day working beside me as a consultant for Dimension Data, ran past me saying "I've made you SharePoint administrator, you'll love it" as he ran out of the door. I yelled back "What's SharePoint?" and he… Continue reading My 10 years with SharePoint from the SQL Server perspective; the story so far.

Data Relish Services, Data Visualisation, Microsoft, SQLServerPedia Syndication

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

Diversity, Microsoft, Women In Tech

Microsoft and UNESCO – Improving the education of ‘Starfish’ Girls and Women

Microsoft has entered a new partnership with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This initiative is aimed at improving the education of girls and women worldwide. The program has two main aims: firstly, the improvement of female adult literacy, and secondly, the improvement of secondary education for girls.I do think that education,… Continue reading Microsoft and UNESCO – Improving the education of ‘Starfish’ Girls and Women