PASS Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Virtual Chapter have a Surface Pro to give away to one of our lucky attendees!

The PASS Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Virtual Chapter have a Surface Pro to give away to one of our lucky attendees!

Who are we? Take a look at bi.sqlpass.org We provide free Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing webinars to PASS community members. Free to sign up, free to listen, free to learn, share and network. 

At last year’s PASS Summit, the BI VC had more registrations than any other VCs. That makes our attendees pretty awesome! We’d like to reward your loyalty by offering a prize, kindly offered by PASS in recognition of the great participation that we see from our members.
What you need to do to enter the Surface Pro giveaway…

1.    You should send a short email by 20thJanuary to passdwbivc@sqlpass.orgwith some feedback about the BI VC. Tell us whatever you like about the BI VC and what we could do to improve it.  Sample questions you could think of answering: What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like to see more of?
2.    Attend one of the three webinars, and you can see the details in this month’s email.

Terms and Conditions
We are not responsible for Entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for Entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason. The winner will be chosen randomly from the attendees who fulfil the criteria mentioned earlier.
We will automatically disqualify:
• Any incomplete or illegible Entry; and
• Any Entry that contains Inappropriate content
• Any Entries that we receive from you that are received after the closing date of the 20th January


The winner will be announced in our next newsletter for February. Good luck, everyone! 

Microsoft Surface available to preorder – what does it mean for Business Intelligence?

The Microsoft Surface is available to pre-order in the US and -hurrah! – in the UK. I’m hugely excited by the Surface, and, as I tweeted earlier, it’s ‘awesomeness and attractiveness in one device’ (thanks to Kung-fu Panda. No doubt we’ll have more to discuss at my SQLPass Summit session, where I will be talking about mobile business intelligence. In the meantime, here are my thoughts.

What does the device mean for Business Intelligence? We know that mobile business intelligence is on the rise. For example, Howard Dresner reported last year that, in his Annual Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence industry survey, 70% of organisations considered that 25% of their user base would be using Business Intelligence exclusively – yes, exclusively! – within two years. That’s an awesome assertion.

What makes the Surface interesting for mobile BI users? I haven’t seen one yet, but here is my guess:

familiarity – Excel is the world’s favourite Business Intelligence software. All the talk about half the world’s data to touch Hadoop by 2015 is all very well, but they’ve got to get it out of Excel first, where it is hidden and tucked away and passed around by email. I love Excel, and I’m a fan of anything that will help people to use it. Since it’s a Windows tablet, I hope that Excel is free to roam in the arms of business users everywhere via their Windows devices.

microSD card – it’s a small thing (boom boom) but I think that we have to recognise that we don’t always have internet access. This has always been a big issue with deploying mobile Business Intelligence. HTML5 will allow some offline capability, but what to do until this is available? Bing able to use cards is just easy. Load up your data, and off you go. Once you do have your internet access back, pop it up to SkyDrive where you can share it. Work where you are.

Once I get my hands on one – and I will! – then I can write more about how I see the Surface benefitting business users who want and need mobile Business Intelligence. My appetite is whetted for more. I cannot wait until the Surface is released!

 If you haven’t registered for the Summit, now is the time to do it and I look forward to seeing you there! I look forward to your comments.