PASS Board of Directors, PASS Board of Directors Election

What I learned from David Bowie, and Statement of Support for Wendy Pastrick for PASS Board of Directors

Firstly, I don't speak for PASS generally. Denise McInerny has already written a statement of support and you're welcome to read it. I encourage you to learn about all the candidates campaign platforms on the PASS Elections site and to vote. The voting period is Oct. 5-11. "Don't be the first to do something. Be second." -… Continue reading What I learned from David Bowie, and Statement of Support for Wendy Pastrick for PASS Board of Directors

Jen's Diary

Jen’s PASS Diary: A week in the life of a PASS Non Executive Director

As always, I don't officially represent PASS here. As you will know, this week the application opens to be on the Board of Directors for PASS. I've held my post for two and a half years, and I am not up for election this time. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to get… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: A week in the life of a PASS Non Executive Director

Business Analytics, Jen's Diary, PASS BA Conference, PASS Board of Directors

Jen’s PASS Diary: The Happy Prince and the Swallow

Picture Credit: checanty Oscar Wilde was well known for his writing for adults, but he's probably less well known for his excellent children's writing, too. He tackles strong themes, and they are well worth the read for adults as well as children. In one short story, The Happy Prince, Wilde writes a rather sad tale… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: The Happy Prince and the Swallow

Azure, Big Data

AzureCon round up: Intelligent Cloud, Applications, Data, Infrastructure, Business Agility and Cloud Ability

I organised an AzureCon viewing party tonight in Hertfordshire, with great team support from Team Awesome over at Cloudamour. We watched a total of four keynotes, running back to back for almost four hours. The keynotes were all awesome and I've blogged some learnings here. First up, was Scott Guthrie (t), igniting the keynotes and kicking… Continue reading AzureCon round up: Intelligent Cloud, Applications, Data, Infrastructure, Business Agility and Cloud Ability

Business Analytics, Business Intelligence

Simple explanation of a t-test and its meaning using Excel 2013

For those of us you say that stats are 'dry' - you are clearly being shown the wrong numbers! Statistics are everywhere and it's well worth understanding what you're talking about, when you talk about data, numbers or languages such as R or Python for data and number crunching. Statistics knowledge is extremely useful, and… Continue reading Simple explanation of a t-test and its meaning using Excel 2013

Azure, Azure Machine Learning, Business Analytics, PowerBI

Upcoming Microsoft Azure webinars on Azure Machine Learning and Cortana Analytics

I found these webinars over at the Microsoft site, and I'm reposting them here for you: Introduction to Azure Data Factory with Wee Hyong Tok, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft August 4, 2015 at 10am PDT  This webinar is held by Microsoft, and I recommend you tune in if you want to learn more about Azure Data… Continue reading Upcoming Microsoft Azure webinars on Azure Machine Learning and Cortana Analytics

Business Analytics

Cortana Analytics News Roundup

If you found missed Joseph Sirosh's webinar on Cortana Analytics, Click here to view the webinar. If you don't have time for that, then Click here to download a copy of the slides that were presented. If you are interested in a review by an industry analyst, I'd recommend Andrew Brust's article on Cortana from… Continue reading Cortana Analytics News Roundup

Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Community, PASS BA Conference, SQLServerPedia Syndication

Jen’s PASS Diary: SQLSaturday Edinburgh: My heartfelt thanks go to…

SQLSaturday Edinburgh went ahead last Saturday, June 13th, and everyone had a great day. It's clear that people in the community believe in what I am doing. They voted with their feet to attend, to speak, and to sponsor. We had high quality speakers delivering world-class content - 8 MVPs, 2 Microsoft staff, and the remainder are… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: SQLSaturday Edinburgh: My heartfelt thanks go to…

Community

Jen’s Pass Diary: Reflections and a plea for help for the ‘little guy’.

This blog does not represent PASS. Here, I discuss a few threads: PASS HQ Meeting A plea for help for SQLSaturday Edinburgh along with some SQLBits commentary A plea for the little guy - my thoughts on Business Analytics and Business Intelligence and a well wish to someone dear to me PASS HQ Meeting I… Continue reading Jen’s Pass Diary: Reflections and a plea for help for the ‘little guy’.