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Special Report, The Economist
 
 
The company makes a surprise leap ahead of Business Objects and Cognos in its ability to execute on BI products and pricing
 
 
 

WEBCASTS
All webcast times are in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise specified

How Microsoft IT Developed Best Practices in Offering PowerPivot as a Service
Hosted by Microsoft
Mar 16, 12:30pm
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Week of Business Intelligence – webinar series
Hosted by Pragmatic Works
Mar 22-26
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SharePoint 2007 vs 2010
Hosted by Gig Werks
Mar 24, 1pm
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Obtain Customer Loyalty with Tracking, Marketing, and Communication
Hosted by Neudesic
Feb 4, 1pm
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Business Intelligence using SharePoint 2010 & PowerPivot
Hosted by ShareSquared
Feb 9, 2pm
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Microsoft Consolidated Business Intelligence: Delivering BI to Microsoft
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 23, 12:30pm
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From Strategy to Students: Realizing the Vision
Hosted by Mariner
Feb 23, 11am
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Total Cost of Database Administration: A Comparison of SQL Server and Oracle
Hosted by Microsoft
Feb 26, 12pm
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How Microsoft IT Developed Best Practices in Offering PowerPivot as a Service
Hosted by Microsoft
Mar 16, 12:30pm
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EVENTS
Using SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence Breakthrough Tool
Hosted by Quilogy
Mar 2, Naperville, IL
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North Central District Microsoft BI User Group
Hosted by BISIG
Mar 3, Bloomington, MN
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SoCal BI User Group
Hosted by Xelleration
Mar 4, San Diego, CA
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Boise SQL Server User Group
Hosted by Microsoft
Mar 9, Boise, ID
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Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference
Hosted by Microsoft
Jun 7-10, New Orleans, LA
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Using SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence Breakthrough Tool
Hosted by Quilogy
Mar 2, Naperville, IL
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TRAINING

Web-based Training
 
SQL Server: Training Portal
SharePoint Server 2007: Training Portal
PerformancePoint Monitoring and Analytics: Dashboard basics I,  Dashboard basics II
Excel 2007: Training Courses
 
Instructor Led Training
 
Solving Business Problems with MDX in SQL Server 2008
Solid Quality Mentors
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Accelebrate
Mar 29-31, Online
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SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Training
Intertech
Mar 15-17, Minneapolis, MN
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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Training
Intertech
Mar 29-30, Minneapolis, MN
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Accelebrate
Apr 12-14, Online
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February
Training
SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) Training
Intertech
Feb 8, Minneapolis, MN
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
Accelebrate
Feb 8, Online
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SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) Training
Intertech
Feb 10, Minneapolis, MN
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Microsoft Business Intelligence from SQL 2008 through SharePoint and Office 2007
Accelebrate
Feb 22, Online
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Implementing and Maintaining SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (SSRS)
Intertech
Feb 22, Minneapolis, MN
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Solving Business Problems with MDX in SQL Server 2008
Solid Quality Mentors
Mar 9, Minneapolis, MN
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Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
Accelebrate
Mar 8, Online
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SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Training
Intertech
Mar 15, Minneapolis, MN
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RESOURCES
Microsoft BI
2010 Betas are here, including Office, SharePoint, Project & Visio

SQL Server
Business Intelligence: SQL 2005, SQL 2008
SSAS: SQL Sentry, Performance Optimization Software
Data Mining: SQL 2005, SQL 2008
SharePoint Server 2007

Business Intelligence: Overview, Using BI Features
SharePoint Server 2010
Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 Feature Support, Dashboard Improvements,
Blog: Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 Feature Support, Dashboard Improvements,
Office 2010
 
Demo: PowerPivot Mashup by Mr Excel
 
Microsoft BI Certifications
Learning Plan: BI Developer
Exam: 70-448
Exam: 70-452
 
Related BI Resources
Blog: Using a Data Warehouse for CRM
Demo: Extended Outlook – Put your business intelligence reporting inside Microsoft Outlook
 
Demo: Extended Outlook – Put your business intelligence reporting inside Microsoft Outlook
 
 
NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES
 
 
 
February Releases
 
1.    SQL 2008 SP1 CU6 released
Take the PowerPivot Alpha Geek Challenge #2!
Events - BeyeNETWORK: Global coverage of the business intelligence

Business Intelligence Gets Smart:  What top companies are doing right with their BI initiatives and what you can learn from them. By Doug Henschen, Intelligent Enterprise
2.    In A Down Economy, Companies Turn To Real-Time Analytics To Track Demand: Manufacturers and retailers lead the way in using up-to-the-minute point-of-sale data to avoid stock-outs and overproduction. By Doug Henschen, InformationWeek

Download SQL Server 2008 Trial Software Evaluation Edition: This comprehensive data platform is secure, reliable, and scalable for your mission critical applications and provides rich services for any data type.

Realize Impressive Savings By Consolidating on SQL Server 2008: Learn more about this enterprise class, low-cost, feature-rich and easy-to-use data platform

BI Platform Solution Blueprint:The Blueprint Poster by Advaiya gives IT managers a comprehensive view of how Business Intelligence & Search technologies work within their IT environment.
 
BI Capability Overview:In a platform-aligned environment, organizations can easily and inexpensively poll existing data sources and live business processes to get the most recent and accurate picture of the environment.

BI — IT Manager Community Hub:  Find out how Microsoft BI can help you in IT, Finance, Operations, and Sales

Resources on Business & IT Value:  Microsoft BI offers a complete, fully integrated set of BI technologies that can help reduce the complexity of organizing and distributing information, enable better business decisions, and improve your bottom line.

Tour the Capability - BI:  Improving business insight and performance with business intelligence.
Webcast | Podcast | Chat
 
News in January 2010
News in December 2009
Bruno Aziza interviews Stephon Elop, President of Microsoft's Business Division
 
BIDN Launches:  Business Intelligence Developer Network (www.BIDN.com)
 
 
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December 2009 - Business Intelligence Update

HOT TOPICS
2010 Betas are here, including Office, SharePoint, Project & Visio
Demo: Extended Outlook – Put your business intelligence reporting inside Microsoft Outlook
 

WEBCAST EVENTS
All webcast times are in Eastern Time Zone unless otherwise specified

Looping, Moving Files, and Splitting Data Streams: Intermediate SSIS Tasks for the DBA
Hosted by PASS DW/BI Virtual Chapter, with guest speaker Tim Mitchell
Dec 15, 12pm
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Zero to Cube in 60 Minutes
Hosted by PASS DW/BI Virtual Chapter, with guest speaker Adam Jorgensen
Dec 18, 12pm
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The Many-to-Many Compression Algorithm
Hosted by PASS DW/BI Virtual Chapter, with guest speaker Eugene Asahara
Dec 21, 12pm
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Beat the Competition with the Power of Analytics
Hosted by Panorama
Dec 3, 2pm
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FEDSPUG December Meeting (Webcast)
Hosted by MicroLink
Dec 3, 2pm
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SharePoint 2010 Preview
Hosted by Gig Werks
Dec 8, 1pm
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Is Your Data Warehousing Project Doomed from the Beginning?
Hosted by B2B Technologies
Dec 10, 12:30pm
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Best Practices for Pervasive BI
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Dec 10, 1pm
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Build More Powerful Solutions with Bing Maps
Hosted by Microsoft
Dec 10, 1pm
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Portfolio Management and Capital Planning with Microsoft Solutions
Hosted by Projility
Dec 12, 1pm
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Enhance your SharePoint BI Portal
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Jan 7, 1pm
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SaaS and BI
Hosted by Strategy Companion
Jan 21, 1pm
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Emerge Stronger with Microsoft BI: Sales and Marketing
Hosted by Microsoft
Jan 26, 2 pm
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TRAINING

Web-based Training

SQL Server: Training Portal
SharePoint Server 2007: Training Portal
PerformancePoint Monitoring and Analytics: Dashboard basics I,  Dashboard basics II
Excel 2007: Training Courses
In-Person Training

Deploying, Operating, and Tuning an Analysis Services 2008 Solution
Hosted by Solid Quality Mentors
Feb 1, Minneapolis, MN
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SQL Server 2008 End-to-End Business Intelligence Workshop
Solid Quality Mentors
Feb 15, Minneapolis, MN
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OLAP Heartbeat – monitor activity on Analysis Services
 
SQL Server 2008 R2 – Parallel Data Warehouse (“Project Madison”)
 
 

SharePoint Server 2007
Business Intelligence: Overview, Using BI Features
SharePoint Server 2010

Blog: Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 Feature Support, Dashboard Improvements,
 
Office 2010
 
Microsoft BI Certifications
 
Related BI Resources
 
Caveman Forecaster – great resource for data mining/time series forecasting
www.Recovery.gov – track Stimulus Spending
 
 
Bruno Aziza interviews Stephon Elop, President of Microsoft's Business Division
 
BIDN Launches:  Business Intelligence Developer Network (www.BIDN.com)
 

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