Thursday, July 28, 2011

Business Intelligence Track–SQLSaturday #64 Baton Rouge

Just in case you did not know, the annual Baton Rouge SQLSaturday #64 and Tech Day will be August 6th in Baton Rouge, LA at the LSU campus. Patrick LeBlanc started it all in 2009 and there is wonder group of Technology Geeks keeping the trend going.

If I were not volunteering for #SqlSat64, this is where my but would be all day, except during lunch eating jambalaya and watching with Steve Jones represent RedGate

Business Intelligence for Managers/Decision Makers (1111) - Beginner

BI Track – 8:30-9:30AM

Business Intelligence is an essential component for any business today and a successful BI implementation has the power to change the way your organization functions. In this non-technical session Carlos Bossy will show you what a BI project looks like and how it is different from other IT projects, how to determine the ROI of a BI project, the makeup of a good BI team, how to define the success of a BI implementation, and how to fix a BI project gone bad. You will also learn how to evaluate your BI & Analytical Strategy and you should leave this session with better knowledge of how to plan, build and deploy effective Business Intelligence solutions.

Carlos Bossy (MCTS SQL Server 2008 BI, CBIP) is a Consultant with 25 years of experience in software and database development. Carlos is an independent consultant and focuses on developing Business Intelligence solutions including data warehouses, predictive analytics, data integration and reporting. He has worked with SQL Server for 10 years and is very enthusiastic about its powerful features. Carlos has developed warehouses and BI solutions for a variety of industries and state agencies.

Handling Advanced Data Warehouse Scenarios in SSIS (1111) - Intermediate

BI Track – 9:45-10:45AM

So you’ve used SSIS to populate a simple star schema data mart, and everybody’s happy. But now you have new requirements that require more advanced data warehouse approaches, like late arriving dimensions, bridge tables, parent child dimensions, and Type 3 or Type 6 slowly changing dimensions (SCD). How do you handle those in a scalable, efficient way in SSIS? This session will present some common patterns for handling these scenarios. You’ll learn when to use each advanced approach and the pros and cons associated with each pattern. You will learn how to implement these patterns in SSIS, and how to tune them for high performance

John Welch is BI Architect with Varigence. Varigence builds tools and frameworks that enable the creation and management of end-to-end business intelligence solutions with unprecedented ease and speed. John has been working with business intelligence and data warehousing technologies since 2001, with a focus on Microsoft products in heterogeneous environments. He is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP), and a frequent presenter on SQL Server BI topics.

Introduction to Analysis Services 2008 R2 Cubes (1111) - Intermediate

BI Track – 11:00-12:00PM

Analysis Service’s OLAP component allows organizations to implement a cube that is designed for rapid ad hoc information retrieval of their data. The cube, as a single version of the truth, can be enriched to encapsulate business rules and calculations, and advanced Business Intelligence features including KPIs and actions. For organizations that have a Standard or Enterprise SQL Server license, Analysis Services is a possible zero-cost opportunity for your organization today. In the session learn how to exploit the capabilities and features, and the basics of best practice design. Be prepared for numerous compelling demonstrations and to leave the session energized by the potential

Peter Myers has 14 years of solid experience working in OLTP database design and Business Intelligence with SQL Server and SharePoint. In April 2010, Peter was re-awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for the fourth time. Peter enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Microsoft technologies by presenting at SQL Server user group meetings and technical events, including TechEd in North America, Europe and Australia

Designing and Optimizing SSAS Hierarchies (1111) - Advanced

BI Track – 1:30-2:30PM

In this session Jose will do an overview of the different types of hierarchies and how to design user hierarchies in SSAS by defining attribute relationships and key columns the right way. Attendees will learn how to implement natural & unnatural hierarchies, balanced and ragged hierarchies, and Parent-Child hierarchies. Jose will show how to optimize SSAS hierarchies by specifying attribute and dimension types, member uniqueness, and aggregations. Jose will also do quick intro on querying hierarchies with MDX

Jose Chinchilla is a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator and Business Intelligence Developer working as a Sr. BI Consultant and trainer for Pragmatic Works. Jose has12+ years of experience in IT and has focused his career in OLTP and OLAP database design, development and administration and specializes in ETL/ELT using SSIS, Data Warehousing and Multidimensional Analysis using SQL Server 2008 BI tools. He is also the current president of the Tampa Bay Business Intelligence User Group

Visualizing SQL Saturday (1111) - Intermediate

BI Track – 2:45-3:45PM

This session will cover the best practices of dashboard design and data analytics as we explore and create data visualizations from the history of SQL Saturday. This session will focus on analyzing trends over time, categorical trending and dashboard design

Tim Costello is an MCITP, MCTS specializing in etl and data analytics for Interworks Inc. Tim is an international speaker with 25 presentations in the US and Canada since January of 2010. Tim is active in the SQL community and leads a data visualization focused user group in the Dallas area. Tim Started working with data in Access 95 and has worked in every version of SQL from SQL 7 forward

An Overview of PowerPivot (1111) - Beginner

BI Track – 4:00-5:00PM

In this presentation, Microsoft BI Architect and SQL Server MVP Bill Pearson explores “self-service BI” as a concept. We then provide a walkthrough of the primary features of PowerPivot, focusing on how we can exploit its capabilities to offer the benefits of BI to decision makers and analysts throughout our organizations. “There’s no service like self-service …”

Bill Pearson created Island Technologies Inc. in 1997, and has developed a large and diverse customer base since. Bill's background as a CPA, Internal Auditor, Management Accountant and SQL Server MVP (BI) enable him to provide value to clients as a liaison between Accounting / Finance and Information Services. Bill has implemented enterprise business intelligence systems over the years for many Fortune 500 companies, and focuses his practice upon the integrated Microsoft business intelligence solution

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mention and for promoting the BI track Thomas. Hopefully we'll get a chance to talk BI for a few minutes during your busy weekend.

    Carlos Bossy