Jason Morales' Microsoft BI Update - April 2012


SQL Server 2012 Has Launched!
Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 to Help Customers Manage “Any Data, Any Size, Anywhere”
Microsoft Courts Big Data Market With SQL Server Update

SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit
SQL Server 2012 Adoption Cook Book
Use Upgrade Advisor to Prepare for Upgrades

Simplify SQL Server licensing with MAP Tookit 6.5
Download: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
New virtualization software reduces SQL Server 2012 licensing costs

CIOs Overcome Shortage of Business Analytics Talent

new Resources added this month highlighted below

Business Intelligence Scenarios
Microsoft BI Labs  (tools include: Analytics for Twitter, Calendar Analytics,
PivotViewer , extension for SSRS, Fuzzy Lookup Add-In for Excel)

Microsoft Virtual Academy – SQL Server 2012

BI Case Studies
Centene Corporation – (Healthcare) BI for CRM
London Borough of Lewisham, LoveCleanStreets – (City Gov’t)  Windows Azure
MetLife – (Financial Services)  Fast Track Data Warehouse
Life Care Centers of America – (Healthcare) Dashboards
SK Communications – (Media) StreamInsight
BNZ – (Financial Services) SQL 2012 xVelocity
Bank of Nagoya – (Financial Services) SQL 2012 xVelocity
Menlo Worldwide – (Logistics) SQL 2012 BI
Volvo Car Corporation – (Manufacturing) SQL 2012 BI
Copenhagen Airports – (Transportation) SharePoint for Internet
G&T Conveyor Company – (Manufacturing) Oracle & Cognos displace

SQL Server
SQL Server Home Page
SQL Server Training Portal
SQL Server Team Blog
SQL Server Best Practices – technical white papers
SQL Server User Education – documentation team blog
SQL Server Reporting Services Team Blog
Project Barcelona Team Blog

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit
Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.2 is Now Available
Technical Reference Guides for Designing Mission-Critical Solutions

Microsoft White Papers – SQL Server 2008 R2
Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 R2
Using SQL Server Integration Services and StreamInsight Together
Whitepaper and Samples: DAX in the Tabular BI Semantic Model
Microsoft’s Big Data Roadmap and Approach|
Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for SQL Server

My Top 5 SQL Server 2012 Features…
New Demo of Power View is Live!
Video: SQL 2012 Power View on SharePoint 2012
Technet: Power View (SSRS)
Tutorial: Create a Sample Report in Power View

SQL 2012 Product Specifications
SQL 2012 Backward Compatibility
SQL 2012 Discontinued Features

SharePoint Home Page
Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog
End-User Videos
SharePoint Training Portal
Training courses on Office.com
SharePoint 2010 Architectures Overview
SharePoint 2010 Technical Diagrams 

PerformancePoint Services Blog
Up to Speed with PerformancePoint Dashboard Designer
Getting Started with PerformancePoint Services
PerformancePoint Services Architecture

PerformancePoint Services Overview
PerformancePoint Services Administration
Plan, Design, and Implement a PerformancePoint Dashboard
Getting Started with Dashboard Designer
Overview of testing and deploying a dashboard by using Dashboard Designer
Create a Balanced Scorecard by Using Dashboard Designer
Add Visio Services reports to a PerformancePoint dashboard
Create a PerformancePoint strategy map as part of a Balanced Scorecard
PerformancePoint Services SuperFlows
How to Navigate PerformancePoint Dashboards and Explore Data 

Excel Services on Office.com
Getting Started with Excel Services
Resources for learning about Excel Services 

PowerPivot Component Architecture
Planning and Architecture (PowerPivot for SharePoint)
PowerPivot Security Architecture Diagram
Video: PowerPivot and Power view Lifecycle and BI Semantic Model Overview 

Office Training Portal
The Microsoft Office Blog

PowerPivot Home Page
PowerPivot Team Blog
Kasper de Jonge PowerPivot Blog
Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot Planning and Deployment
How to Use The SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins with PowerPivot for Excel
QuickStart: Learn DAX Basics in 30 Minutes 

Where to begin: PowerPivot for Excel
15 Spreadsheet Formatting Tips

SQL Azure
What is SQL Azure?
SQL Azure Demos
Azure DataMarket
Get your SQL Server database ready for Azure

Big Data

Big Data for Everyone: Using Microsoft’s Familiar BI Tools with Hadoop
Microsoft’s Hadoop roadmap reveals new big data deliverables
Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight

Microsoft, GE, and Starbucks Celebrate Being Names Some of the World’s Most Ethical Companies
Road map 2012: Microsoft’s big bang of new releases
Suddenly Microsoft if the Hippest Tech Company Around

Big Data Market to Grow to $16.9 Billion by 2015: IDC
BI Goes from Geek to Chic
Cloud Growth Spurs Demand for Data Centers
CIOs Plan to Increase Cloud Spending
10 ways big data changes everything
Military Intelligence Redefined: Big Data in the Battlefield
Public Sector Urged to Make Better Use of Big Data
Analytics Drives Next Generation Of Moneyball In Sports