Jason Morales' Microsoft BI Update - January 2012


SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate is now Available!

Download: SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)
My Top 5 SQL Server 2012 Features…
New Demo of Power View is Live!

Get your SQL Server database ready for Azure

Data Analytics, Business Intelligence Workers in Demand



Gaining Insights On Your Competitors with Competitive Intelligence
Predictive Modeling Competitions Can Solve Complex Real-World Problems
Using Big Data To Save Consumers Money

Microsoft BI Labs
Analytics for Twitter
Calendar Analytics
PivotViewer extension for SSRS
Fuzzy Lookup Add-In for Excel

BI Case Studies
Centene Corporation – (Healthcare) BI for CRM
Great Western Bank – (Financial Services) SQL 2012
RealtyTrac –  (Data Services) SQL 2012
Edgenet – (Data Services) SQL 2012
Texas Children’s Hospital – (Healthcare) SPS 2010 Dashboards
Patten Industries – (Wholesalers) SAP migration
Revlon – (Consumer Goods) Project Server

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
Business Intelligence Scenarios

Microsoft White Papers – SQL Server 2008 R2
Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 R2
Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 Reference Guide
Using SQL Server Integration Services and StreamInsight Together
Project Barcelona Team Blog
Blog: Let’s Talk About SQL Server
Whitepaper and Samples: DAX in the Tabular BI Semantic Model
Microsoft’s Big Data Roadmap and Approach

Comparing the Business Value of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and…
   Oracle Database 11g
   IBM DB2 9.7
   Sybase ASE 15.5 

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

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

Creating BI Dashboards Using SharePoint 2010, No Programming Required
What Else is PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint 2010 – And what else is it?
PerformancePoint Services Overview
PerformancePoint Services Administration
Plan, Design, and Implement a PerformancePoint Dashboard
Getting Started with Dashboards
Getting Started with Dashboard Designer
Getting Started Using the Business Intelligence Center
What is SharePoint Business Intelligence?
How to Navigate PerformancePoint Dashboards and Explore Data
Viewing reports and scorecards on Apple iPad devices

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

Use Visio Services with SharePoint lists

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

Where to begin: PowerPivot for Excel

SQL Azure
What is SQL Azure?
SQL Azure Demos
Azure DataMarket



Understanding Microsoft’s big-picture plans for Hadoop and Project Isotope
Microsoft cloud to power environmental big data

Oracle’s Downward Spiral
In Oracle's core competency, databases, Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) SQL Server scored significantly higher satisfaction ratings among survey respondents. More than 80 percent of participants gave Microsoft SQL Server "excellent" or "very good" ratings, compared to the 43 percent that gave the Oracle DB an "excellent" or "very good" rating.

 2011: the Year Cloud Computing Shook the Data Center
Cloud business analytics full of promise but hitting barriers
Big Data: Why All The Fuss?
Business intelligence in the cloud: is SaaS BI in your future?
Why Mobile BI?  Just ask anyone in Hollywood
‘Big data’ finds ally in predictive analytics, but combo requires care


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