Jason Morales' Microsoft BI Update - March

Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Product Guide for Business
Preview Video
Windows 8 preview breaks 1M mark in first 24 hours

SQL 2012 Virtual Launch – March 7
Virtual Launch Event Registration
SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tourlocal launch events
Why Microsoft Partners are Pumped for SQL 2012

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

Microsoft Dynamics Puts Analytics on Steroids



new Resources added this month highlighted below


Business Intelligence Scenarios
How to Choose the Right Business Intelligence Technology to Suit Your Style

-   Strata Conference 2012 and Power View Contest
-   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  (tools include: 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
Texas Children’s Hospital – (Healthcare) SPS 2010 Dashboards
Patten Industries – (Wholesalers) SAP migration
Edgenet – (Data Services) SQL 2012 StreamInsight
Co-operative Group Limited – (Retail)  Oracle migration
London Borough of Lewisham, LoveCleanStreets – (City Gov’t) Windows Azure
MetLife – (Financial Services) Fast Track Data Warehouse
Life Care Centers of America – (Healthcare) Dashboards
Sumitomo Rubber Industries – (Manufacturing) Oracle Migration
SK Communications – (Media) StreamInsight

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

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit
Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant 5.2 is Now Available

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
What is Metadata?
Blog: Let’s Talk About SQL Server
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

Download: SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)
My Top 5 SQL Server 2012 Features…
New Demo of Power View is Live!
Video: SQL 2012 Power View on SharePoint 2012
Video: Power View Cars and Fuel
Video: Natural Interaction and Microsoft BI
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
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 Dashboard Designer
Overview of testing and deploying a dashboard by using Dashboard Designer
Creating a Balanced Scorecard by Using Dashboard Designer
Add Visio Services reports to a PerformancePoint dashboard
Use Visio Services with SharePoint lists
Create a PerformancePoint strategy map as part of a Balanced Scorecard
PerformancePoint Services SuperFlows
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

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

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


Microsoft Reduces Pricing for SQL Azure, Offers New 100MB Database Option
Analysts see looming cloud push from Microsoft
Windows 8 adds help for visually impaired, physically challenged
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: What should testers expect?
Microsoft launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview, with over 100K changes from dev preview

Big Data Can Boost Security Defenses, Has Privacy Baggage: Microsoft

Understanding the Value of In-Memory Technology: A Comparative Approach



If this was forwarded to you and you want to receive it yourself, Sign Up

Have content to add to next month’s BI Update? Email me your suggestions!