SQL Saturday Tampa Nov 9th - MUST ATTEND EVENT! Check it out -



Please join us Saturday Nov 9th for SQL Saturday #248 Tampa BI + Big Data Edition at USF!

SQL Saturday BI & Big Data Edition is a free training event for everyone interested in learning about Business Intelligence & Big Data with a focus in the Microsoft SQL Server platform and related Microsoft technologies. This event will be held November  9th, 2013 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the University of South Florida (USF), in the College of Business building located at 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 across the Sun Dome parking lot area. To register, please visit http://sqlsaturday.com/248/register.aspx

In addition to our Saturday free event, we will also host four (4) paid full day pre-conferences with a selected group of SQL Server and BI experts, book authors and Microsoft MVPs. See the complete list of pre-cons below.

Precon #1: Practical Self-Service BI with PowerPivot for Excel (Thursday 11/7/2013)
Presenter: Bill Pearson, MVP, CPA, CITP, CMA, CIA, MCDBA, MCS)
clip_image003Full-day, hands-on introduction to using PowerPivot for Excel to deliver self-service business intelligence. The focus of the course is to help those new to PowerPivot to become familiar with the assembly of data from diverse sources into models that deliver business intelligence upon demand.  Participants will gain exposure to accessing and relating data, and to employing the Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) language, to construct and share PowerPivot applications that support analysis and reporting throughout the enterprise.

Precon #2: Build a Data Warehouse in 1 Day (Thursday 11/7/2013)
Presenter: Jose Chinchilla, MCITP
clip_image007Ready for a full day of fun and interactive learning? Join Business Intelligence Architect and SQL Server expert, Jose Chinchilla, MCITP, for a day of hands-on training on architecting, modeling and developing a Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence solution. We will start by analyzing the business requirements, then we'll move on to develop ETLs and a cube and finalize  with reports and Dashboards. You will have the opportunity to follow along the exercises and create fact and dimension tables, SSIS Packages, SSAS Cube and SSRS Reports.clip_image005[1]

Precon #3: Fundamentals of Microsoft Data Science (Friday 11/8/2013)
Presenter: Mark Tabladillo, MVP, Ph.D.
clip_image009Microsoft provides enterprise-level data mining technology, ranging from supporting individual analysts through scalable server solutions. This one-day seminar provides an overview of advanced Microsoft-based analytics within the context of the applied scientific method.  The key technologies demonstrated will be SQL Server 2012 (Analysis Services) and Azure-based HDInsight (Hadoop and Mahout).  Some guidance will also be provided for the R and Julia languages. The course instructor brings his past experience in not only consulting but also from teaching statistics at the undergraduate and graduate level (Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Phoenix). The overall goal is to explain data mining in a scientifically accurate way while making the technology practically accessible and even fun. Preview a screencast of this precon at: http://www.screencast.com/t/RRyNLGDigDJU