Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed - these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience - if you want your own exposure then come and do a 1 - 5 minute nugget in front of your peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
5.30 – 6:00pm Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
6:00 – 6:30pm Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.
It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.
6.30 - 7:30pm iPad and PowerPivot - Mobile Business Intelligence in
Mobile Business Intelligence allows end users to
access data to support their decisions, irrespective of time and place. The
Apple iPad is the definitive tablet of the decade, and is game-changer as a
credible business tool. PowerPivot is a game-changer because it places data, and
data structures, back in the hands of business users. Apple’s cutting edge
usability, along with PowerPivot’s accessibility, can be combined to enhance
productivity for mobile business users. Together, these technologies can support
Mobile Business Intelligence as an essential tool for end users who need data
'on the go'.
What you will learn from this session:
- Capabilities of
Microsoft PowerPivot in terms of scalability and empowering access to data
Using PowerPivot as source for data, viewing the visualisation via an Apple
- Specific considerations for visualising data to serve Mobile Business
Intelligence, supported by Tableau
Come and see Mobile Business Intelligence
in action using the Apple iPad, with Microsoft PowerPivot as a data source.v
Newly awarded SQL Server MVP Jen Stirrup is an MCP, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and two Masters in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Currently, Jen is a freelance Business Intelligence consultant, delivering solutions to global clients. Jen is a veteran SQL Server Developer with over 12 years SQL experience in delivering end-to-end Business Intelligence solution. Jen blogs for SQLServerPedia as well.
7.30 - 7.50pm BREAK: Light refreshments
More time to network and ask questions...
7:50 – 8.50pm – BI features in Denali
Denali is the next release of SQL Server. There are some great new features lined up to be delivered and Andrew will look into what enhancements to the BI stack are on the release schedule, such as BISM and Project Crescent
Andrew is a technical evangelist at Microsoft UK. This means that he spends time explaining the future to IT Professionals who do data management and data centre administration. As there are just under a million IT Professionals in the UK, then to reach all of these requires him spending a lot of time on line: updating his blog, doing webcasts, and the usual social media channels. However Andrew loves going to user groups and community events to swap stories and help people get the most out of the Microsoft technologies.
8:50 - 9:00pm Close
9:00pm Down to the pub!