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About Jen Underwood

Jen Underwood, founder of Impact Analytix, LLC, has over 20 years of experience in “hands-on” development of data warehouses, reporting and advanced analytics solutions. In addition to keeping a constant pulse on industry trends, she enjoys digging into oceans of data. Jen is honored to be an IBM Analytics Insider, SAS contributor, former Tableau Zen Master, and active analytics community member.

In the past, Jen has held worldwide product management roles at Microsoft and served as a technical lead for system implementation firms. She has launched new analytics products and turned around failed projects. Today she provides industry thought leadership, advisory, strategy, and market research.

Jen has a Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing, Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a post-graduate certificate in Computer Science – Data Mining from the University of California, San Diego.

Latest Posts | By Jen Underwood
Setting Up a SharePoint 2013 BI Farm
4 years ago

Setting Up a SharePoint 2013 BI Farm

Getting through a SharePoint 2013 BI Farm install is a complex and daunting process for even the very best Microsoft BI talent in the world. It is not easy…period. Each …
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PASS Summit 2013 News
4 years ago

PASS Summit 2013 News

This one will be short and sweet. If you want to watch the PASS Summit 2013 key note, it is available at the PASS Summit site.

This year very little …
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Getting Started with Tableau 8.1 Beta & R – Part 1
4 years ago

Getting Started with Tableau 8.1 Beta & R – Part 1

Last weekend I finally got a chance in the middle of the night again to play with the new Tableau 8.1 Beta and R integration with RServe. After a Diet …
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Power View HTML5 Mobile Preview for Office 365
4 years ago

Power View HTML5 Mobile Preview for Office 365

The Power BI and Mobile App Preview is beginning to expand. Honestly, I have not had one spare moment yet to spin up my Power BI Preview environment. I do …
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BI News from Oracle Open World and Qlik QTUnsummit
4 years ago

BI News from Oracle Open World and Qlik QTUnsummit

In the continued annual fall barrage of conferences, this week Oracle Open World and QlikTech QTUnsummit has some big BI news to share. Although these are not heavily implemented solutions …
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SAP buys KXEN to Further Predictive Analytics
4 years ago

SAP buys KXEN to Further Predictive Analytics

The red hot BI and Predictive Analytics market is packed with top vendors on big time shopping sprees. Somehow I missed this bit of news at the time it was …
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TIBCO (Spotfire) Acquires Extended Results and PUSH BI
4 years ago

TIBCO (Spotfire) Acquires Extended Results and PUSH BI

Breaking news today from a great little company called Extended Results, creator of the PUSH BI mobile applications many Microsoft BI customers used to bridge the mobile BI gaps. TIBCO, …
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Tableau TCC 2013, What’s New in 8.1+ and Zen Master
4 years ago

Tableau TCC 2013, What’s New in 8.1+ and Zen Master

What an incredible week of data lover industry and community events – Annual Tableau Customer Conference (TCC), SAP BusinessObjects User Conference, Tampa Analytics Group with Pentaho by Mark Kromer, South …
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Couple Quick SQL Server World Updates
4 years ago

Couple Quick SQL Server World Updates

August has been a busy blog month so I am going to keep this one short and sweet.  There are a couple key updates in SQL Server World floating around …
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SAP BI and Analytics Roadmap Updates
4 years ago

SAP BI and Analytics Roadmap Updates

In a colorful #AllAccessAnalytics webinar and Twitter event, Steven Lucas, President of SAP Platform Solutions, and his newly announced BI, Analytics an Big Data team openly briefed attendees on new …
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Ah ha! Power BI Mobile App is in the Windows App Store
4 years ago

Ah ha! Power BI Mobile App is in the Windows App Store

Checking the social media and Twitter-sphere tonight, I noticed a post on the Power BI Mobile App being showcased in the Windows 8 app store. (Tip: For my readers outside …
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Myth: Tableau can’t use Stored Procedures. Reality: Yes it can!
4 years ago

Myth: Tableau can’t use Stored Procedures. Reality: Yes it can!

There seems to be a myth out there that Tableau can’t work with SQL Server stored procedures. That may have been true in Tableau v6 but not it is not …
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Data Discovery Player Market Trends
4 years ago

Data Discovery Player Market Trends

In keeping a close pulse on the overall BI industry, one of the stats I like to track is the Job Trends and Skills that are HOT and their increase …
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Prediction, Optimization, Simulation and Prescriptive Analytics
4 years ago

Prediction, Optimization, Simulation and Prescriptive Analytics

I recently came across an impressive Excel 2013 Add-In that I recall first seeing a few years ago for an older version of Excel while in Data Mining class at …
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Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Power BI
4 years ago

Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Power BI

Big Cloud BI news today from Microsoft’s annual partner conference. Announcements regarding an upcoming preview offering for Office 365 customers called Power BI will include:

Like it or not, Self-Service BI and Cloud BI are Here
4 years ago

Like it or not, Self-Service BI and Cloud BI are Here

The BI market is buzzing with two significant BI players in the last month announcing Cloud BI offerings for their popular Self-Service BI solutions: Microsoft and now Tableau.  These two …
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Tip! How To Display SSAS Member Properties in Tableau
4 years ago

Tip! How To Display SSAS Member Properties in Tableau

I have been meaning to share this tip for a long time and stumbled upon it again backing up files to my off-site server this past week.  A while ago …
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Setting, Revisiting, and Pursuing Life Goals
4 years ago

Setting, Revisiting, and Pursuing Life Goals

Pursuing Life Goals. Two months ago I shared in the Impact Analytix Launch blog that I decided to pursue a life dream of owning my own business. Not everyone in …
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Practical Predictive Analytics
4 years ago

Practical Predictive Analytics

I recently did a fun TDWI Practical Predictive Analytics presentation on how to get started with data mining and predictive analytics using a wide variety of tools including: RapidMiner, R, …
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SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 Business Intelligence Summary
4 years ago

SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 Business Intelligence Summary

In an unusual but warmly welcomed move, Microsoft SQL Server Technical Marketing released the SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 Product Guide before the CTP was released to the public.  The …
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