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About Jen Underwood

Jen Underwood, founder of Impact Analytix, LLC, has 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, former Tableau Zen Master, and active analytics community contributor. 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
Predictive Data Visualization with Tableau
4 years ago

Predictive Data Visualization with Tableau

Happy New Year! Forbes 100 Must Watch Trends in 2013* Ok, so it is not my article but I did feel that it was a “must include” for my readers …
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Looking back on 2012…
4 years ago

Looking back on 2012…

WOW! 2012 was an incredible year. I wanted to fondly look back upon the entire year of 2012 before diving into what is new, wild and exciting in 2013. This …
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Unstructured Data Mining/Predictive Analytics with Mahout
5 years ago

Unstructured Data Mining/Predictive Analytics with Mahout

It literally has been an “eventful” month or two – pun intended! After being on the road for multiple Microsoft product launches, SQL Saturday and attending SAP TechEd, I am …
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Extend Excel Data Visualizations with Office Apps
5 years ago

Extend Excel Data Visualizations with Office Apps

I am truly excited about the ability to easily extend Excel with “Office Apps”. I couldn’t resist checking out this new feature to create an interactive, drillable treemap/heatmap data visualization …
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FAQ: How is PowerPivot Different than Excel?
5 years ago

FAQ: How is PowerPivot Different than Excel?

I have wanted to write this post for a LOOOOONG time now.  I cannot delay this again, period.  Deep technical resources often ask me what is the difference between PowerPivot …
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What-If Analytic Scenario Simulation Options
5 years ago

What-If Analytic Scenario Simulation Options

A common advanced analytic requirement is “what if” scenario modeling. How can we enable our analysts to alter certain parameters  within known contraints to test potential impact?  Well, let me …
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Beautiful BI Sites with SharePoint 2013
5 years ago

Beautiful BI Sites with SharePoint 2013

SharePoint site design and difficulty creating SharePoint master pages has plagued most of the BI developers I know including myself. In the last 16 years,  I have seen my fair share …
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Free BI Technical Training from Microsoft Product Teams
5 years ago

Free BI Technical Training from Microsoft Product Teams

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com

WOW – how did I miss the memo?  I did not know this great technical resource even existed so thought I would share it here in case others are …
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Office 2013 Business Intelligence Highlights
5 years ago

Office 2013 Business Intelligence Highlights

The Office 2013 Consumer Preview was released and there are some pretty awesome business intelligence highlights within it. Here is a quick summary of the features I have seen thus …
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Microsoft Mobile Business Intelligence
5 years ago

Microsoft Mobile Business Intelligence

TechEd 2012 Mobile BI Session Recording: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/DBI327 Good News for Microsoft BI on iPad http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh697482.aspx  SSRS now officially supported  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj659023.aspx  Mobile BI on iPad tutorials http://www.msbiacademy.com/Lesson.aspx?id=91  Excellent Mobile BI video! …
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SSAS Tabular Model Security White Paper Released
5 years ago

SSAS Tabular Model Security White Paper Released

Continuing on with my FAQ theme, Dave Wickert just directed me to a recently released security white paper for SSAS Tabular Models written by Cathy Dumas that I could not …
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FAQ: How to deploy SQL Server 2012 BI in a SharePoint 2010 farm
5 years ago

FAQ: How to deploy SQL Server 2012 BI in a SharePoint 2010 farm

UPDATE: August 2012 Power View Infrastructure Installation:  Step-by-Step and Scripts

General guidance for implementing SQL Server 2012 BI in a SharePoint 2010 farm (with one dedicated BI Server in the …
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SQL Server 2012 Improvements for SAP Environments
5 years ago

SQL Server 2012 Improvements for SAP Environments

Microsoft is showcasing mobile tablets, SQL Server 2012, Windows 8, Office, SharePoint and Duet solutions with SAP at the SAPPHIRE conference in Orlando May 14 -16.  There is a very …
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PowerPivot “How To” for Large Scale Projects
5 years ago

PowerPivot “How To” for Large Scale Projects

It seems many BI pros do not realize the wonderful large scale potential for PowerPivot projects using the easy SSAS upgrade path in SQL Server 2012. Most of the enterprise …
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SAP Hana and PowerPivot
5 years ago

SAP Hana and PowerPivot

Last year I shared a fantastic white paper on various ways to consumer SAP and SAP BW data in PowerPivot for more agile self-service business intelligence with SAP sources –  …
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Windows 8 Consumer Tablet Preview
5 years ago

Windows 8 Consumer Tablet Preview

Windows 8 Tablet  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/get-started

Windows 8 tablet consumer preview was released on February 29, 2012. You can download and install it to get an idea of what the future brings. …
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Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight
5 years ago

Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight

Big Data seems to be everywhere and I notice quite a bit of confusion around it. Last week I saw Bill Inmon, the father of data warehousing, speak about his …
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PowerPivot Maps, Tabs, Image Overlays and Other Creative Tips
5 years ago

PowerPivot Maps, Tabs, Image Overlays and Other Creative Tips

Let’s face it, dashboard presentation design matters and you can get fancy with PowerPivot. PowerPivot can be seriously fun, functional and powerful – especially with upcoming Hadoop ODBC and Hive …
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Social Analytics PowerPivot Solutions
5 years ago

Social Analytics PowerPivot Solutions

UPDATED 8/14/2013 Microsoft BI Social Analytics Solution and Technical Support Site

Social analytics enables companies to keep a constant pulse on   the marketplace by reviewing customer sentiment, likes, dislikes  and hot …
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Good News for Microsoft BI on iPad
6 years ago

Good News for Microsoft BI on iPad

Source: http://epmsource.com/tag/ipad.

The December 2011 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 further improves the iPad SharePoint BI experience.  The SharePoint Product Team Blog announcement was made on December 19, 2011. With …
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