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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
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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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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Tip! Microsoft BI Metadata, Impact Analysis, Dependency Analysis and Lineage
6 years ago

Tip! Microsoft BI Metadata, Impact Analysis, Dependency Analysis and Lineage

There are multiple ways to manage Microsoft BI metadata, impact analysis, dependency analysis and lineage.  In SQL Server 2012,   these features will be available in the “Project Barcelona”   SQL Server Feature Pack …
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Playing with the Big Data Hadoop ODBC Driver
6 years ago

Playing with the Big Data Hadoop ODBC Driver

At PASS, Microsoft announced the upcoming TAP for a Hadoop ODBC driver.  This driver will enable integration of Apache Hadoop, Windows and Azure Hadoop flavors with various Microsoft BI products. …
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How Microsoft Rolled Out Self-Service Business Intelligence
6 years ago

How Microsoft Rolled Out Self-Service Business Intelligence

Are you thinking about deploying PowerPivot, Excel Services, Reporting Services and/or PerformancePoint dashboard tools in your environment?  If yes, then the following Microsoft IT Showcase articles and downloadable white papers …
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Big Data, Hadoop + PDW
6 years ago

Big Data, Hadoop + PDW

I just watched the recording of Dr. DeWitt from PASS since I did not get to go. I thought the points on how/when to use Hadoop and PDW put into …
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Visio Services Data Driven Visualizations in SharePoint
6 years ago

Visio Services Data Driven Visualizations in SharePoint

I just gave a quick demo of this powerful and amazing feature that is often overlooked in the SharePoint Business Intelligence visualizations – the presentation deck is on SlideShare.  Note …
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Extending Microsoft Project Server Business Intelligence
6 years ago

Extending Microsoft Project Server Business Intelligence

Great white paper for using PerformancePoint Services with Project Server 2010 written by Emmanuel Fadullon, Delivery Architect Microsoft Consulting Services. The document provides a detailed guide for Microsoft Project Server 2010 users …
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Tip! SharePoint BI/Excel Services
6 years ago

Tip! SharePoint BI/Excel Services

If you have multiple pivot tables/charts in a SharePoint EWA web  part you can use a slicer as a controller to those multiple objects  and pass parameters to the slicer from …
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Tip! Using PowerPivot as PerformancePoint Data Sources
6 years ago

Tip! Using PowerPivot as PerformancePoint Data Sources

I just finished a really fun BI POC build. In this POC, I have been using an Excel Power Pivot .xlsx file as a PerformancePoint data source! I was skeptical but hey …
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More Microsoft BI and SAP
6 years ago

More Microsoft BI and SAP

June 2011

SQL CAT White Paper http://sqlcat.com/whitepapers/archive/2011/01/26/

SQL CAT white paper now available on how to use Power Pivot to empower business users to integrate and analyze SAP and non-SAP data …
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