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Surfing Analytics Technology Waves
11 months ago

Surfing Analytics Technology Waves

Massive waves of change are rippling throughout the analytics industry. Beyond hype, it is imperative to understand when to embrace a technology trend in its formative stages. Last week I …
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Immersive Data Visualization with Virtual Reality
12 months ago

Immersive Data Visualization with Virtual Reality

It is no secret that I have been dreaming about combining virtual reality with the world of big data visualization. Big data exploration today is limited by two and three …
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Embracing Aspects of Analytics Automation
1 year ago

Embracing Aspects of Analytics Automation

As analytics maturity progresses concurrently with advances in modern business intelligence, we are seeing more innovative players in the areas of analytics automation. From automating visualizations, descriptive and predictive models to creating intelligent, …
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Top 10 Data Visualization Migration Considerations
1 year ago

Top 10 Data Visualization Migration Considerations

Much like the cloud wars and the race to zero, the data visualization market is also at war. Multiple mega-vendor players are driving down prices in the short-term for long-term market …
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BI Market Consolidation Buzz
1 year ago

BI Market Consolidation Buzz

On my first week of sabbatical, my Tropical Garden 2.0 project was stalled by huge news regarding the potential sale of Qlik that lit up discussions of inevitable BI industry consolidation. In January this …
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Tackling Data Gravity with Hybrid BI Solutions
1 year ago

Tackling Data Gravity with Hybrid BI Solutions

After two glorious days of vacation in Palm Cove, Australia, my inner spirit is recharged and I am ready to write. Last week I presented Tackling Data Gravity with Hybrid …
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Spectacular Events in Spring 2016
1 year ago

Spectacular Events in Spring 2016

Spring is almost here! It is my favorite time of year. Flowers blossom, trees come back to life, my bright color wardrobe reappears and there are many industry conferences to feed …
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Big Changes in Gartner 2016 BI Magic Quadrant
1 year ago

Big Changes in Gartner 2016 BI Magic Quadrant

Thursday, February 4, 2016 rocked the business intelligence and analytics world. The day started with the release of an exciting new 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics report, …
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Public Data Storytelling
1 year ago

Public Data Storytelling

Today Microsoft announced an exciting preview of public Power BI report publishing for data storytelling. New Power BI Publish to Web unlocks visual analytics everywhere. With YouTube-like embed link creation simplicity, anyone …
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January 2016 Microsoft BI World News
1 year ago

January 2016 Microsoft BI World News

As sunshine brilliantly glistened over the snow blanketed Northern Hemisphere, Redmond teams kicked off the year with a flurry of updates, announcements and releases. From a new analytics conference to …
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Revisiting Self-Service BI Governance
1 year ago

Revisiting Self-Service BI Governance

How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions? You have to be doing better than me. I get an F in January = total failure. Despite all the workout gear …
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Revolutionizing Microsoft Analytics
1 year ago

Revolutionizing Microsoft Analytics

Shhhh…everyone is asleep. Finally I can sneak into my home office, light up the lovely Sun & Sand Yankee Candle, and spin up the Azure Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine …
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My Favorite Public Data Sources
1 year ago

My Favorite Public Data Sources

Where to get public data? In this article, I will share a few of my personal favorite public data sources. Combining public data in your own analytics projects can add …
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December 2015 Microsoft BI World News
1 year ago

December 2015 Microsoft BI World News

Here we go again! Another month means another deluge of announcements and feature releases from various Microsoft teams. There is no such thing as slowing down for the holidays in Redmond. For time-starved technical …
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BI Wars: Microsoft Awakens
1 year ago

BI Wars: Microsoft Awakens

A long time ago in a galaxy of data far, far away….

Mega-vendors and niche vendors aligned forces to expand on-premises business Intelligence battles into the cloud. The increasing commotion awakened …
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SQL Server and Power BI Holiday Gifts
1 year ago

SQL Server and Power BI Holiday Gifts

In traditional Microsoft style, the SQL Server and Power BI teams just released a few totally amazing downloads for the holidays including the highly anticipated SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.2 and the latest …
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Dear Santa Let Me Explain
1 year ago

Dear Santa Let Me Explain

Although 2015 was a fantastic year for Microsoft SQL Server BI and Power BI, it was not a good year for me. Dear Santa, I know the 2015 Underwood Family Task …
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November 2015 Microsoft BI World News
1 year ago

November 2015 Microsoft BI World News

Another month means another flurry of updates were released across Microsoft’s BI and analytics offerings. There is no such thing as a holiday slowdown for these teams. The external momentum now continues growing …
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Storytelling with Infographics: Where to Start
1 year ago

Storytelling with Infographics: Where to Start

My love for this profession is more of a sickness. Those of us that have this illness, can’t resist the temptation to dig in, play and visualize data. With the latest November Power BI Desktop release, …
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R You Ready for SQL Server 2016?
1 year ago

R You Ready for SQL Server 2016?

It is a late night here in Tampa – 2:04AM EST to be exact. Pups are snoring. Crickets are chirping. Classical music is quietly playing on my little iTunes gadget. …
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