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Real-Time Dashboards Today
2 years ago

Real-Time Dashboards Today

Every moment counts. Look around you. We live in a fiercely competitive, interconnected, big data world where speed to insight and action have become more critical than ever before. If …
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Getting Started with Datazen Mobile BI
2 years ago

Getting Started with Datazen Mobile BI

The awesome Datazen mobile BI platform may be available to you for FREE. On April 14, 2015, Microsoft announced customers with SQL Server Enterprise Edition 2008 or later and Software …
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Easy Button Google Analytics Dashboards
2 years ago

Easy Button Google Analytics Dashboards

Of all the complimentary third-party connectors and template packs released thus far in Microsoft’s Power BI Preview, Google Analytics is by far my personal favorite!  Hmmm…looking through a few test reports generated from …
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BI Industry going through Midlife Crisis
2 years ago

BI Industry going through Midlife Crisis

It is another lovely springtime Sunday traveling across country to California. I need to have a chat with analytics conference planners to lure a few more events to Tampa, Orlando …
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Don’t Miss PASS Business Analytics 2015
2 years ago

Don’t Miss PASS Business Analytics 2015

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss out on PASS Business Analytics 2015 from April 20 – 22 in sunny Santa Clara, California. This year the program committee, myself …
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Mobile BI for On-Prem Microsoft BI and SSRS
2 years ago

Mobile BI for On-Prem Microsoft BI and SSRS

APRIL 2015 UPDATE SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with version 2008 or later and Software Assurance are freely entitled to the Datazen Server mobile BI software at no additional cost. …
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Encourage a Data Culture with Mobile BI
2 years ago

Encourage a Data Culture with Mobile BI

APRIL 2015 UPDATE SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with version 2008 or later and Software Assurance are freely entitled to the Datazen Server mobile BI software at no additional …
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Thoughts on Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant
2 years ago

Thoughts on Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant

A few weeks ago the highly anticipated Gartner Magic Quadrant reports for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms and Advanced Analytics were released. Each year I anxiously search the internet trying …
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Part 2: Integrating R with Web Applications
2 years ago

Part 2: Integrating R with Web Applications

This is the follow up to January’s Part 1: Integrating R with Web Applications. In that article I reviewed several open-source and commercial options for integrating R into web applications. …
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Microsoft BI Roadmaps: Planning the Journey
3 years ago

Microsoft BI Roadmaps: Planning the Journey

Roadmaps, roadmaps, roadmaps…how can you plan a safe journey without a roadmap? Just in case you missed the memo, Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise team recently published high level Public roadmaps …
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Data Addict Confessions: My TO DO List
3 years ago

Data Addict Confessions: My TO DO List

I have never experienced anything like the past 15 days since the Power BI freemium announcement. Since that day, my in boxes were flooded with inquiries and huge long lists …
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Part 1: Integrating R with Web Applications
3 years ago

Part 1: Integrating R with Web Applications

*** UPDATE: On 1/23/2015  Surprise!  Microsoft announced the acquisition of Revolution Analytics.  This is great news and as a result I will be adding that solution option into this mix …
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Unwrapping the Power BI vNext Public Preview
3 years ago

Unwrapping the Power BI vNext Public Preview

Happy Holidays! I wasn’t kidding when I shared to keep posted for more updates last week. Although the Public Preview of Power BI was intended to be quietly and humbly …
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Business Analytics 101
3 years ago

Business Analytics 101

You may have noticed many vendors transitioning away from the term business intelligence and instead using business analytics. I recently wrote about industry trends and the longer term, ongoing market …
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R Visualizations in Reporting Services
3 years ago

R Visualizations in Reporting Services

After several long weeks on the road, I am finally back home and digging into open-source R again. A few days ago there was a post by TIOBE Software showing …
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PASS Summit 2014 BI News
3 years ago

PASS Summit 2014 BI News

PASS Summit, the world’s largest conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals, kicked-off today with keynotes by Microsoft’s T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, James Phillips, and Joseph Sirosh. This year the event …
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Inevitable Analytics Market Commoditization
3 years ago

Inevitable Analytics Market Commoditization

I wrote about future business intelligence and analytics trends back in May 2014.  At that time, I was keeping a pulse on the following trends:

  • Embedded Analytics (already prevalent …
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A Tidal Wave of Analytics and BI News
3 years ago

A Tidal Wave of Analytics and BI News

In the past few weeks, there has literally been a blitz of analytics and business intelligence industry news. Starting with Tableau’s Conference, followed by Qlik Unsummit’s release of full Qlik …
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Tableau Conference Fun but Analytics Ho-Hum?
3 years ago

Tableau Conference Fun but Analytics Ho-Hum?

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity that I was given to attend Tableau’s annual conference, catch up with peers and see what was cooking over there. Each year I …
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Creative Data Visualization with VisualCue
3 years ago

Creative Data Visualization with VisualCue

I recently saw a presentation by a Florida-based business intelligence company called VisualCue Technologies.  They offer a unique, icon-based dashboard that they position as operational intelligence.  Operational meaning that it visually captures …
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