November 2015

Featured Presentation

So What is Power BI and Why Should I Care?

Speaker: Michael Antonovich

Summary: This presentation will provide an introduction to Power BI Desktop and how to use it with external data sources (sources may vary but could include Web Sites, SharePoint, SQL Server, Excel, Text, or Access). I will compare and contrast it with the features of Power Pivot and Power Chart. Along with way, I will cover basic table editing techniques, working with data from multiple data sources, and creating multiple visualizations on the same desktop that interact with each other during the data analysis. By itself, Power BI Desktop provides a powerful analytic tool for the business power user or data analyst. In combination with O365, it can change the nature of the way individuals within an organization provide information to others. This session would be of special interest to anyone currently using Power Pivot, Power Chart, or Power View to see how this tool can be integrated into their toolbox of Business Intelligence skills.

About Michael: Michael Antonovich is the assistant director of Web Services for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL, where he manages the SharePoint portal team. His team is also responsible for .NET custom applications. He has published seven books, including "Office and SharePoint 2010 User's Guide." Mike has used SQL Server since 1998 and, for the past 3 years, has been promoting SSAS, PowerPivot, and BI for the masses.

Pre-Meeting Presentation

2015 PASS Summit Recap & SQL Server 2016 Preview

Summary: The 2015 PASS Summit just wrapped up and now all sights are set on the upcoming release of SQL 2016. We'll review the important news & announcements from the week and take a look at what's shaping up to be the best - and most important - version yet of SQL Server!

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