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  • Blog Post: BI Bites 1: Sparklines

    This demo starts a new series of videos showing some of the capabilities of Microsoft's BI stack in bite sized chunks. This video shows how easy it is to add a simple chart to a table by using the new Sparkline feature of Excel 2010.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 21: PowerPivot Gallery

    This video continues my BI Bites series, showing bite-sized demos of Microsoft's Business Intelligence solutions. Here I show the PowerPivot gallery feature of the PowerPivot add-in for SharePoint Server 2010. This file is available for download from my SkyDrive .
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Sales Specialist Training

    On Monday 15th April in Thames Valley Park, we are running another Sales Specialist Training day for BI. The morning of this session focuses on the Microsoft BI stack and how to sell it, including the competitive landscape. Then attendees take the SSA exam. After lunch, the training continues with Selling...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 4: Simple KPI

    This demo continues my series of videos showing the Microsoft business intelligence offering in bite sized chunks. In this demo, I show how to create a simple key performance indicators (KPI) based on a project task list and then how to display a KPI list in a SharePoint page.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 14: SharePoint Dashboards

    I am continuing my series of short business intelligence demos with this look at how easy it is to create a BI dashboard in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 that can contain a range of different components. This file is available for download from my SkyDrive .
  • Blog Post: DQS: Create a New Knowledge Base

    This is the first video I've done on Data Quality Services. It shows how to get started with DQS by creating a new knowledge base and running knowledge discovery on a sample data set.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 6: Excel Dashboards

    This video continues my series of bite sized Business Intelligence demos. In this demo, I show how to create a dashboard in SharePoint 2010 to display parts of an Excel workbook.
  • Blog Post: How to Pitch Webinars

    Ever wondered how to position different parts of the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack? We have a range of different tools that can be applied in a range of different situations for a range of different purposes. In this webcast series, I will be describing how to position and sell the various...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 25: Excel Web App

    This video continues my series of Microsoft Business Intelligence demos. In this demo, I show the Excel Web App, the browser-based version of Excel available through SharePoint and Windows Live. I show some of what you can and can't do in this cloud-based version of Excel. This video is available...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 10: PerformancePoint Services Scorecards

    This video is part of a series of bite-sized Business Intelligence demos. This video builds on the previous two to show how to put together a scorecard in Dashboard Designer for PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This video is available for download in my SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: SQL training for partners

    One of my colleagues is putting on a couple of LiveMeetings on SQL Server 2008 R2. These are probably relevant to any SharePoint partners who provide or are interested in building a SharePoint BI offering. While SharePoint provides the front-end of a BI solution, the data has to sit somewhere and be...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Practice Accelerator

    Starting on the 3rd September, Microsoft are running a Business Intelligence Practice Accelerator. This is an online training offering for partners around building a BI practice and delivering our BI technologies. This is a new structure of Practice Accelerator, consisting of 3 online workshops, each...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 7: PerformancePoint Services Data Connections

    This video continues my series of bite-sized BI demos. In this demo, I show how to use PerformancePoint Services' Dashboard Designer to create a data connection to a SQL Server Analysis Services data cube.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 26: Introducing SQL Server Integration Services

    This video continues my series of short Microsoft Business Intelligence demos. Here I introduce SQL Server Integration Services, SSIS, in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. I show how to perform a simple data import from a flat file to a SQL database. This video is available for download from my SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: Want to download the BI Bites videos?

    I've had a request from someone wanting to put my BI Bites videos on their internal SharePoint deployment to help their users see what they can do. Rather than just sending him the files, I thought I'd put them somewhere everyone can get hold of them. You can now download all the videos from my SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 16: Visio Services

    This video continues my series of bite-sized BI demos. This follows on from the previous BI Bites video, where I showed how to connect a Visio 2010 diagram to data in Excel. In this video, I show how to publish a Visio diagram to SharePoint 2010 using the new Visio Services feature so display the diagram...
  • Blog Post: Unleash the Power of PowerPivot

    Donald Farmer, the rock star of Microsoft BI, is delivering a series of webinars on the subject of PowerPivot next week. These online workshops are being run in conjunction with Microsoft Gold Partner Panorama. Donald is a great presenter so I would definitely urge anyone interested in this subject to...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 19: Gauges

    This video continues my series of Business Intelligence bite-sized demos. In this demo, I show how to create a gauge in SQL Server Report Builder 3.0. This video is available for download from my SkyDrive .
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server 2012 Demo

    http://mssalesdemos.com now includes a demo machine for SQL Server 2012. This includes the Telco demo that was present in the BI X demo machine as well as new demos on SQL Server 2012 functionality. There's a set of demos on PowerPivot, including the auto sales demo which has been shown at various events...
  • Blog Post: BI market growth

    BI is a big opportunity for partners. Gartner recently released analysis of the BI market and found that spending on BI and analytics software had increased by 13.4 per cent in 2010. This is a huge jump, particularly considering the tight budgets worldwide at the moment. Maybe the recession has played...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 9: Custom Indicators

    This video continues my series of demos showing the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack in bite-sized chunks. This carries on from the previous demo, where I showed how to create KPIs in PerformancePoint Services for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. In this video, I show how to create a custom indicator...
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 18: Report Parts

    This video continues my series of BI Bites demos showing pieces of the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack. This demo shows more of SQL Server Report Builder 3.0 and how to build a report using pre-built report parts from the report part gallery. This video is available for download from my SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: Data Quality in SQL Server 2012 Part 2: Introducing Master Data Services

    In the previous blog post , I introduced the concept of Master Data Management as a methodology to improve data quality by creating a “master” version of important information. Master Data Services is Microsoft’s technology for implementing Master Data Management. It is included in...
  • Blog Post: Scenario: Budget Request

    Another scenario where InfoPath and SharePoint can aid business processes. In this demo, an employee fills out a budget request form, which is ammended by a manager and the results tracked using key performance indicators.
  • Blog Post: BI Bites 24: PowerPivot Management Console

    This video continues my series of short business intelligence screencasts. In this demo, I show the Management Dashboard for PowerPivot in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This video is available for download from my SkyDrive .