Welcome to SQLSaturday #248 Tampa BI & Big Data Edition

SQLSaturday BI & Big Data Edition is a free training event for everyone interested in learning about Business Intelligence & Big Data with a focus in the Microsoft SQL Server platform and related Microsoft technologies. This event will be held November  9th, 2013 at University of South Florida (USF), in the College of Business building located at 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620 across the Sun Dome parking lot area (see map). In addition to our Saturday free event, we will also host four (4) paid full day pre-conferences with a selected group of SQL Server and BI experts, book authors and MVP. See the complete list of prec-cons below.

Admittance to the SQL Saturday event on November 9th, is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as capacity is limited, and make sure to let friends and colleagues know about the event. Register Now.

Free Saturday Sessions

See the Schedule of the free session for Saturday November 9th, 2013.

Paid Pre-conferences

Precon #1: Practical Self-Service BI with PowerPivot for Excel (Thursday 11/7/2013)
Presenter: Bill Pearson, MVP, CPA, CITP, CMA, CIA, MCDBA, MCS)
Full-day, hands-on introduction to using PowerPivot for Excel to deliver self-service business intelligence. The focus of the course is to help those new to PowerPivot to become familiar with the assembly of data from diverse sources into models that deliver business intelligence upon demand.  Participants will gain exposure to accessing and relating data, and to employing the Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) language, to construct and share PowerPivot applications that support analysis and reporting throughout the enterprise. 
Eventbrite - Precon #1: Practical Self-Service BI with PowerPivot for Excel


Precon #2: Build a Data Warehouse in 1 Day (Thursday 11/7/2013)
Presenter: Jose Chinchilla, MCITP
Ready for a full day of fun and interactive learning? Join Business Intelligence Architect and SQL Server expert, Jose Chinchilla, MCITP, for a day of hands-on training on architecting, modeling and developing a Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence solution. We will start by analyzing the business requirements, then we'll move on to develop ETLs and a cube and finalize  with reports and Dashboards.You will have the opportunity to follow along the exercises and create fact and dimension tables, SSIS Packages, SSAS Cube and SSRS Reports.Eventbrite - Precon #2: Build a Data Warehouse in 1 Day


Precon #3: Fundamentals of Microsoft Data Science (Friday 11/8/2013)
Presenter: Mark Tabladillo, MVP, Ph.D.
Microsoft provides enterprise-level data mining technology, ranging from supporting individual analysts through scalable server solutions. This one-day seminar provides an overview of advanced Microsoft-based analytics within the context of the applied scientific method.  The key technologies demonstrated will be SQL Server 2012 (Analysis Services) and Azure-based HDInsight (Hadoop and Mahout).  Some guidance will also be provided for the R and Julia languages. The course instructor brings his past experience in not only consulting but also from teaching statistics at the undergraduate and graduate level (Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Phoenix). The overall goal is to explain data mining in a scientifically accurate way while making the technology practically accessible and even fun. Preview a screencast of this precon at: http://www.screencast.com/t/RRyNLGDigDJU  Eventbrite - Precon #3: Fundamentals of Scientific Data Mining with SQL Server and Excel


Precon #4: Real World SSIS: A Survival Guide  (Friday 11/8/2013)
Pesenter: Tim Mitchell, MVP
Moving and transforming data can be a difficult job. Connecting to various endpoints, applying complex transformations, performing validation checks, creating an appropriate audit trail, and other tasks can make the ETL developer feel like he/she is spinning plates. Even with powerful tools such SQL Server Integration Services, designing and maintaining a proper and well-performing extraction/transformation/loading (ETL) infrastructure is a significant undertaking.In this full-day preconference seminar, we'll explore some common (and a few uncommon) challenges facing ETL developers, followed by practical solutions and recommended practices from the field using SQL Server Integration Services. Eventbrite - Precon #4: Real World SSIS: A Survival Guide



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