Presentations from BI User Group meeting held on June 4, 2013

BI User Group Updates and Announcements

Presentation: Smead Case Study: Introducing a New BI Toolset

Smead Manufacturing Company recently completed a migration project that replaced their IBM Cognos BI Toolset with the Microsoft suite of BI Tools (SharePoint Integrated). In this presentation, they will share their approach, benefits, challenges and insights as they introduced new BI Technologies to 100 users across 12 departments. Many aspects of their journey will be covered, including use of the MS tools, data and architecture considerations, implementations, training, and project management. Whether your role focuses on development, analysis, and/or management, learn from their experiences as they replaced a legacy toolset that was relied upon by many as their source of timely, detailed Business Intelligence information.

Cindy Kummer, Lead EDW/BI Analyst at Smead Manufacturing Company

Cindy has held a number of positions in the IT industry for 14 years, spending the last 4 years in the Business Intelligence arena as the Team Lead for the EDW/BI team at Smead Manufacturing Company in Hastings, MN. She recently led their project to migrate their BI platform from IBM Cognos to the suite of Microsoft BI Tools. Cindy has been involved in projects in the Transportation, Insurance, and Manufacturing industries with a wide variety of roles, including developer, analyst, and project manager.

Will Weber, BI Consultant
Will is currently working as a business intelligence consultant in the Twin Cities. He started his career as a juggler. Almost got a degree in Theatre. Actually got a degree in Chinese. He’s a Board member for the MNPASS user group. He also thinks that the robots probably won’t rise up against their human creators – probably. But we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Presentation: Take Your Data Global with Microsoft BI Data Explorer, GeoFlow, and Power View Maps

Business Intelligence has now been a global discipline for several years, and with new Microsoft tools you can now bring the globe to Business Intelligence. Microsoft Data Explorer for Excel 2013 enables you to access, harness, transform, and mash-up data like never before. Data that is separated by source type, format, location and more will be reviewed and mashed up in Data Explorer. GeoFlow is a new geospatial Business Intelligence tool which literally adds another dimension to data visualization. The power of GeoFlow to transform inanimate data into a story will be demonstrated. Power View for Excel 2013 has the capability to recognize geospatial data and create reports that integrate with Bing Maps, enabling global data BI report development from a desktop computer. The ease of use, intuitive design, and value of maps with Power View 2013 will be reviewed with some interesting examples leveraging publically available data. Take your data global. Literally.

Greg Beaumont, BI Architect at GNet Group

Greg Beaumont is a Business Intelligence Consultant at GNet Group. He joined GNet Group in 2009, and has industry vertical experience including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, retail, and public/government data. His professional focus is upon building industry standard reporting methodologies into BI solutions. He enjoys staying up-to-date with technology related to his career within the world of Microsoft BI.

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