Presentations from User Group meeting held on June 27 2016

Constellation, Inc. Case Study and Pyramid Analytics

In this presentation Pyramid Analytics will talk about their Microsoft Strategic Alliance, PASS global alliance partnership, and provide a high level overview of the BI Office suite.  Constellation, Inc. will discuss their Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence story and use of Microsoft and Pyramid Analytics solutions.  We will also touch base on the new on-premise Power BI capabilities provided with the latest release of Power BI Desktop and v6.1 of BI Office!


Speaker Bios

Andrew Mauch, Sales Director-Midwest and North Central

Results oriented sales and management professional striving to help companies unlock the power of their data.  Andrew has spent several years managing a consulting organization that built custom BI solutions from the Microsoft platform.  Seeing how companies struggled with BI and complex builds, led him to join Pyramid Analytics where BI is made simple, putting the power of BI in the end users hands with the governance of IT.

Dan English, Senior Data Warehouse Architect

Dan is the Senior Data Warehouse Architect at Constellation, Inc. and is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, author, technical editor, and community leader. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 15 years, and over 12 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 through 2016. Dan has videos on Vimeo, blogs (, and tweets (@denglishbi). Dan is the chapter leader for the PASS Business Analytics VC and on the executive leadership team for the MN Microsoft BI user group.

Getting beyond hype and buzz words to understand how Power BI, Steaming Data, and Advanced Analytics can work together to solve business problems

Devices are becoming smarter and more connected, and the expectation of what can be done with the data generated and collected from these devices continues to evolve both in the commercial and consumer spaces. Whether you are doing health monitoring, building or home automation, social media analytics, application monitoring, energy management, manufacturing, etc., there are millions of events or messages being generated from devices from which you need to gain real-time insights. In this presentation we will explain and demonstrate how Microsoft Cortana Intelligent Suite is used to get real-time insights by creating a scalable stream processing solution to analyze the content of these events, identify anomalies, trigger alerts, and power real-time dashboards. Come learn how to use the power of Stream Analytics & Power BI to create your real-time Internet of Things (IoT) solution.

Speaker Bios

Paul Doyle, Director of BI Services, GNet Group

Paul is currently the Director of BI Services at GNet Group where he has helped customers in manufacturing, retail and insurance industries successfully implement enterprise data warehouse solutions and self-service BI. He has 15+ years of development experience with SQL Server, Power BI and advanced analytics. He was a contributing author of the Microsoft white paper, "Empowering Enterprise Solutions with SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition" and AppDev courseware "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services". Paul holds a BA in Quantitative Methods & Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas, St Paul, MN.

Jonah Johnson, Solution Architect, GNet Group

Jonah is a Solution Architect for the GNet Group focusing on the Azure Platform and Big Data Analytics. He has nearly two decades of leadership experience building and evolving the technological infrastructure of enterprise corporations. In the most recent ten years Jonah has specialized designing business intelligence platforms and data warehousing solutions.


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