SQL Server Users Group January 2013

SQL Server Users Group January 2013
Event on 2013-01-09 15:00:00

Agile BI with SQL Server 2012

There is always pressure from business users to deliver flexible, fast, self-service and cost effective BI/Data Warehouse solutions. Going into a BI project, we expect that business requirements will evolve and change, one business question will lead to another; creating challenges in managing scope, iterations, timelines and costs. With a traditional waterfall BI project execution approach it can take several months to incorporate new functionality in a data warehouse and update reports, creating a backlog and falling short of users' expectations.

In this session we will show how agile BI project execution can be implemented using Microsoft SQL Server 2012. We will explore how PowerPivot and Analysis Services 2012 enable additional flexibility; accelerating the time it takes to deliver value with BI projects. Agile techniques, along with self-service tools, offer an opportunity to transform traditional BI project development methods to fit dynamic user requirements and accelerate development, testing and deployment. We will also present a strategy, process and key considerations for using agile techniques to promote ad-hoc self-service reports to a corporate BI solution.
Neelesh Raheja, the VP of Consulting Services at GNet Group has 17 years of experience in analytics, data architecture, information governance and business intelligence. He has led teams and architected large scale complex global DW/BI solutions that empower data driven strategies across several industries – Manufacturing, Retail, Education, Financial Services, Transportation. As a founding member of the Microsoft BI User Group of MN, he has served on the board since 2007.
Mark Skilesis a BI Solutions Architect for GNet Group and brings 25 years of experience working in information technology.  Prior to starting a consulting company Mark held positions at EDS, Wells Fargo and a local consulting firm.  His background is in enterprise database systems and infrastructure / networking. He has worked for a variety of industries, including health care, financial, government and retail where he has served in various capacities – (BI) Solutions Architect, Project Manager, SQL/DBA Consultant, Network Analyst and Systems Engineer.  Along with his experience, Mark is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and DBA.


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