Monday, November 12, 2007

SQL Saturday Presentation Available

My presentation on Data Mining with SQL 2005 will soon be available for download here.

Thanks again to everybody for a wonderful experience. This was beyond a doubt the best produced, best-attended, Code Camp event I have participated in as a speaker. The facilities at Seminole Community College were just first-class, as pictured here in the main atrium.

Friday, November 09, 2007

On My Way to SQL Saturday!

Flying into Orlando today for my presentation on data mining with SQL 2005, I have a few traveling observations.

1. Southwest Airlines new, business-friendly boarding process rocks!
2. The Orlando International Airport is my favorite, among major-city terminals.
3. The Hertz Neverlost GPS system blows. A batting average of .333 is great if you are a major league ballplayer. However, most consumers of these services (devices) can achieve that level of proficiency without a paper map. I guess I will await, patiently the general availability of the promising Dash. In the meantime, truth in advertising would suggest Hertz rename the product to EVERLOST.

Hardly BI related, but it is my blog.
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Thursday, November 08, 2007

PerformancePoint Server Evaluation Editions

Microsoft announced yesterday the availability of PerformancePoint Server 2007 evaluation editions. You can get the 32-bit version here.

This is surely one of the more exciting products released in the last few years that will enable organizations to drive strategy down to the individual worker, via a "BI for the Masses" execution.

High Tech Barn Raising!

While I have never participated in a physical barn-raising myself, the good folks at Tech Birmingham have managed to stage an awe-inspiring event this weekend. The plan is starting tomorrow, November 9 and finishing Sunday night, November 11, to complete a beta release of an Internet startup.

If you are interested in the concept, or participating, you can get more information at Startup Birmingham.

Unfortunately, I will not be participating this year, as I have previously committed to speaking at SQL Saturday. See you Saturday if you are in the Orlando area.