PASS Business Analytics Conference 2014 – Live Blog – Day 1 Keynote
Good morning from the PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose, CA! The Day 1 Keynote by Mifrosoft’s Amir Netz and Kamal Hathi will begin soon after the opening by PASS President Thomas LaRock which begins in about 15 minutes. If you want to follow along on Twitter, pay attention to the #passbac hash tag.
Attendees are filing into the Dell Grand Ballroom.
I have to apologize to my fellow live bloggers for being so handsome and witty. I can’t help it.
Attendees continue to file in. We should be getting started in a few minutes.
Here we go, yo.
“Business Intelligence and Business Analytics are at the forefront of business today.” #Truth
PASS President Thomas LaRock taking the stage.
Tom: We get paid to work with data every day. How awesome is that? #Truth
Regardless of your title, if you work with Data, you are the lifeblood of your organization.
Tom: @sqlpass has over 100,000 members! Awesome!
Tom: Find a way to get involved with @sqlpass somehow. There are so many ways to get involved.
Tom: Pick up networking buttons at the Community Zone. Minimum count of “pieces of flair” is 31.
Make sure you spend some time with the sponsors. They make events like this possible. Woohoo!
Tom: Give the sponsors a hug. #Embracing
Tom: Next year’s PASS BA Conference will be in Santa Clara, CA
John Wittaker of Dell taking the stage: Big Data, Predictive, & The Middle Market
John: Big Data projects are not just for the enterprise
John: Not only is Big Data happening, but it is being invested in at the appropriate level
John: When IT and Business COLLABORATE, we are much more likely to have a successful outcome. #NoBrainer
John: “Real Time” and Predictive Analytics are the most valuable Big Data tools, according to Dell’s survey
John: Big Data Challenges = Complexity, Volume, and Budget
John: Data Complexity, though, is the major challenge today.
John: You will see vendors like Dell and others abstracting that complexity to make things easier.
John: Dell’s goal is to offer an end to end Information Management solution to manage, integrate, and protect data
Microsoft’s Amir Netz and Kamal Hathi taking the stage. This is going to be awesome!
Kamal: It’s been an amazing year of innovation at Microsoft: Power BI, Power Query, Power Map, HDInsight, SQL 2014…
Amir: We have a new CEO, Satya Nadella. Satya introduced SQL 2014. A CEO has never introduced SQL like that before.
Kamal: While I like Satya for a lot of reasons… Satya has made Indian accents “cool” now. #WellPlayed
Kamal: 2 million+ #PowerPivot downloads. 100 thousand + #PowerQuery downloads since Feb 2014
Kamla: Let’s ditch this Power Point and get over to #PowerBI and look at data the way we want to.
Kamal: #PowerBI Tennants by country in Q and A: It is all over the world. Way cool
Kamal: In Iceland, #PowerBI is kind of hot. #MyKindOfHumor
Kamal: Q&A has been a huge driver for #PowerBI adoption
Kamal: Over 1 million questions asked in Q&A in April 2014. Wow. Way cool.
Kamal is using Q&A in #PowerBI to learn about usage of Q&A in #PowerBI.
Kamal is doing #PowerView style data exploration directly in Q&A: “We made this feature more discoverable” #Awesomesauce
Amir: Power BI In Action discussing the #PowerIB Demo Contest. Winner: Michael Carper, who is taking the stage now.
Amir is walking through Michael’s contest entry about realtionship between Tweets and #NBA Game results
Amir could make watching paint dry sound exciting. Love his style.
Kamal now showing data by browser usage by using by #PowerIB in #Chrome #HTML5
Kamal: We’re doing this demo on a Samsung Chromebook. #HTML5 #PowerBI will just work on any platform
Amir: Native IOS app for #PowerBI will be available this summer.
Kamal: We want you to be able to take the investments you have already made on prem and use them in the Cloud #NotAllOrNothing
Amir: When was the last time you saw AdventureWorks in a keynote demo???
Amir: Reporting Services will become a natively integrated component of #PowerBI this Summer #ssrs Great News!
Kamal: The data exists in YOUR environment, but we can still render it with #SSRS in the cloud.
Kamal: In premise is still hugely important. We are working on bringing more of #PowerIB to on prem.
Kamal: YOUR BI ON YOUR TERMS. That is our promise to you. #LoveIt #MSBI
Amir: Today, we are on the verge of a new age. DATA CULTURE: Give the power to EVERYONE #BIToTheMasses
Amir: Data Culture is when everyone in an organization can use data
Amir: Aloha to a demo on Hawaii
Amir: Hawaii collects information forms from travelers on what they did in Hawaii just so we can have a cool demo today.
You guys, Q&A is just friggin cool. #NuffSaid
Amir: Moloka’i, known for it Leper Colony, is not the top of the list on most visited Hawaiian Islands. #TheMoreYouKnow
Amir analyzing when people from various nations visit Hawaii in Q&A directly. Not in #PowerView. IN Q&A.
Amir: Hawaii is the Niagara Falls for the Japanese.
Amir: You want a great investment? Invest in Honeymoon Suites for the Japanese in Hawaii. #ActionableInsight
Amir introducing KPIs in #PowerBI #AweYeah
Amir created a cool dashboard in less than a minute just using natural language. NO CODE. #PowerBi
Amir: How can we make Predictive Analytics and Data Science so easy that anyone can use it?
Amir: Announcing FORECASTING in #PowerView! #PredictiveAnalytics
Amir: We have some of the best Data Scientists and Researchers at @Microsoft. We put them to work to make it easy.
Amir: Forecasting is available NOW in every Line Chart in #PowerView Just click and drag the line forward to forecast
Amir: You can even correct for one-time events by clicking and dragging in the chart.
Amir: You can even TEST your forecast against older data to compare with actual results. #IWorkInSuchAGreatIndustry
Amir and Kamal bring Julie (audience volunteer) on stage for live BI demo.
Amir: here we have a #PowerView create around shark attacks. What if the user has other questions NOT answered by the report?
You can now get the Field List for a report in #PowerBI. So, users can tweak an existing report for their needs
Treemap introduced for #PowerView
Julie is dragging fields from one chart to another to explore a report and change it on the fly. #BIToTheMasses
Kamal: It’s a good time to caveat, this is a pre-release item… #AsTheDemoHiccups
Wow. Drag items out of one chart into a blank are to create a NEW chart
Amir: Getting attacked by a shark while swimming is not a very good thing. #ActionableInsight
Amir: If you go into the Ocean, take a weapon with you. Shark attacks while spear fishing have higher survival rate.
Amir: This “Gender” field is about the victim, not the shark. Not time to check while getting attacked. #NotRealTime
Amir: Which shark likes the ladies the most? The Bull Shark. #Duh
This demo with shark data is not just a fish story. #TellingStoriesWithData
Amir just did the “bump and shake” to combine two charts in #PowerView. Wow. Way cool.
Amir: The data does not lie – If you put sharks in swimming pools, people will learn to swim much faster #Truth
Amir: These features aren’t just for BI Pros, they are for EVERYONE! #BIToTheMasses
Amir: We are starting a new journey and we are so excited you are coming along with us. #MeToo
HUGE thanks to Microsoft’s Amir Netz and Kamal Hathi on another awesome keynote. #ILoveMyJob
That wraps it up for this morning’s Keynote. Thanks for following. I hope you found it helpful.