PASS Business Analytics Conference 2014 – Live Blog – Day 1 Keynote

8 May, 2014 (09:47) | Business Analytics, Live Blog, PASS, Power BI, SQL | By: Mark V

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.

09.53

Attendees are filing into the Dell Grand Ballroom.

09.55

I have to apologize to my fellow live bloggers for being so handsome and witty. I can’t help it.

10.02

Attendees continue to file in. We should be getting started in a few minutes.

10.05

Here we go, yo.

10.05

“Business Intelligence and Business Analytics are at the forefront of business today.” #Truth

10.06

PASS President Thomas LaRock taking the stage.

10.07

Tom: We get paid to work with data every day. How awesome is that? #Truth

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Regardless of your title, if you work with Data, you are the lifeblood of your organization.

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Tom: @sqlpass has over 100,000 members! Awesome!

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Tom: Find a way to get involved with @sqlpass somehow. There are so many ways to get involved.

10.11

Tom: Pick up networking buttons at the Community Zone. Minimum count of “pieces of flair” is 31.

10.11

Make sure you spend some time with the sponsors. They make events like this possible. Woohoo!

10.12

Tom: Give the sponsors a hug. #Embracing

10.13

Tom: Next year’s PASS BA Conference will be in Santa Clara, CA

10.14

John Wittaker of Dell taking the stage: Big Data, Predictive, & The Middle Market

10.15

John: Big Data projects are not just for the enterprise

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John: Not only is Big Data happening, but it is being invested in at the appropriate level

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John: When IT and Business COLLABORATE, we are much more likely to have a successful outcome. #NoBrainer

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John: “Real Time” and Predictive Analytics are the most valuable Big Data tools, according to Dell’s survey

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John: Big Data Challenges = Complexity, Volume, and Budget

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John: Data Complexity, though, is the major challenge today.

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John: You will see vendors like Dell and others abstracting that complexity to make things easier.

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John: Dell’s goal is to offer an end to end Information Management solution to manage, integrate, and protect data

10.25

Microsoft’s Amir Netz and Kamal Hathi taking the stage. This is going to be awesome!

10.26

Kamal: It’s been an amazing year of innovation at Microsoft: Power BI, Power Query, Power Map, HDInsight, SQL 2014…

10.27

Amir: We have a new CEO, Satya Nadella. Satya introduced SQL 2014. A CEO has never introduced SQL like that before.

10.28

Kamal: While I like Satya for a lot of reasons… Satya has made Indian accents “cool” now. #WellPlayed

10.29

Kamal: 2 million+ #PowerPivot downloads. 100 thousand + #PowerQuery downloads since Feb 2014

10.29

Kamla: Let’s ditch this Power Point and get over to #PowerBI and look at data the way we want to.

10.30

Kamal: #PowerBI Tennants by country in Q and A: It is all over the world. Way cool

10.31

Kamal: In Iceland, #PowerBI is kind of hot. #MyKindOfHumor

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Kamal: Q&A has been a huge driver for #PowerBI adoption

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Kamal: Over 1 million questions asked in Q&A in April 2014. Wow. Way cool.

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Kamal is using Q&A in #PowerBI to learn about usage of Q&A in #PowerBI.

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Kamal is doing #PowerView style data exploration directly in Q&A: “We made this feature more discoverable” #Awesomesauce

10.36

Amir: Power BI In Action discussing the #PowerIB Demo Contest. Winner: Michael Carper, who is taking the stage now.

10.37

Amir is walking through Michael’s contest entry about realtionship between Tweets and #NBA Game results

10.39

Amir could make watching paint dry sound exciting. Love his style.

10.40

Kamal now showing data by browser usage by using by #PowerIB in #Chrome #HTML5

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Kamal: We’re doing this demo on a Samsung Chromebook. #HTML5 #PowerBI will just work on any platform

10.42

Amir: Native IOS app for #PowerBI will be available this summer.

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Kamal: We want you to be able to take the investments you have already made on prem and use them in the Cloud #NotAllOrNothing

10.44

Amir: When was the last time you saw AdventureWorks in a keynote demo???

10.45

Amir: Reporting Services will become a natively integrated component of #PowerBI this Summer #ssrs Great News!

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Kamal: The data exists in YOUR environment, but we can still render it with #SSRS in the cloud.

10.46

Kamal: In premise is still hugely important. We are working on bringing more of #PowerIB to on prem.

10.47

Kamal: YOUR BI ON YOUR TERMS. That is our promise to you. #LoveIt #MSBI

10.48

Amir: Today, we are on the verge of a new age. DATA CULTURE: Give the power to EVERYONE #BIToTheMasses

10.49

Amir: Data Culture is when everyone in an organization can use data

10.49

Amir: Aloha to a demo on Hawaii

10.50

Amir: Hawaii collects information forms from travelers on what they did in Hawaii just so we can have a cool demo today.

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You guys, Q&A is just friggin cool. #NuffSaid

10.53

Amir: Moloka’i, known for it Leper Colony, is not the top of the list on most visited Hawaiian Islands. #TheMoreYouKnow

10.54

Amir analyzing when people from various nations visit Hawaii in Q&A directly. Not in #PowerView. IN Q&A.

10.55

Amir: Hawaii is the Niagara Falls for the Japanese.

10.56

Amir: You want a great investment? Invest in Honeymoon Suites for the Japanese in Hawaii. #ActionableInsight

10.57

Amir introducing KPIs in #PowerBI #AweYeah

10.58

Amir created a cool dashboard in less than a minute just using natural language. NO CODE. #PowerBi

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Amir: How can we make Predictive Analytics and Data Science so easy that anyone can use it?

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Amir: Announcing FORECASTING in #PowerView! #PredictiveAnalytics

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Amir: We have some of the best Data Scientists and Researchers at @Microsoft. We put them to work to make it easy.

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Amir: Forecasting is available NOW in every Line Chart in #PowerView Just click and drag the line forward to forecast

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Amir: You can even correct for one-time events by clicking and dragging in the chart.

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Amir: You can even TEST your forecast against older data to compare with actual results. #IWorkInSuchAGreatIndustry

11.05

Amir and Kamal bring Julie (audience volunteer) on stage for live BI demo.

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Amir: here we have a #PowerView create around shark attacks. What if the user has other questions NOT answered by the report?

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You can now get the Field List for a report in #PowerBI. So, users can tweak an existing report for their needs

11.08

Treemap introduced for #PowerView

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Julie is dragging fields from one chart to another to explore a report and change it on the fly. #BIToTheMasses

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Kamal: It’s a good time to caveat, this is a pre-release item… #AsTheDemoHiccups

11.12

Wow. Drag items out of one chart into a blank are to create a NEW chart

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Amir: Getting attacked by a shark while swimming is not a very good thing. #ActionableInsight

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Amir: If you go into the Ocean, take a weapon with you. Shark attacks while spear fishing have higher survival rate.

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Amir: This “Gender” field is about the victim, not the shark. Not time to check while getting attacked. #NotRealTime

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Amir: Which shark likes the ladies the most? The Bull Shark. #Duh

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This demo with shark data is not just a fish story. #TellingStoriesWithData

11.16

Amir just did the “bump and shake” to combine two charts in #PowerView. Wow. Way cool.

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Amir: The data does not lie – If you put sharks in swimming pools, people will learn to swim much faster #Truth

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Amir: These features aren’t just for BI Pros, they are for EVERYONE! #BIToTheMasses

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Amir: We are starting a new journey and we are so excited you are coming along with us. #MeToo

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HUGE thanks to Microsoft’s Amir Netz and Kamal Hathi on another awesome keynote. #ILoveMyJob

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That wraps it up for this morning’s Keynote. Thanks for following. I hope you found it helpful.

Comments

Comment from Donald Parish
Time May 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

Thanks! I liked the self updating feature of your live blog.

Comment from Mark V
Time May 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Thanks, Donald. It’s a cool add-in for WordPress called Live Blogging. Really easy to use. Glad you are finding this useful. :)

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