Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Announcing the Full Day BI Workshop for SQL Saturday 85
Hello Dear Reader, a couple of weeks ago we had a call for Pre-Conference Speakers for SQL Saturday 85.  That call closed on the same day as our call for speakers back on July 24th.  The Program Team has been hard at work reviewing submissions as they arrived, and we got some Great Ones!  We were finally able to narrow down the selection process, and select a great event.

I Just wanted to say a quick Thank You to everyone who submitted.  Every Single Presentation we reviewed was top notch, and I would be excited and thrilled to attend any one of them.  To everyone who submitted we really appreciate the time and effort that it took to submit.  Thank You!

This was a very tough decision but in the end there was one Session that we felt would be OUTSTANDING and at the same time offer the variety in subject matter that we felt would best serve our conference attendees.

“So Balls”, you say, “Who DID you pick?”

Ahh Dear Reader we didn’t pick one, no we didn’t pick two or three, but FOUR speakers.  So without further ado I give the Full Day BI Workshop!

Business Intelligence Workshop
Jorge Segarra, Bradley Schacht, Kyle Walkter, &  Mike Davis
In this full-day workshop, you'll learn from the author team of Jorge Segarra, Mike Davis, Brad Schacht, and Kyle Walker how to build a data warehouse for your company and support it with the Microsoft business intelligence platform. We'll start with how to design and data model a data warehouse including the system preparation. Then, we'll jump into loading a data warehouse with SSIS. After SSIS, you're ready to roll the data up and provide the slice and dice reporting with SSAS. The team will walk through cube development and data enrichment with things like key performance indicators, which are essential for your future dashboards. Lastly, we will cover how to report against the data warehouse with SSRS including a primer in how to write MDX queries against the SSAS cube.
Take Home Skills:
  1. Practical knowledge of building a Dimensional Model
  2. Designing a simple ETL process using SSIS
  3. Designing a Cube
  4. Designing simple SSRS Reports
  5. Building an integrated process that fully leverages the entire MS BI stack to load a Data Warehouse
Speaker Bio(s)

Jorge Segarra  (@SQLChicken|Blog)
Jorge is a BI Consultant for Pragmatic Works and a SQL Server MVP. In addition to being a member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG) he is also a PASS Regional Mentor for the U.S. Greater Southeast region. He has also co-authored the book from Apress “SQL 2008 Pro Policy-Based Management“. Redgate Exceptional DBA of the Year 2010 Finalist.

Bradley Schacht  (@bradleyschacht|Blog)
Bradley is a consultant at Pragmatic Works in Jacksonville, FL. He was an author on the book SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence 24-Hour Trainer. Bradley has experience on many part of the Microsoft BI platform. He has spoken at events like SQL Saturday, Code Camp, SQL Lunch and SQL Server User Groups. He is a contributor on sites such as and SQL Server Central as well as an active member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

Kyle Walker  (Blog)
Kyle is a Business Intelligence consultant for Pragmatic Works. His current and past work experience includes Integration Services, data warehousing concepts, Reporting Services, and Crystal Reports. He is active in the local and online community as a speaker for SQL Lunch, Jacksonville SQL Server Users Group, and past SQLSaturday events, as well as a blogger on

Mike Davis (@MikeDavisSQL|Blog)  
Mike Davis, MCTS, MCITP, is a Senior BI consultant at Pragmatic Works. He is an author of a few Business intelligence books. Mike is an experienced speaker and has presented at many events such as several SQL Server User Groups, Code Camps, SQL Server Launches, SQL Rally, and SQL Saturday events. Mike is an active member at his local user group (JSSUG) in Jacksonville, FL.


To Sign up for this event, Click HERE.  This full day of training is for only $99 dollars, which includes all day coffee & tea and lunch.   You may notice that every one of our speakers works for Pragmatic Works.  I’ve had a chance to see the great people at Pragmatic Works performing Half Day Training and Hourly Session, Webinars, Full Day Training, at SQL Saturday’s, at SQL Rally, and at even the Microsoft Offices in Tampa helping to explain and discuss new and upcoming technology.

They are one of the GO TO companies when it comes to BI.   They are the people writing the books, and they are the resource experts that people flock to.  If you are interested in BI, this is a day that you cannot miss!

If you are an old hat at BI, or a newbie this is the session for you.  I attended this same Pre-Con at SQL Rally.  We covered SSIS, Change Data Capture, SSAS, and SSRS.  You will truly get a look at how the full Microsoft BI suite can be utilized for your business.  A sample business was used and we walked through all the different ways to manage the data.  For the full write up look at SQL Rally: Pre Con Business Intelligence Workshop BI END to END.   This was a great day of training, and I’m really excited that we can offer it to you!

A Big Congratulations for newly minted MVP Jorge Segarra (Who will also have a Community Spotlight Session at this year’s PASS Summit), Bradley Schacht, Kyle Walker, and to Mike Davis on getting selected.  Gentlemen I look forward to seeing you in Orlando in September, and Dear Reader I hope you can make it too!



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