Jen Stirrup and Allan Mitchell – profile and session details

Jen Stirrup MVP

Jen Stirrup MVP

Allan Mitchell MVP

Allan Mitchell MVP

Big Data for the Business Intelligence Professional

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Big Data is the latest buzzword! The takeaway from this preconference session is to demystify the Microsoft offering of Big Data technology for Business Intelligence professionals. Microsoft have partnered with HortonWorks to bring Big Data into the hands of business users via their favourite Business Intelligence tools – Power View, PowerPivot and Excel.

To ensure relevance to both on-premise and Azure-based technologies, we will examine the Microsoft distribution of Hadoop, covering a range of technologies such as HDInsight, Hive, Azure right through to Excel, PowerPivot and Power View.

The first half of the preconference session will be dedicated to the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of Hadoop, using HDInsight. With Hadoop comes a whole ecosystem of tools, and we will look at how these can be used in a Business Intelligence context to give users Big Data. We will also look in detail at MapReduce to parallelise big data queries across many servers in order to obtain the results of our complex Big Data queries.

Now that we have our Big Data, how are we going to serve it to business users in order to derive value for the enterprise? The second half of the preconference session is dedicated to the ‘why’ of Big Data. We will visualise Big Data in our favourite Business Intelligence tools – Excel, PowerPivot and Power View.  Business Intelligence professionals will need to know about Big Data, and come to this preconference session to learn about implementing Big Data for your enterprise.

Big Data is the latest buzzword! We will demystify the Microsoft offering of Big Data technology for Business Intelligence professionals, in order to put Big Data into the hands of business users.

The ‘what’ of Big Data – With Hadoop comes a whole ecosystem of tools, some with imaginative names like Pig, Hive, and Sqoop. What do these terms mean? What do they do?

The ‘why’ of Microsoft’s Big Data offering – leveraging the power of Big Data to the hands of business users and analysts. Why is Big Data happening, and why is it good for business decision makers?

The ‘how’ of Microsoft’s Big Data offering in terms of its distribution of Hadoop via HDInsight. In Business Intelligence, how can we use Microsoft’s Big Data offering? We will see these tools used in a Business Intelligence context.

Jen’s bio

Jen is a database strategist, small business owner, SQLFamily and community advocate, public speaker and blogger. Jen was elected Director-At-Large (elect) for the Professional Association of SQL Server, responsible for the EMEA regions plus the Virtual Chapter portfolio.  Jen is passionate about all things data and business intelligence, helping leaders derive value from their Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint and Office365 investments. Jen has presented all over the world at events such as TechEd North America and Europe Editions, SQL Live 360, SQLPass Summit and SQLBits. She is also a presenter for the Microsoft LEAP architect program for the Nordic region in the area of Big Data.

Allan’s bio

Allan is a data architect, small business owner, community advocate and public speaker. Allan is passionate about all things data and making sure the integration of data and business processes delivers benefit and insights helping business leaders derive value from their technology investments. Allan has presented all over the world at events such as SQLPass Summit and SQLBits (of which he is a committee member).  Allan has also been a co-author on the Professional SSIS books for both 2005 and 2008 as well as the MVP Deep Dives 2 book where he contributed a chapter on StreamInsight.

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