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Minnesota BI Special Interest Group (BI-SIG) – March Meeting

BI-SIG – Q1 2007 Meeting
Wednesday, March 14th / 3:00 – 6:30
Microsoft Bloomington Offices

Intelligent Business With Business Intelligence

The inaugural meeting of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (BI-SIG) in December was a huge success with over 120 attendees. Since then the organizational board has held several meetings, established committees, and planned the first meeting of 2007. That meeting is on Wednesday, March 14th. See the agenda and times below. Refreshments will be provided.

3:00 Registration

3:30 BI-SIG Updates & Announcements

3:40 Case Study – Performance Dashboards

Karl Lacher – Manager of Business Intelligence – Capella University

4:30 Microsoft Updates re BI & BPM

4:45 Break

5:00 Key Note Presentation – Project REAL & BI

Rich Johnson – BI Solutions Architect – Microsoft Consulting

With the permission of Barnes & Noble, Inc., Microsoft created an end-to-end data warehouse solution built on SQL Server 2005 based on an actual production data warehouse at Barnes & Noble. Microsoft then put that solution into the public domain as a fully functional data warehouse and set of best practices called Project REAL. Customers can use Project REAL to save 6-12 months of development and design effort in building their own BI solution on SQL Server 2005. Rich was the project architect and manager for the solution at Barnes & Noble and presents and helps customers start their own solutions based on Project REAL. Rich will present a high level overview of all of the pieces of Project REAL during this session.

6:15 Wrap-Up / Prizes

6:30 Optional – Technology Open Forum Q&A Session