Saturday November 17th found me in Tampa Florida for SQL Saturday 168, a BI focused conference. I have had limited opportunities to work in the BI space so I was anxious to learn more and see what the learning curve would be. I have a client that would like to do BI project and I wanted to see if I could get a better idea of what it would take. My family and I had been vacationing in Florida that week and I almost considered cutting our trip short and not going–I am glad I went. It was a good event.
The presentations were good, but they were ALMOST overshadowed by the food! They had a homemade spread of chicken, rice, beans and veggies and it was excellent. My conference attendance is somewhat limited, but this was hands down the best food I have eaten at a conference.
My big take aways from the conference were
- Self service BI is pretty cool. The new tools in Excel, DataViewer, and SSAS and pretty need and I hope to be able to get more access to these tools.
- Big data is not as scary to me now as it was before the conference. I was concerned about all the focus on big data and how that would affect me as a DBA. There is still quite a bit of ramp up; however, it was to my great surprise that Adam Jorgensen said you could be up and running on https://www.hadooponazure.com/ in 2 hours and change. Course, I haven’t put that statement to the test yet, but let’s just say it is on my to do list.