In this post, I’ll summarize the PASS Business Analytics Conference’s Keynote Day #1:
The structure of the Keynote:
One of the NEW challenges that Data Pros face today is complexity involved in building a BI solution. Following slides nicely represent the challenge from the Tools standpoint:
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Microsoft’s Goal is to SIMPLIFY the above situation
We need to do the same thing with BI that PowerPoint did to the slide projector. SIMPLIFY IT. #passbac
— Mark Vaillancourt (@markvsql) April 11, 2013
> Data Explorer (Excel add-in)
> Power View in Excel 2013
> Geo Flow
Key Take away from the demo’s was:
Power View is a great tool that you could use to extract insights from data.
E.g. Insights about Music Charts from Germany:
— Mark Tabladillo (@MarkTabNet) April 11, 2013
Now combine the power of Power View w/ the new capabilities like Data Explorer that let’s you find, combine & refine data via Data Explorer.
In the Demo, they combined data in hadoop w/ data in relational sources. This is Powerful!
The Preview for GeoFLow in Excel was announced!
They had a great demo on a pretty big touch device:
Sorry for the poor image – but imagine a touch device of that size w/ an interactive data visualization that has 3D geo maps!
They had a nice message at the end of the keynote:
Nice Message: EVERYONE should be able to extract insights from data. It should not be business intelligence but BASIC intelligence #passbac
— Paras Doshi (@paras_doshi) April 11, 2013