BI-Directional

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BI-Directional - About Chris Parkes

BI-Directional is authored by Chris Parkes, a Partner Technology Specialist for Microsoft Ltd. in the UK.

Having specialised in the areas of Dynamics (formerly Business Solutions) CRM and Information Worker since September 2003, the lure of the 2007 Microsoft Office System and the complimentary technologies in the solution stack that can help enable true Business Intelligence have proved far too strong to resist.  Now, a natural passion for helping organisations to achieve their business goals has found a new way into his psyche to be exposed (in part!) through this blog.

Enjoy :)

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    What is Business Intelligence?

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    The world of business intelligence is one of interest to the majority of organisations. But one thing has never ceased to amaze me. Ask a multitude of different people the same question “What is business intelligence?” and you are guaranteed to get a...
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    Business Intelligence Vision

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    In essence, business intelligence is the use of technologies to help organisations make better decisions. Whether these decisions be strategic, tactical or purely operational, having access to the right information at the right time in the right format...
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    PTS-TV, Chris Parkes & Business Scorecard Manager

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    Well, long time no post but this really means I've had little to say over the past few weeks via print. However, here's me, via PTS-TV talking about Business Intelligence and in particular scorecarding using Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager. http...
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    Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Business Intelligence Demo

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    I promised to post a video so here it is. If you are curious about how you get from here... ...to here... ...in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, take a look here: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 BI Demo There's no audio, it's all rather self explanatory but it...
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    Are Office Excel 2007 Files Backwards Compatible?

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    According to the FAQ they are - see the “System Requirements, Integration, and Compatibility” section, here: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/programs/excel/faq.mspx However, when I was challenged recently by a customer as to exactly how backwards...
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    Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005

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    In essence, there are two parts to this scorecarding solution, Microsoft Business Scorecard Server and Microsoft Business Scorecard Builder. The server product allows you to manage scorecards through a central deployment mechanism and the builder...
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    Beyond Business Intelligence

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    The latest Bill Gates Executive email has been posted to the web. Essential reading if you care to understand Microsoft's vision and strategy looking forward to the next ten years around information overload/underload, productivity, collaboration, business...
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    Holiday Time

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    So, no sooner do I start a new blog that I head off to a much wamer climate than the UK at present :) Back in ten days...
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    So what is the solution “stack”?

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    So what exactly is the Microsoft BI Story? And why, when you look into it do you hear so much about a solution “stack”? I think the simplest way to think about this is by using a kind of jigsaw analogy to solve a puzzle… Think of each component part of...
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    An Independent View of the BI "Stack"

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    I came across this interesting article whilst scouring the news the other day. It's nice to see a report indicating how Microsoft are positioned regarding the "stack" nowadays when it comes to Business Intelligence. "...Microsoft credibly tout a...
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    What type of organisation are you?

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    When we look at the integrated Business Intelligence offering from the Microsoft stack, it’s important to understand how each component can be used to address the needs of individual organisations. For example, each component of the BI stack can be used...
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    Parkesy's Got A Brand New Blog

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    Go on, take a look... http://blogs.technet.com/chrisp/ I fully intend to keep this one up and running, together with content that is specifically Business Intelligence focused, it's just that the other one is much more me :) Curious? There's even a link...
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