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  • Blog Post: Using PowerBI and open government data

    PowerBI is one of the most flexible ways to visualise data that I’ve seen (it’s just been released as part of the Office 365 service). And, what’s even better for me, is that it uses Excel as the starting point – which means that I’ve already got 90% of the skills needed to work with it. (I know I work...
  • Blog Post: What does Power BI for Office mean for education customers?

    Over the last year I’ve shared a fair amount of information on the use of business intelligence (BI) in education , with examples of ways that useful information can be unlocked from educational data, as well as looking at the new tools being created to help users get better views of their data. The...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools–PowerPivot and PowerView in Excel 2010/2013

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: University of Washington - Moving business intelligence to the cloud

    International case studies are always good to review, because sometimes you see things that aren't being done in Australia, and give useful ideas for solving problems for Australian education institutions. Of course, many international education organisations run in a very different way to Australian...
  • Blog Post: Analytics and Business Intelligence in US education–what are the lessons for Australian universities?

    Nearly two thirds of universities in the US reported in June 2012 that analytics (or business intelligence*) was a major priority for their institution, or some departments within their institution. And 84% reported that it was more important to them than two years ago. As a single fact, that doesn't...
  • Blog Post: Using the cloud in the public sector–the Windows Azure InfoKit

    My colleagues over in the US create and update a handy one slide summary of Windows Azure resources that are specifically designed for developers using the cloud in the public sector – either because they are in public sector organisations (including education ones) or for people developing apps...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 factors which affect student retention in Higher Education

    I've been doing some work recently on student retention and student attrition in higher education. You might have seen me writing about a Tribal presentation on data sources for inputs on student retention business intelligence systems . That work has also included an analysis across a number of different...
  • Blog Post: Hear University of Canberra speaking about 'Automating the Annual Report' at the CALUMO user group

    Next week there’s an open invitation from CALUMO to attend one of their Club CALUMO meetings, in either Sydney or Melbourne. The events are run like a user group, and for the last year they’ve thrown open the doors to non-users, giving people a chance to learn about how their Business Intelligence system...
  • Blog Post: TAFE funding cuts in Australia–what do you do next?

    The latest state and national budgets are heaping the pressure on TAFE funding. And the media coverage that inevitably follows, like The Australian’s “ TAFEs spell out job losses in meetings with government as feds up pressure against cuts ”, is also pretty depressing too. CALUMO’s...
  • Blog Post: If I can track my pizza order on my phone, how about my children’s learning?

    I can track my pizza order in real time… Pizza Hut have announced the availability of a new app in Australia to allow you to or der your custom-made pizza from your Windows Phone , and in some countries, I can do the same for a Domino’s Pizza . Currently a quarter of all Pizza Hut’s...
  • Blog Post: Forget ‘Business Intelligence’ and start thinking about solving a business problem

    Yesterday, when I wrote about buying business systems for education , at the back of my mind were a number of business intelligence projects I’ve come across. What I’ve seen is that when a business intelligence project runs out of control, and starts to be ‘all things to all people’...
  • Blog Post: Buying business systems for education

    I’ve been involved in a few conversations recently about business systems with a number of education customers. And there’s a recurring question through these conversations, which is: Should a university/TAFE/school buy a system for its technical capabilities, or for the business problem...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Case Studies from Australia

    One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “ Who else is doing this? ” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. And other times, they are looking...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Bootcamp for Microsoft partners

    Sarah Arnold, over on the Australian Partner blog , has just announced that there’s extra help available for partners who are aiming to get the Business Intelligence competency for Microsoft Partners at Silver level. If you’re a partner that’s deeply engaged with education customers, you’ll know how...
  • Blog Post: Common and critical mistakes in using data to monitor student performance

    After writing about the new UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers yesterday , I spent time reading through the model, and thinking about how the information could be applied. I found some sections which were really useful in the context of Business Intelligence in education - how schools use their...
  • Blog Post: Gaining the Microsoft Business Intelligence partner competency

    Over on the Australian Microsoft Australian Partner blog , Sarah Arnold has announced that there are special offers available to partners to support their application for Silver Competency in Business Intelligence Customers are becoming more interested in business intelligence in education because of...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in education - webinar recording

    I’ve been spending a lot of time recently talking about Business Intelligence in Education - both internally and with external organisations. Some of the work I’ve been sharing has come from colleagues in other countries, and I wanted to share some of the information further. I have two colleagues...
  • Blog Post: The value of data visualisation in education

    By all accounts, we’re already, or soon going to be, drowning in a sea of data. The amount of data being generated every day, hour, minute or millisecond continues to climb exponentially. This is true whether we’re talking about our home lives or professional lives. There is so much data we can barely...
  • Blog Post: BI Executive Forum 2011 - Sydney Melbourne and Canberra

    Over the next three weeks, we’re co-hosting three ‘ BI Executive Forum ' events with Oakton in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. It’s not specifically about Business Intelligence (BI) in Education, which means there will be opportunities to learn about the application of BI in various...
  • Blog Post: This week’s events - webcasts and in-person - 10-14 October 2011

    There are two webcasts to know about this week - one education-specific one (the Tech Tuesday) and one general technical one, as well as an opportunity to join us for a meeting in Melbourne for universities and TAFEs , to learn more about the use of Business Intelligence (BU) in Education. All of the...
  • Blog Post: Next week’s Briefing event in Melbourne for Universities - Business Intelligence for Finance

    A reminder that we’re co-hosting a free ‘ Business Intelligence in Universities ’ event in Melbourne on the morning of Wednesday 12th October, at our Freshwater Place offices. It will be a focused roundtable event, where you’ll be able to learn from the experiences of other universities, as well as the...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in Universities - Briefing event co-hosted by Microsoft and CALUMO - 12 October

    We’re co-hosting a free ‘Business Intelligence in Universities’ event in Melbourne on the morning of the 12th October, at our Freshwater Place offices. It will be a focused roundtable event, where you’ll be able to learn from the experiences of other universities, as well as the speakers from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in Education - visualising learning data - part 2

    Yesterday, I ran a '”Business Intelligence (BI) in Education” webinar - which included a number of examples of system-wide dashboards around the world. But the highlight (once we’d managed to sort out his microphone) was hearing from Rod Colledge of StrataDB - and ideas of how data could be made more...
  • Blog Post: This week’s webcasts - 19-23 September 2011

    Four webcasts to know about this week - one education-specific one (the Tech Tuesday) and three general technical ones. All of the timings for the webcasts are AEST (Australia East Coast time). See ** below for more details on how the webcasts work This week’s webcasts Microsoft SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Weekly technical webcasts - 15-20 August 2011

    This year we’re offering a series of live webcasts, led by a Microsoft subject matter expert, on a range of core Microsoft products. They are not specifically designed to focus on education - and attendees will be from a wide range of industries - but I wanted to highlight the opportunity for you to...
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