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  • Blog Post: Power BI in education - telling stories with data

    Last year, I recorded an example of using the Power BI in education, and specifically the Q&A service, to turn data into information on Australian universities ( you can see it here on YouTube ). Recently, I’ve been creating an example with school data, to show another way of using Power BI...
  • Blog Post: Case study - Applying Azure Machine Learning in education to student dropout

    Having recently written two articles about the theory of applying Machine Learning in Education - “ Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education ” and “ Making machine learning in education easier for every day users ” - I think it’s time to dive into a specific example of machine learning in...
  • Blog Post: Making machine learning in education easier for every day users

    Last week I wrote “ Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education ”, which started exploring the use of algorithms, alongside cloud-based machine learning in education to solve some of the key challenges facing education institutions. The problem is that it all sounds so very geeky. Hey, I just...
  • Blog Post: Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education

    You can't read anything about technology trends these days without reading about Big Data and the power of algorithms. It pops up in education with lots of discussions of education analytics/learning analytics and a pile of other acronyms.  I think that the discussion is so intense in education...
  • Blog Post: Event Invitation: Keep Students. Save Millions

    One of our specialist partners, S1 Consulting , work with universities and TAFE institutes across the country to help improve the value of student management systems, and the use ability for individual institutions to manage the student lifecycle and student experience. Recently, they have been working...
  • Blog Post: Open Data in Education–Sydney Open Data Day

    Two of our partners, Socrata (based in Seattle, they’re an organisation with deep expertise in open data) and Altis (a Sydney-based data  specialist who have completed a huge range of data projects with Australian education organisations) are running the “ Sydney Open Data Day ” briefing on 6 November...
  • Blog Post: The challenge of student retention–how early do universities spot students at risk

    I’ve been chatting with Jon Ryder at XMPro in the UK, who has been working with British universities on projects for student engagement and retention. I’ve also been working with Microsoft Education partners in Australia on the same challenge, and their solutions which help universities and TAFEs identify...
  • 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: Business Intelligence in schools - mapping data with Report Builder

    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: Business Intelligence in schools - Dashboards in SharePoint 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: Business Intelligence in schools–a short demonstration of setting up alerts

    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: Big Data webcast on 19th February

    In two weeks time we're hosting a webcast on Microsoft’s vision and solutions for Big Data, and to discuss the strategic potential of Big Data for organisations. In the business world today, senior IT people and their business counterparts are struggling to gain business insight from the unprecedented...
  • 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: Can education IT keep up with the speed of innovation?

    Last week the annual EDUCAUSE 2012 conference , for Higher Education IT people, took place in Denver. As usual, there was a buzz of stories that appeared on HE news websites like The Chronicle of Higher Education . What struck me, following the news and discussions, was that there's a real focus on...
  • 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: Improving student retention in higher education–the data sources

    Chris Ballard, of Tribal , is an 'Innovation Consultant' working on student administration and management systems, with a focus area on student retention modelling. Earlier this year, at the annual conference for their SITS:Vision student administration system , Chris co-presented with Paul Travill from...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft global Education Partner of the Year 2012

      The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference , in Toronto this month, was a chance to celebrate the success of partners who'd been crowned as Microsoft Partner of the Year in the global awards. A long term education partner, Dell , was recognised this year as our Global Education Partner of the...
  • 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: Free technical ebook for Kindle and PDF – Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    The Microsoft Press team have just released the full array of downloadable versions of their free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 ebook. This is a technical ebook – it’s not for the average user, but if you understand SQL already, it’s a good way of getting up to speed with the...
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