DBCF

Microsoft Business Intelligence and Database Solutions Based on Vertical Industry Business Needs by Mark Kromer

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About DBCF (and BIDIS, too!)

DBCF is the blog for the Microsoft BI and database solutions group for industry vertical solutions. We are a solutions team in Microsoft Services known as ISG, which is a group of technology and business professionals who are passionate about database, data warehouse and business intelligence technologies that solve true business problems. The primary blogger is Mark Kromer, senior product manager for BI solutions.

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    Cool Data Visualization

    I wanted to take just a few minutes out this month to post up some of my favorite, more interesting data visualization examples using Microsoft products (SQL, PPS, SSRS, Proclarity, MOSS & Silverlight) as a way to demonstrate making data analysis...
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    Why BI needs a COE

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    You hear me talk alot about business intelligence as a solution not a tool here in this blog. And in fact I am more than just an advocate of BI and demonstrating the value of BI to business, but I live and breathe it every day! To me, it seems that a...
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    Model your business first to achieve business value

    There is a basic first-step process that must occur in early phases of your business intelligence solution build-out. Make sure that you have business & system analysts interview, document and review with your key business stakeholders and business...
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    How to reduce BI project time to production

    If we are to look at the time it takes to bring a successful, complete Business Intelligence solution on the Microsoft platform to production in your environment, what components of building this solution would need to be accounted for in such a project...
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    Keep your staff focused on your business metrics

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    Welcome back, lovers of business intelligence and solutions for business optimization!! Today, I thought I would touch on the topic of driving business performance and optimizing processes and keeping your employees focused on your key business metrics...
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    Don't just measure your business, drive it!

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    This blog space is dedicated to Microsoft BI enabling business to optimize their business through business performance management. In the Microsoft product portfolio, this is accomplished with SQL Server, MOSS & PerformancePoint Server (PPS). Readers...
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    BI and The Truth

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    What is the truth? How do I find the truth? Just the truth, the real truth. This is a common demand of police detectives, lawyers, relationships, or every day life. But let us now forget that those of us working in the BI community demand the the singular...
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    A Successful BI Project is a Business Process

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    Just a brief blog this time around, folks. As I have been settling into a new job, I have run across an often-repeated common set of practices in implemented a business intelligence solution for your business. Many, many times I have encountered an IT...
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    BI Data Integration Using Web Services

    A lot of discussion has been kicking-up lately about BI and SOA as combined forces in the IT enterprise. Much of the discussion has been around similar, or dissimilar skill sets and strategies of these architectures. Not to mention, is BI or is SOA a...
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    My BI projects: Where do I start??

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    A very common scenario that we have run across from our customers when speaking with them about BI projects, is "Where do I start"? Many IT professional and business professionals have an understanding of business intelligence systems and the power that...
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    High Impact BI Solutions with Industry Content

    Regularly, in this blog space, you read often about "vertical" business intelligence solutions, or "industry" BI solutions. Usually, I will frame this around our Microsoft Services and partner offering called Microsoft Enterprise Cube or MEC. That is...
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    Data Warehouse vs. Data Mart

    In the world of data warehouse and business intelligence terminology, there is quite a bit of ambiguity. When our group produces BI and business performance management solutions based on the complete Microsoft BI stack, we like to stick with solve particular...
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    IT Project Metrics to Measure and Drive your Projects

    Perhaps more than ever, in these days of tightened budgets and questionable ROI, squeezing every dollar possible out of your IT projects is essential. Business intelligence provides you with some unique helpful techniques to measure your project success...
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    From Crystal to SQL Reports

    Getting back to the core foundation of DBCF solutions, we'll take the database schema and data migration up to the presentation layer of systems which require migration to SQL Server. There are many reporting tools on the market and Crystal Reports...
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    Separating the BI from the CRM

    Clearly, there are a lot of reasons why business intelligence makes sense in the context of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). After all, both of these applications typically provide deep insights into customers. BI can give you the analysis and...
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    2009 in BI & DBCF, here we come!

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    OK, folks, BI & DBCF fans, one last 2008 post ... Here are 5 things that I intend to focus on in 2009 as part of my new year's resolution around database, BI & migration projects. Happy New Year & may 2009 be a better one! [ in no particular...
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    Is dimensional modeling too difficult?

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    Is dimensional modeling too difficult? I do hear this question when debating sources for cube data in business intelligence solutions. At Microsoft, our OLAP engine and data warehouse tools are all wrapped up into SQL Server and its components: SQL Server...
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    Does Microsoft Get BI?

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    Seems like there has always been a question that Microsoft has received from the data warehouse, business intelligence and business community: Does Microsoft really *get* BI? In other words, I think that means are we serious about the technology, the...
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    End of year 2008 posting

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    It has been a year of change for my role in product management, Microsoft Enterprise Cube and, well, pretty much the entire world, I suppose. For my traditional end-of-year post this year, I will keep things text and reflective. So there may not be much...
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    DBCF Migration Tools

    Ok, so you're ready to jump into the wide, wonderful world of SQL Server 2005 where the sky is bluer than in the Oracle universe, not to mention less expensive! And the temperature is much warmer than in the chill of the DB2 cold, blue icy universe and...
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    What is a "BI Solution"?

    In the Microsoft Industry Solutions Group, we are developing pre-built BI solutions for vertical business needs. Each of these solutions solve specific problems within a vertical business such as Churn Management for Telcos, patient segmentation for healthcare...
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    Modeling for Microsoft BI: Take PIM for example

    While we typically focus on vertical business industry BI solutions here, let's talk today about product information and some examples of how to build and maintain an effective product hierarchy in your Microsoft BI solution. As I wanted to keep this...
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    Happy New Year 2008 Musings - Data Quality

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    Happy new year everyone! As we enter into 2008 I thought I would start us off on a few musings that I have around data quality in relation to business intelligence and data warehouse projects. A few recent projects that I have worked on and witnessed...
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    Business Intelligence in every work day

    For those that read the DBCF database blogs which I post here from time to time, you will notice my move into business intelligence solutions full time since the beginning of this year (2007) under the BIDIS Microsoft alias ( bidis@microsoft.com ). I...
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    Microsoft BI Industry Solutions

    As we wrap-up our first ever BI conference at Microsoft here at the Washington State Convention Center, I just wanted to take a few minutes to type in a few blog notes. Our team was here representing the Microsoft Services Industry Solutions Group...
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