We’re excited to showcase our BI Tools and SQL Server 2012 at Gartner’s Business Intelligence Summit happening next week Monday April 2nd to Wednesday April 4th in Los Angeles.

Our 700 sq. ft. booth complete with Theater!

For those attending, we will be onsite with a 700 sq. ft. booth (Booth #6) with four demo stations as well as the only in-booth theater at Garter BI Summit where we will be holding 10 deep dive sessions. Please visit this link to see our complete session list schedule.

We will also be featuring an onsite Power View contest, see details and rules* at the end of this post.

Our Sessions

We will have 2 speaking engagements and multiple theater sessions at our booth occurring both Monday April 2nd and Tuesday April 3rd.

Customer Panel
Monday April 2nd 12:15pm to 12:45 PST - Diamond Ballroom 6
During the summit Microsoft will be hosting a Customer Panel discussion on how customers are using Microsoft to deliver Business Intelligence to their organizations. This panel will share customer successes, challenges, and best practices with these tools.
Business Analytics for the New World of Data
Tuesday April 3rd 3:00pm to 4:00pm PST - Diamond Ballroom 5
Doug Leland, General Manager of Product Marketing for SQL Server at Microsoft will be discussing Business Analytics for the New World of Data. Here is a quick overview:

Today’s data platform must adapt to the new scope, scale, and diversity of information and data and must embrace the way that we’re all discovering and collaborating over information. Join us as we discuss how to empower users through easy-to-use Self-Service BI capabilities in Office and SharePoint, while balancing the need to maintaining credible, consistent data throughout the organization with new data management capabilities. We’ll discuss topic such as Big Data and how to bring this ever expanding world of data into the modern enterprise.

Live Tweeting from Gartner BI Summit

If you can’t make it to the summit, we plan to live tweet from @MicrosoftBI at these two sessions and throughout the event. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get the latest on everything Microsoft BI.

Theater Sessions (offered multiple times, see this link for the detailed schedule)
Any Data, Any Size Anywhere
Microsoft discusses its approach to Data Warehousing, Scalable Analytics, and Big Data.

Connecting to the World’s Data
Microsoft discusses its approach to Data Discovery, Enrichment and Advanced Analytics.

Immersive Insight, Wherever You Are
Microsoft discusses its approach to empower all users through Office and SharePoint.

HP – Architecting Scalable Data Warehouse Solutions
Come and learn about deploying solutions based on SQL Server 2012 Fast Track innovations such as new xVelocity in-memory technologies as well as new HP ProLiant Gen8 server technologies.

HP + Microsoft

With HP’s Converged Infrastructure as the foundation (which includes: HP Servers, HP Storage, HP Software, HP Networking, HP Services and HP AppSystems and Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012) our joint customers can manage their critical information and implement a cost effective path to Microsoft’s Private Cloud. Through our deep engineering collaboration customers can quickly implement and experience industry leading results for every workload including the largest OLTP, self-service BI, data warehouse environments extending into Microsoft’s private cloud.

Our joint portfolio of solutions with Microsoft accelerate time to application value, improve performance and reduce the complexity and cost of deploying and running information critical data management applications.

Power View Contest

Xbox 360Last be not least, we will be launching a Power View Contest at our booth (Booth #6) during the summit. We will ask one question regarding a Power View Demo that we will be presenting and if answered correctly you will be entered to win 1 of 4 Xbox 360 Kinect bundles.

If you’re reading this and attending you’re in luck, as you can solve this contest online and come to the booth with your answer to be entered to win. Here’s how:

· Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/GetMicrosoftBI/TryIt.aspx

· Click on the Tailspin Toys Tab in the Power View Demo section and open the Tailspin Toys Sample report link.

· Note: you will need a Windows Live ID & Silverlight to open the demo

· Answer this question: “In the Tailspin demo, for the Intermediate user Demographic, which Category of toy aircraft produces the most Revenue?”

· Once you have determined the answer, visit our Power View Contest demo, provide the correct answer to someone from the Microsoft team and receive a ticket to be entered to win an Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle

This contest is only open to US residents and attendees of the Gartner BI Summit. Drawings will be at 1:15pm and 2:15pm Monday April 2nd and Tuesday April 3rd, you must be present to win. See below for the Power View Contest *rules.

More Information

For additional information on Power View, you can read our Power View Overview blog post and to learn more about Microsoft BI capabilities and tools including Power View, please visit www.microsoft.com/bi.

Be sure to also visit the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event and immerse yourself in the exciting New World of Data with SQL Server 2012 and discover how it enables stunning interactive data visualizations.

* MICROSOFT POWER VIEW SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions. If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes or receive prizes. However your survey response is welcome.

This Sweepstakes is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Sweepstakes.
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Power View Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.

In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes . “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Sweepstakes starts at 12:00pm PT Monday April 2nd 2012 and ends at 2:15 p.m. PT Tuesday April 3rd 2012 (“Entry Period”).

CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

· You are an IT professional attending the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit

· You are a resident of the United States

· You are not an employee of Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) or or an employee of a Microsoft or Gartner subsidiary; and

· You are not involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and

· You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Challenge.

This Sweepstakes is void wherever prohibited by law.

HOW DO I ENTER?
All Sweepstakes data sets will be available for review prior to the Sweepstakes launch on the Microsoft BI website Try It page: www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/GetMicrosoftBI/TryIt. One Power View dataset from those featured on the page will be chosen for the Sweepstakes.

A question will be posted online on the Microsoft BI Blog and the same question will announced at the Microsoft booth (Booth #6) at the 2012 Gartner Business Intelligence summit. The question will relate to one of the demos presented.

The answer can be found by analyzing the appropriate demo announced online at 9am 3/26/2012 PST via the Microsoft BI Blog and in person at the booth beginning 12pm PST.

The demos are provided on a hosted environment that requires a Windows Live ID for login purposes only. If you don’t have an account, visit www.live.com to create one. Windows Live accounts are free. Please refer to the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement for additional privacy details: http://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/default.mspx

To view the demos your browser will require the Microsoft Silverlight Add-In. This add-in is free and is available at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight

To enter you must do all of the following:

Your answer must be the correct number or specified data set title. The Microsoft BI team reserves the right to decide winners as needed based on the situation

After correctly answering the question you will receive a ticket that will be placed in a drawing. Drawings will be held at 1:15pm, 2:15pm both Monday and Tuesday at the Microsoft Booth (Booth #6) at the Gartner BI Summit. You must be present to win.

Limit of one entry per person

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.
We will automatically disqualify:
Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
Winners will be drawn at 1:15pm and 2:15pm both Monday April 2nd and Tuesday April 3rd. Winner must be present at the Microsoft Booth (Booth #6) at the Gartner BI Summit to redeem prize of Kinect Xbox 360 Bundle. Approximate Retail Value $299.99 each. A total of 4 Xbox 360 bundles will be given away at the summit. Limit of one prize per person during the Entry Period.

If winner drawn is not present at time of drawing or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. Winners can expect to receive their prize following verification of eligibility after each drawing.

If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:
You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and

If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf.

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
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· To abide by these Official Rules; and

· To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and

· That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and

· That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
We will post the Sweepstakes winners on our Gartner BI Summit blog post on the Microsoft BI Blog after the Sweepstakes by April 6th, 2012.
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

Microsoft Corporation
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