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Get a sneak peek at some of the Business Analytics and Business Intelligence best practices, expert tips, and demos you'll find at the PASS Business Analytics Conference. We recently hosted an online event featuring 12 back-to-back webcasts from various BA Conference speakers. Watch the recordings now:

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Dashboard Design Dos and Don'ts

Learn about the characteristics of an effective BI dashboard using SharePoint 2013, as well as the design flaws to avoid. Explore common problems found in dashboards, learn the characteristics of good dashboard design and discover how to implement a dashboard that communicates information clearly and concisely.

SPEAKER: Stacia Misner, Principal, Data Inspirations

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Putting the Business into Business Analytics

Having analytical information is only as good as what you do with it. A key component to business analytics is incorporating your results back into your business to create an ecosystem of analytics that will continually improve how you run your business. Watch now and learn how to integrate knowledge back into your business processes.

SPEAKER: Jessica Moss, BI Architect, CapTech Consulting

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PowerPivot for Excel 2013 in Action

Excel 2013 and Business Intelligence = a marriage made in heaven. PowerPivot and Power View, the two most exciting BI tools in the Microsoft stack, are now integrated into Excel 2013, providing the perfect environment to build self-service BI solutions. Discover the power of BI in Excel 2013 and learn about DAX language and the Tabular architecture.

SPEAKER: Alberto Ferrari, Consultant, Sqlbi

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Analyzing Your Data with Power View

Power View is Microsoft's Data Visualization tool. This session will evaluate Power View, look at where it can expose issues in data quality, and teach you how to analyze patterns in your data with Power View. Want to understand more about the theory and practice of presenting data to your BI data consumers using Power View? Watch now.

SPEAKER: Jen Stirrup, Director, Copper Blue Business Intelligence

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Visualizing Data with Power View

In this session, gain insights on how to create the next generation of beautiful, interactive data visualizations and presentations with Power View and PowerPivot.

SPEAKER: Sean Boon, Senior Program Manager Lead, Data Platforms Group, Microsoft

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Big Data on the Microsoft Platform

In this session, SQL Server author, Microsoft BI expert and ZDNet Big Data blogger Andrew Brust will explain what Big Data is, what it is not, and the different pieces of the Microsoft stack that are part of Redmond's Big Data story. Cut through the hype and understand what this new technology and approach to data management and analysis is all about.

SPEAKER: Andrew J. Brust, Founder & CEO, Blue Badge Insights

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What is Big Data?

Big data is suddenly flavor of the year. So what is it and where has it suddenly come from? Learn how and why big data is truly different from the traditional data we know and love. Understand that big data isn't really new, it's just that we have only recently developed the tools, techniques and hardware to deal with it.

SPEAKER: Mark Whitehorn, Co-Founder, Penguinsoft Consulting Ltd.

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Finding Rare Needles in the Haystack – Predictive Modeling with Unbalanced Data

Learn how to effectively address the problem of unbalanced data using SQL Server and the predictive modeling features available in SSAS. Approaches covered include algorithm parameter tuning, data sampling techniques, and assigning different costs of erroneous predictions.

SPEAKER: Paul Bradley, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, MethodCare

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Why? Where? Spatial Analysis in Excel 2013

Learn how data can be spatially represented in Excel using Power View maps and the new GeoFlow add-in. Theory and demonstrations will describe how data needs to be prepared to support spatial analysis followed by producing compelling reports with Power View and GeoFlow to express the spatial data.

SPEAKER: Peter Myers, Owner, Bitwise Solutions

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Marketing Forecasting with Excel

What is the price elasticity of sales for your product? What type of promotions or displays increase sales the most? How does a change in a competitor's price change the demand for your product? In this session, discover how the Excel solver can be used to answer a variety of marketing forecasting questions.

SPEAKER: Wayne Winston, Professor of Decision Sciences, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

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From Data to Insight – Views from Microsoft Finance

The measure of any BI solution is its ability to derive knowledge from data by identifying patterns, trends, and relationships that are too large to be handled through simple human analysis. Get a sneak peek at Marc Reguera's PASS Business Analytics Conference session showing how finance professionals from Microsoft use Microsoft BI tools to get powerful insights into key business drivers.

SPEAKER: Marc Reguera, Finance Director, Microsoft

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Ensuring Compliance of Patient Data with Big Data and BI

Learn how a medical center is embarking on a Big Data-to-BI project to help meet HIPAA and HealthAct compliance in this preview of Denny Lee's PASS Business Analytics Conference session.

SPEAKER: Denny Lee, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

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