I have a few events coming up that I wanted to let you knew about. If you attend, be sure to say hi!
Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse
The SQLPASS Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter always provides great information for both beginners and more advanced BI developers. I’ll be presenting at noon EST on 5/14/2010 on Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse. We’ll talk about why ETL is different/important for data warehousing and give examples of more advanced dimensional load scenarios you may face.
Adding SSRS Report Bells and Whistles
I’m traveling down to Raleigh, NC to speak for the Triangle SQL Server User Group on 5/18/2010 at 6:30pm EST. I’ve really enjoyed giving this presentation, where I speak about best design practices for SSRS 2008. I hope to get lots of great questions as well!
Easier than Ever Report Authoring in SSRS 2008 R2
The second annual 24 Hours of PASS will be held from on May 19th for the entire day. Yes, that’s right – 24 sessions, back-to-back, one right after another. Many of the sessions are on SQL Server 2008 R2, so if you have been considering upgrading or would like to learn about the new functionality, you should definitely check it out. My session, entitled Easier than Ever Report Authoring in SSRS 2008 R2, is on 5/19/2010 at 6:00PM EST.
This will be my first time attending the IndyTechFest conference in Indianapolis on 5/22/2010. I will be presenting a different variation of my Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse presentation as well as participating in the Women In Technology Luncheon panel. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people during my two sessions.
Prairie Developer Conference
Last, but certainly not least, is the Prairie Developer Conference in Regina, Canada. My good friend, D’Arcy Lussier, is putting this conference on for the first time to provide great training to middle-Canada. I will be speaking on two topics: Incorporating Reporting Services into SharePoint and Who Needs a Data Warehouse? You still have time to register before the conference on 6/2/2010-6/3/2010, so what are you waiting for?
SQL Server 2008 R2 includes many new business intelligence features, especially in Reporting Services. SSRS 2008 R2 contains better report collaboration, new report items, enhanced visualizations, and additional management and deployment functionality. This session highlights new authoring features and how they can help you design and develop better reports. Plus learn how to display map data, create a dashboard, and reuse report items in your new SSRS 2008 R2 reports.
Can you offer some insight regarding how far 2008 R2 has come as far as matching the latest version of Crystal Reports especially in the area of report design and creation ? All of the SSRS vs. Crystal debates out there are old, old, old. Thanks !