Analysis http://sqlmag.com/taxonomy/term/9247/more en Creating Forward-Looking KPIs http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis <div class="node-body article-body"><h1>Creating a Forward-Looking KPI</h1> <p>Much of our organizational reporting today looks only at the past. It show us what happened in the past month, most recently completed quarter, or year-to-date. This information has value, but in many cases it would have more value if it would help us look to the future. Often, when decision makers look at past information, they use it to estimate a likely future state.</p> <p>For example, a CFO looking at the following chart and assume that $2.676M represents &frac34; of his total fiscal year sales:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/creating-forward-looking-kpis#comments Analysis Business Intelligence KPI SQL Server Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:59:00 +0000 25181 at http://sqlmag.com PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015: Day 2 http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-2 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015 is for Data Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Engineers who work primarily within the Microsoft set of tools, whether locally or on Azure. Today was the end of the second and final data of the conference. It was a very interesting event. I posted of my experience on the <a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-1">first day here</a>. Day two was just as interesting.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-2#comments Analysis Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:47:00 +0000 24011 at http://sqlmag.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/passevents/sets/72157652025595465/ PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015: Day 1 http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-1 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you&#39;re involved in the analysis of data as a data engineer, data analyst or data scientist and you&#39;re using the tools from the Microsoft stack, chances are you are in Santa Clara California attending the <a href="http://passbaconference.com/2015/Home.aspx">2015 PASS Business Analytics Conference</a>. Just in case you&#39;ve missed out, let me share my experience with the event.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/pass-business-analytics-conference-2015-day-1#comments Analysis PASS Business Analytics Conference Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0000 24001 at http://sqlmag.com Microsoft’s Eron Kelly on Power BI, SQL Server 2014 Performance Improvements http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/microsoft-s-eron-kelly-power-bi-sql-server-2014-performance-improvements <div class="node-body article-body">Eron Kelly talks about the strides that Microsoft has been making with SQL Server 2014 and Power BI for Office 365 tools.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/microsoft-s-eron-kelly-power-bi-sql-server-2014-performance-improvements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/microsoft-s-eron-kelly-power-bi-sql-server-2014-performance-improvements#comments Analysis Power BI SQL Server 2014 Office 365 Eron Kelly Microsoft Microsoft SQL Server 2014 performance improvements Power BI for Office 365 SQL Server 2014 in memory Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:10:00 +0000 18361 at http://sqlmag.com <p>Eron Kelly explaining improvements made to SQL Server 2014.</p> Recent Data Sources in Power Query http://sqlmag.com/office-365/recent-data-sources-power-query <div class="node-body article-body">Learn how to easily connect to a data source that has been recently used in Microsoft Power Query.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/office-365/recent-data-sources-power-query" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/office-365/recent-data-sources-power-query#comments Analysis Office 365 business intelligence tools Microsoft Excel Microsoft Power Query Power Query new features Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:05:00 +0000 18331 at http://sqlmag.com Hadoop Summit: Azure HDInsight Now Supports Hadoop 2.4 http://sqlmag.com/azure/hadoop-summit-azure-hdinsight-supports-hadoop <div class="field-deck"> Gain 100x response time improvement thanks to the speed and scale of the cloud </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced that Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.4 at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/azure/hadoop-summit-azure-hdinsight-supports-hadoop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/azure/hadoop-summit-azure-hdinsight-supports-hadoop#comments Analysis Azure SQL Server Azure HDInsight Azure HDInsight improvements Hadoop Hadoop 2.4 Hadoop Summit Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 SQL Server Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:31:00 +0000 18261 at http://sqlmag.com Image Credit: Microsoft 5 New Features Now Available in Microsoft Power Query http://sqlmag.com/analysis/5-new-features-now-available-microsoft-power-query <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft recently announced several new features that are now available in a recent Power Query update. New features include the ability to connect easily to recent data sources, along with it being easier to distinguish public and organizational results.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/analysis/5-new-features-now-available-microsoft-power-query" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/analysis/5-new-features-now-available-microsoft-power-query#comments Analysis Office 365 Microsoft Power Query Power Query capabilities Power Query new features Power Query tips and tricks Fri, 30 May 2014 16:56:00 +0000 18151 at http://sqlmag.com Image Credit: Microsoft Microsoft's Julia White on Power BI for Office 365 http://sqlmag.com/office-365/microsoft-julia-white-power-bi-office-365 <div class="field-deck"> Plus thoughts on Microsoft Azure, Big Data, and Team Collaboration </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Julia White, General Manager of the Office Division at Microsoft, provides her insights on Power BI, which should be of interest to our SQL Server Pro readers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/office-365/microsoft-julia-white-power-bi-office-365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/office-365/microsoft-julia-white-power-bi-office-365#comments Analysis Azure Power BI Office 365 Business Intelligence big data Julia White Microsoft TechEd Julia White Office 365 Microsoft Azure Microsoft Julia White Power BI for Office 365 Thu, 29 May 2014 19:35:00 +0000 18131 at http://sqlmag.com Image Credit: Microsoft Forecasting in Power View for Office 365 http://sqlmag.com/office-365/forecasting-power-view-office-365 <div class="node-body article-body">Learn about the new forecasting feature in Power View for Office 365, along with tips on how to get started.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/office-365/forecasting-power-view-office-365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/office-365/forecasting-power-view-office-365#comments Analysis Office 365 Business Intelligence forecasting in Power View for Office 365 Power View for Office 365 Fri, 09 May 2014 23:56:00 +0000 17801 at http://sqlmag.com Image Credit: Microsoft New Forecasting Capabilities in Power View for Office 365 http://sqlmag.com/new-forecasting-capabilities-power-view-office-365 <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced the availability of new forecasting capabilities in its cloud-hosted business intelligence (BI) offering, Power View for Office 365 at the Pass Business Analytics (BA) Conference.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/new-forecasting-capabilities-power-view-office-365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/new-forecasting-capabilities-power-view-office-365#comments Analysis Fri, 09 May 2014 14:47:00 +0000 17781 at http://sqlmag.com Image Credit: Microsoft