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The latest in Business Intelligence: Microsoft SQL Server – Twilight Recap

During November, Tim Mole and Nick Draper, our Business Intelligence (BI) experts, toured Auckland and Wellington to give their thoughts on BI and utilising the upcoming release of SQL Server 2012 to turn information into insight and actionable business decisions.

Tim Mole and Nick Draper presenting The latest in Business Intelligence: Microsoft SQL Server

As Tim Mole says: “Information is growing rapidly and it’s not just constrained to an enterprise: a lot of information is found externally and we live in a new era of Big Data. Unfortunately, a lack of information, processes and tools make it hard for organisations to take advantage of these sources.”

“Business Intelligence is all about giving organisations access to data in a manageable way, letting them change raw data into information and thereafter into insights and actions. The challenge is how to provide business decision makers with these insights and actions. Fewer than 30% of organisation use business intelligence (BI) effectively. The adoption rates of these programmes are low and one approach does not fit all.”

According to Nick Draper, “Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful platform and combined with Microsoft Office and SharePoint this connects people to data and each other. This, in turn, gives organisations the chance to access, collaborate and produce reports and provide analysis on a platform that they are already familiar with, ensuring a high user adoption rate. Importantly, Microsoft SQL Server also eases the burden on IT staff by maintaining appropriate levels of governance.”

For more on this Twilight presentation you can view the presentation slides below.

This is our last Twilight event for the year, and we are starting to plan our event schedule for 2012 if you have any suggestions or comments about our Twilight seminars, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Just click here and fill out our 7 question survey, leaving room for your suggestions – it should only take a minute!

Posted by: Rose Harris, Marketing Assistant | 01 December 2011

Tags: Business Intelligence, SQL Server, Twilight recap

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