Hello (BI) World!

For those who are not already aware, I’ve recently switched to the Business Intelligence team as an OLAP developer. I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to learn more about cubes and data mining, and I’ve decided it’s time to start sharing some of what I’m learning. My initial BI-related blog posts will probably be more entry-level topics as I learn my way around BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio).

To get started, I’d like to share my current favorite BI resource website: http://www.learnmicrosoftbi.com. LearnMicrosoftBI is an excellent, FREE website run by Craig Utley. Yes, you heard me right… you have to register, but the site is FREE. There are currently 38 videos on SSAS and BI-related topics, ranging from 7 minutes to 58 minutes long. I haven’t watched them all, but the ones I have watched have been helpful. If you’re trying to learn SSAS, be sure to check this site out.

Here’s a couple of other items of note:

SQL Fool Happenings

It’s not plagiarism if I copy myself
I’m now a content contributor for the SQLServerPedia wiki!  So you may now begin to see some of my content on the wiki as well. If you’ve not heard of SQLServerPedia, you should check it out and consider contributing.

It’s like a party, but for geeks
I’m trying to start a PASS Chapter for the Eastern Iowa region. So if you’re in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, or Waterloo, and are interested in attending or assisting with PASS, e-mail me at michelle @ sqlfool.com for more information.

I didn’t realize people still used IE
Thanks to Peter for informing me of the image distortion issue. Apparently Internet Explorer
is inferior to doesn’t handle image resizing as well as FireFox. The only solution I’ve found is to make 2 versions of each image: a smaller thumbnail and a larger “pop-up” image. I’ll work on updating past posts this week.

The more people that follow me, the better I feel about myself
Jason Massie rocked my world with his post, SQL Twitter n00bs #SQLPASS. I’ve now been using it for a couple of weeks and have found a lot of benefit in it. It helps that I try to only follow SQL or other techy, non-spamming people. If you’re new to Twitter, check out Brent Ozar‘s Twitter 101, which really helped shed some light on some of Twitter’s idiosyncrasies. Oh, and if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, you can find me at http://twitter.com/sqlfool.