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FoxPASS November 2014 Meeting

Note: the meeting has been moved to the SECOND Tuesday in November so it does not conflict with PASS Summit. 

We'll be showcasing another PASS Summit speaker, Josh Fennessy, at our November meeting! 

Featured Presentation:


Josh Fennessy, Principal BlueGranite

BIG DATA! There, I've said it. But, what exactly does it mean for YOU? This session will help to dispel some of the big data confusion, and we will focus on HD Insight, Microsoft's Hadoop based implementation. Loading data and querying a database is one thing and that will certainly be covered. Exploring how we can integrate data from HD Insight into our existing analytic solutions is one of the real world implementations this session will be focused on. This is one of the keys to successfully selling management on the needs for a big data solution. It's not just another database, it's a tool to enhance existing analytic structures. During this session, we'll start with a brief overview of Hadoop and HDFS. Next, we'll take a look at HD Insight, and explore some of the features therein. Finally, integration with SSAS and Power View (using Excel 2013) will be shown, which will close the loop on big data visualizations.

About Josh:
Josh Fennessy, Solution Architect at BlueGranite, has been building solutions with the SQL Server BI stack for 8 years. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Business Intelligence. Josh's passions include manipulating data in novel ways to open analytic possibilities not before possible. Josh is active in the SQL Server and Open Source communities. Beyond relational and OLAP data projects, Josh is also involved in projects using cluster computing platforms such as Hadoop.

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