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Bridging the Chasm: BI Theory vs. Practice

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[Session is tagged "Beginner" level] A Dynamic Dialog session: According to research compiled by Gartner from discussions with many BI clients, a substantial disparity exists, in the implementation of BI, between theory (standard approaches, promises, claims and expectations) and practice (shortfalls, compromises and other realities). In this session, Business Intelligence Architect and Microsoft MVP Bill Pearson leads a dialog within which we gain an understanding of the general types of discrepancies between the “ideal” approach to BI and the compromised reality that a large number of organizations experience. We’ll then share and class experiences as a group, and discuss ways to avoid these discrepancies in future projects.

William E. Pearson III
Bill Pearson, SQL Server Analysis Services Maestro, SQL Server MVP, CPA, CITP, CGMA, CMA, CIA, is a consultant, author, mentor and business intelligence architect who has been working with business intelligence for over 18 years, and with the integrated Microsoft Business Intelligence solution since its inception. Bill’s recent series’ include the Stairway to MDX and Stairway to PowerPivot and DAX columns at, and he presents regularly at SQL Saturdays, finance and accounting groups, and other diverse events globally. Bill is a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust.

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  • Hans P.

    Does the 6:30pm start time include dinner? If so, what is the start time of the actual session?

    July 21, 2013

    • Mark T.

      Yes 6:30 is the start time for the meeting and dinner -- the dinner is typically pizza and drinks, though you can bring your own. The meeting starts around 6:45 or 7 PM -- but people are eating in the pictured meeting room.

      July 24, 2013

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