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What is Business Intelligence or BI? Why do I care about BI if I'm a .NET developer? These are questions you may have asked over the years, especially as more of the news today is focused on it. In this session we will build up a definition of BI to help you understand what it is and how it was used and is today. We will also discuss in detail all of Microsoft's current offerings in the BI space and provide you with what each of these products does and doesn't do. Some information on BI offerings from outside of Microsoft will also be discussed and how Microsoft stacks up against them. A demo of some of the products in the Microsoft BI stack will also be done so that you can see these tools in action. We will also discuss how any .NET developer can learn BI and apply their .NET skills to the Microsoft BI toolset. If you have ever wondered what all of this talk about Business Intelligence or BI is all about, this session will give you knowledge you need to get into this exciting and growing business (or at least follow the conversation).
Steve Wake is a Consultant at RevGen Partners (http://revgenpartners.com) with more than 20 years of experience in various IT organizations. Steve has experience in Manufacturing, Retail, Charities, Telecommunications and Financial Services organizations & switched to Consulting to share/expand/teach on his experiences with Microsoft Business Intelligence. Steve is also very involved in the SQL community, speaking at events across the country, blogging at http://wakebi.com , and is currently President of the Denver SQL Server UG (http://denversql.org)