29 November 2007

MS BI Summit 2007 - Melbourne - Australia

Microsoft BI Summit was held in Melbourne on Nov 2007 and it was so interesting for me specially meeting many of my ex-colleagues and clients. The best part was when Sean Downer (Manager - Decision Support, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne) presented the RCH BI system as the case study of a successful MS BI system. I was involved on development of that system. They are using SharePoint server to host a dashboard designed by the Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) which includes scorecards and SSRS reports talking to SSAS cubes.

Another exciting session was "PerformancePoint Server 2007: Monitoring and Analyzing", which Nick Barkley (our ex-colleague at SDM) presented the new features of PPS 2007 Monitoring module and how developers can develop the project in their local system without have to deploy it to SharePoint to see the result.

There were some other informative sessions about data mining, MDX and PPS Planning & Budgeting which all had some interesting points.

Last session was presented by David Lean (from Microsoft). He talked about new BI features and new performance improvements in SQL Server 2008.