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Upcoming Speaking Engagements – Spring 2012

While the blog has been quieter than usual for the past couple of months, owing to a hectic schedule, I do have a number of speaking engagements coming up that I wanted to promote. All of them are related to SharePoint Business Intelligence in one way or another, and all are in the Toronto/South Western Ontario area. If you’d like to come out and talk SharePoint, Business Intelligence, or just indulge in a SharePint or two, I would love to see you there.

Hamilton SharePoint User Group
Thursday, Feb 16 2012
SQL Server Reporting Services with SharePoint
SQL Server Reporting Services provides a rich reporting environment, and integration with SharePoint makes it seem seamless to end users. How does Reporting Services impact the SharePoint environment? This presentation will walk through the basic features of Reporting Services, and architectural considerations when installing in a SharePoint farm. In addition, some of the differences included in the upcoming SQL Server 2012 version of Reporting Services will be discussed.
Toronto SharePoint User Group
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
What’s new in SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint
SQL Server 2012 brings a wealth of new features to the core database used by SharePoint. However, it also brings a number of exciting new Business Intelligence features right to your SharePoint users.

This session will walk through a number of the new features that have a direct impact on SharePoint administrators, designers and end users, with in depth demonstrations of how to configure and use them. These features include significant architectural changes to Reporting services, the new BISM or tabular engine for Analysis Services and PowerPivot, and the new end user focused reporting tool, PowerView.

SharePoint Summit
May 15, 2012
Reporting for Duty – Best Practices for Reporting Services with SharePoint


Reporting Services and SharePoint have been working together since SharePoint 2003. SQL Server 2005 SP1 brought the ability to use Reporting Services in Integrated Mode through a SharePoint Add in, and with SQL Server 2012, Reporting Services is a fully fledged SharePoint Service Application, and some features, the new PowerView in particular, are only available through SharePoint Integrated Mode.

Reporting Services bring a wealth of benefits to your SharePoint farm, but can also have a significant impact on it. This session will discuss the do’s and don’ts for a successful Reporting Services implementation. It will cover architectural considerations through to Report design, for both the Reporting Services Add In (SQL Server 2005-2008) and the new Reporting Services Service Application (SQL Server 2012).

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