Monthly Archives: September, 2013

A full day of Predictive Analytics

The annual SQL Saturday event in Denver is scheduled for this Saturday, September 28, but you may not know that there is also a full day of training just one day earlier.  There are a total of three sessions scheduled for Friday and I have the privilege of presenting one of them, Predictive Analytics in the Enterprise.  If you’ve been reading the tech news and paying attention to where analytics is headed, predictive analytics is a great topic to dive into, especially for BI developers, analysts, architects, and DBAs.  Here’s a look at the session abstract:

Data Science is a red-hot subject, but what does that mean for SQL Server DBAs and developers?  The Data Mining algorithms in Analysis Services provide capabilities to achieve predictive analytics and modeling with your SQL Server data and any other data you have access to.  In this session you’ll get the chance to cover the data mining process from start to end.  By the end of the day, you’ll have a practical understanding of how to develop predictive models for your data.  The session includes a brief overview of data mining followed by an opportunity to complete actual predictive modeling exercises.  You’ll see how to fine-tune and compare the results using various algorithms, and how to make the best use of the models in your enterprise.   With Predictive Analytics having achieved the Plateau of Productivity in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, now is a good time to learn what these powerful tools can do for you.

Like the abstract says, the session will cover the concepts and terminology in the predictive analytics world and will include case studies to review.  It will also include instructor-led labs so you can create your own predictive models.  Bring a laptop with SQL Server Analysis Services (multi-dimensional),  Business Intelligence Development Studio (or SQL Server Data Tools), Excel and the Data Mining add-in for Excel.  If you don’t have a laptop with these tools readily available, we can pair you up with a partner who has the tools ready to go.  Working in pairs will also be a good way to learn the topic better.

If you’re looking for training in other areas, Tim Mitchell will have a full day session for ETL developers on Real World SSIS: A Survival Guide, and Dmitri Korotkevitch will target DBAs with a session titled SQL Server Internals from the Practical Angle

See you Friday!