Halo 4 and the Flood of Big Data at Big Data Camp / PASS BA Conference

One of the great thing about working with the folks at 343 Industries – Halo developer – is that I get to claim my that playing Halo 4 is part of my job – awesome! But in the middle of realizing how awful of a player I am, I was given the opportunity to work some very creative and smart folks at 343 on their HDInsight on Azure project.  You can find more information and various learnings at: – 343 Industries Gets New User Insights from Big Data in the Cloud – Using Avro with HDInsight on Azure at 343…

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Presentation: Yahoo!, Big Data, and Microsoft BI: Bigger and Better Together

About three and a half years ago, I had virtually joined the Yahoo! Targeting, Analytics, and Optimization (TAO) Engineering team where we embarked on an incredible journey to create the largest single instance Analysis Services cube.  Mind you, that was not our actual goal – our actual goal was to create fast interactive analytics against a massive amount of display advertising data from Yahoo! sites.  The requirements were staggering as noted in the slide below.   Ultimately, we took 2PB of data from one of Yahoo!’s large Hadoop cluster and created a 24TB Analysis Services cube so users could do…

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#PASSBAC – Ensuring Compliance of Patient Data with Big Data and BI

Over the past seven years, Ayad Shammout (@aashamout), Principal Business Intelligence Consultant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), and I have worked on a variety of very exciting SQL Server projects including (but not limited to) Healthcare Group Upgrading to SQL Server 2008 to Better Protect 2 Terabytes of Data,  Healthcare Group Improves Availability and Security of Mission-Critical Databases, Healthcare Group to Enhance Information Access with Powerful Business Intelligence Tools, and SQL Server Reporting Services Disaster Recovery Case Study We’ve worked on some pretty hinke ones including the infamous PowerPivot for SharePoint / Windows Authenticated Users…

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