Focus Groups


Wednesday, October 16

Power BI for Developers – Gaging interest in extensions and developer APIs & SDK
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Room 210-A

We would like to get feedback from IT professionals involved in BI project on potential future extensions and developer APIs/SDK for Power BI. These extensions would allow IT to add value, enhance and accelerate the adoption and re-use of investment in the Power BI solution.

DBAs & Windows Azure Data Services
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 210-A

Microsoft wants to talk with you about your thoughts and experience on bringing the cloud to your organization and job roles. This focus group is for all DBAs with an interest in exploring cloud-based data services (including hybrid, IaaS and PaaS). This includes those with no cloud experience to those who have thoroughly explored the cloud opportunities. Please be prepared to discuss: getting started, training, resources, documentation, first-hand experiences, and perceptions on cloud vendors.

Thursday, October 17

Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence certifications
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Westin Hotel, Tryon Room

This focus group is a feedback session on the current SQL Server and Business Intelligence certification programs.  Given the changes with the MSCA and MSCE exams in 2013, Microsoft Learning would like to understand how the model is received by the community.

Predictive Analytics Focus Group
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Room 210-A

Interest in predictive analytics is growing rapidly, but in this evolving space there are many questions around where and how to implement predictive analytic solutions.  The goal of this focus group is to gain insight on the types of customers and deployment scenarios where predictive analytics can add real business value.  Key issues include: identifying use cases where predictive analytics can solve business problems, addressing pain points around implementing predictive analytic solutions, and mapping how key influencers and stakeholders impact the customer purchase lifecycle (awareness-evaluating-purchasing) of predictive analytic solutions. 

Thinking of the cloud for your Data Warehousing solution?
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 210-A

Are you thinking of Cloud for DW? We would like to hear from you. Come and share the scenarios and usage for why DW service in Azure or Amazon is a good solution. The goal of this focus group is to better understand customer trends for Data Warehousing in cloud & usage scenarios for a Data Warehousing service.