Parkesy’s Got A Brand New Blog

Go on, take a look… I fully intend to keep this one up and running, together with content that is specifically Business Intelligence focused, it’s just that the other one is much more me 🙂 Curious? There’s even a link to the worlds best joke on there, fact!


Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Business Intelligence Demo

I promised to post a video so here it is. If you are curious about how you get from here… …to here… …in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, take a look here: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 BI Demo There’s no audio, it’s all rather self explanatory but it may take a moment to load, so please be…


Are Office Excel 2007 Files Backwards Compatible?

According to the FAQ they are – see the “System Requirements, Integration, and Compatibility” section, here: However, when I was challenged recently by a customer as to exactly how backwards compatible they were regarding the new and improved Business Intelligence capabilities, I thought I’d better do some further investigation and this is what I…


PTS-TV, Chris Parkes & Business Scorecard Manager

Well, long time no post but this really means I’ve had little to say over the past few weeks via print.  However, here’s me, via PTS-TV talking about Business Intelligence and in particular scorecarding using Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager. Never in my life did I think I’d be downloadable but if you really feel…


Beyond Business Intelligence

The latest Bill Gates Executive email has been posted to the web.  Essential reading if you care to understand Microsoft’s vision and strategy looking forward to the next ten years around information overload/underload, productivity, collaboration, business intelligence and workflow optimisation.   Beyond Business Intelligence: Delivering a Comprehensive Approach to Enterprise Information Management


Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005

In essence, there are two parts to this scorecarding solution, Microsoft Business Scorecard Server and Microsoft Business Scorecard Builder.   The server product allows you to manage scorecards through a central deployment mechanism and the builder provides a way for business analysts to quickly prototype, create and publish scorecards to be deployed via the server…


What type of organisation are you?

When we look at the integrated Business Intelligence offering from the Microsoft stack, it’s important to understand how each component can be used to address the needs of individual organisations.  For example, each component of the BI stack can be used to address many different challenges faced by organisations.   Microsoft Business Scorecard Manager sits…


An Independent View of the BI "Stack"

I came across this interesting article whilst scouring the news the other day.  It’s nice to see a report indicating how Microsoft are positioned regarding the “stack” nowadays when it comes to Business Intelligence.   “…Microsoft credibly tout a more complete BI stack than just about any other vendor…”   The article is titled “Why…


So what is the solution “stack”?

So what exactly is the Microsoft BI Story? And why, when you look into it do you hear so much about a solution “stack”?  I think the simplest way to think about this is by using a kind of jigsaw analogy to solve a puzzle…  Think of each component part of a piece of software…


Holiday Time

So, no sooner do I start a new blog that I head off to a much wamer climate than the UK at present 🙂  Back in ten days…