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In this issue, we present some of our favorite In the News topics and direct you to some great webinar presentations that have been recently delivered by our team.


In addition, we will share some things we have learned in recent meetings or projects in a section entitled Heard Around The Water Cooler, as well as new Announcements and Upcoming Events.


We welcome your feedback for future issues.


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Recent Presentations Delivered by Our Team
Big SQL Analytics: Amazon Redshift Overview 

On August 20, Bernard Wehbe, co-founder of StatSlice Systems, presented a webinar on Amazon Redshift as part of our series on Big SQL Analytics. This webinar covers the results of our Amazon Redshift investigation where we walk you through the POC we performed and highlight the capabilities of this new game-changing offering by Amazon. Click here to watch latest video.

Big SQL Analytics: Amazon Redshift Overview

Big SQL Analytics - Redshift Webinar Q&A Summary

On September 6, Bernard Wehbe, Co-Founder of StatSlice Systems, published a blog summarizing the Q&A session found in our Amazon Redshift webinar. The blog covers topics regarding capabilities, security, and more. Click here  to read more.




Slowly Changing Dimensions in SSIS

On August 30, Brett Neuman, Manager Consultant at StatSlice Systems, published a blog regarding changing dimensions in SSIS. One of the most critical pieces of any data warehouse is how you handle dimensions. Due to the slowly changing nature of the data in a dimension table, we handle the processing of these tables quite differently. To read the full blog, click here .


In the News

The Secret Behind LinkedIn's Sales Growth
LinkedIn is closing lucrative deals more quickly because of better use of analytics. In the past two years, the company created an internal dashboard using analytic and visualization software from Tableau that pulls together information from disparate sources. To read the full article, click here.
How Big Data Is Changing Football On and Off the Field
Thor Olavsrud wrote an interesting article about how data is changing the way we experience football from play calling to staffing.  Click here  to read the full article.

Announcing the Upcoming Release of Our "Microsoft Business Intelligence Tools for Excel Analysts" Book!


We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of our book with Wiley scheduled for general release in March 2014. The book is a collaboration between Jared Decker and Bernard Wehbe (co-founders of StatSlice) and Michael Alexander, who has written several Access and Excel books. The book can be pre-ordered here. The authors are currently working diligently on the content and should be wrapping up a draft in the next couple of months.


This book is written from a business analyst's point of view. The aim is to make accessible the rich set of Business Intelligence tools available in the latest Microsoft SQL Server 2012 release. This is driven by new features that have made the world of Business Intelligence and Analytics more accessible to the business user and blurred the lines between desktop tools like Excel and enterprise tools like SQL Server and Sharepoint. 

Heard Around the Water Cooler


Big SQL Analytics: Investigation Update 


A couple of months back, I announced that the StatSlice team is in the process of investigating several "Big SQL" Analytics tools. Since the announcement, we have completed POCs with a few of the tools and delivered one heavily-attended webinar on Amazon Redshift. We also have two webinars on the subject scheduled for this month and the next. Next month's webinar will address the SQL tool offered by Cloudera on Hadoop to see how it stacks up against Redshift and other tools in the space.


Finally, I am happy to report that one of our clients has chosen to implement a production Redshift proof-of-concept as a result of our efforts. The development of the system moved very fast, and we were able to overcome all the technical obstacles without too much difficulty. We will keep you posted on the success that we are seeing with these tools and their ability to help clients overcome business problems.


Bernard Wehbe, Co-Founder at StatSlice Systems

Upcoming Events
Calendar of Upcoming Events StatSlice Partners and Consultants Will be Participating in These Upcoming Events

September 24, 11:00 am CDT, Big SQL Analytics - Amazon Redshift With Tableau. Click here to register. 
October 22, 11:00 am CDT, Big SQL Analytics - Cloudera Impala. Click here to register.
Jared Decker, Editor

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