Microsoft BI – Knowledge Sources

Introduction

Recently, I started to do trainings on Microsoft Business Intelligence technology and after each training few people come up to me and ask questions like: “How can we further improve our skills and knowledge? What are good sources for further study?” Because I started to get these questions a lot, I decided to write a blog post to summarize my favorite knowledge sources.

Books

Books are a good start to expand your knowledge. They provide a consolidated overview on the topic.

Kimball’s Data Warehouse Toolkit Classics

Expert Cube Development

The Definitive Guide to DAX

Blogs

Blogs are a great way to stay at the top of latest happening. Here are my favorites, best served hot from RSS oven.

Microsoft Server & Tools Blogs

Jen Underwood

Chris Web

Marco Russo

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

PowerPivotPro

Excelguru

  • http://www.excelguru.ca/blog/
  • Series of blogs on Excel and Get & Transform (Power Query) feature from the author of great Power Query book “M is for data monkey”, Ken Puls.

Sites

Under sites I’ve placed interesting sites which can help you boost your knowledge or aggregate links to various other sources.

DAX Patterns

Born To Learn

PASS

  • http://www.sqlpass.org/
  • World’s largest community for SQL Server. You can find many local and virtual communities with lots of learning and networking possibilities.

CodePlex

GitHub

You Tube Channels

Videos from various channels with hands on labs, samples and presentations.

PASS Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter

PASS Big Data Virtual Chapter

PASS DBAFundamentals

PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter

Power BI

Conclusion

The above mentioned summary is not a complete list nor the best one. It’s my favorite one from which I learned the most. What are your favorite ones?

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