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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
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BI User Group Q3 MEETING
When:  September 12
Time:  12:30 registration - 4:30 end time
BISIG website:
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We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our BISIG meeting at Microsoft Corporation, 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 950, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55437.  We hope you will plan to attend this meeting where we have lined up two very exciting and informative speakers.

Topic One:  Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion
Presented by: Dan English - Magenic & Joe Beeck - GfK Custom Research North America
Everybody probably has spreadmarts somewhere in their organization. They start out small and quickly grow and become mission critical. This presentation will be talking about taking an Excel spreadmart reporting solution and migrating it into a data mart solution. Both sides of the project with be discussed, business and technical. We will compare spreadmarts vs data marts, discuss how the solution was architected, options that were explored, technologies used, and challenges that had to be overcome.

Topic Two:Business Intelligence Requirements:How Business Analysis Should be Conducted to Ensure a Successful BI Initiative
Presented by: Trent Seashore - SafeNet Consulting & Dean Larson - SafeNet Consulting
The quality of business analysis is a critical determinant of how successful a BI initiative will be. If the business' needs and solution requirements are not thoroughly understood, analyzed, documented, communicated and maintained, then whatever BI solution is developed will have little prospect of being meeting the business' exceptions

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