I’ve just returned from this month’s Avon Information Management meeting, held in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI). This is a new group for people who have a range of experience in Information Management and Business Intelligence, who get together each month to share experiences and perhaps to get a different perspective and learn new things. And more importantly, enjoy a pint or two!

This was the first organised talk and my colleagues at IPL, James Adman and Beth McNally, took us on a whistlestop tour of the Microsoft BI platform, stopping off at destinations such as Master Data Services, PowerPivot and PerformancePoint. The main thing that stood out for me was that there’s so much more to Microsoft BI than the core building blocks of SSIS, SSAS and SSRS, and that as a stack of tools it competes very well with vendors at all levels.

If you’re working in BI (or know someone who does), and fancy meeting up, why not come along to the next meeting in April? The next one is likely to be a pub meetup, but  talks are planned on Oracle BI tools, SAP Data Services and Open Source BI, to name but a few.

News can be found on the AIM blog at http://avonim.wordpress.com/. AIM is also on twitter, at @avonim.

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