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Business Insights—January 2011
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Better Decisions with Data Mining
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Launch
Microsoft Security Compliance Manager
Save on Windows 7
Mike Thomsen Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Business Intelligence, U.S. BMO Mining Your Database for Golden Insights
Your database contains a gold mine of information about your customers, but too often this data is simply collected and stored in isolated computer systems where it languishes unused. How do you make sense of all this information? Data mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 can reveal important, insightful information that's been scattered throughout systems and departments and help you make better business decisions.
Data Mining Helps You Make Better Decisions
With every transaction, customers are revealing critical information about their purchasing decisions and who they are as buyers. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 can help you identify—and act on—trends such as customer buying patterns.
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Learn More About Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Try Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Today
Download the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Trial
White Paper: Predictive Analysis with SQL Server 2008
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Live Events
Mark Your Calendars Now for Convergence 2011 Atlanta—the Premier Microsoft Dynamics Event.
This year's event will offer you more opportunities to discover what's new with your Microsoft Dynamics solution, including details about upcoming innovations and product launches. By attending Convergence, you'll exceed expectations for what you can accomplish with the power of your Microsoft Dynamics solution. Plan now to attend!
April 10–13, 2011, Georgia World Congress Center in the heart of downtown Atlanta
Digital Events
Tips and Tricks for Outlook 2010
Get more out of Microsoft Outlook 2010 when you learn about new features and timesavers to help you in your day-to-day work. Past participants report saving from 15 to more than 30 minutes a day after attending a Tips and Tricks session.
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Business Insights Webcast: Search and Community Experiences with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites
A successful website requires more than just great content. Keep your customers engaged with interactive search that makes your website stand out.
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Introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
Watch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduce Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and how it can help you boost sales, improve marketing, enrich customer service interactions, and accelerate line-of-business application development through xRM. Get a sneak peek through engaging demos, and then participate in several different tracks especially designed to suit your business, industry, and IT needs. This FREE global virtual launch is available now online so you can watch from the comfort of your office or home.
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Tips & Tricks
Understand Data at a Glance with Conditional Formatting
Sometimes it's hard to read and interpret data by scanning rows and rows of information. But you can use conditional formatting to make certain data stand out, helping you to analyze data, and to identify patterns and trends.
Sparklines: Use Tiny Charts to Show Data Trends
As you look at rows and rows of data, sometimes it's hard to immediately make sense of it. Add tiny charts called sparklines next to data to give readers a picture of what the data means.
Basic Data Mining Tutorial
In this SQL Server 2008 tutorial, you will complete a scenario for a targeted mailing campaign in which you create three models for analyzing customer purchasing behavior and targeting potential buyers.
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Microsoft SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010
The Microsoft SQL Server Data Mining Add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 can help you derive patterns and trends that exist in complex data, visualize those patterns in charts and interactive viewers, and generate rich, colorful summaries for presentation and for business analytics.
Microsoft Security Compliance Manager
The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager provides centralized security baseline management features, a baseline portfolio, customization capabilities, and security baseline export flexibility to accelerate your organization's ability to efficiently manage the security and compliance process for the most widely used Microsoft technologies.
White Paper: The Economics of Cloud
Computing is undergoing a seismic shift from client/server to the cloud, a shift similar in importance and impact to the transition from mainframe to client/server. Read this white paper for insights from IT leaders to better understand the underlying economics driving long-term industry trends.
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