Practical workshop that includes presentations and “hands on” use of examples and exercises utilizing the Microsoft Enterprise Consortium hosted at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business Enterprise Systems. Industry partners of the Enterprise Systems program at the Sam M. Walton College of Business have donated computing systems and multiple, large-scale datasets for instructional use – Sam’s Club (6 tables and over 55 million rows of POS transactions for 18 stores), Dillard’s Department Stores (5 tables with a transactions table of 120 million rows), Tyson Foods, and Wal-Mart RFID data sets.

This workshop provides faculty “How To’s” that can be incorporated into a wide variety of courses that include topics on databases, data warehousing, business intelligence and decision making. The Microsoft Enterprise Consortium includes the full SQL Server 2008 Management Studio and Business Intelligence Development Studio. Further, this Consortium includes access to the large datasets referenced above plus a number of datasets corresponding to database and data mining texts.