New Online BI Classes from SolidQ

SolidQ has recently added 22 new classes and a full schedule of available class times.  Formerly Solid Quality Training and Solid Quality Mentors, SolidQ is now offering online training classes on schedules convenient to Europe, Asia and the Americas.    Course are developed and taught by seasoned industry leaders and mentors who author books and lead enterprise projects.

Technology areas include: Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Database Administration, Database Design and Development, Mobile Development, .Net Development, SQL Microsoft Curriculum & SQL Server (2005, 2008, R2 & Denali)

Classes are offered in English, Spanish, German and Slovenian.  Several new BI courses include:

  • SharePoint – Solution Design, Management & Administration & Business Intelligence
  • Reporting Services – Design, Development & Administration
  • Analysis Services – Solution Design, Management & Administration
  • Integration Services – Enterprise ETL Design, Management & Administration
  • Data Mining
  • PowerPivot
  • MDX
  • SQL Server Performance Tuning
  • End-to-End Business Intelligence Workshop

Visit for the complete course catalog and schedule.

Read the SolidQ Journal for helpful articles and industry news.

SolidQ CEO Speaks with the King of Spain

It was a proud moment for Fernando Guerrero, the CEO of SolidQ, to chat with the King of Spain and the Spanish Minister of Science and Innovation at a recent conference in Madrid.  Mr. Guerrero spoke with His Majesty The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I about the steady growth of the company and, in particular, the investment of SolidQ in the Spanish economy and education.  His Majesty was complimentary about the growth and success of the company.

Fernando also spoke with Ms. Cristina Garmendia, the Spanish Minister of Science and Innovation, about recent activities in the SolidQ Spanish division that have caused them to double their headcount in two years at a time when Spain is facing high unemployment.

The company operates a number of programs including the SolidQ University with faculty members at universities throughout the world.  SolidQ Research works with the European Union, the Spanish government and leading universities on research projects and assisting graduate students achieve PhD degrees.

Needless to say, everyone at SolidQ shares some of the pride to be recognized by honored national leaders.

A New Adventure

Next week I start a new chapter in my career.  About a week ago I accepted a position with SolidQ, formerly known as Solid Quality Mentors.  SolidQ is a relatively small company with a world-wide presence and are only focused on Microsoft BI technologies.  Their mentors are conference headliners, well-known technical authors and Microsoft MVPs.  I’ve had associations with SolidQ for several years as I’ve worked along side some of their mentors, taught at the same training centers and spoken at the same conferences.  I’m very excited to join a team of professionals that I’ve been watching for several years and share the same passion for BI that I do.

I’m leaving Hitachi Consulting after nearly seven enjoyable years.  Hitachi still employs many of the same great people I worked with when I started.  Hitachi brought me into their Seattle-based Microsoft BI practice in 2004 where I worked with some really talented BI practitioners and learned a great deal about things like dimensional modeling, data warehouse design and cube design.  I had been working with SQL Server Reporting Services and was able to contribute my database background, coding and SSRS skills on team projects where I continued to learn more about building holistic BI solutions.  I took over the company’s Microsoft BI training practice and partnership with various training centers to offer the courses we developed and taught.  This is where I ran into folks from Solid Quality like Kalen Delaney, Itzik Ben-Gan and Andrew Kelley.  I’ve learned much from material written and presented by people like Erik Veerman, Peter Meyers and Brian Knight.  My associate, Stacia Misner, had left Hitachi in 2006 for Solid Quality before she formed her own consulting company.  I’ve been teaching SSRS classes based on her books for years.

I have good things to say about Hitachi and many of the good people there.  The company and I are just moving in different directions.  The work SolidQ does is congruent with my skills, interests and passions for Microsoft BI.  I’m looking forward to this change.