Welcome to the CBIG site!

The Charlotte BI Group, or CBIG as we like to call ourselves, is a technical user group focused on Business Intelligence topics.  

As a member, you will learn about Business Intelligence best practices, recommended architectures, design patterns, development platforms and techniques, as well as administration and configuration topics with an emphasis on the Microsoft BI stack and related toolsets.  From time to time we'll also cover other important BI skills such as business analysis, requirements gathering methodologies, usability, and testing. 

Our meetings will approach learning in a casual, fun and social way.  You'll be given opportunities to get to know fellow BI, SQL Server, and Analyst professionals in the area.  We'll also do our best to keep you informed about regional events & happenings in the technical community.

Be sure to visit the Join CBIG page to receive invitations to monthly CBIG meetings and special events!

Interested in a free day of training on Microsoft BI, Analytics,  and Data Administration topics? 

Check out the SQL Saturday event which is coming to Charlotte on October 4, 2014! More information here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/330/eventhome.aspx

Upcoming CBIG Meetings

August 2014

Date:   Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  Intellinet

In August we will have 2 presentations, 30 minutes each.

Presentation Topic #1:  Introduction to Microsoft Azure Machine Learning.  This session will be an overview of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning also referred to as Azure ML (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/machine-learning/). Azure ML is currently in preview mode and provides data scientists with powerful cloud-based predictive analytics. In the session we will define some basic machine learning terms and attempt to predict survey results using Azure ML. We will show how to access training and test data and build experiments in Azure ML studio from a web browser. We will discuss the training, scoring, and evaluation of the model. We will then publish the model as a web service and attempt get a prediction from the web service from a C# application.

Speaker #1:  Bill Carroll is a Sr. Escalation Engineer for Microsoft. He has worked for Microsoft for 15 years in Charlotte in the commercial support area. His primary expertise is Microsoft SQL Server, but has recently moved to supporting Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight (Hadoop) and Azure Machine learning. In his free time he enjoys the beach and watching moves with his wife and two daughters. 

Presentation Topic #2:  Building a Compelling IT Resume. In this session we will discuss tips and best practices to get activity from your resume.

Speaker #2:  Leveat Ruse.  I currently develop effective recruitment strategies at MDI Group to attract top talent at all levels of an organization. I am an IBM certified trainer and began my career performance general Human Resources duties. I quickly worked my way up through the ranks to Business Development. My desire is to interact with others and help people achieve their goals and find the right career path.

RSVP:  http://cbig0814.eventbrite.com

Location:  Microsoft office, 8050 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273.  

September 2014

Date:   Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  BlueGranite

Presentation Topic:  From Master Data Services (MDS) to Master Data Management (MDM)

Speaker:  Derrick Exum

RSVP:  Coming soon

Location:  Microsoft office, 8050 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273.  

October 2014

No meeting in October due to SQL Saturday in Charlotte on October 4th hosted by CBIG!

November 2014

Date:   Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (moved to 2nd week of the month to avoid conflict with PASS Summit)

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  Cardinal Solutions

Presentation Topic:  Coming soon (this date is reserved)

December 2014

Date:   Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Presentation Topic:  Coming soon (this date is reserved)

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Upcoming Events

Charlotte SQL Server User Group, 8/20/2014

SQL Saturday, Raleigh, NC, 9/6/2014

IT/Dev Connections, Las Vegas, NV, 9/15/2014-9/19/2014

SharePoint Saturday, Charlotte, NC, 9/20/2014

SQL Saturday - BI Edition, Boston, MA, 9/27/2014

SQL Saturday - BI Edition, Charlotte, NC, 10/4/2014  ** This event is hosted by CBIG! **

Strata + Hadoop World Conference, New York, NY, 10/15/2014-10/17/2014

SQL Saturday - BA Edition, Tampa, FL, 10/25/2014

PASS Summit, Seattle, WA, Pre-Cons 11/3-2014 - 11/4/2014; General Conference 11/5/2014 - 11/7/2014  **CBIG Discount Code:  USSES25**

SQL Saturday, Charleston, SC, 12/13/2014