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The Charlotte BI Group, or CBIG as we like to call ourselves, is a technical user group focused on business intelligence, analytics, data warehousing, and big data.

Our meetings will approach learning in a casual, fun and social way.  Join us to learn and get to know fellow professionals in the area.


April 2017: Kafka for Real-Time Data Ingestion with .NET

Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

5:30 pm:  Dinner and mingling with fellow CBIG members 

6:00 pm:  Introductions & Spotlight Sponsor Presentation from Intellinet

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation from Kevin Feasel

Topic: Kafka for Real-Time Data Ingestion with .NET

Session Description: Apache Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system which can scale out to handle millions of messages per second.  In this talk, we will cover the basics of this powerful system, including general architectural and design principles.  We will also build a .NET project which uses Kafka to produce and consume messages quickly and efficiently.

Speaker Bio: Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (curatedsql.com) and a contributing author to Tribal SQL (www.tribalsql.com). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. We're in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) in the left building - the 2nd door, farthest from the entrance.

RSVP: April CBIG Meeting


May 2017: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2016

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5:30 pm:  Dinner and mingling with fellow CBIG members 

6:00 pm:  Introductions

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation from Vincent Staropoli

Topic: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2016

Session Description: For those of us who work as Data or Business Intelligence Professionals, the release of SQL Server 2016 included a treasure trove of new features and capabilities. From using R inside SQL Server, to mobile-ready dashboards in Reporting Services, to the ability to capture data changes without using Change Data Capture. This release, and even later Service Packs, have brought us closer to the Cloud, enabled Big Data technology exploration, and raised the bar for the industry. During this discuss, we’ll review nearly all the new Business Intelligence features in SQL Server 2016 and put on our spelunking gear to dive into a few. Deep dive topics will include understanding the new Reporting Services portal, understanding the updated SSIS architecture, and how to incorporate R code into your analysis. Lastly, we’ll take a look at deploying Power BI reports to an on premise instance of Reporting Services! This is new functionality currently in technical preview, but we’re all excited for this to get rolled out!

Speaker Bio: Vincent Staropoli is the Data Practice Manager for Cardinal Solutions in Charlotte, NC. Focused on enabling business to make better decisions, he holds several Microsoft Certified Solution Expert designations for the Data Platform and Business Intelligence. He is active in the technical community and is passionate about all things data. Connect via LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/vincentstaropoli) or Twitter (@vstaropoli).

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. We're in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) in the left building - the 2nd door, farthest from the entrance.

RSVP: May CBIG Meeting


Upcoming Meeting Dates

We typically meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Upcoming meeting dates:

June 6, 2017

July 11, 2017

August 1, 2017

September 5, 2017

October 3, 2017

November 7, 2017

December 5, 2017

If you would like to present, please e-mail us at:  CharlotteBIGroup at Outlook.com

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