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!

May 3, 2016:  SQL Server 2016 Business Intelligence:  What's New?

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

6:00 pm:  Introduction & Spotlight Sponsor 

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation

Topic:   What's new for SQL Server 2016 Business Intelligence?

Abstract:    With SQL Server 2016, you are going to fall in love with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) all over again. If you never liked SSRS, now is the time to give it a second chance! Enhancements include support for modern browsers, mobile reports, KPIs, new SSRS web portal plus a LOT more.   Along with SSRS, other BI products in SQL Server 2016 have evolved significantly.  SQL Server 2016 truly offers a comprehensive, on-premises, enterprise-ready BI platform that will help you to transform complex data into actionable insights.

In this session, we will explore the enhancements that make SQL Server Reporting Services great again. We will also explore key enhancements on SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Tabular model.  Additionally, we will take a look at the improved toolset for BI solution development and administration.   For a complete list of all the new features in SQL Server 2016, refer - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb500435.aspx

Presenter:  Sajas Salahuddeen works for Microsoft Corporation. In his role as a Premier Field Engineer, he provides proactive and reactive support to Microsoft Premier customers on SQL Server products.  He loves working on all the products in the SQL Server product stack and is equally comfortable troubleshooting SQL performance issues, implementing High Availability & Disaster Recovery using SQL Server Always On or building compelling data models & insights using the BI products.

Location:  Microsoft Campus - 8050 Microsoft Way Charlotte, NC 28273 - View Map

RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-2016-cbig-sql-server-2016-business-intelligence-whats-new-tickets-24263943107

June 7, 2016:  Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

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

6:00 pm:  Introduction & Spotlight Sponsor 

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation

Topic:   Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

Abstract: Join us for a practical look at the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite for information management, data storage, analytics, machine learning, and visualization. Interoperability between components in the Azure ecosystem will be explored. We will also identify expertise levels required for implementation, as well as potential ways Cortana Intelligence Suite components seek to reduce complexity and development time. If you are a technology professional who is involved with delivering Business Intelligence, Analytics, and/or Big Data using Azure, this session will help you gain familiarity with these new components in Azure.

Level:  A fast-moving introductory session

Target Audience: Technology professionals seeking to understand the system components

Presenter: Melissa Coates is a business intelligence developer based in Charlotte, NC. As a solution architect with BlueGranite, she specializes in delivering BI and data warehousing solutions using corporate and self-service BI tools. Formerly a CPA, Melissa is ridiculously proud to be an IT geek and downright giddy to be a SQL Server MVP. When Melissa steps away from the laptop, you can probably find her hanging out with her border collie on a paddle board. Melissa blogs at sqlchick.com.

Location:  Microsoft Campus - 8050 Microsoft Way Charlotte, NC 28273 - View Map

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-2016-cbig-building-blocks-of-cortana-intelligence-suite-in-azure-tickets-24790440876

Check back soon for more 2016 speakers & topics!   Have any ideas or want to speak?  Email us at CharlotteBIGroup@outlook.com

Upcoming meetings:
July 12, 2016
Aug 2, 2016
Sept 13, 2016
Oct 4, 2016


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