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!


Upcoming CBIG Meetings

August 2015

Date:   Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  BlueGranite

Presentation Topic:   Exploring Power BI and Cortana Analytics Suite
Speaker:  Jen Underwood

In this session, we will dive deeper into the recent Power BI and Cortana Analytics Suite announcements. We will introduce Cortana Analytics Suite and then dig into the Power BI cloud, Power BI Desktop, Developer APIs, D3.js custom data visualizations and many other areas.  The latest Power BI enhancements were influenced by over 500,000 unique users from 45,000 companies across 185 countries that participated in the global preview. These technologies are gaining market momentum. Please join me in this not-to-miss session to enjoy an open conversation on where Power BI is heading and see a few “bleeding edge” demos.

Jen Underwood is a a Microsoft Sr Program Manager of Business Intelligence & Analytics.   She works with external groups, customers, channel partners, MVP's, BI professionals and application developers to better connect the outside world to engineering.  She also held roles as an Enterprise Data Platform Specialist and a Business Intelligence Consultant for Big 4 system integration firms.  Throughout most of her 20 year career, she has been researching, designing and implementing data warehousing, business intelligence and predictive analytics solutions.  

Jen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a post graduate certificate in Computer Science – Data Mining from the University of California, San Diego.

RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-2015-cbig-meeting-exploring-power-bi-cortana-analytics-suite-tickets-17021959138


September 2015

Date:   Tuesday, Sept 8, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  Intellinet

Presentation Topic:  SSIS for SQL Server and SharePoint:  When The Supported Solution isn’t the Best Solution
Speaker:  
Ryan Brickey, MSSQL DBA

This session will discuss how to use Codeplex SharePoint List Connectors as a temporary (and non MS supported) solution until the SQL Server and SharePoint servers are upgraded and how to leverage OData source/destinations.

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-2015-cbig-meeting-ssis-for-sql-server-and-sharepoint-when-the-supported-solution-isnt-the-tickets-17021994243


October 2015 -  SQL Saturday:  October 17, 2015


November 2015

Date:   Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Presentation Topic:  The need of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in Business Intelligence (BI)
Speaker:  Javier Guillen  

Abstract: As new technology cycles emerge, we find ourselves immersed in a growing diversity of tools and infrastructures.  However, success in Business Intelligence sometimes depends less on engineering sophistication and more in our capacity to increase adoption. Realizing the two are not always correlated is key.  Too often we see adoption issues that account for partial or complete failure on expensive BI programs. In this presentation, attendees will learn about a perspective that can help increase chances of BI success by increasing trust and collaboration among I.T. and the business.

Javier Guilllen architects, develops and delivers Business Analytics solutions with a strong adherence to best practice patterns. His main focus is dimensional modeling, SQL Server Analysis Services, MDX & DAX, PowerPivot, Tableau, Data Science, R and Hadoop. Javier is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Charlotte Business Intelligence user Group (CBIG), as well as BI blogger, speaker and forum contributor.

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  Coming Soon


December 2015

Date:   Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  BlueGranite

Presentation Topic:  Coming Soon

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  Coming Soon

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