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

September 2014

Date:   Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Presentation Topic:  From MDM to MDS.  Have you ever wondered what MDM stands for and why you would use MDS?  Master Data Services is Microsoft's solution for a Master Data Management platform. This presentation will highlight a journey to MDM through MDS. It will touch upon:

  • Brief overview of Master Data Management (MDM)
  • What is Master Data Services (MDS)
  • Installation and Configuration of MDS
  • Gotchas to be aware of during installation
  • Useful system views created by MDS
  • Staging data best practices in MDS
  • Usage patterns for MDS

Speaker:  Derrick Exum is a SQL Server and .NET enthusiast who enjoys learning from colleagues and industry leaders. Derrick is a Senior BI/ETL Developer at Sonic Automotive in Charlotte, a position he has held since 2011. He works on DW/BI projects and, since early 2013, has been working extensively with MDS and MDM. When not learning about Microsoft technologies, Derrick spends his time attending Butler HS football games and learning the piano.

RSVP:  http://cbig0914.eventbrite.com

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

Spotlight Sponsor:  BlueGranite

Presentation Topic:  Coming soon (this date is reserved)

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Upcoming Events

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

Charlotte SQL Server User Group, 9/10/2014

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! **

Atlanta Code Camp, Atlanta, GA - 10/11/201

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

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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**

Raleigh Code Camp, Raleigh, NC - 11/8/2014

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