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

May 2015

Date:   Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  Intellinet

Presentation Topic:  Continuous Delivery for Data Warehouses & Marts
Speaker:  John Welch

Most data warehouses are in a constant state of flux. There are new requirements coming in from the business, updates and improvements to be made to existing data and structures, and new initiatives that drive new data requirements. How do you manage the complexity of keeping up with the changes and delivering new features to your business users in a timely manner, while maintaining high quality? Continuous delivery is an approach for managing this. It focuses on automation of many steps in the process, so that time is spent on adding new functionality, rather than repetitive steps. Attend this session and learn how Continuous Delivery can be applied to your data projects.

John Welch works at Pragmatic Works, where he manages the development of a suite of BI products that make developing, managing, and documenting BI solutions easier. John has been working with business intelligence and data warehousing technologies since 2001, with a focus on Microsoft products in heterogeneous environments. He is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP), author, and a frequent presenter on SQL Server BI topics. He also contributes to several open source projects, including SsisUnit, a unit testing tool for SSIS.

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-2015-cbig-meeting-continuous-delivery-for-data-warehouses-tickets-16633229437


June 2015

Date:   Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  SQLSentry

Presentation Topic:    Why Choose Hadoop?
Speaker:  Kevin Goode

This session will present Inmar's implementation of the Lambda architecture and how Hadoop and NoSQL are core components to providing real-time analytics to a data driven enterprise.  Inmar processes 2.3 billion coupons, 700 million pharmacy claims and 525 million returned goods annually for over 100,000 retail locations and 9000 manufacturers. In 2012, we made the strategic decision to hire a leading data scientist and use our transactional data across all lines of business to perform analytics and generate new data products in order to become strategic partners with our clients. This session covers the technologies and vendors we evaluated, our current architecture and why we selected each component. The presentation will also cover Inmar's implementation of the Lambda architecture, what worked and didn't work for us and where we are going next.

Kevin Goode is the Director of Platform Engineering at Inmar. He has 19 years of IT experience; 17 years of which has been focused on relational databases and the past 3 years have been focused on Big Data, Hadoop and NoSQL. He has worked in many industries including manufacturing, distribution and logistics, financial services, IT outsourcing and has worked for several fortune 500 companies.

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  Coming Soon


July 2015

Date:   Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  Cardinal Solutions

Presentation Topic:  SSIS Data Flow Performance Patterns
Speaker:   Andy Leonard

Use these patterns to improve SSIS 2014 Data Flow performance in your data integration enterprise: Incremental Loads, Blob Pyramid, and Type 2 New + Updated Rows.

Andy Leonard is Chief Servant Officer of Linchpin People, an SSIS Trainer and Consultant, SQL Server database and Integration Services developer, SQL Server data warehouse developer, community mentor, blogger, and engineer. He is a co-author of SSIS Design Patterns and Managing Geeks. His background includes VB and web application architecture and development; and SQL Server 2000-2014.

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  Coming Soon


August 2015

Date:   Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  BlueGranite

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


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:  Coming Soon


October 2015

Date:   Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  SQLSentry

Presentation Topic:  Coming Soon

Location:   8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte NC 28273

RSVP:  Coming Soon


November 2015

Date:   Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015

Time:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Spotlight Sponsor:  Cardinal Solutions

Presentation Topic:  Coming Soon

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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