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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.


March 2017: The Four Levels of Thinking as a Geek Leader - What HR Doesn’t Tell You About Success

Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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

6:00 pm:  Introductions & Spotlight Sponsor Presentation from Cardinal Solutions

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation from Tom Cooper

Topic: The Four Levels of Thinking as a Geek Leader - What HR Doesn’t Tell You About Success

Session Description: As a highly technical expert, you have been successful because of your expert skills. People hire and promote you because of your talent and ability to solve hard problems. This is true. It's also not enough. What no one tells you is that you're only looking at one of the three factors that lead to career success. In this session, you will:

  • Learn the other two factors (and what you should do about them)
  • Learn the four levels of thinking needed to be an expert who leads
  • Assess where you are in each of the areas
  • Identify at least 2 practical things that you can do to improve your influence, get more support for your ideas and projects and gain more respect as a professional

Speaker Bio: Tom started his career as a computer science geek who spent a couple of decades in software and IT initiatives in companies from startups to Fortune 500 companies, leading up to being the VP of Products for a SaaS Big Data software company in the Telecom market. Today Tom is a speaker, trainer and coach helping clients communicate clearly, delegate effectively and manage conflict well. As the father of 7 kids, Tom has had lots of opportunity to fail at leadership, and today he will share about how he had to adjust his thinking as he became a leader of technology experts.

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:  March CBIG Meeting


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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