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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.


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


June 2017: Azure Machine Learning: Making Data Science Easy(er)

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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

6:00 pm:  Introductions and spotlight sponsor presentation from SentryOne

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Brad Llewellyn

Topic: Azure Machine Learning: Making Data Science Easy(er)

Session Description: There's a ton of buzz around Data Science and Machine Learning. What is it? What can we do with it? Do I have to learn a new language or tool? In this presentation, we'll walk through a simple example of how to use Azure Machine Learning to predict the prices of automobiles. During this presentation, we'll see how easy it is to (1) Set up an Azure Machine Learning workspace, (2) Clean up our data for modeling, (3) Train and Evaluate a predictive model and (4) Publish this model as an easily consumable web service.

Speaker Bio: Brad is a Data Scientist at Valorem in Charlotte, NC. He has an M.S. in Statistics from the University of South Carolina and an MCSE Certification in Data Management and Analytics. He is currently working on an MCSE Certification in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. At Valorem, Brad's role involves educating clients and colleagues about Microsoft Data Science offerings, as well as how to fully utilize these offerings to solve business problems. Brad is an active blogger at breaking-bi.blogspot.com. You can connect with him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradllewellyn and on Twitter @BreakingBI.

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: Coming soon


Upcoming Meeting Dates

We typically meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Upcoming meeting dates:

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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