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!


June 7, 2016:  Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

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

6:00 pm:  Introduction & Spotlight Sponsor 

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation

Topic:   Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

AbstractJoin us for a practical look at the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite for information management, data storage, analytics, and visualization. Purpose, capabilities, and use cases for each component of the suite will be discussed. Expertise required for implementation of each component will be covered as well. If you are a technology professional who is involved with delivering business intelligence, analytics, data warehousing, or big data utilizing Azure services, this technical overview will help you gain familiarity with the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite and its potential for delivering value.

Level:  A fast-moving introductory session

Target Audience: Technology professionals seeking to understand the system components

Presenter: Melissa Coates is a business intelligence developer based in Charlotte, NC. As a solution architect with BlueGranite, she specializes in delivering BI and data warehousing solutions using corporate and self-service BI tools. Formerly a CPA, Melissa is ridiculously proud to be an IT geek and downright giddy to be a SQL Server MVP. When Melissa steps away from the laptop, you can probably find her hanging out with her border collie on a paddle board. Melissa blogs at sqlchick.com.

Location:  Microsoft Campus - 8050 Microsoft Way Charlotte, NC 28273 - View Map

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-2016-cbig-building-blocks-of-cortana-intelligence-suite-in-azure-tickets-2479044087


July 12, 2016:  How to define a Big Data project – A practical use case

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

6:00 pm:  Introduction & Spotlight Sponsor 

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation

Topic:   How to define a Big Data project – A practical use case

Abstract: If you have been around technology for more than a few years, you would probably have seeing the term Big Data spreading like a forest fire to pretty much everything. By know, you already understand the basic concepts, but is it really all Big Data when you define a project or a technology need? 
On this presentation you are going to see a practical use case, the way it was thought out and designed and its implementation. It will also be time for an open discussion on the subject.   

Presenter: Hugo Carreras is the principal and founder of HCT International www.hctint.com. He has over thirty years of information technology and management experience specialized on Data Management, Data Warehouse, BI, Analytics and Big Data. Hugo served Fortune 500 organizations in several industries, including finance, transportation, telecommunications, public sector, and manufacturing. Hugo obtained a Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Miami, Florida and a MS and BS degree in Information Systems at University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires. He graduated at Harvard Management School Executive Program. He is also is a certified project management professional, PMP. 

Location:  Microsoft Campus - 8050 Microsoft Way Charlotte, NC 28273 - View Map

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-2016-cbig-how-to-define-a-big-data-project-a-practical-use-case-tickets-25555797077


Sep 13, 2016: SSAS Aggregations Overview

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

6:00 pm:  Introduction & Spotlight Sponsor 

6:15 pm:  SSAS Aggregation Overview

Topic:   Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

Abstract: The presentation will start with overview of the SSAS object hierarchy: DB,Cube, Measure Groups, Dimensions, Partitions.  Aggregations will be introduced next with an overview, their design, impact on query performance and processing times.  Relationship to Measure Groups and Dimensions will be covered next followed by aggregation invalidation and processing options.   The presentation will finish with the topic of detecting both missing and unused aggregation as well as some advanced concepts around the use of "Process Default" options with partially invalidated aggregations. Q&A will be handled throughout the session. 

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Pre-requisites: The audience should have a basic knowledge of SSAS cube, measure groups, dimension, partitions, object processing and management. 

Presenter: Constantin Ivanov graduated with triple Major in Accounting, Finance, and Computer Science.  He achieved his MSCD and MSCE certifications back in 1995; later on, he added MCDBA, and MCT.  For 15 years, he worked for Microsoft as a Software Architect.  During that time, he participated in over 400 MS SQL Performance Tuning Labs and assisted the MS SQL Product group with enhancing the products. He also delivered BI training as well as assisted ISV's with designing and implementing their products.  After Microsoft, Constantin worked for three years as a Principal BI Architect for  JDA. During that time he designed large scale SSAS cube implementation.   He is also the co-founder of the Charlotte-local BI company: Enterprise Software Solutions.  He also has a very strong expertise in .Net/C# and HTML5/JScript. 

Location:  Microsoft Campus - 8050 Microsoft Way Charlotte, NC 28273 - View Map

RSVP: Link will be generated 2 months prior to the event


Check back soon for more 2016 speakers & topics!   Have any ideas or want to speak?  Email us at CharlotteBIGroup@outlook.com

Upcoming meetings:
July 12, 2016
Aug 2, 2016
Sept 13, 2016
Oct 4, 2016

 

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