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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 2018: Analysis Services Functional Showdown

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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

6:00 pm:  Introductions and Spotlight Sponsor presentation from BlueGranite

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Vincent Staropoli

Topic: Analysis Services Functional Showdown 

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Session Description: It's a CUBE SHOWDOWN! Not everyone will be familiar with SQL Server Analysis Services, but chances are you've interacted with some version of it. I'd like to provide a guided tour where we'll compare and contrast how to build similar functionality into both versions of Analysis Services (Tabular and Multidimensional)! Today, we're seeing much more development and investment in Analysis Services Tabular, but there are still features of the Multidimensional engine that Microsoft is still migrating and perfecting. If you've spent any time with either service directly within SQL Server, through Power BI Desktop, or using Power Pivot in Excel, come and see how they compare when building complex models and structures. We'll look at many-to-many dimensions, row-level security implementation, scoped measurement behavior, and loading performance.

Presenter: Vincent is a Solution Architect for BlueGranite, Inc. with over 15 years of experience architecting, leading, and implementing enterprise BI and Advanced Analytics solutions. He specializes in helping clients understand how to effectively leverage on-premise, Cloud, and hybrid data strategies. Vincent’s areas of expertise include solution architecture, training and adoption, Big Data, data warehouse design, and dimensional modeling.

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 2018: TBD

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, April 3, 2018

More details coming soon.


May 2018: Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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

6:00 pm:  Introductions and Spotlight Sponsor presentation

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Richard Taylor

Topic: Azure Stream Analytics and Power BI

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Session Description: Azure Stream Analytics enables you to take advantage of one of the leading business intelligence tools, Microsoft Power BI. In this session, we will learn how to use Azure Stream Analytics to analyze high-volume, streaming data. We will also use Power BI to create a real-time dashboard that will transform the live data into actionable and insightful visuals.

Presenter: Richard is a 25+ year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. His experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. For the last 10 years, he has focused on web based applications, and that is where his passion lives. He currently serves as Director of Engineering at SentryOne. Because of his technical community work, Richard received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award and the Progress (Telerik) Developer Expert designation.When not developing software, he is focused on spending time with his wife Shondrecca and their five children (Richard III, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen).

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:  Link coming soon


Upcoming Meeting Dates

June 5, 2018

July 10, 2018

August 7, 2018

Sept 11, 2018

October 2, 108

November 6, 2018

December 4, 2018

We typically meet on the first Tuesday of every month. 

If you would like to present at CBIG, we'd love to have you! Please e-mail us at:  CharlotteBIGroup at Outlook.com

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