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, 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.


SQLSaturday is back! CBIG is proud to offer this free training event on October 14, 2017.  If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate that when you register for the event - we could use the help!

The schedule for Saturday, October 14th is here: Full Schedule

We are also offering two pre-conference sessions on Friday, October 13th:

Architecting a Data Lake to Modernize Your Data Warehouse - with Melissa Coates

Advanced Analytics with R, Microsoft SQL Server, Power BI, and Azure ML - with Leila Etaati


Oct. 2017: Performance Tuning Your ETL Processes

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, October 3, 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 Shannon Lowder

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Topic: Performance Tuning Your ETL Processes

Session Description: When dealing with Integration Services (SSIS) and SQL Server you have four resources: CPU, Memory, I/O and Network. Learning how to maximize those resources takes time and experimentation. Lucky for you, I've put in years trying multiple strategies for getting the most out of my instances. In this session, I'll share tuning techniques you'll be able to apply the very next day!

Speaker Bio: For over 15 years Shannon Lowder has been spotting patterns and learning ways to work smarter instead of harder. He started with development and moved into database administration. Using T-SQL, Database Jobs and PowerShell, he automated himself out of contracts quickly. As Business Intelligence became a greater demand, he moved into SSIS, SSRS, and SSAS development. Early on, he tried using PowerShell and .Net to automate BI Development. Later those efforts turned to Biml. After founding a startup six years ago, he finds himself a data platform consultant, designing and guiding other professionals to build highly automated enterprise solutions. Today, he is a Biml Hero, one of eight data professionals certified to automate your data warehouse development using Business Intelligence Markup Language.

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:  October CBIG Meeting


Nov. 2017: What is Power BI?

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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

6:00 pm:  Introductions and Spotlight Sponsor presentation from Cardinal Solutions

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Angela Henry

Topic: What is Power BI?

Session Description: You’ve heard all the buzz about Power BI, but you have no idea what it is or how it works. This session explains what Power BI is, who can use it and why you would want to. It’s an introductory session that gives you the information you need to determine if Power BI is right for you and your organization.

Speaker Bio: Angela is a DBA/BI Developer, living in High Point, NC and loves what she does. She's worked with all versions of SQL Server & worn all the hats that come with dealing with SQL Server throughout the years: developer, administrator, data architect and BI developer. She earned her MSCE: Business Intelligence in 2015. She volunteers with PASS in various capacities, ranging from Program Committee to cleanup at local SQL Saturday events. She is also the chapter leader for the PASS Triad SQL User Group in Greensboro, NC. In her spare time you can probably find her in the pool, she's an avid US Masters swimmer.

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: November CBIG Meeting


Dec. 2017: Operationalizing R Using SQL Server 2016

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

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

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Kiran Math

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Topic: Operationalizing R Using SQL Server 2016

Session Description: R is one of the most popular statistical programming languages in the world. SQL Server R Services extends into the enterprise environment. In this session, you will learn the following:

 
  1. Introduction to R
  2. Functional Programming
  3. Migrating R code to SQL Server
  4. Producing R Plots from SQL Server

Speaker Bio: Kiran Math is a Software Engineer on the Construction Predictive Analytical team at Fluor, where he specializes in T-SQL, R, Python, C# etc. A resident of Greenville, South Carolina, he can be found cycling and hiking the trails around Greenville. He is active in his local SQL PASS chapter in Greenville, speaking and volunteering at SQL Saturdays.

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: December CBIG Meeting


Upcoming Meeting Dates

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

The meeting schedule for 2018 will be posted soon.

If you would like to present, please e-mail us at:  CharlotteBIGroup at Outlook.com

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