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.


Upcoming Special Events in Charlotte:

SQL Saturday - October 20th 

**Location change this year to the Harris campus**


October 2018 CBIG Meeting: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Power BI Premium Capacities to Your Entire Organization

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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

6:00 pm:  Introductions

6:05 pm: Power BI Tips with Michele Hart

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Danni Ortman

Topic: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Power BI Premium Capacities to Your Entire Organization

Session Description: Join this session to learn how to plan and manage your Premium capacity for your enterprise. Learn what factors to consider in planning your capacity and how to assess your plan through mechanics and best practices. You will use capacity usage metrics to understand the health and diagnose issues with your capacity. This session will focus completely on Power BI Premium.

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Presenter: Danni Ortman began her technical career as a trainer in Dayton, Ohio in 1992 then transitioned to a SQL Server consultant working on SQL 4.21a, 6.0, and 6.5. Danni started at Microsoft a few months before the SQL Server 7.0 release as a pre-sales technical resource specializing in BI and Data Warehousing covering the states of MI, OH, and KY. Since that time, Danni has progressed in to many roles within Microsoft including account manager, account technology strategist, and productivity specialist for the retail/hospitality industry. Danni relocated from Microsoft Cincinnati to Microsoft Charlotte in April of 2013 to assume the pre-sales SQL Server technical role, and she currently focuses on Power BI.

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273.

****Different location than normal. This time we are in the first building on the right, just after the roundabout. Room AP2/1004 Mt. Everest & AP2/1006 Mt. Kilimanjaro Conference Rooms****

RSVP:  October CBIG Meeting


November 2018 CBIG Meeting: Panel Discussion - How to Land Your Dream Job in Data Analytics

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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

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

6:15 pm: Power BI Tips with Michele Hart

6:20 pm:  Panel Discussion

Topic: How to Land Your Dream Job in Data Analytics

Panelists: Shikha Kashyap, Leveat Ruse, Kevin King, Alejandro Mesa

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. We're in the AP1/1002 Redwood Conference Room in the left building - the 2nd door, farthest from the entrance.

RSVP:  November CBIG Meeting


December 2018 CBIG Meeting: Getting Started with Hadoop

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

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

6:15 pm: Power BI Tips with Michele Hart

6:20 pm:  Main Presentation with Moyo Lawal

Topic: Getting Started with Hadoop

Session Description: Getting started with Hadoop with no prior knowledge of Unix, Linux or Java can be challenging. Considering big data and AI and their use in today’s everyday business, Hadoop is consistently a necessary skill to have. In this session, you will learn what Hadoop is, why it is relevant in the big data world, and how to use it. The session will get you started on your Hadoop journey.

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Presenter: Moyo Lawal is a Data Science Consultant at Syntelli Solutions with several years of experience working with data for Software Testing, Quality Assurance, Business Analysis, Data Mining and Reporting. She specializes on helping businesses harness the power of data to achieve business goals. Moyo has a Master’s degree in Data Science and Business Analytics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and enjoys event planning and catering.

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. We're in the AP1/1002 Redwood Conference Room in the left building - the 2nd door, farthest from the entrance.

RSVP:  December CBIG Meeting


Upcoming CBIG Meeting Dates

January 8, 2019

February 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

April 2, 2019

May 7, 2019

We typically meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month (sometimes the 2nd Tuesday if there's a holiday near the date, or a conflict with the meeting room).   

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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