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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.


June 2018: Four Paths to Data Science Success using Microsoft Azure

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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 Brad Llewellyn

Topic: Four Paths to Data Science Success using Microsoft Azure

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Session Description: Many organizations are beginning to understand they are sitting on a goldmine of data. Some already have data science teams, while others are struggling to get started. In this architectural session, we'll step into the shoes of Contoso Beverage Company as we explore some of the different options available for tackling our data science needs. Dig out your compass and lace up your boots, because the world of data science just got a whole lot bigger!

Presenter: Brad is a Senior Data Science Consultant at Syntelli Solutions in Charlotte, NC. Brad helps individuals and organizations unravel the Data Science world in order to figure out how it can work for them. He has an M.S. in Statistics from the University of South Carolina, MCSE Certification in Data Management and Analytics, MCSE Certification in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, and MCSA Certification in Machine Learning. Brad is an active blogger at breaking-bi.blogspot.com. He also an organizer for the Charlotte BI Group, a local PASS chapter in Charlotte, NC. 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:  June CBIG Meeting


July 2018: Using Integrated Microsoft Tools to Drive Productivity and Efficiency

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 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 Mark Meirow

Topic: Using Integrated Microsoft Tools to Drive Productivity and Efficiency

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Session Description: Not only are front office operations drowning in paper – the manufacturing floor can also be burdened by this relic of a bygone era. Using paper to capture time-sensitive production information introduces several kinds of “muda” (waste) in this process alone, such as waiting, inappropriate processing and unnecessary motion. More critically, the flaws of a paper-based information flow can impact actual production, such as when a time lag (“waiting”) results in overproduction or unnecessary inventory. Using Microsoft’s Office 365 apps and SQL, Mark and his team have deployed a solution designed to eliminate “muda”. Get ready for a walk through the key considerations, challenges and opportunities that were found during our development and deployment process.

Presenter: Mark Meirow is the Information Systems department head at Oiles America Corporation in Concord, NC, an automotive parts manufacturer and distributor. In over 20 years at Oiles America Corporation, Mark has lead deployment of two ERP systems, including SAP, and created tools to interface with the data generated therein. As a certified management accountant (CMA), it is important for him not only report information, but to make clear the linkages back to data sources. Long versed in Excel, he has been exploring the many new offerings from Microsoft since he attended his first SharePoint conference in 2014. Nowadays, he is immersed in PowerApps, Power BI, Flow, SQL and the many connections between them.

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


August 2018: Azure Data Lake: What, Why, and How

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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 Melissa Coates

Topic: Azure Data Lake: What, Why, and How

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Session Description: We will explore the capabilities of Azure Data Lake (ADL), its use cases, as well as when to implement ADL as part of your data architecture. Options for integration of the data lake with SQL Server, Azure SQL DW, Azure SQL DB, and Azure Blob Storage will be discussed, as well as the roles of U-SQL and PolyBase in a multi-platform system. You will leave this session with an understanding of the benefits, challenges, and suggestions for getting started with Azure Data Lake technologies.

Presenter: Melissa Coates is a Solution Architect with BlueGranite in Charlotte, NC. She specializes in delivering modern data warehousing, data lake, and business intelligence solutions using cloud and hybrid and technologies. Formerly a CPA, Melissa is ridiculously proud to be an IT geek and downright giddy to be a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. When Melissa steps away from the keyboard, you can probably find her hanging out with her dog, paddle boarding, or playing in the garden. Melissa blogs at sqlchick.com.

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

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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