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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 science, 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.


July 2019 CBIG Meeting: Power BI Use Cases

Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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

6:00 pm: Introductions

6:10 pm: Spotlight sponsor presentation from Information Builders

6:20 pm: Main presentation from Camir Inshiqaq

Session Topic: Power BI Use Cases

Session Description: More than just a dashboard, be prepared for an overflow of uses of Power BI to digest data, create measures, identify trends and create reports and dashboards for user consumption. This is a session for demonstrating how existing business data tools functionality are fully transferable and optimized in Power BI.

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Presenter: Camir has been a Senior Data Analyst at Avast Software in the Small Medium Business Unit for 4 years (Charlotte, NC). He has been in analytics for over 15 years including a long career at Verizon. Camir uses analytics to uncover ‘the why’ of any and all results in business metrics. He has his degree in Computer Science with concentration in Telecommunications from PACE University New York NY; Certification in Google Analytics; Certificate in Language and Tools of Financial Analysis; Backup Teacher Assistant in Data Analytics at 2U/Trilogy; Microsoft Power BI Champion. Camir is married with 2 boys and his interests are date night with his wife, NY Sports, and Economics.

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.

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August 2019 CBIG Meeting: Data Flows – The New Azure Data Factory Feature that Brings the “T” to your ELT/ETL Pipelines

Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

6:00 pm: Introductions

6:10 pm: Spotlight sponsor presentation from Insight

6:20 pm: Main presentation from Marty Pittman

Session Topic: Data Flows - The New Azure Data Factory Feature that Brings the “T” to your ELT/ETL PIpelines

Session Description: In this session we will discuss Azure Data Factory Data Flows, and how it can be a major component of your Data Engineering process. Attendees will learn how to get started with Data Flows, and how complex data engineering pipeline processes, backed by Spark and Azure Databricks, can be developed with ease in a graphical environment. This session will be “demo heavy” and is designed to get attendees excited about the possibilities of Azure Data Factory and Data Flows.

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Presenter: Marty Pittman is a Data and AI Solutions Architect in the Southeast Technical Solutions Professional team for Microsoft, based out of Charlotte, NC. In his role, he is responsible for working closely with enterprise customers in helping them transform their business through greater insights from data. Marty’s focus is on enabling his customers to implement advanced analytics and data science capabilities by leveraging Big Data, Data Engineering, Machine Learning, and AI technologies in Azure.

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.

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September 2019 CBIG Meeting: Modeling Ethics

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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

6:00 pm: Introductions

6:10 pm: Spotlight sponsor presentation from Information Builders

6:20 pm: Main presentation from Dorothy Andrews

Session Topic: Modeling Ethics

Session Description: The volume, variety, and velocity of big data are undermining the value of causation, upending it with correlation. Identifying causal relationships between variables is difficult even when the problems are simple. Complex problems frequently avail correlations as a substitute for causation, often leading to the use of inappropriate proxy variables. This practice and others can present ethical issues for organizations and disparate impact for those subject to analysis employing such practices. This session will examine some of the ethical considerations analysts should be cognizant of when building models to reduce company exposure to ethical issues.

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Presenter: Dorothy Andrews is the Chief Behavioral Data Scientist and Actuary for Insurance Strategies Consulting LLC. She has more than 25 years of actuarial and statistical modeling experience with life insurance companies, property & casualty insurance companies, reinsurance companies, international consulting firms, government agencies. Her current focus is the application of behavioral psychologies to build predictive models to maximize the effectiveness of insurance technologies in the design of new products. Insurance is becoming mediated more and more by mobile, wearable, and AI technologies. As generations become more disconnected media technologies, leveraging media psychology, actuarial science, and data science is vital to the predictive future of insurance. Dorothy is currently working on a Ph.D. in Media Psychology, concentrating on how media technologies are affecting perceptions of risk aversion, neutrality, and affinity. Dorothy is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA).

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: Link coming soon


Upcoming CBIG Meeting Dates

Future dates beyond September coming soon.

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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