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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.


June 2019 CBIG Meeting: The Power of Electric Snakes! An Introduction to PySpark for Big Data Analytics

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

***Note the special meeting location at the SentryOne office***

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

6:00 pm: Introductions

6:10 pm: Spotlight sponsor presentation from SentryOne

6:20 pm: Main presentation from Brad Llewellyn

Session Topic: The Power of Electric Snakes! An Introduction to PySpark for Big Data Analytics

Session Description: Big Data Analytics is becoming a major priority for more organizations every day. However, traditional Hadoop skills are still difficult to find, expensive to hire, and time-consuming to train. In this introductory session, we'll see how it is easy to get started with Big Data Analytics using Spark and Python. We'll learn how to perform standard analytical tasks, like creating RDDs and Data Frames, transforming columns and creating aggregations. Be sure to bring your rubber suits, because we'll be playing with lightning...snakes.

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Presenter: Brad is a Service Engineer on Microsoft's FastTrack for Azure Team in Charlotte, NC. Brad helps individuals and organizations leverage Analytics and Azure to revolutionize themselves and their industries. 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 various MCSA Certifications in Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics. Brad is an active blogger at breaking-bi.blogspot.com. He is 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.

***Note the special meeting location at the SentryOne office***

Meeting Location: This month will be a special treat! The meeting will be hosted at the SentryOne office, located at 4001B Yancey Rd, Charlotte NC 28217. There is parking right next to the building. Look for the LAB@SentryOne sign for the entrance.

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Upcoming CBIG Meeting Dates

July 9, 2019

August 6, 2019

September 10, 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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