Reading SQL Server User Group

Welcome to the Reading Microsoft Data Platform User Group


Please come and join fellow IT Professionals for an evening of knowledge sharing and networking in an open, friendly environment.

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Reading Microsoft Data Platform User Group - August 2019

18:00 - Doors open and networking

18:30 - Caroline Eveleigh: A Date with Power BI

19:30 - Pizza and networking

20:00 - Alex Whittles: So what's this Machine Learning all about?

21:00 - Doors close

Featured Presentation:

A Date with Power BI

Caroline Eveleigh

Power BI is one of the most exciting data analysis and visualization products on the market. It has been a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence for 12 consecutive years. But how good is Power BI at handling one of the most common data analysis requests - data analysis over time? This talk looks at the good, the bad, and the coal-face reality of time-based data analysis in Power BI.

About Caroline:
Caroline Eveleigh is an experienced data professional specialising in Microsoft SQL Server and Power BI. Author of Microsoft Official Curriculum including modules for SQL Server, Excel, and Power BI.

So what's this Machine Learning all about?

Alex Whittles, Business Intelligence Consultant Purple Frog

Machine Learning is a popular buzzword, but what does it actually look like, and how can we use it? This session will show a number of examples of using ML to do some useful and fun stuff, including creating a prediction model without writing any code, and training a deep learning neural net model to play a game.

About Alex:
Alex is a Data Platform MVP, and is the owner and lead consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy in the UK. He specializes in Data Warehouse modelling, ETL, Cubes, MDX & DAX. He's a chartered engineer & has an MSc in Business Intelligence. He runs the Birmingham (UK) SQL Pass chapter & Azure user groups, and is on the SQLBits and SQL Relay committees in the UK. Alex is a regular speaker at global events including SQLBits, PASS Summit, SQL Relay, SQL Saturdays as well as numerous SQL Pass chapters around Europe




















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