Triangle SQL Server User Group Meeting

Topic:  Self-Service ETL and Data Explorer: Are we there yet?

Have you determined the role that a self-service ETL tool could play in your organization? Self-service business intelligence technologies have gotten a lot of attention in the last few years, and capabilities have grown from data visualization to data discovery and enrichment. Power Query for Excel is Microsoft’s latest move in the self-service data-integration area. A free add-in for Excel 2010 and 2013, Power Query is receiving glowing reviews from BI pros and power users because of its friendly interface and rich capabilities.

In this session, you’ll learn how Power Query for Excel can be used to discover, combine, and refine data. We’ll also look at some advanced functionality and the language used under the covers – M. After attending this presentation, you’ll be better prepared to support business users, understand how Power Query may fit into your organization’s BI landscape, and address potential risks of misguided implementations.


Rafael Salas is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP specializing in the SQL Server BI stack of products.  He can be found blogging at


6:30PM - 6:45PM - Meet, Greet and Eat - Thank you to our sponsor TEK Systems 
6:45PM - 6:50PM - Meeting Announcements 
6:50PM - 8:15PM - Presentation 
8:15PM - 8:30PM - Q & A and Wrapup

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  • Chris D M.

    Can someone post a link to the video series that was being discussed before the meeting?

    August 21, 2013

    • Brett T.

      I believe they were talking about Learn It First. You can find the product at Thanks for coming out to the meeting!

      August 21, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Hey All,

    I wanted to thank you for coming to TEKsystems yesterday, we hope you enjoy as much as we do. We like to keep in tuned with all local market trends and conditions so we don't just talk about current job openings. If you are interested in hearing more or becoming aligned with a recruiter please feel free to reach out to me.


    August 21, 2013

  • Susan Van E.

    Really interesting and well-done presentation on Power Query.

    2 · August 20, 2013

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