• Make Your Apps Interactive With Speech Services

    Everyone knows we can’t deny benefits of artificial intelligence both for business and for consumers. Developers are trying to integrate it to all kinds of applications and all major tech companies are working on making it as accessible as possible. Whether you are working with machine learning models every day, building chat bots or just want to “humanize” your app you’ll find Microsoft Speech Services very useful. There’s a wide variety of use cases and applications for them. In this session we’ll talk about Artificial Intelligence in general and then move to more detailed view of Speech Services. You will learn about available speech tools and their applications. We’ll talk about similar tools provided by Google and Amazon. In the end you’ll see a quick demo demonstrating the services. I’m sure this session will make you excited enough to start working with Speech services. Veronika Kolesnikova is a Web Developer at Rightpoint, Microsoft MVP (AI) Passionate about backend web development, mainly with Microsoft technologies like C#, .NET, Azure. Public speaker, Hackathon volunteer. Curious about mobile, ML and AR. She also holds a masters degree in Information Technology. In her free time, she likes dancing, traveling and practicing aerial yoga.

  • Advanced Visuals for Power BI and Our Annual Summer Treat

    Our next event is our annual summer treat with lots of food and beer. It will immediately followed by "Advanced Visuals for PowerBI" by Sunil Kadimdiwan. 6:00-6:45 PM Summer Treat 6:45-7:15 PM Announcements and sponsor time 7:15-7:30 PM Latest BI Developments by Microsoft 7:30 PM onward Sunil's presentation More details to follow. Further, today is the last day to save $200 on the PASS Summit 2019 Registrations. Use discount code LGDISUNOJ to further save $150 by registering here: https://www.pass.org/summit/2019/RegisterNow.aspx

  • Extending Power BI with Python Visuals + Summer announcements

    Our next event is "Extending Power BI with Python Visuals" conducted by John Miner of Insight on June 26th. This will fill up in a couple of weeks max. More details and abstract to follow. Also, The Modern Migration Tour, a full day event to learn about End of Life SQL 2008 and moving to SQL 2017 or SQL 2019 is happening on June 8th in the Burlington Microsoft Office. It is a fun filled, knowledge crammed with three hour hands-on labs for you to enhance your career. Registration is free at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/modern-migration-tour-2019-boston-tickets-61866297762 Further, today is the last day to save $550 on the PASS Summit 2019 Registrations. The price goes up $400 tomorrow. Use discount code LGDISUNOJ to further save $150 by registering here: https://www.pass.org/summit/2019/RegisterNow.aspx

  • Better Data and Report Development Habits Without Formal Authority

    The presenter Jeff Albro will cover things he wish he had known when he started working in Business Intelligence: How to build relationships to get more cooperation and collaboration Why you need to learn data modeling and metadata basics - and what key concepts you need to know. How to use examples and screenshots to guide conversations, get action from developers and decision makers, and improve requirements How best to use ticketing systems to capture all the work, what stage it is in, and build good team hand-offs. All of this will help you improve the software development life-cycle of data and reporting systems in your organization even if you don't have "manager" in your title.

  • Building a Data Governance Plan for Your Power BI Environment

    Data governance is a hot topic but we see that many companies struggle with it. Keeping up with who is accessing your environment, what reports are being created and how many licenses you need is a daunting task. In this informative session, Chris Seferlis will explain why having a proper data governance plan is vital and how you can implement the plan into your environment. Come learn a little, network a bit, enjoy our free pizzas and have a lot of fun. About the speaker: Chris Seferlis is a Practice Manager with Pragmatic Works, a leader in Microsoft data, analytics and cloud solutions. He has 20+ years’ experience working in IT and solving technical challenges from a business perspective. Chris is a former CIO with an MBA from UMass, bringing a mix of business acumen with practical technology solutions, primarily focusing on Business Intelligence within the Microsoft SQL stack, including MCSA and P-CSA designations.

  • SQL Saturday #813



    If you liked our monthly meetups, wait till you attend this. This would be like drinking out of a fire-hose. Accepting the invite here doesn't register you to the event. You MUST register on the SQL Saturday Website. https://www.sqlsaturday.com/813/EventHome.aspx

  • Data Quality for BI: Best Practices


    The value of Business Intelligence depends greatly on the quality of the data used. The source information often needs to be prepared and cleansed. It also may need to be reviewed by subject matter experts. In this meeting we will discuss best practices for data preparation, data quality, and data stewardship. We will also use Talend solutions to illustrate putting these best practices into effect. In the mean time, we are close to getting a full house for Boston BI SQL Saturday. Please register here https://www.sqlsaturday.com/813/eventhome.aspx to avoid disappointment. Twiter: @boston_bi Our Speaker: Jonathan Day (Solutions Engineer) Jon Day has worked in IT for over 25 years in a variety of roles. These roles have included system management, application development, and technical sales. For the last 18 years he has worked in database related sales, most recently at Netezza, IBM, MariaDB, and Talend. He has sold both commercial and open source solutions with a focus on security, data management, data integration, and database server technology.

  • SQL 2017 Data Quality Services


    Hello friends we are pleased to bring to you our second event of the year. SQL Server 2017 Data Quality Services: ===================================== Data quality and data cleansing have always been major challenges to any enterprise that deals with data. For those of us who have dealt with Data Profiler Tasks in SQL Server 2008, we were shocked yet pleasantly surprised with the great advances that Microsoft has made with the advent of Data Quality Services, in the SQL Server 2012 release. In this hands-on presentation we shall be looking at: 1. How to set up a new knowledge base, based upon an existing one 2. Set up rules 3. Do knowledge discovery within the new knowledge base 4. Finally cleanse the data through a data quality project The end results being more effective data, guaranteed to keep end users and management happy. About Steve Simon: ---------------------------- Steve Simon is a Data Platform MVP (BI Stack) and a Database Solutions Architect with Business Knowledge Services Inc. He has been involved with database design and analysis for over 34 years. Steve has presented papers at numerous PASS Summits and PASS SQL Rallies. He is also regular presenter on the SQL Saturday circuit and he is a contributor on SQLShack.com Agenda for the day: 6:00 to 6:30 PM : Networking and Pizza time 6:30 to 7:00 PM : Updates from Microsoft 7:00 to 7:15 PM : Announcements, Job Exchange and Sponsor Time 7:15 to 8:30 PM: SQL 2017 DQS by Steve Simon

  • Azure Cosmos DB and SQL API .NET SDK is a winning combo

    Happy 2019 folks. We look forward to your continued support to our Meetup. Our first event of the year is by Bhavna Mangal on Cosmos DB. What is Azure CosmosDB and why should I care about it? It is a schema-less JSON documents database engine with rich SQL querying capabilities. We will go over Cosmos database, collections, documents creation, and stored procedures. Then we cover CosmosDB's SQL API and how it supports relational and hierarchical queries. Finally we will cover working with CosmosDB through Azure portal and SQL API using .Net code. You will walk away with knowledge of: 1. Azure CosmosDB 2. Some of its use cases, 3. How to set it up 4. Some basic querying 5. How to connect to SQL API using .Net SDK for more advanced coding. About Bhavna: =============== Bhavna Mangal is a MCP and works as a Senior Full Stack Software Engineer at SGT Inc. She has been working on Web and Windows applications development in government and financial services industries. Program for the day: ===================== 6:00- 6:45 Networking and Pizza time 6:45- 7:00 New announcements by Microsoft 7:00-7:05 Chapter announcements 7:05-7:15 Sponsor time 7:15-8:30 Cosmos DB talk by Bhavna Mangal

  • Power BI Premium Administration and Dataflows

    Jose Valencia, a Technology Solutions Professional at Microsoft, will discuss and demo the administration of Power BI Premium and dataflows, a new self-service data preparation capability in Power BI. Additionally, George Walters, a Partner Technical Strategist at Microsoft, will provide an update regarding recent announcements and the product roadmap. Sample of topics to be covered: 1) The benefits and use cases of Power BI Premium such as paginated reports and large datasets. 2) How to manage and monitor premium capacity including options to scale up and scale out. 3) Dataflows in the context of the Power BI architecture and their benefits beyond Power Query expressions within Power BI datasets. 4) Integration of dataflows with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 and dataflow features exclusive to Power BI Premium. Agenda: 6:00-6:30 pm: Social and Network 6:30-7:00 pm: Microsoft Product Updates 7:00-8:30 pm: Presentation References to Power BI Premium and Dataflows: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/service-premium https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-power-bi-data-prep-wtih-dataflows/