Steve Wake, Data Modeling & Prototyping Power BI Desktop; P Paiva About Backups

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MAIN PRESENTATION (75 mins)
Data Modeling and Prototyping in Power BI Desktop
(Audience: Mid-Level)

Power BI Desktop is often shown as a self-service reporting and analytics tool, but it can also be used earlier in the development cycle for prototyping and data modeling and can do it quicker and easier than other tools made for this purpose. In this session we will go through multiple examples showing how Power BI Desktop is the perfect tool to quickly model data from multiple data sources (including web sites, databases, cubes, online services and even flat files) perform quick actions to cleanse and connect these various sources to each other using M and DAX functions built-in to Power BI Desktop. Once this model has been built it can be used to create some quick reports to show how this will be used to help get a project approved/funded. Best of all using Power BI Desktop to do all of this is completely free to use, no licensing or Power BI login required!

ABOUT PRESENTER
Steve is currently the Principal BI Developer at Brown and Caldwell and has experience in advertising, media, manufacturing, retail, charities, telecommunications and financial services organizations using the full Microsoft BI stack. Steve is also very involved in the SQL community, speaking at events around the world, blogging at wakebi.com, and is currently Chapter Leader of the Mile Hi Power BI User Group.

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FIRST PRESENTATION (30 mins)
Handy Scripts for Backups
(Audience: Beginner to Intermediate)

Are you prepared for a potential disaster? Learn some handy scripts for determining:
- When was the last FULL backup made for every database
- Are the backups being compressed?
- Are log backups happening?
- List any databases not being backup up
- Generate backup script for all databases easily
- Look for irregularities in backup history

ABOUT PRESENTER
Paul has been working with SQL Server for way too many years. He prides himself on being a lazy DBA, meaning that he insists on doing everything via a script rather than by right-clicking in SSMS. That allows him to rerun the script the next time the task is required, and he can leave work early.
He has been the president of Boulder SQL for 10 years. His SQL blog is at http://blog.cocreativesolutions.com.
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5:30 Pizza and networking
6:00 Meeting starts, introductions, announcements (punctual start)
6:15 First Presentation
6:45 Main Presentation
8:00 Wrap-up, Q/A, address technical issue of the group
8:15 Meeting ends