Colorado Springs SQL Server Users Group (new location!)

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Epicentral Coworking

415 N Tejon St · Colorado Springs, CO

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Between Boulder and St. Vrain on Tejon.

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We invite you to join us for our February meeting on Wednesday, February 20th at Epicentral Coworking (new location!), featuring Marc Beacom presenting on Translating Your Excel Skills to Power BI and Dana Braatz showing how to prepare a technical presentation.

When: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Epicentral Coworking, 415 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO
What: We'll begin with networking and dinner from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. At 6:00, we'll have a few announcements and peer Q&A time followed by our 101 presentation by Dana Braatz and then our main presentation by Marc Beacom. After the presentations and some SWAG, we'll provide some drinks and have a socializing and networking time.

Our 101 Presentation:

Dana Braatz - Preparing a Technical Presentation

About Dana:
Dana is a database developer at Beacon Health Options’ Colorado Engagement Center. Dana began his database journey in the mid 90’s developing healthcare solutions in Microsoft Access. It’s been a great education working with Sybase, SQL Server, COBOL, Oracle, and now AWS. He looks forward to learning about the next big things with his PASS colleagues.

Dana has a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado.

Our Main Presentation:

Marc Beacom - Translating your Excel Skills to Power BI

The corporate world has depended on Excel to massage and built reports for years. With the accelerated growth of Power BI, professionals are now looking to expand upon their knowledge of Microsoft Excel and enable themselves to start building interactive visuals.

Power BI is a business intelligence tool developed by Microsoft designed for business users who are already familiar with Excel. It’s specifically designed to create interactive dashboards and reports using data from a variety of sources to be published and shared across organizations.

Benefits of Power BI over Excel:
• Easily share visualizations with your department and/or organization
• Mobile friendly visualizations
• Improved visualizations
• Accelerated development cycle with monthly updates
• Combine and work with data in multiple sources or workbooks

About Marc:

Marc Beacom, Managing Partner at Datalere, leverages over two decades of experience to better the data landscape for clients, along with nearly a decade of building and managing productive teams. Marc has led architecture and developed data integration strategies for dozens of Colorado-based companies and organizations. Marc maintains an active presence in the Colorado community by volunteering and serving on nonprofit boards, speaking and running user groups.

As always, you can check out any time for more information about upcoming meetings and other events.