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PreCon – How to Make Your DW Relevant w Data Science – Brad Ball & Josh Luedeman
Session Details: When new things come along you don’t want to abandon what works. You need to learn, adapt, and integrate the new while maintaining the old. In this interactive full day session we will work through three different scenarios. The first helps us answer the question, What is the best day of the week to see your favorite Baseball team play if you want to see them win? The second is, Does the social media sentiment on Twitter indicate if a new movie will succeed or fail at the box office? The third is how do I collect historical social media information for trend analysis? We will answer one question using entirely on-premises solutions SQL Server 2017, in-database R, Polybase, Hadoop Storage, and Power BI Report Server. We will answer the other questions using the cloud, Python, Logic Apps, SQL DB, Power BI. All of these techniques teach you how to find, consume, store, and visualize data in a way that makes your data warehouse relevant again. Speakers: Brad Ball is currently a Premier Sr. Consultant for Microsoft on the DASA Team, Development Advisory Services for Azure. He is a current Microsoft MVP Reconnect member and former MVP. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States, and is the former Data Platform Practice Manager for Pragmatic Works Consulting. He has presented at many SQL Saturdays, for PASS SSUG’s across the US from California to Florida to New Hampshire, SQL Rally, DevConnections, SQLBits 2015, TechReady 24, SQL Live[masked], & the PASS Summit[masked]. He wrote Chapter 14 Page & Row Compression for PRO SQL Server 2012 Best Practices and he can be found blogging on the Deeper Insights blog on MSDN or on about anything else that interests him. Josh Luedeman is a Senior Consultant DASA, Development Advisory Services for Azure, at Microsoft, focusing on Business Intelligence, Big Data, and Cloud Architecture. He is a regular speaker at Professional Association of SQL Server(PASS) events, Code on the Beach, the PASS Summit, and other IT conferences. He is also a co-leader of the PASS Big Data Virtual Chapter and OPASS (Orlando PASS Chapter). He has worked in IT for over 10 years holding positions in Application Support, Database Administration, and Business Intelligence, in industries like Higher Education, Consulting, Manufacturing, and Software Development. **Special Notes** You will also be required to buy a daily parking permit ($5) on the day of the event. Please ensure you give yourself an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase your parking pass.

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The Jacksonville SQL Server Users Group (JSSUG) was founded by Brian Knight in January 2003, creating a community for database developers and administrators in the Jacksonville area. The goal of JSSUG is to share knowledge, best practices, and network. Today, it is a community focusing on development, administration, and business intelligence. Free meetings are open to the public the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings include presentations, technology announcements, local job opportunities, and quick brainstorming/guidance for users experiencing difficulty.

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