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Microsoft Data Platform Group - Bringing the West Midlands Microsoft data platform community together.


Now a virtual meeting held on the first Thursday of every month but Prior to the covid-19 pandemic held in the centre of Birmingham. It's an informal gathering of like minded people, with a couple of speakers presenting hour long sessions including tips, techniques and information on old, new and upcoming technology.

We like to get a mixture of world leading speakers as well as providing an opportunity for our members to present. We tailor the speakers and sessions to your requests so if you have any specific topics that you want to go through, then come along and let us know. Each meetup consists of two speakers presenting topics for an hour each, with a break in the middle for some food and networking.

Kindly sponsored by RP Analytics (https://www.rattrayparkin.com/divisions/business-intelligence.aspx), Ricoh Digital Services and Purple Frog Systems (https://www.PurpleFrogSystems.com).


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are currently hosting our events online.

Prior to this Ricoh kindly provided their offices. Thanks Ricoh!

Ricoh Digital Services, 54 Hagley Rd, Birmingham, B16 8PE

Google Map of Ricoh location (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Ricoh+Digital+Services/@52.4716842,-1.9264494,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4870bcf1134e78f9:0xf73505c26be365ff!8m2!3d52.471681!4d-1.9242554)

There's no parking on site, but there is a car park at Broadway Plaza (https://broadway-plaza.co.uk/Parking) down the road.


The first Thursday of every month.

Our new sessions in 2021 will be held on:








02/09/2021 - TBC due to SQLBits




(Note we are not holding a session in January 2021).

During our online events virtual doors will open from 6:30pm with sessions starting from 7pm.


Dress code: Casual

Size: Usually between 20 and 30 people

Please read and adhere to our Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rgaed2-z5lgu4fI9sA58512WqApwoqBRfk5Q4pnNwds/edit?usp=sharing)

Upcoming events (1)

Birmingham Data Platform - Power BI Composite Models With Alex Whittles

Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - Thursday 4th March 2021 @ 1:00pm

Session: Power BI Composite Models; enhancing and combining multiple datasets together with Alex Whittles


Power BI now offers ‘Direct Query over Datasets and SSAS’, but what does this mean? Often also referred to as Composite Models (an ambiguous term!), this means that you can use Power BI to add a layer of enhancement to existing Power BI datasets, or even Analysis Services cubes.

This could be expanding with additional facts, dimensions or reference data, or even combining multiple datasets/cubes together into one.

Join this demo-led session to learn more about how to create them, and how they can transform your Power BI and SSAS reporting architecture.

Speaker Bio:

Alex is a 7 year Data Platform MVP, and is the owner and principle consultant at Purple Frog, a Microsoft Data Analytics consultancy in the UK with multinational clients in a variety of sectors. He specialises in the architecture and design of all aspects of data warehousing, ETL, cubes, Power BI and Machine Learning. He’s also the creator of Power BI Sentinel. He’s on the organizing committee for SQL Bits, is a regular speaker at many data events around the world including SQL Bits, Data Relay, SQL Saturdays, Data Grillen, 24 HOP and the PASS Summit, and has a Masters degree in Business Intelligence.


12.30pm – 1:00pm Setup and Join

1:00pm - 1.05pm Introductions

1:05pm - 2:15pm Power BI Composite Models; enhancing and combining multiple datasets together - Alex Whittles


Wherever you have access to Computer or Smart Device! This session will be online only!

Other Details:

*** Registration on MeetUp required to gain access to remote link! ***

***This is using GoToWebinar! ***

The link to GoToWebinar will be made available prior to the event and will be open from 12:30pm. You MUST RSVP to this event to gain access to the link! Please contact us on Twitter or via email if you are having any issues joining and we'll do everything we can to help.

Event Organiser Contact Details:

If you need any further details or have any requests for this or future Data Platform Group events, please get in touch.

Nick Edwards
Email: [masked]

Reiss McSporran
Twitter: @PurpleFrogReiss (https://twitter.com/PurpleFrogReiss)
Email: [masked]

Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham
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