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


We normally hold meetings every other month, usually on a Thursday after work 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.

We're part of the UK SQL Server community and an official PASS chapter (the Professional Association for SQL Server) covering the Midlands in the UK.

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


We're delighted to have a new venue sponsor; Ricoh, who are kindly providing 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 2nd or 3rd Thursday of the month.

Door open at 6:15pm to meet and greet.

The first session starts at 6:30pm, second session finishes at 9pm with a break for refreshments in between.


Dress code: Casual

Size: Usually between 20 and 30 people

Upcoming events (1)

Birmingham Data Platform - JUNE ONLINE EVENT - SSRS, PowerApps and PowerBI

Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - Thu 4th June 2020, 7:00pm *** Registration on MeetUp required to gain access to remote link! *** *** This is using GoToWebinar so a small download will be needed *** Session 1: Supercharge your Reporting Services: An essential toolkit (Craig Porteous) Session 2: Exploring how Power Apps and Power BI can work together (Laura Graham-Brown) Agenda 6:30pm – 7:00pm Setup and Join 7:00pm - 8:00pm Supercharge your Reporting Services: An essential toolkit (Craig Porteous) Get the most out of your Reporting Services (SSRS) environments with this arsenal of PowerShell, SQL and admin tools. You'll leave this session knowing and controlling more about your SSRS environments than you thought possible covering monitoring, security, administration and deployment. 8:00pm - 8:05pm Comfort Break 8:05pm – 9:05pm Exploring how Power Apps and Power BI can work together (Laura Graham-Brown) (Matt Weston session breakdown) In the previous session we had an introduction to Power Apps and we briefly mentioned how Power Apps and Power BI have a close working relationship. Within this session we will investigate the ways in which the two technologies go hand in hand, providing multiple ways to consume the data and also multiple ways to interact with it. Venue Wherever you have access to Computer or Smart Device to access a GoToWebinar! This session will be online only! Other Details The link to the GoToWebinar will be made available prior to the event and will be open from 6:00pm. 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. Dress code: Relaxed 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. Alex Whittles Twitter: @PurpleFrogAlex (https://twitter.com/purplefrogalex) Email: [masked] Reiss McSporran Twitter: @McReiss (https://twitter.com/PurpleFrogReiss) Email: [masked] Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum (https://twitter.com/MSDataGroupBrum) Speaker Profiles Craig Porteous Craig is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP working with Incremental Group as a Senior Data Engineer. He has more than 10 years working with data and related technologies, supporting global BI Environments, automating processes with PowerShell and implementing data platform solutions. Craig is actively involved in the data community as a co-leader of the Glasgow data user group & founder of the DATA:Scotland Conference in Scotland. Laura Graham-Brown "A data scientist before most people knew the term" I am passionate about technical problem solving. I get a huge buzz from taking a clients’ problems and creating a solution that works and can be maintained easily long term. I am even more passionate about training others to problem solve. If I can get another person to taste the buzz of technical problem solving, then I have achieved my goal. I enjoy learning new technical methods from new programming languages to applying older skills in new ways. Data presentation can be beautiful, showing the hidden trends, allowing management to explore data with a mouse click or 2. Networking with technical people is the best networking and the UK Power Platform community is superb. Sponsors RP Analytics recruitment Ricoh Purple Frog handle the organisation.

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