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Birmingham Data Platform - Power BI & Powershell
Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - 9th August 2018, 6.15pm *** Registration on MeetUp required for venue security *** Session 1: Power BI, compelling data stories - with Prathy Kamasani (MVP) Session 2: Powershell in SQL Server - with Rob Sewell (MVP) Agenda 6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet 6:30pm - 7:30pm Compelling data stories using Power BI - with Prathy Kamasani (MVP) This demo filled session is packed with tips and tricks to upgrade the visual appeal of your Microsoft Power BI reports. In this session, you’ll learn: • How to use background images and useful resources to create background templates • Use of colour and tips on how to create appealing colour pallets • Multiple ways to utilise conditional formatting to highlight specific data points • How to create Power BI theme files • Additional DataViz resources 7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Pizza 8:00pm – 9:00pm Using Powershell with SQL Server - with Rob Sewell (MVP) Venue This session will be held at Matthew Boulton College. Room: MB723 Address: Matthew Boulton College Jennens Road Birmingham B4 7PS On site parking is very limited and likely to already be taken by college staff/students. There are several car parks in the area, see Park-O-Pedia for more details: Other Details We'll be putting on food for the event, so please do register so we know numbers. If you then can't make it we'd really appreciate it if you'd unregister and/or let us know. 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 contact get in touch. Alex Whittles Twitter: @PurpleFrogAlex ( Email: [masked] ([masked]) Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum ( Speaker Profiles Prathy Kamasani is a Microsoft Valuable Professional working as an independent MSBI contractor based in London.She specialises in Power BI, SSIS, SSAS and SSRS. Prathy is active in the SQL Server community as a speaker, volunteer and organises London Power BI User Group. She is a regular speaker at events like SQL Saturdays and PASS User groups. Rob Sewell is a SQL Server DBA with a passion for Powershell, Azure, Automation, & SQL (PaaS geddit?). He is an MVP & an officer for the PASS PowerShell VG & has spoken at, organised & volunteered at many events. He is a member of the committee that organises SQL Saturday Exeter, PSDayUK & also the European PowerShell Conference. He is a proud supporter of the SQL & PowerShell communities. He relishes sharing & learning & can be found doing both via Twitter & his blog. He spends most of his time looking at a screen & loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, you can find him on the cricket field in the summer or flying a drone in the winter. And he has a fabulous beard!

Matthew Boulton College

Jennens Road · Birmingham

What we're about

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 ( and Purple Frog Systems (


Matthew Boulton College, usually either room MB114 or MB723

Jennens Road
B4 7PS

There's no parking on site, but there are a couple of NCP car parks nearby, which you can find on the above link.


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 40 people

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