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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 - November ONLINE - Azure Data Security

Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - Thu 5th November 2020, 7:00pm *** Registration on MeetUp required to gain access to remote link! *** ***This is using Zoom! (Direct link to be released nearer the time!) *** Session: Azure Data Security with Tim Radney Agenda 6:30pm – 7:00pm Setup and Join 7:00pm - 8:30pm Azure Data Security with Tim Radney When moving your data assets to the Microsoft Azure platform, you have numerous tools available to you to help secure and protect your data. Within Azure SQL Database and Managed Instance, you can leverage Transparent Data Encryption, Always Encrypted, Row Level Security, and Dynamic Data Masking which are built into the database engine. In addition to native SQL features, there are additional built in tools that you can leverage. Advanced Threat Protection, Vulnerability Assessment, and Data Classification and Discovery. This session will explore the various tools and offerings so that you will have the knowledge to secure your data assets. Venue Wherever you have access to Computer or Smart Device to access either Zoom! This session will be online only! Other Details The link to the Zoom will be made available prior to the event and will be open from 6:30pm. 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. Alex Whittles Twitter: @PurpleFrogAlex (https://twitter.com/purplefrogalex) Email: [masked] Reiss McSporran Twitter: @PurpleFrogReiss (https://twitter.com/PurpleFrogReiss) Email: [masked] Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum (https://twitter.com/MSDataGroupBrum) Speaker Profile Tim is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills. He has worked with SQL server since 1998, in a variety of roles including DBA, Lead DBA, and multi-department manager, which have given him extensive experience planning and implementing large-scale environment changes and upgrades. Tim is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and has a whole collection of Microsoft and other industry certifications. His experience includes HA/DR, virtualization, Azure SQL migrations and deployments, performance tuning, and reporting, among everything else SQL Server-related. Tim is highly active and passionate in the SQL Community. He runs the Columbus GA SQL Users Group, has been a PASS Regional Mentor for a number of years, was named a PASS Outstanding Volunteer, and is a frequent speaker at user groups, SQL Saturdays, SQLintersection, Microsoft Ignite, and PASS Summits. Tim is one of the top ranked in karma on ask.sqlservercentral.com, answers questions as @tradney on Twitter, and blogs on his personal blog at http://timradney.com and his SQLskills blog at https://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/tim. Tim has also written and contributed to a number of books on SQL Server, which you can find on Amazon. Outside of SQL Server, Tim is married with three kids and has a passion for electronics and messing around with a soldering iron. He also has a huge garden, farms chickens (for eggs) and tilapias in his spare time and enjoys aquaponics. Sponsors RP Analytics recruitment Ricoh Purple Frog handle the organisation.

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