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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 - AUGUST ONLINE - Query Store Fundamentals

Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - Thu 6th August 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: Query Store Fundamentals (Erin Stellato) Agenda 6:30pm – 7:00pm Setup and Join 7:00pm - 8:30pm Query Store Fundamentals (Erin Stellato) One of the most highly anticipated new features in the SQL Server 2016 release was Query Store. If you've ever had to drop everything to troubleshoot a sudden drop in performance, then this is a feature you want in your environment. In this session we will discuss configuration options and best practices, step through using the built-in reports, and review plan forcing in Query Store. Get ready to make troubleshooting easier with this feature that’s included in Azure SQL and all editions of SQL Server 2016 and higher! 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 6:30pm. 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. 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: @PurpleFrogReiss (https://twitter.com/PurpleFrogReiss) Email: [masked] Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum (https://twitter.com/MSDataGroupBrum) Speaker Profiles ERIN STELLATO SQLskills Principal Consultant Erin Stellato is a Data Platform MVP and lives outside Cleveland, OH. She has over 20 years of technology experience and has worked with SQL Server since 2003. Her areas of interest include performance tuning, Extended Events, Query Store, and helping accidental/involuntary DBAs figure out how SQL Server works. Erin is an active member of the SQL Server community, has volunteered for PASS at the local and national level, and is a regular speaker at conferences like SQLintersection, the PASS Summit, and SQLBits. Outside of time with family and friends, she enjoys movies, working out, good food, and all things chocolate. Email: [masked] Website: http://www.SQLskills.com Blog: http://www.SQLskills.com/blogs/Erin Twitter: http://twitter.com/ErinStellato Data Platform MVP since 2012 Sponsors RP Analytics recruitment Ricoh Purple Frog handle the organisation.

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