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Birmingham Data Platform Meetup - Intro to Azure Databricks, and Azure SSAS
Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - 19th April 2018, 6.15pm *** Registration on MeetUp required for venue security *** Session 1: Introduction to Azure Databricks - Is this the perfect combination of big data manipulation, cloud ETL, machine learning and data analytics? This demo heavy session will cover what it is, how to use it and what it can do. Session 2: Azure Analysis Services - Learn how to build and deploy cubes to Azure Analysis Services. Including partition management, scale out for performance, security, setting up the processing so that it doesn't impact query performance, monitoring, connecting to Power BI and much more. Agenda 6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet 6:30pm - 7:30pm Introduction to Azure Databricks 7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Pizza 8:00pm – 9:00pm Azure Analysis Services 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 Alex Whittles Alex is an MVP, and is the owner and principle consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence 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 Big Data analytics. He organises SQL Bits and SQL Relay, as well as the Birmingham Data Platform Group.

Matthew Boulton College

Jennens Road · Birmingham


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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.


Matthew Boulton College

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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