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


Now a virtual meeting held on the first Thursday of every month but Prior to the covid-19 pandemic held 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.

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


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are currently hosting our events online.

Prior to this Ricoh kindly provided 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 first Thursday of every month.

Our new sessions in 2021 will be held on:








02/09/2021 - TBC due to SQLBits




(Note we are not holding a session in January 2021).

During our online events virtual doors will open from 6:30pm with sessions starting from 7pm.


Dress code: Casual

Size: Usually between 20 and 30 people

Please read and adhere to our Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rgaed2-z5lgu4fI9sA58512WqApwoqBRfk5Q4pnNwds/edit?usp=sharing)

Upcoming events (1)

Demystifying Power BI Datasets with Peter Myers & Chris Webb

Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - Thursday 3rd June 2021 @ 1:00pm BST.


Abstract: Demystifying Power BI Datasets with Peter Myers & Chris Webb

Demystifying Power BI Datasets

When it comes to Power BI datasets, there are often many questions. Like, isn’t DirectQuery and Live Connection the same thing? What’s the difference between a local and remote model? What is chaining?

Join Microsoft Data Platform MVP Peter Myers and Power BI CAT Principal Program Manager Chris Webb to learn about all of this and more. Together, they have over 40 years’ experience delivering analytic solutions on the Microsoft data platform.

In a conversational way, they’ll introduce and define over 50 dataset-related terms—and most importantly, explain how they relate to one another. This session will no doubt be valuable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. We’re sure you’ll learn something unexpected!


12.30pm – 1:00pm : Setup and Join

1:00pm - 1.05pm : Introductions

1:05pm - 2:15pm : Demystifying Power BI Datasets with Peter Myers & Chris Webb


Wherever you have access to Computer or Smart Device! This session will be online only!

Other Details:

*** Please note registration on MeetUp is required to gain access to the Teams remote link!***

You MUST RSVP to this event to gain access to the remote 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.

Nick Edwards
Email: [masked]

Reiss McSporran
Twitter: @PurpleFrogReiss (https://twitter.com/PurpleFrogReiss)
Email: [masked]

Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham
Twitter: @MSDataGroupBrum (https://twitter.com/MSDataGroupBrum)


Purple Frog Systems
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