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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)

Power BI Tips & Tricks! Back to back lightning talks with the Purple Frog Team!

Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - Thursday 1st July 2021 @ 1:00pm BST.

Session: Power BI Tips & Tricks! Back to back lightning talks with the Purple Frog Team!


Join the Purple Frog Team for 6 x back to back 5 - 10 minute lightning talks related to all things Power BI!

Lightning Talk 1 : Joe Billingham
Dynamic Visuals using Bookmarks in Power BI

Lightning Talk 2 : Nick Edwards
Windowing functions in Power Query

Lightning Talk 3 : Jeet Kainth
Improving your DAX game with VAR

Lightning Talk 4 : Jon Fletcher
Using Python visual in Power BI

Lightning Talk 5 : MVP Alex Whittles
Composite Models in Power BI

Lightning Talk 6 : Reiss McSporran
Scale up direct query over Synapse SQL pool


12.30pm – 1:00pm : Setup and Join

1:00pm - 1.05pm : Introductions

1:05pm - 2:15pm : Power BI Tips & Tricks! Back to back Power BI lightning talks with the Purple Frog Team!


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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