Past Meetup

Birmingham Data Platform - Power BI & Powershell

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Matthew Boulton College

Jennens Road · Birmingham

How to find us

Collect your name badge at the college main reception and they'll direct you from there to room MB723

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Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - 9th August 2018, 6.15pm

*** Registration on MeetUp required for venue security ***

Session 1: Power BI, compelling data stories - with Prathy Kamasani (MVP)

Session 2: Powershell in SQL Server - with Rob Sewell (MVP)


6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet

6:30pm - 7:30pm Compelling data stories using Power BI - with Prathy Kamasani (MVP)

This demo filled session is packed with tips and tricks to upgrade the visual appeal of your Microsoft Power BI reports. In this session, you’ll learn:
• How to use background images and useful resources to create background templates
• Use of colour and tips on how to create appealing colour pallets
• Multiple ways to utilise conditional formatting to highlight specific data points
• How to create Power BI theme files
• Additional DataViz resources

7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Pizza

8:00pm – 9:00pm Using Powershell with SQL Server - with Rob Sewell (MVP)


This session will be held at Matthew Boulton College.

Room: MB723


Matthew Boulton College
Jennens Road
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

Prathy Kamasani is a Microsoft Valuable Professional working as an independent MSBI contractor based in London.She specialises in Power BI, SSIS, SSAS and SSRS. Prathy is active in the SQL Server community as a speaker, volunteer and organises London Power BI User Group. She is a regular speaker at events like SQL Saturdays and PASS User groups.

Rob Sewell is a SQL Server DBA with a passion for Powershell, Azure, Automation, & SQL (PaaS geddit?). He is an MVP & an officer for the PASS PowerShell VG & has spoken at, organised & volunteered at many events. He is a member of the committee that organises SQL Saturday Exeter, PSDayUK & also the European PowerShell Conference. He is a proud supporter of the SQL & PowerShell communities.
He relishes sharing & learning & can be found doing both via Twitter & his blog. He spends most of his time looking at a screen & loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, you can find him on the cricket field in the summer or flying a drone in the winter.
And he has a fabulous beard!