SQL Social No. 38 (Getting more out of your BI Tools with BIDS Helper)

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Food, Drinks will be provided!

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).


This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

This Month's Speaker and Topic

Darren Gosbell - Getting more out of your BI Tools with BIDS Helper

Darren Gosbell has 15 years of practical experience in building and implementing data warehousing and business intelligence solutions for some of Australia’s largest corporations. Darren has been awarded as a Microsoft MVP SQL Server since 2006 in recognition of his contribution to the community specially in the areas of Analysis Services and MDX. He is the leader of the Melbourne SQL Server User Group and also contributes to a number of open source BI projects including BIDS Helper, DAX Studio and the AnalysisServicesStoredProcedure project.

In his spare time, when he can find a large open space Darren enjoys throwing boomerangs.

If you are looking to get the most out of Microsoft BI technologies you owe it to yourself to check out BIDS Helper which is a free add-in that enhances the Microsoft BI design tools.The tools that Microsoft provides for working with the BI services are pretty good, but there are a few rough edges. BIDS Helper is an award winning free tool which seamlessly integrates with and extends the Microsoft BI designers.

Come along and see this demo rich presentation from the one of the core project contributors.

Our Sponsors:

As always, we are very fortunate to our core sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, C3 and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

LobsterPot Solutions is a specialist SQL Server consultancy. Founded in 2008 we specialise in Data Platform and Business Intelligence including Data Warehousing and Reporting technologies. LobsterPot Solutions also has a strong focus on training with most of our consultants being Microsoft Certified Trainers who regularly present at local and international events. This combination allows us to offer advice, mentoring and customised training as part of our standard service offering.

C3 Business Solutions (http://c3businesssolutions.com/) is an award winning Australian Information Management, Business Analytics and Business Intelligence company that delivers measurable business improvements for our clients.

C3 specialise in developing and deploying successful strategies end-to-end for large public & private sector organisations. While remaining vendor independent, C3 work with clients to establish current as well as future needs. Their team of top tier consultants continuously focus on delivering measurable business change.

Pluralsight (http://pluralsight.com/) is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com (http://pluralsight.com/) and join the @pluralsight (http://www.twitter.com/pluralsight) community on Twitter.

See you there!