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Southampton Data Platform & Cloud user group has been running since 2010 (originally Southampton SQL Server User Group). In that time we have had many speakers both local and international present high quality sessions on a range of SQL Server and data platform topics. We host the user group at 2 Venture Road, on the Science Park at Chilworth on the first Wednesday of each month.

We aim to deliver high quality training and insight for free to the Data Platform community. The user group has been run by John Q Martin & Steph Martin since 2012, in which time we have seen the group grow significantly with members joining and moving on.

We are sponsored by SpectrumIT (https://spectrumit.co.uk/)who are a local recruitment company, setup by recruitment agents who have helped us by providing the location, Pizza and an Amazon voucher to raffle off each meeting.

Upcoming events (2)

Southampton Data Platform and Cloud Meeting - 1st May 2019

Chilworth Science Park

Welcome to Southampton Data Platform and Cloud Group, this event is hosted at the Axis Conference Centre at 2 Venture Road, Southampton Science Park near Chilworth. When entering the Science Park, turn off the A27 onto University Parkway. Not Manor Road. Please be aware that in order to attend we need you to register in advance as there is limited space and we need to know how many people to order pizza for, thanks :-) Agenda 18:15 - Doors Open 18:30 - Introductions 18:45 - Christina Leo - Introducing Microsoft Cognitive Services The drive to build systems that can increasingly hear, see, speak, understand, and even begin to reason is real, and with Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs, adding this functionality is easier than ever. In this session, we’ll look at the different options within the cognitive services suite, we’ll show you how to connect to the APIs using Python code, and we’ll build and train a custom speech to text translation model. 19:45 - Break and Pizza 20:15 - Paul Andrew - ETL in Azure made easy with Data Factory Data Flow What happens when you combine a cloud orchestration service with a Spark cluster?! The answer is a feature rich, graphical, scalable data flow environment to rival any ETL tech we’ve previously had available in Azure. In this session we’ll look at Azure Data Factory v2 and how it integrates with Azure Data Bricks to produce a powerful abstraction over the Apache Spark analytics ecosystem. Now we can transform data in Azure using Data Bricks but without the need to write a single line of Scala or Python! If you haven’t used either service yet, don’t worry, you’ll get a quick introduction to both before we go deeper into the new ADF Data Flow feature. 21:15 - Prize Draw & Close Sponsors A massive thanks to our Spectrum IT. Without them we would not be able to host this event for free. SpectrumIT kindly provide funding for the room, pizza and a £20 Amazon Voucher. Speakers Paul is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP with 10+ years’ experience working with the complete on premises SQL Server stack in a variety of roles and industries. Now as Data Analytics Consultant has turned his keyboard to big data solutions on the Microsoft cloud platform. Specialising in Data Factory, Data Bricks, Data Lake and Stream Analytics. Paul is also a STEM Ambassador for the networking education in schools’ programme, PASS chapter leader, a member of the SQL Relay committee, SQL Bits, SQL Saturday, SQL Day, SQLGLA, PASS Summit speaker and helper. Currently the Stack Overflow top user for Azure Data Factory. As well as very active member of the technical community. Christina is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft specialising in the Data and AI Platform. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2016, she worked as an independent consultant focusing on T-SQL and BI development, as well as database performance tuning in the finance and investment banking sector. When she isn't sharing her 18 years of technical experience with the data community, you can find her racing around the Solent on a 40' sailboat or often in the Thames on a little Laser

Southampton Data Platform and Cloud Meeting - 5th June 2019

Chilworth Science Park

Welcome to Southampton Data Platform and Cloud Group, this event is hosted at the Axis Conference Centre at 2 Venture Road, Southampton Science Park near Chilworth. When entering the Science Park, turn off the A27 onto University Parkway. Not Manor Road. Please be aware that in order to attend we need you to register in advance as there is limited space and we need to know how many people to order pizza for, thanks :-) Agenda 18:15 - Doors Open 18:30 - Introductions 18:45 - José Miguel Mendes - Learn how to build a real-time analytics solution Real time is fundamental for the life of an organization and to the decision making process, therefore, building a real-time analytical model becomes a business need. In this session we will learn which processes are required to build a real-time analytical model along with batch-based workloads, which are the foundation of a Lambda architecture. At the end of the session, you will have learned how to ingest, store, prepare and serve the data with Apache Kafka for HDInsight, Azure Data Lake Store Gen 2, Azure Databricks, SQL Data Warehouse and Power BI 19:45 - Break and Pizza 20:15 - Ben Jarvis - Azure Functions and Cosmos DB – A Match Made In Heaven This session will talk about how you can combine the serverless power of Azure Functions with the flexibility of Azure Cosmos DB to process large amounts of data and gain real-time insights. We will taking real-time position reports from aircraft across the world, ingesting them into Azure and using Azure Functions to process the ingested data in real-time to output the data in a format suitable for users to visualise. We will make use of a number of Azure services including Event Hubs, Cosmos DB and Azure Functions and show how we can combine a bit of C# with the power of Azure to do great things; while keeping our Azure resource costs at an acceptable level. We’ll also look at how easy it is to monitor the solution using Application Insights to give us a full picture of how our application is running. 21:15 - Prize Draw & Close Sponsors A massive thanks to our Spectrum IT. Without them we would not be able to host this event for free. SpectrumIT kindly provide funding for the room, pizza and a £20 Amazon Voucher.

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