Past Meetup

Austin Senseman - Get Up to Speed on Microsoft BI in 2017

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Session Details:

Microsoft is rapidly updating and releasing new analytics & reporting products to the market. Some of the tools are relatively new – Power Pivot, Power BI, Microsoft R, Data Catalog, Azure ML – whereas some of the tools are re-makes of classics – SSRS, SSAS Tabular. On the whole things are more different than similar for folks who first surveyed this landscape in the 90s or early 2000s. This talk runs through some of the major currents that are re-shaping the way SQL Server Professionals deal with analytics & reporting addressing questions like

1) “how has the role of IT shifted in the era of self-service analytics?” and

2) “how have Microsoft tools adapted to embrace advanced analytics?”.

I expect a lively discussion, a little bit of demoing, and some resources to take into your 2017.

Speaker Details:

Austin Senseman is a data & analytics consultant focused on enabling data professionals to experience the joys of a new generation of self-service analytics tools – primarily Microsoft Power Pivot & Power BI. Austin is a CFA Charterholder, former CPA, Excel Power User, and SQL Server Professional, whose involvement in data/analytics projects lowers the communication costs between business users and IT professionals and helps organizations get to solutions faster. Austin is currently VP of Operations for PowerPivotPro, a company whose website has engaged millions of data professionals working to take their careers to the next level.

Meeting Details:

As always the meeting will begin at 6:00PM with a 30 minute networking session in conjunction with the Birmingham .NET Meetup group with the presentation beginning at 6:30. Food and beverages will be provided.

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