What we're about

The Northern Virginia Data Platform MeetUp ( formerly, "NOVA SQL Server Users Group") is a SQL Server and Azure Data Platform MeetUp. As data platform roles and responsibilities have evolved, we have broadened our scope to include Microsoft Azure Advanced Analytics, Big Data, and general Azure topics. The goal of the leadership of NOVA Data Platform MeetUp is to provide a comfortable environment where members can participate in multi-disciplinary discussions of Microsoft data platform related issues.

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Benefits to Northern Virginia Data Platform MeetUp Attendees include:

• We host at least two full-day technology conferences a year (e.g., Global Azure Bootcamp, Azure Data and AI Fest)
◾Networking with local data platform professionals
◾The latest and greatest Microsoft SQL Server news
◾Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Advanced Analytics and Big Data questions answered by Microsoft insiders
◾Valuable information for career development
◾Free food, drinks, and giveaways

Upcoming events (5)

Azure Data & AI Fest (Summer)

Online event

Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the "Global Azure Data & AI Fest June 2021 ", a free/no charge, 1-day community-driven virtual conference on Friday, June 25th, 2021, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT. We will send out the online session links no sooner than 2 days before the event, and also post the online session track information to meetup.com

Our event sponsor is Withum https://www.withum.com/ - so lets please make sure to thank the folks at Withum for their support!

RSVP Here/ Event Schedule -
https://june2021azuredataandaifest.eventbrite.com

We will be covering the following Microsoft Learn Paths/Modules focused on AI and Machine Learning. This means that each session will be represented by a corresponding Microsoft Learn course or courses.

Evaluate text with Azure Cognitive Language Services: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/evaluate-text-with-language-services/

Process and Translate Speech with Azure Cognitive Speech Services https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/process-translate-speech-azure-cognitive-speech-services/

Process and classify images with the Azure cognitive vision services https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/process-classify-images-with-azure-cognitive-vision-services/

Use automated machine learning in Azure Machine Learning https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/use-automated-machine-learning/

We will also line up a event keynote speaker to kick off the event.

Please help spread the word via twitter ( @azuredatafest ), LinkedIn, etc. Thank you for registering and we look forward to seeing you all at the event!

If you have a question about the event email us at [masked]

For further information about the event please follow the following links:
RSVP / Info here:

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Schedule - (Check here for Track content, session titles)
Keynote and General Session Link– 10AM - 11AM EDT - To Be Provided

Code of Conduct
Our Pledge
In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as organizers pledge to making participation in our conference and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.
We adhere to the Contributor Covenant. The full text can be found here.
Our Standards
Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:
• Using welcoming and inclusive language
• Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
• Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
• Focusing on what is best for the community
• Showing empathy towards other community members
• Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
• The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
• Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
• Public or private harassment
• Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
• Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
Our Responsibilities
The conference organizers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

NOVA SQL User Group - Monthly MeetUp - Azure Machine Learning w/ Power BI

Hello Everyone! Jack Bender, Microsoft Principal Cloud Solution Architect, will discuss Azure Machine Learning integration with Power BI. Come join us as we will cover Azure Machine Learning (AML) basics where Jack Bender from Microsoft will walk through AutoML, the Designer and how other services such as Power BI can consume published endpoints.

Title: Azure Machine Learning w/ Power BI

Description. Azure Machine Learning integration with Power BI

Speaker: Jack Bender

Speaker BIO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-bender/

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This monthly Friday lunch time webinar series running from January 29th through October 29th, 2021. All of our meeting on 2021 will be online/virtual until we are well past COVID19 issues. This MeetUp is designed to help you on your professional and technical development. We will do two conferences in 2021, June 25 and Nov 12. We will talk about a range of Azure related topics, of course covering SQL Server and Azure Data Services, but also Azure compute, networking, storage, security, monitoring and governance.

NOVA SQL User Group - Model Explainability & Responsible AI w/ Azure ML

Hello Everyone! Our topic this month will be "Model Explainability & Responsible AI with Azure Machine Learning" by Microsoft Senior Cloud Solution Architect. Jon Tupitza.

Title: Model Explainability & Responsible AI with Azure Machine Learning

Description - TBA

Speaker: Jon Tupitza

Speaker BIO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jontupitza/

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This monthly Friday lunch time webinar series running from January 29th through October 29th, 2021. All of our meeting on 2021 will be online/virtual until we are well past COVID19 issues. This MeetUp is designed to help you on your professional and technical development. We will do two conferences in 2021, June 25 and Nov 12. We will talk about a range of Azure related topics, of course covering SQL Server and Azure Data Services, but also Azure compute, networking, storage, security, monitoring and governance.

NOVA SQL User Group - Monthly MeetUp- Torsten Strauss - In-Memory OLTP Design

Hello Everyone! The speaker for this month will be Torsten Strauss and he will discuss In-Memory OLTP Design Principles.

Title: In Memory OLTP – Design Principles

Description: In this session (level 300) we will look at the design principals of the in-memory OLTP engine. We will understand how the in-memory engine optimizes data storage for main memory, eliminates latches and locks, and uses native compilation to reduce the CPU overhead.

For this we will compare the traditional on-disk engine with the in-memory engine to decide when it makes sense to use in-memory OLTP.

Speaker: Torsten Strauss

Speaker BIO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torsten-strauss/

Torsten (MVP, MCSE, MCT) has been working with Microsoft SQL Server since the turn of the millennium and is specialized in performance optimization for large SQL Server environments.
He has been with bp as a database engineer for over two decades and collaborates closely with Sarpedon Quality Lab as a Principal Microsoft SQL Server Consultant.

Torsten is the founder of inside-sqlserver.com and has given more than 120 presentations on Microsoft SQL Server performance optimization at national and international conferences and user groups.
Torsten has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Data Platform since 2018.

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This monthly Friday lunch time webinar series running from January 29th through October 29th, 2021. All of our meeting on 2021 will be online/virtual until we are well past COVID19 issues. This MeetUp is designed to help you on your professional and technical development. We will do two conferences in 2021, June 25 and Nov 12. We will talk about a range of Azure related topics, of course covering SQL Server and Azure Data Services, but also Azure compute, networking, storage, security, monitoring and governance.

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