What we're about

The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group was started in early 2005 by members of the Microsoft SQL Server community who were interested in sharing experiences and disseminating knowledge to other members in the Northern VA/DC/Central MD area. NOVASQL is also a chapter of the Professional Association of SQL Server ( http://www.sqlpass.org ), an international Microsoft SQL Server training and advocacy organization (membership is free). 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 NOVASQL is to provide a comfortable environment where members can participate in multi-disciplinary discussions of Microsoft data platform related issues.

Benefits to NOVASQL Attendees include:

• We host at least two full-day technology conferences a year (e.g., Global Azure Bootcamp, Azure DataFest)
◾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+)

Data Science and Machine Learning On-Ramp with Jon Tupitza

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Join us for our first meeting of 2019, and welcome Jon Tupitza and enjoy his 3 hour workshop, Data Science and Machine Learning On-Ramp. 8:30AM - 9:00AM - light breakfast and networking 9:00AM - 12:00PM - Main Session Topic - Data Science Session Summary: This 3-hour workshop will begin by giving students a practical understanding of hypothesis testing and inferential statistics as they apply to performing predictive data analytic methods including classification, regression and clustering. Armed with these fundamentals students will gain hands-on experience by using Python in Azure Jupyter Notebooks to perform common data science tasks including exploratory data analysis, feature engineering, principal component analysis, and the training and evaluation of machine learning models. Students will then learn how “deep learning” with Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) builds upon the these concepts and practices to deliver advanced artificial intelligence capabilities. Finally, students will learn how machine learning models can be trained and operationalized using SQL Server Machine Learning Services. Speaker info: Jon Tupitza - Data Scientist - Data Architect, Buchanan & Edwards https://www.linkedin.com/in/jontupitza/ With two decades in the IT services industry, I have solid functional, technical and organizational skills that enable me to quickly identify and direct the development of data-centric solutions that fulfill my clients’ mission requirements. I’m client focused and assert strong ownership over my solutions as I urgently drive them to completion. I’m also very sales driven, actively pursuing opportunities to expand consulting deliveries and generate product sales. I specialize in architecting and delivering data warehouse and predictive analytic solutions in a heterogeneous data platform and software environment; both on-premises and in the cloud. I'm experienced in performing statistical data analysis and data visualization using R, Python, SQL, Excel and Power BI. I’m a seasoned data warehouse architect; fluent in relational and dimensional data modeling, SQL development, ETL process development, and master data management. I have extensive experience with the architecture, physical configuration, implementation and administrative support of both relational and NoSQL database management systems. I also have deep experience in the architecture and development of custom software projects; being fluent in object-oriented analysis and design, and software development lifecycle methodologies.

Stay Tuned - Spring 2019 Reston Azure Datafest

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Stay tuned for information about the Spring 2019 Reston Azure Datafest

NOVA SQL Meetup - May 2019 - SQL Server 2019 - An Overview

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Please join us for our May 13th, 2019 meeting where will cover SQL Server 2019. More details will be provided shortly. Please thank our sponsor - Accelebrate - https://www.accelebrate.com/sql-server-training Date: Monday, May 13, 2019, 9:00AM to 12:00PM Location: Microsoft Offices, 3rd Floor, Room 3054, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA (take elevator up to 3rd floor) Networking, food, chapter announcements: 8:30AM - 9:00AM Main Session and Speaker Introduction: 9:00AM to 12:00PM (might go over slightly) Title: SQL Server 2019 - An Overview Abstract: Speaker BIO:

Stay Tuned - 2019 AL / ML Fest

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Stay tuned for information about the 2019 AI / ML Fest

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