Data Community Meetup - Nov 2017

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Welcome to yet another meetup of the SLDC. As usual we have two sessions lined up for you. The meetup will be hosted, as last time, at Fortude.

Event hashtag: #SLDC

SESSION #1: Real-time Streaming Data Analytics using Microsoft Power BI

Stream analytics or real-time data processing is a key area of big data processing and capable of analyzing the data immediately for efficient and effective actions. Factory sensors, social media feeds, web logs, sensor data from automobiles, IoT devices are some of the real world scenarios for streaming data. Let’s talk about how to analyze these data in real-time using Microsoft Power BI

Speaker: Nisal Mihiranga, Tech Lead - Business Intelligence, Ayra Analytics

Nisal is a data enthusiast who works at Ayra Analytics as a Tech Lead - Business Intelligence where he mainly focuses on to providing analytical solutions for Australian K-12 schools. He has 5+ years working with the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack. He is a frequent blogger, speaker and has published his thesis on IEEE related to data analytics in 2013.
(LinkedIn: | Twitter: @nisalm ( | Blog: )

SESSION #2: Speed-up ETL Data Cleansing using Power Query

A recent survey states that One-Third of BI Pros Spend Up to 90% of Time Cleaning Data. Regardless of that statistic being true or not, ask any BI person, and they'd be sure to tell you that most of their time in a BI project is spent on building ETL, and cleaning up data. And a lot of times its not even their job. Join this session to learn how you use Power Query to speed-up your data cleansing exercises.

Speaker: Gogula Aryalingam, Senior Architect - Data Analytics, Fortude

Gogula is a data platform MVP for the last 10 years, PASS Regional Mentor for South Asia and local data community leader. His experiences are on business intelligence on the Microsoft stack with a focus on Power BI, while anything to do with data certainly excites him. He blogs, mentors and teaches when not busy with his day job architecting solutions and bugging his team.
(LinkedIn:​ ( | Twitter: @gogula ( | Blog: )

Refreshments provided courtesy Fortude (, and giveaways from SLDC.

Hope to see you there!