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PASSMN September 2018 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on September 17, 2018

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18. This month we are going to try something new and are going to have some of our upcoming MN SQLSaturday speakers attend and do a preview / introduction to their talk which will be on Saturday, October 6.

Be sure to register so that your name badge will be available for you at the Microsoft Technology Center when you arrive and so that we will have an accurate headcount for ordering food.PASSMNLogo

The sponsor for this month’s meeting is PASSMN.

Location: 3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437

Agenda:

  • 3:30-4:00 : Registration, Networking, and Food
  • 4:00-4:10 : Kickoff / Announcements
  • 4:10-5:25 : SQLSaturday #796 MN Preview (multiple speakers)
  • 5:25-5:35 : Closing
  • 6:30-7:30 : Pinstripes social hour and bocce ball

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP for the event

Presentation

SQLSaturday #796 MN Preview

Abstract: For this event we are going to have some of the speakers attend and provide a brief introduction to their session topic that they will be presenting and answer any questions to prepare everyone for the big event in October.

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Analytics. This event will be held on Oct 6, 2018 at Saint Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102.

Don’t forget to register and secure your spot for the SQLSaturday event:)
http://www.sqlsaturday.com/796/eventhome.aspx

Speakers:

Joshuha Owen, Dan English, Ross McNeely, Eric Zierdt, Rick Bielawski, Chris Kramer, Tim Plas, and more speakers will be added, stay tuned…

Social Hour:

We are planning on meeting over at Pinstripes in Edina afterwards to network, play bocce ball, and have some apps and refreshments.

Bocce ball reservation is from 6:30 to 7:30. Feel free to show up after the meeting ahead of time and socialize prior to the bocce ball.

3849 Gallagher Dr, Edina, MN 55435
https://pinstripes.com/edina-minneapolis

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MN SQLSaturday #796 Schedule Posted – Oct 6

Posted by denglishbi on August 27, 2018

The schedule has been posted for this year’s Minnesota SQLSaturday event which will be held on October 6 at Saint Paul College. sqlsat796

I will be speaking in the afternoon on Power BI: Dashboard in an Hour Walk-Through.

This session will provide a walk-through example showcasing the Power BI tools including the Desktop, Service, and Mobile application. You will see how you can quickly access and explore data and gain insights from any device as well as collaborate and share the content with others. The content and examples will be provided after the session so that you can go through the walk-through examples on your own.

This session is perfect for anyone that is new to Power BI and is looking for an overview and a demonstration of what the toolset can do and provide for reporting and analytics.

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Make sure you register today and secure your spot before it fills up – register now!

Hope to see you there!

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MN SQLSaturday #796 – Oct 6

Posted by denglishbi on July 9, 2018

This year’s MN SQLSaturday will be on October 6 at the same venue as last year, the Saint Paul College. This is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence, Database Development and Analytics.

SQLSaturday #796 - Minnesota 2018

 

The call for speakers ends on Sunday, July 15.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

http://www.sqlsaturday.com/796/EventHome.aspx

 

 

 

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PASSMN July 2018 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on July 2, 2018

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is on Tuesday, July 17. This month Mathew Phan from Quest will be doing a presentation on DevOps and NoSQL: The Two Trends Impacting Database Professionals.

Be sure to register so that your name badge will be available for you at the Microsoft Technology Center when you arrive and so that we will have an accurate headcount for ordering food.PASSMNLogo

The sponsor for this month’s meeting is Quest.

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Location: 3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437

Agenda:

  • 3:30-4:00 : Registration, Networking, and Food
  • 4:00-4:10 : Kickoff / Announcements
  • 4:10-5:25 : DevOps and NoSQL (Mathew Phan)
  • 5:25-5:35 : Closing

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP for the event

Presentation

DevOps and NoSQL: The Two Trends Impacting Database Professionals

Abstract: In this one hour session, Mathew Phan from Quest Software will discuss two technology trends greatly disrupting database professionals: DevOps and non-relational databases. First, he will go over what DevOps is, the value it adds, and what you need to know in order to adapt if your organization moves in that direction. Then he will discuss the rise of non-relational databases, why they’re being used to store huge amounts of data, the best scenarios to apply them, and how you can merge your knowledge of traditional relational databases like SQL Server in this new technology. During the course of the presentation, he will briefly touch on a couple of products from Quest Software that can greatly assist in getting users up to speed in both of these trends.

About Mathew: Mathew Phan began his career as a technical support engineer for Toad for Oracle after graduating from the University of California, Irvine, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science. Mat has devoted his entire 12-year career with the Toad family of database solutions and held various positions helping to shape the direction and growth of Toad. Early in his tenure, his focus was on Oracle databases from a developer point of view. Now as a systems consultant, he continues to work with customers to build effective solutions that meet their needs.

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PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group Feb 21 “Using Self-service Analytics to Build Strong Data Teams”

Posted by denglishbi on February 15, 2018

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group meeting will be next week on Wednesday, February 21.  We welcome Julie Hyman who will be talking to us about building strong data teams using self-service analytics.PASSBA_Logo

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

February 21 – Using Self-service Analytics to Build Strong Data Teams

Session Abstract

We understand that organizations like yours are looking for more efficient ways to tap into the data generated by your marketing and sales efforts, customer engagement, back-end operations, and more. If you want your business to be data-driven, you’ve got to strategically synthesize and analyze all of this data to turn it into actionable business intelligence. During this webcast, Quest product manager, Julie Hyman will explain the differences between full-service and self-service analytics, making the case for self-service as a way to eliminate analytic silos and data bottlenecks.

And, you’ll discover how the Toad solution helps create strong data teams:

• Non-technical business users can connect to nearly any data source.

• Users can standardize best analytics practices using a collaborative platform.

• Data teams can publish workflows and share information.

• Analysts can present fully prepped data to the rest of the business.

Speaker Bio –

Julie Hyman is a Sr. Product Manager for Quest Software. With 20+ years of experience in Development, Project Management and Product Management, Julie currently manages Toad Solutions, including Toad Data Point, Toad Intelligence Central and the new Toad Edge, among others.

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away seven $50 Amazon gift cards to anyone that attends and fills out the survey!

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PASSMN February 2018 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on February 12, 2018

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is on Tuesday, February 20. This month I will be doing a presentation on how to use Power BI Desktop to build reports off SQL Server database information and creating a dashboard.

Be sure to register so that your name badge will be available for you at the Microsoft Technology Center when you arrive and so that we will have an accurate headcount for ordering food.PASSMNLogo

The sponsor for this month’s meeting is DallasDBAs.

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Location: 3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437

Agenda:

  • 3:30-4:00 : Registration, Networking, and Food
  • 4:00-4:10 : Kickoff / Announcements
  • 4:10-5:25 : How to: Build a SQL Server Dashboard with Power BI (Dan English)
  • 5:25-5:35 : Closing

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP for the event

Presentation

How to: Build a SQL Server Dashboard with Power BI

Abstract: This session will provide an overview of Power BI tools including the Desktop, Service, and Mobile application. We will use Power BI to pull some information about SQL Server databases such as the count, sizes, last backup, recovery model, and file information. We will explore some of the recent capabilities that were added to Power BI Desktop like drill through and bookmarks. The example will be provided after the meeting so that you can review the code, try it out, and enhance the reports on your own.

About Dan: Dan is the Sr. Data Warehouse Architect at Constellation, Inc., a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, speaker, author, technical editor, and community leader. He has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 20 years, and over 13 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and now using 2017! Dan has videos on YouTube and Vimeo, is blogger, and tweets. Dan is the group leader for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group and the Director of Technology for the MN SQL Server User Group.

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PASS Business Analtyics Virtual Group Jan 25 “Power BI: How to take advantage of ArcGIS Maps, SandDance and Synoptic Panel”

Posted by denglishbi on January 22, 2018

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group meeting will be this week on Thursday, January 25.  We welcome Marek Matuszewski who will be showing us some of the new cool data visualizations in Power BI.PASSBA_Logo

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

January 25 – Power BI: How to take advantage of ArcGIS Maps, SandDance and Synoptic Panel

Session Abstract

Join us and learn best practices and some of the most powerful features which are available in all 3 Power BI visuals: ArcGIS Maps, SandDance and Synoptic Panel.

Speaker Bio –

Marek is the Managing Partner & Head of Business Intelligence at the Efexcon AG,+8 years Software Development Experience, Business Intelligence Specialist, Entrepreneur, extraordinary performer, Visionary leader. In 2017 at – O365 Business Tag, Microsft Munich; CeBIT 2017 Hannover, Microsoft Partner stand; SQL Saturday 656 in Denmark, Microsoft Kopenhagen. First person in Germany who gave a speech at ALL German Power BI User Groups. One of his biggest audience was 40 000 people hearing him live, broadcasting an Audition about IT in the local radio station. He is very energetic and always give a lot of positive energy for the Audience. Power BI expert -one of his report “Regular Crimes in Central London” was featured on Microsoft Power BI blog.

–> REGISTER NOW <– (Login with PASS account first to register for webinar)

Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away eight $50 Amazon gift cards to anyone that attends and fills out the survey!

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PASSMN January 2018 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on January 11, 2018

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is on Tuesday, January 16. This month Brian Glas will be doing a presentation on the impact of GDPR on database design and controls.

Be sure to register so that your name badge will be available for you at the Microsoft Technology Center when you arrive and so that we will have an accurate headcount for ordering food.PASSMNLogo

 

The sponsors for this month’s meeting are nVisium and LRS Consulting Services.

 

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Location: 3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437

Agenda:

  • 4:00-4:10 : Kickoff / Announcements
  • 4:10-5:25 : GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) overview and impact on database design and controls (Brian Glas)
  • 5:25-5:35 : Closing

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP for the event

Presentation

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) overview and impact on database design and controls

Abstract: The new European privacy law (General Data Protection Regulation or GDRP) is due to take effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR is taking privacy law to a new level and will require changes for many companies and applications. We will cover a high level overview of GDPR and potential impacts on application and database design and controls.

About Brian: Brian Glas is the Director of Strategic Services at nVisium. He spends the majority of his time working with the Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM), building security programs and related processes, and working on Architecture Reviews/Threat Modeling.

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PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group September 21 “Visualizing Financial And Economic Data”

Posted by denglishbi on September 18, 2017

The next PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group meeting will be this week on Thursday, September 21.  We welcome back Mark Wilcock who will be showing us how to visualize financial and economic data using Power BI and R.PASSBA_Logo

–> REGISTER NOW <–

September 21 – Visualizing Financial And Economic Data (Using Power BI and R)

Session Abstract

Firms make massive efforts to collect, clean, aggregate and report on their data but this is only meaningful when people use it to get insight, make better then take action. We’ll show several examples of visualisations of financial and economic data, and discuss how they were built and analyse how effective they are. These examples include market risk chart to compare trading profit & loss (P&L) against measures of risk and regulatory limits and a version of the famous visualisation by Hans Rosling of the health and wealth of nations over 200 years, and also many others.

Speaker Bio –

Mark Wilcock is an independent consultant specializing in the analysis, reporting and visualization of financial data. Over the last 20 years, he worked on many systems to measure and monitor financial performance and manage market risks that arise from banking and trading activities. He’s the organizer of the London Business Analytics Group, a popular community group that holds monthly talks on topics ranging from Predictive Analytics to Power Query to Personalized Medicine. He blogs at zomalex.co.uk

–> REGISTER NOW <–

Also, we will be doing a random drawing after the webinar and giving away eight $50 Amazon gift cards to anyone that attends and fills out the survey, we will also be giving away a free comp to the PASS Summit (assuming you haven’t already registered and can use the complimentary invite)!

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MN SQLSaturday #682–Oct 7

Posted by denglishbi on August 31, 2017

The schedule has been posted for this year’s Minnesota SQLSaturday event which will be held on October 7 at Saint Paul College.SQLSaturday #682 - Minnesota 2017

I will be speaking in the afternoon on Analyzing Healthcare Open Data with Power BI.

In this session we will explore and evaluate Healthcare data that is freely available to the public. You will see how easily we can consume and integrate the data to analyze and investigate. In the demos you will see some of the latest enhancements and features that have been included with Power BI such as ArcGIS (Esri) maps, forecasting, Top N filtering, grouping / binning, clustering, custom R visuals, and maybe a few more along the way. If you are interested in Open Data, Healthcare, or have to perform a lot of data manipulation in Excel or other tools to provide analysis for your job then this is the session for you. Leverage the free capabilities of Power BI, advanced analytics, and help simplify your everyday workload and wow your boss!

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Hope to see you there!

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