Events

SQL Social No. 38 – Getting more out of your BI Tools with BIDS Helper

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

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When: 2015/10/07 From 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Austrlalia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker wiil receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Darren Gosbell – Getting more out of your BI Tools with BIDS Helper

Darren Gosbell
Darren Gosbell has 15 years of practical experience in building and implementing data warehousing and business intelligence solutions for some of Australia’s largest corporations. Darren has been awarded as a Microsoft MVP SQL Server since 2006 in recognition of his contribution to the community specially in the areas of Analysis Services and MDX. He is the leader of the Melbourne SQL Server User Group and also contributes to a number of open source BI projects including BIDS Helper, DAX Studio and the AnalysisServicesStoredProcedure project.

In his spare time, when he can find a large open space Darren enjoys throwing boomerangs.

 

If you are looking to get the most out of Microsoft BI technologies you owe it to yourself to check out BIDS Helper which is a free add-in that enhances the Microsoft BI design tools.The tools that Microsoft provides for working with the BI services are pretty good, but there are a few rough edges. BIDS Helper is an award winning free tool which seamlessly integrates with and extends the Microsoft BI designers.

Come along and see this demo rich presentation from the one of the core project contributors.

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, C3 Business Solutions and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

C3 Business Solutions

C3 Business Solutions:

C3 Business Solutions is an award winning Australian Information Management, Business Analytics and Business Intelligence company that delivers measurable business improvements for our clients. C3 specialise in developing and deploying successful strategies end-to-end for large public & private sector organisations. While remaining vendor independent, C3 work with clients to establish current as well as future needs. Their team of top tier consultants continuously focus on delivering measurable business change.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

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SQL Social No 33. Machine Learning as a Service

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

Register Here!

When: 2015/05/06 From 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Austrlalia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker wiil receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

James Mao – Machine Learning as A Service – A VoicePrint Example

James Mao
James Mao is a Cloud Principal Consultant at DWS in responsible for the development of cloud practice.

Prior to returning to Australia last year, James worked at Microsoft as an Azure technical evangelist.

With a combination of solid IT and business background, James is able to smoothly engage with various types of stakeholders, to support them to design and build / migrate scalable solutions on cloud platforms. He has actively developed reusable IPs and best practices for the Microsoft cloud businesses in US, Singapore and China.

James Mao received a Master’s degree in BI and Knowledge Management at Monash University and a MBA from CEIBS, Shanghai China.

Azure Machine Learning as a Cloud based service can greatly accelerate the time to market of new AI based solutions. In his talk, James will use a VoicePrint example to showcase how the Machine Learning service fits into a whole solution picture

 

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, C3 Business Solutions and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

C3 Business Solutions

C3 Business Solutions:

C3 Business Solutions is an award winning Australian Information Management, Business Analytics and Business Intelligence company that delivers measurable business improvements for our clients. C3 specialise in developing and deploying successful strategies end-to-end for large public & private sector organisations. While remaining vendor independent, C3 work with clients to establish current as well as future needs. Their team of top tier consultants continuously focus on delivering measurable business change.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

SQL Social No. 26 – Chris Benson and the Tale of the SSIS Project Deployment Model

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Our July Event is just hours away and this month we have Chris Benson back to talk to us about the SSIS Project Deployment Model.

 

Chris BensonChris is a Managing Consultant with C3 Solutions, who are also sponsoring tonight’s event (Thank you!). Chris specialises in data warehouse and business intelligence applications, business process management, office development and general software development.

 

 

 

 

C3_logotype_horiz_pos_V2C3 Business Solutions is an award winning Australian Information Management, Business Analytics and Business Intelligence company that delivers measurable business improvements for their clients. We are grateful for C3’s support of our community event and hope to have them onboard for future events as well.

 

 

If you haven’t yet registered for tonight’s social event, then please go here to sign up.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

LH

SQL Social No 22 – 7 May 2014

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We hope you all had the chance to get along to the recent SQL Saturday event and enjoyed a great day of free learning and networking with other SQL heads.

For those of you who were at the last SQL Social event, you would have heard us mention that we wanted to use SQL Social’s lightning talk style presentations as a development environment for new speakers or those just wanting to build-up to a full-blown User Group or Conference session.   Well, this month we will have a new speaker on the block doing just that.    Remember, as a reward we have 1 month Pluralsight subscriptions to give away to the presenter.

This Month’s Speaker

Lucas Ferguson

Lucas is an Analyst Programmer with the global property management organisation, Knight Frank. He has 8 years of experience in the SQL Server stack, mostly with T-SQL and Reporting Services with a smattering of SSIS and SSAS.

Lucas will be presenting on how Knight Frank made use of SQL Server Service Broker to keep two databases with very different data structures in sync.

 

As usual, food and drinks are provided courtesy of our sponsors.

Registrations are open, so please use the link below to let us know that you will be attending

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sql-social-no-24-tickets-11327531953

SQL Social No. 20!

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The next SQL Social event is just round the corner, in fact it is less than 2 weeks away!

Details for our next event are as follows:
  • Date – 2013-11-13
  • Venue – The Governor’s Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • Speaker – Martin Cairney will be speaking about his recent trip to the week-long SQL PASS conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Food & Drinks will be available (free of course!)
Registration is open for this event, so please use the link below to let us know that you will be attending.
See you there!
PS – Bring a friend and you could win yourself a one month Pluralsight subscription.