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SQLSoton - April 3rd User Group

Southampton SQL Server User Group

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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April SQL Server user group meeting.


  • Two, one month, Pluralsight passes
  • One £20 Amazon voucher from SpectrumIT



18:15 - Doors Open

18:30 - Introductions

18:45 - Eric Lawson (@ericjlawson)

Title: Transitioning from Reporting to BI solutions

Abstract: Incredible focus is now upon the BI arena. The MS BI Stack is a compelling choice, especially for businesses in transition from a small to medium or large enterprise. Technology roadmaps present significant challenges, but what about the people element?

Do you want to simply deliver the next gen reporting system or can you play a part in improving the way your organisation measures business performance and makes decisions.

The session will cover

-pros & cons of basic SSRS deployments
-what are those data analysts actually doing
-what KPI's are, where to get them & the issues that presents
-how deployment of BI solutions can challenge the IT department status quo
-discuss a model for resourcing and how this maps to information deployment

Bio: Eric has over 25 years experience in the database field, beginning with IBM DB2, specialising inTandem NonStop SQL and in the last few years branching out onto SQL Server.

Eric's core experience is with business intelligence (BI) solutions & strategy, ERD & database modelling, design & performance tuning, large scale ETL systems infrastructure and data migrations.

19:45 - Pizza, drinks & chat.

20:15 - Alex Whittles (@PurpleFrogSys)

Title: MDX 101

Abstract: Give your queries a multidimensional makeover. In this session we'll look at the structure and basics of MDX, the MultiDimensional query eXpression language for querying Analysis Services OLAP cubes. We'll start at the beginning, so you need no previous MDX experience.

Bio: Alex is the owner and lead consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy with clients including Barclays Capital and Confused.com. He specialises in all aspects of dimensional data modelling, data warehousing and cubes using the SQL Server stack. Alex has an MSc in Business Intelligence, runs the Midlands SQL Server User Group and is chair of the SQL Relay 2013 conferences. As well as speaking at SQLBits, he is also a regular speaker at other events including SQL Saturday and SQL Server user groups around the country.

21:30 - Raffle & End

Have questions about SQLSoton - April 3rd User Group? Contact Southampton SQL Server User Group

When & Where

Avenue St Andrew's United Reformed Church

SO17 1XQ Southampton
United Kingdom

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Southampton SQL Server User Group

Southampton SQL Server user group has been running since 2010, in that time we have had many speakers both local and international present high quality sessions on a range of SQL Server and data platform topics. We aim to deliver high quality training and insight for free to the SQL Server community.

The user group has been run by John Q Martin (Twitter | LinkedIn) & Steph Middleton (Twitter | LinkedIn) for the last three years, in which time we have seen the group grow significatly with members joining and moving on.

We are spponsored by SpectrumIT who are a local recruitment company, setup by recrutiment agents who have helped us by providing the location, Pizza and an Amazon voucher to raffle off each meeting.

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