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Birmingham Azure UK User Group - An Intro to DocumentDB and Azure PoC using Twitter PowerBI and SSIS

SQL Midlands

Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 18:15 to 21:00 (GMT)

Birmingham Azure UK User Group - An Intro to...

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Apologies to all, but due to some very frustrating unforeseen circumstances we are now going to host this user group as a webinar, rather than a face to face meeting at the venue in Aston. Please join via the link below.


Azure Birmingham UK User Group - 8th December 2016, 6.15pm
Session 1: Andrew Hoh - An Introduction to Document DB

Session 2: Ian Pike - Twitter, Azure and Power BI Walk Into a Bar


Agenda - UPDATE
6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet

6:30pm - 7:30pm Andrew Hoh - An Introduction to Document DB

Data analysts, data engineers, and application developers are supporting unprecedented rates of change, whether talking about latency requirements to the expanding arena of data usage scenarios. While the technology functionality must rapidly evolve to meet customer needs and respond to competitive pressures, how can we enhance the data platform to help manage this unpredictability?

To help address these realities, data practitioners from a diverse set of backgrounds are increasingly relying on schema-free, distributed, scalable, and high-performance data storage (also known as NoSQL databases). In this session, we will showcase a wide variety of customer scenarios, business goals, and technical challenges faced by real-world customers. More importantly, how adding Azure Document DB into a data practitioner’s arsenal within the Microsoft/Azure data ecosystem will allow you to easily solve these complex design patterns at massive scale.


7:30pm – 8:30pm Ian Pike - Twitter, Azure and Power BI Walk Into a Bar

Twitter, Azure and Power BI walked into a bar. The bartender looks up and says “I don’t have time for your Dashboard.”

A review of a proof of concept I’ve been working on around Customer Sentiment analysis using Twitter, SSIS and Power BI. I’ll walk through the background of the PoC, the tools I used and the tips and tricks learnt along the way. I’ll covering the Power BI Dashboard and some insights of using this technology but not a deep dive into creating dashboards. Giving an overview of the Twitter API, the data storage and processing, also the ways to get sentiment score. This is all done in Azure and how this can help you innovate and become a “disruptive” influence in your company. 


Event Sponsors

Purple Frog Systems - A big thank you to Purple Frog Systems for organising the event.

Rullion - A big thank you to Rullion for providing the catering for this event.


Venue - UPDATE




Please join this webinar via the following link:


Other Details
We'll be putting on food for the event, so please do register so we know numbers. If you then can't make it we'd really appreciate it if you'd unregister and/or let us know.

Dress code: relaxed


Event Organiser Contact Details

If you need any further details or have any requests for this or future Midlands SSUG events, please contact get in touch. 

Alex Whittles Twitter: @PurpleFrogSys Email:

Paul Andrew Twitter: @mrpaulandrew Email:

SSUG Twitter: @SQLMidlands


Speaker Profiles

Andrew Hoh is the Product Manager on the Azure DocumentDB team at Microsoft. Andrew joined the DocumentDB team before it’s public release in the summer of 2014 and enjoys tackling difficult problems and enjoys creating products that delight customers.

Ian Pike is a Database Specialist Tech Lead at Swinton Group. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in developing, architecting and implementing database solutions. He specialises in data and SQL Server solutions and is currently investigating Azure and cloud adoption. Ian also loves developing anything related to SSIS, SSDT and Power BI.

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When & Where


United Kingdom

Thursday, 8 December 2016 from 18:15 to 21:00 (GMT)

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We normally hold meetings every other month, usually on a Thursday after work at in the centre of Birmingham. It's an informal gathering of like minded people, with a couple of speakers presenting tips, techniques and information on old, new and upcoming technology. We like to get a mixture of world leading speakers as well as providing an opportunity for our members to present.

We tailor the speakers and sessions to your requests so if you have any specific topics that you want to go through, then come along and let us know.

We're part of the UK SQL Server community at and we're an official PASS chapter (the Professional Association for SQL Server) covering the Midlands in the UK.


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This event is kindly sponsored by Purple Frog Systems, if you need any Microsoft Business Intelligence help (Data Warehouses, ETL, Cubes, Azure, IoT, etc.), give them a call!


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