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Birmingham SQL Server User Group - Chris Webb and Andy Leonard

SQL Midlands

Thursday, 11 September 2014 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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Midlands SQL Server User Group, BI Masterclass with two of the best!

NEW Location: MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Session 1: Chris Webb - Everything you wanted to know about Power BI but were too afraid to ask

Session 2: Andy Leonard - Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine



6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet

6:30pm - 7:30pm Chris Webb - Everything you wanted to know about Power BI but were too afraid to ask

You’ve probably seen a lot of Power BI demos and been wowed by 3D maps, cool dashboards and tales of working with millions of rows of data in Excel. But do you actually know what Power BI is? Where does Office 365 fit in? Does your data have to be stored in the cloud? Which versions of Excel do you need? How does it compare to corporate BI tools like Reporting Services and Analysis Services? This session will answer all of these questions and more, and help you understand whether Power BI is right for you.

7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Food

8:00pm – 9:00pm Andy Leonard - Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine

Business Intelligence Markup Language provides a powerful solution for creating and managing SSIS Design Patterns. Andy Leonard, one of the authors of SSIS Design Patterns, demonstrates the benefits of BIML in this session. What are the benefits of Biml? Code re-use, automated code-generation from templates, faster delivery, higher quality.


Getting There

We're trying out a new venue again! This time we'll be at the Midlands Art Centre (MAC Birmingham), B12 9QH.

It's directly opposite Edgebaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham

Parking: Lots or free parking, entrance is via Queens Ride, opposite the cricket ground

Public Transport: It's about 2 miles from New Street Station. Short taxi ride, or buses 1, 35, 45, 47, 62 & 63.

Thanks to Nigel Garrett for further details: The 45 & 47 are the best options, which depart from outside Boots in the Bullring, opposite where the main entrance to New Street station was, on Smallbrook Queensway.

Room: When you get there, we're in the 'Pincent Masons 2' room. On the 1st floor, above the main entrance.


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.

If you need any further details or have any requests for this or future Midlands SSUG events, please let me (Alex Whittles) know, either on Twitter (@PurpleFrogSys or @SQLMidlands) or email


Speaker profiles

Chris Webb

Chris Webb is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK. He has over fifteen years' experience with the Microsoft BI stack and has worked in a variety of roles across a wide range of industries. A regular speaker at user groups and conferences around the world, such as the PASS Summit and the PASS Business Analytics Conference, he also is one of the organizers of the SQLBits conference and has received Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for nine years running. He is the co-author of several books such as "MDX Solutions", "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server Analysis Services", "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model" and “Power Query for Power BI and Excel” and blogs about Microsoft BI at More information about his consultancy can be found at and his training courses at


Andy Leonard

Andy Leonard is Chief Servant Officer of Linchpin People, an SSIS Trainer and Consultant, SQL Server database and Integration Services developer, SQL Server data warehouse developer, community mentor, blogger, and engineer. He is a co-author of SSIS Design Patterns. His background includes VB and web application architecture and development; and SQL Server 2000-2012.

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When & Where

MAC Birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre)
Cannon Hill Park
B12 9QH Birmingham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 11 September 2014 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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SQL Midlands

SQLMidlands - Bringing the West Midlands SQL Server community together


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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.


If you've registered for an event and can no longer make it, please do unregister so that we don't over order the food! To unregister just view your tickets in your EventBrite account, and then cancel the relevant ticket. Thanks!


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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