Manchester Data Platform User Group

Manchester (UK) Data Platform User Group

Network, learn, ask a question, meet fellow SQL Server Professionals and have some pizza - these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience. Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with.

For details of all up and coming meetings and to register for events, please see our Meetup page here

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Next Meeting: Wed, Feb 03 2016

Manchester PASS Chapter

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Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed - these are all things that happen at PASS Chapter events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience.


Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.


17.30 – 18:00 Registration and networking


18:00 – 18:30 Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server and Azure Data Platform field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.



18:30 - 19:30 - First Session.

19:30 - 19:50 - Break. Time for pizza.

19:50 - 20:50 - Second Session.

20:50 - 21:00 - Feedback, Prize Draw and Close.

Finally: Drinks down the pub


Featured Presentation

Dashboard Delight with Power BI

Speaker: Adam Aspin, BI Architect Calidra

Summary: Delivering eye-catching insight has now become almost ludicrously easy. You just fire up Power BI and … Wait a second. Yes it is has never been easier to add the “wow” factor to presentations based on data. However there are still techniques, tricks and traps that you need to know if you are going to leave your audience impressed with your insights rather than drowning in your data. This session takes you through the use and limitations of all the visualizations that come out-of-the-box with Power BI, as well as a quick tour of many of the custom visuals that are now available. You will see which type of delivery is best suited to which kind of data. You will also learn how best to structure and adapt the Power BI data model so that it can feed into the different visualizations for maximum effect.

About Adam: Adam Aspin is an independent Business Intelligence consultant based in the United Kingdom. He has worked with SQL Server for nineteen years. During this time, he has developed several dozen reporting and analytical systems based on the Microsoft BI product suite. He is the author of "High Impact Data Visualization with Power View, Power Map, and Power BI", “SQL Server Data Integration Recipes” and "Business Intelligence with SQL Server Reporting Services" - all with Apress

SQL Server Wait Stats

Speaker: Rainer Unwin

Summary: Wait statistics have been the predominant SQL Server tuning methodoogy since the realse of SQL Server 2005 when wait statistics became much easier to capture and analyse. The methodology was documentend by Microsoft in a white paper not much later and has grown in popularity ever since. This presentation will introduce you to this methodology and introduce some of the most common wait types that you are likely to see on your own systems.

About Rainer: None





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