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: Thu, Mar 16 2017

Manchester PASS Chapter (Mar2017)

Register Here :

***Please Note the New Venue Address***

Slater and Gordon 
58 Mosley Street 
M2 3HZ 
United Kingdom


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 and Close.

Finally: Drinks down the pub


Featured Presentations

Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Speaker: Paul Duffett

Summary: My session will be on Azure SQL Data Warehouse. I will look to dispel some myths, take a deep-dive into the architecture and share some best practices. By the end of the session I am hoping to have changed your perception on what, on the face of it, seems to be a "Data Warehouse" product. All is not what it seems.

About Paul: I'm married, have four (yes, 4!) daughters and by the time you are reading this we will have added a son to the collection, which is now finalised! This year, the 5th of September to be exact, I'll be celebrating 30 years in the data+tech industry. I have an MSc in Business Intelligence from the University of Dundee and I have a bunch of MCPs mainly in SQL Server (I was a DBA for many years) but more recently "Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions". In April 2016 I joined Microsoft as a Data Solution Architect on the Azure Platform and I haven't slept since.


PowERBI goes Bananas

Speaker: Peter Moore

Summary: I'm scared of visualisations and I wanted to fix it. This is a talk by an artistic dimwit who is quite good at data.

With a Trello-based Kanban board* as my muse and PowerBI as my canvass, I built a series of progressively less bad visualisations until I felt like an artist.

As with all art, you be the judge.

About Peter: Once an IT Director, still a Data guy. Always a Scientist.

Data Science became a buzz word recently. Even sexy (just ask Harvard). Under various guises, it is what I’ve been doing for years: applying the scientific method to data.

In today’s world finding the information is easy, asking the correct questions of it: that’s hard. The single best way to ask the right questions is to look at your data. This is what I do: look at the data, ask the right questions, solve the right problems.



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