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Welcome

The Madison SQL Server Users Group (MADPASS) is an official chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server.  We are here to support the SQL Server users in the Madison, WI area.  We plan to meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month. 

Meetings are always FREE and food is provided.  Details about the next meeting can be found below.

In an ongoing attempt to make the content presented useful to our members we start each meeting with a short Q&A session.  Unless noted in the meeting notes the schedule for each meeting will be:

5:30 - 5:45 - General Q&A session & Announcements
5:45 - 6:15 - Short Presentation
6:15 - 6:45 - Food & Networking
6:45 - 7:45 - Main Presentation
7:45 - 8:00 - Door Prizes & Q&A Session

Meeting Location:  2310 Crossroads Drive Madison, WI 53718. 
It's the building with the Cisco sign facing the interstate near East Towne Mall.

 

Next Event

Next Meeting: Wed, Oct 22 2014

SQL Careers Panel & Power to the Prototypes

Speaker: Gina Meronek Trek Bicycle Corporation

Summary: As SQL Server professionals, we have a complicated relationship with Excel-based tools. Rather than broadly paint Excel as friend or foe, why not learn how Power Query & Power Pivot can improve the SQL Server solutions you develop? In this session, we’ll cover scenarios where Power Query and Power Pivot can be leveraged to get the most from the proof-of-concept phase of your reporting, ETL, & analytics projects. Learn how Power Query can help you test the quality of your data well before the production ETL is deployed. We’ll also cover how Power Pivot can help you visualize the structure and granularity of your data, and why it’s the perfect “gateway drug” for SSAS cube development. If you've ever had a BI project fall flat because “We didn't know what we didn't know” or want to avoid delivering a hundred reports when the data merits ten, this is the session for you!

About Gina: Gina Meronek is a Business Intelligence Analyst for Trek Bicycle Corporation. She has been working with Microsoft technologies for over thirteen years including .NET, SSIS, and SSRS development and administration. Gina is enthusiastic about what Power BI is bringing to both the business and IT sides for better working with data, and enjoys teaching people how to go spelunking for insight. Outside of gleeful data geekery, she is an amateur equestrian, theater nerd, and baker.

Agenda

  • 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM: General Announcements
  • 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM: Dinner & SQL Careers Panel Discussion
  • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM: Main Presentation
  • 7:45 PM - 8:00 PM: Closing comments & wrap-up


Submit questions for our SQL Careers Panel Discussion to madpass@madpass.org and we'll answer as many as we can during the meeting! Want to join our panel to share your experience? We'd love to have you, just let us know!

** NOTE ** Please note that the Career Panel Discussion will not be part of the Lync Meeting.  The main presentation however, will still be broadcasted as per usual.

When

Event Time : Wed, Oct 22 2014 17:30 - 20:00 Central Daylight Time
Add the meeting to your calendar: iCal

Where

Meeting Location: 2310 Crossroads Dr Madison, Wisconsin


Directions: It's the building with the Cisco sign facing the interstate near East Towne Mall. Park behind the building and walk in main entrance. Our room will be straight ahead on the first floor. Get a Bing map to the meeting location.

Online Meeting

https://meet.lync.com/madpass/madpass/FYR6I20L

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