• November 2018 BRSSUG at Alliance Safety Council - Speaker Idol!

    Join us Wednesday, 11/14/2018 at the Alliance Safety Council for this month's user group! This month will be out speaker idol where we'll have 5 short form presentations by local speakers plus a demo presentation by this month's sponsor Quest Software!  

    Speaker idol generally tends to be one of our more entertaining meetings of the year.  Come get a few nuggets of knowledge and get your final geek-friend fix before your holidays gets into full swing, as we won't be meeting again until January!


    • 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

    • 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

    • 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

    Contestant Topics:

    • Theming Bootstrap
    • Intro to Extended Events
    • Embedded PowerBI: What Good is Data if Nobody Sees it?
    • The Option Pattern: A pattern for eliminiating bugs like null-pointer exceptions, unhandled exceptions, and race conditions
    • The Vim text editor

    All of our meetings are open to the public, open to students, folks looking to get into the field and those looking to move up! Please spread the word and come prepared to learn and share your knowledge and experience!

    This month's meeting is brought to you by Quest Software!

     See you there!

    Posted Nov 13, 2018, 9:23 AM by william assaf
  • October 2018 Meeting

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    5:45 PM

    Location: Louisiana Tech Park - Location Information


    • 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

    • 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

    • 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

    Main Presentation:

    Advanced DAX - Mitchell Pearson

    The data analysis expression (DAX) language is easy, most Power BI users learn DAX in days, if not hours! From there the analytical value of data models can be significantly improved with minimal effort by using simple DAX calculations. Eventually, every power bi user comes to the realization that there is much more to the DAX language than they could have ever imagined. 

    Unfortunately, the gap between the basics of DAX and advanced applications of DAX is quite wide. In this session, you will start building the knowledge necessary to “bridge” that gap so that you can author, with confidence, DAX solutions that solve complex business problems.

    Lightning Round:

    Intro to Extended Events - John Wells

    It's time to go all in on Extended Events! In this quick demo, I will go over Extended Events, show you how easy they are to set up and my favorite Event that makes capturing code simple! 


    Mitchell Pearson is a Business Intelligence Consultant and the Training Content manager for Pragmatic Works. Mitchell has experience developing enterprise level BI Solutions using the full suite of products offered by Microsoft (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS, & Power BI). Mitchell is very active in the community presenting at SQL Saturday events, PASS virtual chapters, the Power BI World Tour and giving free webinars for Pragmatic Works. Mitchell can also be found blogging at mitchellpearson.com.

    Originally from Southern California, John Wells is enjoying the slower pace here in Louisiana. He continues his journey with PowerShell and Performance Tuning. If he is not at a SQLSaturday event or a LSU game, he is grilling something or killing some crawfish! Actually he smokes more than he grills, but when he says this people look at him funny.

    Posted Sep 24, 2018, 2:02 PM by Andy Parkerson
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