May '17 BRSSUG Meeting

Post date: May 03, 2017 3:58:37 PM

Our next meeting will be May 10, 2017 at the Louisiana Technology Park.


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Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Location: The Louisiana Technology Park -


Sponsor: TBA



5:45 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Dinner with the other user groups

6:15 - 6:30 pm: Announcements, Sponsor Message, and Lightning Talks

6:30 - 7:00 pm: User Group business/Lightning Rounds

7:00 - 8:00 pm: Speakers

8:00 - 8:30 pm: Raffle and Giveaways

This will be a joint meeting with the Baton Rouge Power BI User Group (BRPBIUG)

 Please also visit our site and RSVP!


Main Topic: Introduction to Microsoft Analytics – Turning Data into Intelligent Action

Abstract: Data Science, Azure Machine Learning, and Analytics are all becoming core pieces to the success of every business.  As data professionals we need to know how these will affect what we do, and how we can use it to help our business and clients.  In this session we will take a look at these hot topics and learn how it helps us turn data into intelligence that will lead to actions that drive profits.  We will take a look at how Microsoft’s Cortana suite is the central hub for learning and implementing each of these core pieces.  An easy to follow example showing the flow from Data to Data Intelligence and thru to Action will be presented using Cortana Intelligence Suite.


Speaker: Melody Zacharias, Clearsight Solutions

Bio: Melody Zacharias is a Partner at ClearSight Solutions in British Columbia Canada. She is the leader of the Southern Interior Pass (SIP) chapter for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS), Regional Mentor for Pass Canada and a Microsoft MVP for the data platform.   Melody has been passionate about SQL Server since version 7.  You can find her on her blog at or on Twitter @SQLMelody.

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!