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User Group Meetup #9 (the rescheduled meeting)

I’m delighted to announce a one-time only joint session meetup between the Cambridgeshire SQL Server User Group and the East Anglia SharePoint User Group on Tuesday 23 September 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and as such we have chosen two excellent cross-platform sessions that we think will appeal to your all. We have excellent speakers in Penny Coventry and Francois Souyri who will wow you with the sessions below. The agenda will be as follows:

  • 18:30 – Registration
  • 18:45 – Session 1
  • 19:45 – Break
  • 20:00 – Session 2
  • 21:00 – Close and SharePint (or is this SQLPint)

To register for this meetup, please head over here.


Session 1: Penny Coventry – Creating and Enhancing Access Web Apps

In this session, after a brief introduction on how to use Microsoft Access 2013 to build Microsoft SharePoint apps with a full SQL Server database, she will enhance the Access app, by directly connecting to the apps SQL Server database; thereby the app can be enhanced using several methods, such as, using Business Connectivity Services (BCS), Microsoft Visio 2013 and several Business Intelligence technologies. Although this session only includes no-code demonstrations, she will be discussing techniques that Business Analysts, SharePoint and SQL Server experts tend to use and will show that once the experts have completed their configuration, power users can quickly enhance Access Web Apps. Penny will highlight any limitations between using Office 365 or an on-premises installation of Microsoft SharePoint 2013.

Session 2: Francois Souyri – BI Tools in Office 365

There has been a lot of noise about PowerBI since its beta over a year ago. Does it mean we have to developing bespoke reports soon ? What does it mean for my BI road map ?
This session will attempt to describe where Microsoft is leading us , which tools are revolutionising data acquisition and reporting and why it makes sense to follow this path.
In a live demo we will extract some data from a SharePoint site, visualise them meaningfully with PowerPivot, PowerView, PowerMap and finally publish them back to Office365 PowerBI and PowerQ&A to close the circle.

Registration will start from 6.30pm. Nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

First SQLCambs User Group meeting and Speakers announced!

I’m very happy to announce that the very first SQLCambs User Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 5th October and will be held in the Redgate offices in Cambridge. The User Group meeting is being run as part of the very first SQL Server Relay events which are occurring over a 4 days period culminating in the finale in London.

I am so very proud to say that we have two of the best in the business speaking at our first ever session in Cambridge – MVP Jen Stirrup and MVP Allan Mitchell both of Copper Blue Consulting. I cannot put into words what an honour it is for for SQLCambsUG for them both to help launch or first ever meeting, what a start!


Data Visualization expert MVP Jen Stirrup will be presenting first on :-
iPad and PowerPivot – Mobile Business Intelligence in Action

Mobile Business Intelligence allows end users to access data to support their decisions, irrespective of time and place. The Apple iPad is the definitive tablet of the decade, and is game-changer as a credible business tool. PowerPivot is a game-changer because it places data, and data structures, back in the hands of business users. Apple’s cutting edge usability, along with PowerPivot’s accessibility, can be combined to enhance productivity for mobile business users. Together, these technologies can support Mobile Business Intelligence as an essential tool for end users who need data ‘on the go’.


After a short break we will be getting some Denali action with MVP Allan “StreamInsight” Mitchell :-
Data Quality for Business – What Denali brings.
SQL Server Denali is Microsoft’s codename for the next release of SQL Server.  New to the box is Data Quality Services (DQS).  DQS is about building a Knowledge driven data quality solution around your data.  You can use it to perform such cleansing tasks as de-duplication, correction and standardization.  It also has a nice new component in SSIS allowing you to perform batch driven cleansing against your knowledge domain.

DQS is a precursor to another enhanced product in SQL Server Denali, Master Data Services (MDS).  MDS is about building master lists of your company’s entities enabling your enterprise to have a consistent view across the business for things like Customer and Product.
This session will dive into both technologies showing how they complement each other and why if you are serious about the quality of data in your enterprise you really need to be thinking of these tools.


I think you will agree, what an awesome line up and the best thing about all this is that it is totally FREE! So make sure you drop by UKSQLFAQ and register right now before someone else beats you to it!

The address for the event is…

The full address for the Cambridge UG event will be :-
Red Gate Software Ltd.
Newnham House
Cambridge Business Park
Cambridge, CB4 0WZ, UK