Welcome to the SQLSurrey PASS Chapter

We are SQLSurrey, the SQL Server Usergroup based in Guildford and surrounding areas. We're a group of SQL enthusiasts from the area who specialise in the MSBI & Azure side of things, but we'll be hosting a range talks across the whole SQL spectrum.

We're hoping to build up a community of like-minded peers to share knowledge, sharpen skills and enjoy a few beers. It's pretty important to us that these aren't lectures - we'll be occupying the back room of a pub and keeping things informal as best we can!

Next Meeting




SQLSurrey September Meetup: Q&A in PowerBI and Emotional Intelligence in Azure

  • In-Person @ White House Pub Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom (map)
  • 19:00 - 21:00 GMT Daylight Time
  • Language: English

Come along and join us for a social evening in Guildford with 2 great talks planned and of course as usual drinks and buffett food will be provided by us! Details: We'll be following the usual agenda - a quick update about the group, general announcements and PASS news. Followed by the two talks from our guest speakers. Session 1: Chris Webb - Q&A in Power BI: gimmick or game-changer? Session 2: Matt How - A Heart to Heart with your Data: Emotional Intelligence in Azure

Featured Presentation:

Q&A in Power BI: gimmick or game-changer?

Chris Webb, Principal Program Manager Microsoft

You have probably seen the Q&A feature in Power BI demoed many times, but is it just a demo feature? Do users really want to type questions and see Power BI visuals generated for them automatically? In this session you’ll learn: • What Q&A is, where it can be accessed by users and who it might be useful to • How the design of your dataset and reports can influence how well Q&A works • How advanced features like Synonyms and editing the Linguistic Schema file can enable more complex interactions • Whether it’s worth your time and effort to use Q&A in your Power BI deployment

About Chris:
Chris Webb is a member of the Power BI CAT team. He is the author of "Power Query for Power BI and Excel" and a co-author of "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model", "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services", and "MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase".

A Heart to Heart with your Data: Emotional Intelligence in Azure

Matt How, Buisness Intelligence Consultant Adatis

Customers have feelings. If you meet with all your customers regularly you probably think you know how they feel. But what if you have millions of customers? How can you even begin to get to understand how each of those customers feel about your business? This is where cognitive API’s come in. By harnessing the power of deep neural networks, we can accurately derive emotional insight from our data and use this to improve our offering to our customers. In this session we will look at the tools needed to connect your data to the right API’s and how we can leverage their capability. Starting out with sentiment analysis we move to facial expression recognition and image tagging. Would be great to see you there, and, as always, get in touch if you'd like to speak at an upcoming event!

About Matt:
Matt is a Business Intelligence specialist with a commitment to staying up to date with the latest tech and delivering solutions that clients want to use. With a strong knowledge of both the traditional SQL BI Stack and modern data warehouse architecture, Matt strives to pass on his learning to the community where possible.


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