Business Intelligence – Ask the Experts

Nashville Business Intelligence User Group

I will be a member of the Ask the Experts panel at the next Nashville Business Intelligence (PASS) user group meeting, where we will have a “round table discussion”. We will be talking all things Microsoft BI, including Power BI, SSRS, and others.

This is a perfect opportunity to get your questions answered and discuss options with your business intelligence needs. There will also be social time, food, and giveaways!

Register now to get your seat!

Agenda from the NASH BI site:

April Meeting Details

Tuesday,April 19
Register by NOON Tuesday April 19
6:00 pm Social Time & Food
6:30 pm- 7:30 pm Meeting

7:30 pm More Social

Round Table Discussion – Ask the experts

Louis Davidson has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years as a corporate database developer and architect. He has been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP for 10 years and has written five books on database design.

Dan Evans is a Data and Analytics evangelist at Microsoft with over 20 yearsโ€™ experience deploying strategic and innovative solutions. Dan presents at many local, regional, and national events including SQL PASS, DAMA, TDWI, TechEd, and Ignite.

Tamera Clark has been involved in the IT industry for greater than ten years, with experiences ranging from systems analysis/engineering to SQL Server and SSRS administration/development. She is the event chair for SQLSaturday Nashville and a Regional Mentor for PASS.

Daniel Glenn is the Collaboration Practice leader for InfoWorks, a Nashville-based Business and IT consulting company. He has been building SharePoint and SQL solutions since 2002 & has multiple technical certifications focusing on SharePoint & Office 365.

Robert Verell is a SQL Server professional working in the Nashville area. Currently he is a Database Administrator at Healthspring, a Cigna company, since 2011, and prior to that worked for a mortgage software vendor specializing in SSIS and ETL.

Kerry Tyler has been either a full-time dev/operational DBA or BI Architect since 2005, and is currently a consultant at Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting.

…..Plus MORE!

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SPS Twin Cities 2016

On April 23rd 2016, I will be speaking at the Spring installment of SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities. There is a great line-up of speakers (too many to name here) and sponsors, so please check out the site for details: SPSTC.

I will presenting a session titled “Future-proof SharePoint Solutions” – I am looking forward to showing off demos of SharePoint Server 2016, SPDocKit, and others. If you are at SPSTC, please come by and say hello.


The day before I was to travel to Minneapolis, April 21st, the musical artist Prince died at his home in the Minneapolis area. The people of Minnesota and specifically the Minneapolis area seemed to love their hometown superstar and the weekend did have an undertone of morning the Purple One.

My slides from my presentation can be found here: Future-proof SharePoint Solutions – Building SharePoint Solutions with Out of the Box Features and No Code

Friday night was a great time of food and fellowship – catching up with old friends and ones that I had made at the previous SPSTC.

The morning of the event, I arrived to great buzz that is the SharePoint community in Twin Cities – people were ready to learn and with a little help from donuts and coffee, we were ready to teach and learn right along with them!

I attended several sessions, but I wanted to highlight the great session Michelle Gilbert and Alexis Bell gave. “Creating a Buzz: Putting on an Office 365 Awareness Fair”. They did an excellent job walking through why and how you should be promoting and communicating your transition or implementation of Office 365. They shared their current and recent past experiences with evalgelizing and socializing the whole Office 365 transition and I highly recommend attending their session if you have the opportunity!

My session was last in the day and I was excited to engage attendees on how we can use out of the box SharePoint functionality to create meaningful solutions for our user communities. There was a great buzz in the room and conversation to go with it – I really enjoyed my time with them in the session.

I was able to eat lunch with Stacy and Heidi – and make Todd Klindt jealous, so it was all around a fantastic day ๐Ÿ™‚

A special thank you goes to the volunteers and organizers of SPSTC – you did a fantastic job! You have a well-run event and the attendees received some high-quality traning and networking time with some great speakers.