CONNECTING SYSTEMS

RANDOLPH WEST
RANDOLPH WEST
Microsoft MVP
Randolph West, a Canadian of no known fixed address, is a SQL Server consultant and Microsoft Data Platform MVP.

Migrating to the Cloud


James Phillips of Microsoft said “the move to the cloud is inevitable”. Our email is most likely there along with other applications we use like social media and third party products. In this session we will discuss the basics of the cloud and some of the considerations for cloud migration. We will review some of the Microsoft offerings in the cloud and steps you will need to take to help ensure a successful migration.

What I will leave with: A understanding of the different cloud offerings and a readiness checklist.

Data Visualization: How to tell a great story!


We have more information available to us today than ever before. So much so that we run the risk of not being able to accurately represent our data to those who need to interpret it. We must be able to tell concise stories. There’s a lot more to creating that story than just getting the correct information. This session focuses not just the do’s and don’ts, but the whys to great reporting.

What I will leave with: A framework to help report be more useful to my organization.

JONATHAN STEWART
JONATHAN STEWART
BI Consultant
Jonathan Stewart is a Business Intelligence Consultant specializing in data visualization, data warehousing and data management technologies.
KEVIN FEASEL
KEVIN FEASEL
Microsoft MVP
Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor.

The Low Down on Big Data


It can seem like the relational database will soon make way to their new Big Data overlords. This sessions gives an overview of the big data technologies, but we also want to touch on how technologies like poly-base can help tie those systems together. Part of this discussion should also include the ‘why’ for helping you know when you should consider each of the discussed technologies.