The Data Platform: SQL and Power BI

Modernise your data platform

With SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 end of extended support on the horizon, the time has come to start the modernisation process.

At this full-day workshop our experts aim to give you an understanding of Microsoft data services and their infrastructure, as well as data platform architecture best practice. You will leave with a clear understanding of next steps for your business on the data modernisation journey.

The day will be split into two halves, the first will cover an introduction to the Azure platform and its data infrastructure. Infrastructure services, data services and migrating from legacy to Azure SQL will all be covered. The second will cover data platform architecture best practice, Power BI, analysis services, Data Warehouse, and how to use these services to create something of value from your data.

Content covered will include:

  • Data Infrastructure and Platform Services
  • SQL Server 2008 (R2) end of extended support
  • Demo migrating to Azure SQL
  • Data platform architecture best practice
  • Power BI architecture and ETL
  • Demo Azure SQL, Logic Apps, Cognitive Services and Power BI


David Vaughton – Head of Business Intelligence, Grey Matter

Danail Dimitrov – Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions Specialist, Grey Matter

Tristan Edwards – Head of Group Services, Grey Matter

Birmingham, Wednesday 6 March


09:00 Registration
09:30 Introductions
09:30 Session 1: Azure infrastructure and platform services, Azure SQL and migration demo
11:00 Break and refreshments
11:30 Session 2: Data platform architecture, best practice and ETL
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session 3: Demo building a dashboard with Azure SQL, Cognitive Services, Logic Apps and BI
15:30 Closing comments
16:00 Finish

Venue: The Studio Birmingham, 7 Canon Street, B2 5EP

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