Welcome to the Columbus SQL Server Users Group


Our local meetings are free and open to all! We meet the second Thursday of every month. Our current meetings are being (temporarily) held at:


6100 Emerald Parkway

Dublin, OH

Important travel note: Due to all the construction around the I-270/33 interchange in Dublin, your best option for getting to the meeting is to take the Tuttle Crossing exit (15) and take Tuttle Crossing Blvd. west to Emerald Parkway, and turn right. IGS is about a mile on the right.

In an ongoing attempt to make the content presented useful to our members we start each meeting with a short introduction and Q&A session.  Unless noted in the meeting notes the schedule for each meeting will be:

6:00 - 6:20 - Networking & social time

6:20 - 6:30 - Welcome & Announcements

6:30 - 6:45 - Warm Up Presentation

6:45 - 7:45 - Main Presentation

7:45 - 8:00 - Meeting Wrap Up and Door Prizes

Upcoming Meetings

Our next meeting will be October 8th, 2015 featuring Ginger Grant on Data Modeling & Visualization with Power BI.

There have been a lot of changes to Power BI, especially with the new version being released in July. In this presentation we will review the different components of Power BI, Excel, Personal Gateway, Desktop and Web, and review how to use the tool to create data mashups, tabular models, visualizations and how team development works within Power BI. The features of the free vs paid versions will be reviewed allowing you to make an informed choice as to when to use each. We will discuss some of the best practices for development, as well as some of the pitfalls so that you will know when and how Power BI is a good visualization decision in your environment.


Ginger Grant has worked with the Microsoft BI stack for a many years for a number of different industries including transportation, education, insurance and healthcare. Currently she is a consultant at Pragmatic Works. An active member of the SQL Server community, her numerous speaking engagements led to being a finalist in the 2014 Red Gate Tribal Awards for New Community Voice. She regularly blogs at DesertIsleSQL.com.


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