April 24 Meeting


We are pleased to announce the Microsoft BI User Group meeting on April 24 2017, at Microsoft Corporation, 3601 76th St W, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55435 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We hope you will plan to attend this meeting where we have lined up several exciting and informative speakers.

12:45 Check-in

01:00 Pizza & Networking  

01:45 User Group Updates & Announcements

02:00 Advanced Analytics with SQL Server R 2016 (details below)

03:00 Break

03:15 Power BI “Ask the Experts” Panel

04:15 Networking


Advanced Analytics with SQL Server R 2016

SQL Server 2016 includes an important new feature: R Services.   R is the de facto language of many data scientists and with R now being integrated with SQL Server, organizations have the power to turn their SQL Servers into intelligent machines that can learn and inform.   

This session will appeal to data scientists looking to understand how SQL Server 2016 can take their experiments to the next level.  SQL and BI experts will get an understanding of how R can up their game.

Demos will include introductory R solutions focused on predicting fraudulent credit card activity.  We’ll walk through data cleansing, model training, creating an R stored procedure, and visualizing data with SSRS and Power BI. You’ll leave knowing more about R and how it can unlock the potential of your own data.

About The Speaker

Mike Fulkerson is a Technology Specialist at Microsoft who helps customers plan and design data-centric solutions. He has a diverse background in application development, database operations, data warehouse design, BI, ETL, and network engineering.

Before his current role with Microsoft, his past employment included UnitedHealth Group, Northwest Airlines, Bluestem Brands, Sogeti, and Microsoft as a consultant in MCS and a software development engineer in Redmond working on a team that started Expedia.com. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and extolling the virtues of Microsoft's data platform across a variety of organizations and industries for the past 20 years.


April 24 Meeting


Monday, April 24th, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 (US/Central)

Event Conversation


Caitlin Schober