Next Meeting 22nd November

Our next meeting will be on 22nd November. Sign up now!

Ian Stuart – Altis Consulting, Principal

  • Consulting in & Delivering data based solutions since 1995
  • Lead numerous data management projects and teams
  • Experience in a range areas including:
    • Information Management Strategies
    • Data Warehousing
    • Architecture
    • Reporting
  • Worked with a range of industries:
    • Higher Education, Health, Construction, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, Property, Retail, IT
  • Passionate about design

The Truth about Paragliding and Hang Gliding Incidents

Free flying is exhilarating but it comes with a health warning. Ian Stuart of Altis Consulting recently published his analysis of incidents in “Skywings” – the membership magazine for the British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (BHPA). He looked at some hypotheses to see if he could spot any correlations. The findings surprised Altis’ resident paragliding pilot!

Young, experienced pilots flying in good weather are at a high risk of having an incident – or so it may seem. To read Ian’s article outlining how he came to this conclusion click here.

In this talk, Ian will demonstrate the Power BI visualisations that went into the article and explore the data on the fly (excuse the pun) with the audience. He will then go on to demonstrate his personal paragliding log book dashboard (again built in Power BI) and explain the potential for improving safety in the sport.


10-15 Minute Sessions

Chris Green – SKORE

Chris is a process geek. He’s worked with a variety of organisations helping them either understand their current ways of working or designing for a new world. Whether it’s for the likes of Nestlé or a ten-person start-up, the approaches and tools he uses put the people at the heart of the change.  

Session Overview: An introduction to how Skore builds a picture of your business and provides insights for everyone.


Neil Randall – Altis Consulting

Neil Randall has 20 years experience in Data Warehousing within the Higher Education,Energy and Telecoms sectors. He is now exploring the new possibilities that cloud services  give us in delivering faster and more efficient solutions.  When not glued to a keyboard Neil is a keen guitar player and strategy gamer.”

Session Overview:  Achieving a  (near zero) Cost of failure in Data Warehouse Projects using AWS


Confirmed agenda for the Business Intelligence User group (UK SOUTH) – Wednesday 13th September

Next meeting confirmed for 6:30 pm on Wednesday 13th September at Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG. We have two great sessions lined up for you this session and of course the obligatory Free Pizza:

An Introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation and issues to consider for the Business Intelligence community

Sheilah Mackie-962Sheilah Mackie, Partner, Blake Morgan

Sheilah has a wealth of experience in data protection and privacy law advising clients on compliance with relevant UK and EU legislation in their processing of customer, employee and third party data and their use of cookies and similar technology in relation to both day-to-day transactions and large-scale corporate and outsourcing deals.


Tel: 023 8085 7039

For the latest GDPR updates follow Blake Morgan on Twitter @BlakeMorganLLP and Linkedin BlakeMorgan LLP or visit

Predicting Consumer and Business behaviour – What techniques should you be using to achieve the best results?

Anthony Coombe

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the principle methodologies for analyzing customers and prospects, providing an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. In addition the presentation will demonstrate the application of the methodologies through some case studies.

Anthony is a commercially focused marketing data strategist with more than 25 years expertise in using analytics, insight and planning to improve the acquisition, value and retention of customers. Anthony’s experience has encompassed both B2C and B2B markets across a variety of sectors including Utilities, Financial Services, Retail and Technology often across Europe. Anthony has worked both on the client side and as a consultant for a number of organisations including IBM, SSE, Aviva, Symantec and the AA. His experience combines both business and technical successfully delivering a wide range of projects including building a single view of the customer, developing and implementing propensity models to target online and offline campaigns, the recruitment and training of teams of analysts and planners and finally formulating strategies to acquire and manage customer and prospect data.

Follow the link below for free registration.





Next Meeting confirmed for Wednesday 7th June


Next meeting confirmed for 6:30 pm on Wednesday 7th June at Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG. We’ve two great sessions lined up:

  • Gavin Clayton (Owner Claytabase Ltd)
    Modular approaches to dataflow tasks
    Data mart principles using the modular approach
  • Tom Martin (Territory Account Manager for Qlik)“How to gain a holistic view of your data with Qlik” I will look to provide an overview of challenges that organisations face with gaining insights from their data today and how we address them with The Qlik Platform.

Plus the usual great company and free pizzas! New attendees welcome.

Please register on the following link, see you there!

Gareth and Ian

Next Meeting 20th Feb 2017


Next meeting confirmed for 6:30 pm on Monday 20th Feb at Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG. We’ve two great sessions lined up:

  1. Michael Kightley, Avalanche Partners. Michael is going to give us a demo of Tableau in all its glory
  2. Owen Ireland, BOARD. Owen is going to demo BOARD, a decision making platform for organisations of any size.

Plus the usual great company and free pizzas! New attendees welcome.

Please register on the following link, see you there!

Gareth and Ian



Next Meeting 7th December 2016

Hi, there’s time for one more meeting before the end of the year, and we’ll be meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday 7th December at Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3LG.

We’re pleased to welcome Anthony Coombes, who will present:

Back to Basics – The Importance of the Fundamentals in Successful Data and Analytics Driven Marketing

Over the past decade there have been significant developments in the data and analytics driven marketing industry with a plethora of tools and sources of data available to help drive campaigns. Despite all these developments with customers being far more enlightened the importance of the fundamentals for example ‘Test and Learn’ remain as important today as they were twenty years ago, if not more so.

Then a break for pizzas.

Welcome to our second speaker, Greg Anderson from Sword Group, who is presenting:

Cortana Intelligence Suite – A new way to think about BI

Gain an understanding of how you can use CIS to do your data science. We will outline how to plan for and utilise CIS and contrast this with traditional techniques usually associated with Business Intelligence.  We will cover the following topics as part of the discussion:

  • Azure Data Factory
  • Azure Data Lake
  • Machine Learning
  • Cognitive Services

Register now at

All welcome!

14 September Meeting Details

The next session will be on 14 September at 6:30pm in the same location (Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3LG).

We’ve two excellent sessions lined up:

Session 1: BI Office and Power BI on-Premise Integration: Richard Osbourn (Pyramid Analytics). Richard will show the ease of use and deployment capabilities available for advanced Collaborative BI rollout’s using the Microsoft Data Platform.

Richard is an experienced Business Intelligence practitioner. Prior to joining Pyramid Analytics as VP Customer Success in 2015 Richard spent 9 years with Hitachi Consulting managing and delivering large scale Business Intelligence solutions across multiple industries.

 Session 2: An open, round table discussion focusing on the need for speed in the world of reporting and analytics asking questions like; Why does speed matter? What could you do if you could see all of the data? Why sample when you don’t need to? Are you using aggregates – and why? Is all of the data that you need available to your reporting tools?  Is a data warehouse necessary?  Is the Cloud right for you?: Duncan Wyeth and Dave Shuttleworth (Exasol).

 Dave Shuttleworth is a recognised authority in database technology, parallel processing in the database field, data warehousing and data mining techniques.

Duncan has spent almost 30 years in the field of business management systems working primarily with Sage and SAP to deliver ERP, CRM and BI solutions across the globe and has consistently delivered solutions to the day-to-day challenges that business face.

Pizza available as normal thanks to our sponsor Randstad Recruitment!

Register now at:

If you would like to speak at a future event then please get in touch with us!

Gareth and Ian

Next Meeting 14 September

Thanks to all who attended last night, to Randstad for the copious amounts of pizza, and of course to our speakers Keiran Wood and Adrian O’Brien.

As promised Keiran has kindly shared his slide deck and it can be found below:

The next session will be on 14 September at 6:30pm in the same location (Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3LG).

Agenda to follow, but registration already open at:

If you would like to speak then please get in touch with us!

Enjoy the summer!

Gareth and Ian

Next meeting to be held Monday 13th June – Registration now OPEN

Registration for our next Business Intelligence and Data Analytics user group meeting is now open!

When – Monday 13th June starting at 6:30pm

Where – Blake Morgan, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3LG

Register here –

Confirmed speakers:

Keiran Wood – Microsoft Certified Business Intelligence Technical Specialist

Comparing and Contrasting Different Methods of Querying data in a Tabular Format within the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack including Power BI, Excel 2016 and SSRS 2016

This presentation is split into sections as follows; –

  1. Gauge the Experience and Aspirations of the Attendees
  2. Overview of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Architecture and Data Life Cycle
  3. Why Tabular Reporting is Important
  4. Introduction to the Different Tabular Querying Methods
  5. Criteria for Assessing Different Tabular Querying Methods
  6. Custom and Built in Tabular Reporting Components within Power BI
  7. Pivot Table Excel Query Method
  8. DAX Excel Query Method
  9. Cube Values / Members
  10. Tabular Reporting within SSRS 2016
  11. Comparing the different Tabular Querying Methods
  12. Conclusions 12.
  13. Resources and Finish
  14. N.B. You will be given an opportunity to ask any questions at the end of a particular section to allow this presentation to be structured.

Adrian O’Brien – ADO Management Consulting Ltd

Introduction to Data Governance

My presentation demonstrates how to align to a  business focused view of data governance. It will take into account the importance of organisational structure and culture. I will also discuss benefits that emerge when a company defines its own definition of the value of data governance and builds its data principles on the organisation’s business strategy. The presentation gives real world examples of how business decisions influence our approach to data governance and I hope it stimulates and challenges your thoughts on how data is managed and governed within your organisation.

Event Sponsor – We are very happy to announce that this months sponsors are Randstad Technologies who have kindly agreed to supply the half time pizzas. There was also mention of doughnuts so if you are anything like me then this truly is a must attend event!

Randstad Technologies_High Res

With experience of working across various industries, Randstad Technologies, provide fantastic career opportunities for IT, technology and digital professionals.

Having 40 years’ experience in placing skilled IT professionals, from entry level graduates to senior IT consultants, we provide world-class professionals with more than just technical competence.