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.


25th January Meeting Agenda Confirmed

When: Monday January 25th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

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6:30pm: Introductions from your hosts Ian Woodgate and Gareth Woodhouse

6:35pm: Jesper Simensen – Visualizing Data in SharePoint with BlackCompass Visualizer

Jesper Simensen from BlackCompass will be joining us from the States to show us how to make graphs, charts and diagrams in SharePoint and Office 365 using BlackCompass.

7:15pm: Networking and FREE pizza

7:45pm:  Gareth Woodhouse – Where is BI going in 2016?

An open floor forum discussing where we think BI is heading over the next 12 months.
Will computer learning hit mainstream firms, Data lakes vs Data warehouses will the market decide, Who will win the battle of the data visualisations packages?  You decide….

8:30pm: Close

January’s Meeting – (25/01)

savethedateStill confirming details but get the date in the diary now so you don’t forget post turkey sandwiches and advocaat cocktails!

When: Monday January 25th 6:30pm – 8:45pm

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

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6:30pm: Visualizing Data in SharePoint with BlackCompass Visualizer

BlackCompass Software has created a robust, affordable and easy-to-use way to making graphs, charts and diagrams in SharePoint and Office 365. Join us for this presentation and Jesper Simensen from BlackCompass will show you how easily it’s done.
7:30pm : Networking and pizza
7:45pm : Session details coming soon!



Agenda for November’s Meeting – (23/11)

When: Monday November 23rd 6:30pm – 8:45pm

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

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6:30pm – 6:45pm Intro and Welcome

6:45pm – 7:30pm Graham Moore (Managing Director of Exen Legal Solutions)

Using a Data Warehouse – benefits and design, bringing together some big picture thoughts with a few technical details.

7:30pm – 8:00pm (Pizza Break and networking)

8:00pm – 8:30pm Ian Woodgate (Managing Director of PointBeyond)

Exploring and Visualising Data with Power BI. A demo rich session showing the principles of Power BI – the game changing BI platform from Microsoft. I’ll be showing how to build a dashboard and view it on PC and iPad.

8:30pm – 8:45pm (Prize draw and close)

Inaugural Event Success!

Last night we held our first ever meeting at Blake Morgan in Eastleigh.

We had an excellent turnout despite the rain, and two excellent sessions.

Peter Gill from Thomson Reuters talked through some of the organisation’s CRM challenges, and was then joined by his colleague Colin who provided a demo of their innovative CRM solution that mines a wide range of data sources including mailboxes to build up comprehensive intelligence on people and businesses.

After a networking break and copious amounts of pizza kindly supplied by Computer Futures, it was the turn of Roland Dexter from QGate and his colleague Elizabeth who provided an excellent demo of Qlik Sense. Elizabeth’s demo included importing and modelling data, then building a great looking interactive dashboard from scratch in the session.

Gareth and I are committed to another event very soon, so watch this space for an announcement!

Agenda for October’s Meeting


When: Monday October 5th 6:30pm – 8:45pm

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


6:30pm – 6:45pm Intro and Welcome

6:45pm – 7:30pm Thomson Reuters

Peter Gill will be joining us to talk about all things data and how Thomson Reuters are facing this head on.

7:30pm – 8:00pm (Pizza Break and networking)

8:00pm – 8:30pm QGate

Rowland Dexter (Managing Director at QGate Software Ltd) is going to demo Qlik’s latest release – Qlik Sense.

8:30pm – 8:45pm (Prize draw and close)