Introducing the Calgary Fabric User Group

Introducing the Calgary Fabric User Group

This past year, Microsoft announced big changes in their analytics products with the launch of Microsoft Fabric.

Microsoft Fabric is a complete analytics solution that empowers individuals and organizations to access all their analytics solutions in one place including Data Engineering, Data Factory, Data Science, Data Warehouse, Real-Time Analytics, and Power BI.

Microsoft Fabric simplifies data management and enables organizations to make better data-informed decisions with one solution. With the advancement of Microsoft Fabric in the industry, we are excited to announce some changes coming to the Calgary Analytics community!

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User Groups in the Calgary Analytics Community

Since 2018, Iteration Insights has conducted both the Calgary Azure Analytics User Group and the Calgary Power Platform User Group. These user group sessions have recently been hosted online quarterly via Microsoft Teams.

The Calgary Azure Analytics User Group and the Calgary Power Platform User Group have brought together an engaged and thriving community of analytics professionals in both Calgary and the data analytics space. These user groups serve as a hub for individuals to come together, share knowledge, exchange ideas, and collaborate towards finding solutions to common challenges.

By facilitating regular sessions each quarter, these user groups offer a unique opportunity for members to broaden their professional network and establish meaningful relationships that can prove to be highly beneficial for their careers and workspaces. The user groups create a space where attendees can gain insights into the latest trends and technologies in the analytics industry, learn from experts, and enhance their skills and knowledge.

Sessions of the Calgary Azure Analytics User Group and Calgary Power Platform User Group bring together a diverse range of speakers and topics related to the Analytics space and Microsoft Suite of Products.

The past sessions have covered a wide range of topics, including Composite Models in Power BI with Alberto Ferrari, Azure Synapse Link with Scott Sewell, Data Lakehouse, Data Mesh, and Data Fabric with James Serra, and many more. In case you have missed any of these sessions, the recordings of past user group sessions are available and can be accessed by clicking here.

These user groups foster a culture of learning, growth, and thought leadership that has positively impacted the analytics community. They have been an excellent resource for professionals seeking to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry, expand their knowledge, and build relationships with like-minded individuals.

User Group Changes

As of January 5th, there will be changes coming to our user group community.

Calgary Power Platform User Group

Calgary Power Platform User Group is Seeking New Leadership. Iteration Insights is stepping away from leading the Calgary Power Platform User Group and managing the LinkedIn and Community pages. The Calgary Power Platform User Group itself will remain the same with some changes around how the group is facilitated. All of our future user group events will be redirected to the Calgary Fabric User Group.

With these changes, we are seeking new management for the Calgary Power Platform User Group. If any community members are interested in taking on leading the Calgary Platform User Group community, they can contact Renata Kalsbeek, user group leader from Iteration Insights.

We are stepping away from the Power Platform User Group as our main expertise lies in the analytics space. Many of the sessions we provided were tailored mainly to the Power BI part of the Power Platform. With Power BI now being absorbed into Fabric, it does not make sense for us to continue for the content of this group to switch to a Fabric focus.


We feel this is the perfect opportunity to let another professional or organization that works in the Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages and Power Virtual Agents space come in and share knowledge and connection for these tools.

Calgary Azure Analytics User Group

Calgary Azure Analytics User Group is now the Calgary Fabric User Group. The Calgary Azure Analytics User Group will now be known as the Calgary Fabric User Group and this rebranding will be visible on our community LinkedIn page and Microsoft Community Page. These two pages will be the primary channels for sharing information on upcoming events, community updates, networking opportunities, and other relevant news.


This community is intended to provide opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as access to resources and expertise. We hope to build the Calgary Fabric User Group Community as a space and resource for all community members.

Calgary Fabric User Group

Microsoft Fabric brings together the capabilities of Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Power BI. This new user group aims to cover all the relevant topics related to Microsoft Fabric with engaging and thoughtful sessions to help community members learn about the latest trends from industry professionals.

The Calgary Fabric User Group is a new and exciting community that offers a platform for professionals to engage, network, and share knowledge. The user group sessions will cover various subjects such as OneLake, Data Factory, Data Engineering, Data Science, Data Warehouse, Real-time Analytics, Power BI, Data Activator, and more.

Our goal is to create a space where individuals from different industries can collaborate, learn from each other, and establish meaningful connections. This new user group will align with Microsoft Fabric in addressing best practices, interesting use cases, and knowledge gathering related to the Microsoft solution.

Essentially, this user group will cover all topics related to Microsoft Fabric. For community members, this user group provides an opportunity for members to gain insights, share ideas and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies.

The Calgary Fabric User Group will host quarterly meetings in 2024. You can find a list of upcoming events on the Iteration Insights website or the Calgary Fabric User Group LinkedIn page.

We are excited to announce that our first-ever Calgary Fabric User Group session will take place on February 6, with James Serra as the keynote speaker. To register for this event, please click here.

Conclusion

We extend our appreciation to all the community members who have attended both the Calgary Power Platform User Group and Calgary Azure Analytics User Group meetings over the years. With your participation, we have established meaningful connections and hosted informative sessions that we are excited to build upon with the emergence of the Calgary Fabric User Group.

Thank you for being an integral part of our community, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. Let’s continue to collaborate and create a supportive environment where we can learn, share our knowledge, and be thought leaders together.

If you are passionate about Power Apps, Automate, Pages and CoPilot and would like to take on leading and managing the CPPUG, please reach out to [email protected].

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Maria De Somma is the Marketing Coordinator for Iteration Insights. Maria graduated from SAIT Polytechnic in 2020 with her BBA majoring in Marketing. She is a firm believer that every brand has a story and has a passion for bringing the vision and voice of a brand to life! There are always new and evolving digital pathways to explore and Maria enjoys staying curious about the current trends and innovations within her surroundings.

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