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Azure Analytics User Group Meeting | June

June 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm MST

Calgary Power Platform User Group is focused on creating a community for Azure Analytics users within Calgary and the surrounding area.

About this Event

Join us on June 7, 2022, at 4:00 pm MST via Microsoft Teams! The purpose of this group is to discuss and keep up with the ever-shifting landscape of the Microsoft Azure analytics stack.


4:00 pm – 4:10 pm – Meeting Welcome & Introduction

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm – Data Lakehouse, Data Mesh, and Data Fabric | James Serra

5:10 pm – 5:30 pm –Tidbit Presentation | TBA

Session Overviews

Data Lakehouse, Data Mesh, and Data Fabric (The alphabet soup of data architectures) | James Serra

So many buzzwords of late: Data Lakehouse, Data Mesh, and Data Fabric. What do all these terms mean and how do they compare to a modern data warehouse?

In this session I’ll cover all of them in detail and compare the pros and cons of each. They all may sound great in theory, but I’ll dig into the concerns you need to be aware of before taking the plunge. I’ll also include use cases so you can see what approach will work best for your big data needs. And I’ll discuss Microsoft version of the data mesh.

Tidbit Presentation

To be announced.


James works at Microsoft as a big data and data warehousing solution architect where he has been for most of the last eight years  He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data and advanced analytics, including data architectures such as the modern data warehouse, data lakehouse, data fabric, and data mesh. 

Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer.  He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 35 years of IT experience.  He is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of major events including SQLBits, PASS Summit, Data Summit and the Enterprise Data World conference.  He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. 

He has numerous Microsoft certifications, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. 

James Serra Email | Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn 

About the Group

Whether you have a depth of knowledge in a certain area that you want to share or are looking to branch out and learn new aspects of the Azure stack, this is the group for you.

More than learning, the Azure Analytics User Groups is a great place to find professionals in the industry. For those new to the industry (like students), this user group is the easiest and best way to get a good introduction to Azure.

We will discuss the use and direction of tools such as:

  • Azure SQL
  • Azure Synapse (formerly Azure SQL DW)
  • Azure Analysis Services
  • Data Factory
  • Azure Databricks
  • Azure storage
  • Azure DevOps
  • Power BI

The discussion is not limited to these products and will change over time.

Speaker/Sponsorship opportunities

We welcome anyone who wishes to become involved with one of our user groups. From seasoned presenters to those that are just getting started, there are always opportunities to speak at one of our user groups. For sponsors, this is a great chance to get in front of a dedicated audience of data lovers. Email Renata Kalsbeek for more information on these opportunities.

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Filming and Photography may take place, please read our Notice for Filming and Photography for further information.


June 7, 2022
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm MDTw
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