The Chicago SQL BI User Group is an official PASS chapter focusing on Microsoft's Business Intelligence and the various tools.

Along with the two other existing Chicagoland PASS chapters, our purpose is to help SQL Server and Azure Data Platform professionals connect, learn, and grow through networking opportunities and presentations on Business Intelligence related topics and techniques.

Our group has 700 members with a very diversified levels of experience and backgrounds. We strive to make it easy to ask questions and share knowledge in an open and direct manner.


Next Meeting




SQL Server R Services in SQL 2016

  • In-Person @ 200 E Randolph St Suite 200 Chicago, Illinois, United States (map)
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English

One of the most exciting new features of SQL Server 2016 is the integration of the R statistical programming language into the platform with the brand-new SQL Server R Services.  In this introductory session we'll briefly introduce the R language and then look at how to install and administer SQL Server R Services.  We'll start to demonstrate the power of R by showing you how to create and run simple R scripts from within T-SQL.  We'll then discuss some of the powerful open source packages that are available to aid your data analyses.  Finally, we'll go through some examples of how to use R to integrate data analytical methods in real-world situations, and wow your customers with the power of statistics!

 Chris Hyde has been working with the Microsoft SQL Server stack for over fifteen years and has completed certification exams in SQL versions 2016, 2012, 2008, 2005, and 2000.  He is the Owner and Principal Consultant Of Hydrate Consulting LLC, an Albuquerque-based consultancy specializing in Business Intelligence, particularly in the healthcare market.  He has been on the board of the Albuquerque chapter of SQL PASS since it's inception, and has recently become its Chapter Leader.

Please note this meeting is being held on the 4th Wednesday of the month instead of the usual 3rd Wednesday of the month.  We'll be back to the usual 3rd Wednesday of the month again starting in May.

This month's sponsor is Singature Consultants.  Please take a minute to visit their web site and see some of their Chicago area IT staffing needs:

Pizza will arrive at 5:30 and the event will start around 5:45.