Hi!  I'm Melissa Coates.  Thanks for visiting my site about Microsoft Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Analysis, Data Integration, and Visualization. 

I am a Solution Architect with BlueGranite. We specialize in several areas including data warehousing, big data, enterprise reporting, business intelligence and advanced analytics, and also offer strategy development, solution implementations, training and mentoring services.

Technology consulting suits me well because it offers so many opportunities to see how different companies do things, to learn at a fast pace, and to be involved with a variety of interesting & challenging projects.

I'm a SQL Server MVP.  The MVP award is granted annually to technical community leaders who actively share their expertise with others. I like to joke that my day job gets in the way of my blogging!  Speaking and blogging is a great way for me to learn things more thoroughly, and it's very rewarding to share information which is a help to others as well.  You can learn more about the MVP program & what other MVPs are up to here:

I'm one of the original co-founders of the Charlotte BI Group. CBIG is a user group that focuses on Business Intelligence topics in a casual, fun and social way.  As a team, we hosted three very successful SQL Saturday events 2012-2014. After a couple of years of involvement, I rotated out to give someone else the chance to step in and continue growing CBIG. Now you could say I'm their biggest cheerleader. Their next SQL Saturday event is on October 17, 2015. Info can be found on their SQL Saturday event site

On a personal note, I firmly believe that being called a geek is a great compliment.  I shamelessly love disco music.  Turtlenecks are indeed hip & cool.  I'm just a little obsessed with palm trees, baskets, & office supplies.  And, I find technical books to be just delightful.  My motto:  Life is just more fun if you're easily amused.

I live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband who is a writer.  When I step away from the keyboard, you can probably find me hanging out with my border collie, stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, playing in the garden, trying to learn to sew purses, or with my nose in a book.  

Keep smiling!  Keep learning!