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

I am a Solution Architect with BlueGranite, a Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing consulting firm.  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 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 rewarding to share information which helps other people too.  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.

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!