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 Business Intelligence Architect with SentryOne (SQL Sentry LLC). SentryOne creates monitoring and performance optimization software for SQL Server, Windows, and Azure services.

I'm a Data Platform MVP (formerly a SQL Server MVP before the program categories were restructured).  The MVP award is granted annually to technical community leaders who actively share their expertise with others. I tend to joke that my day job gets in the way of my blogging!  Speaking and blogging is a great way to challenge myself to learn things more thoroughly, and it really is quite 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:

The Charlotte BI Group (CBIG) is a user group that focuses on Business Intelligence and Analytics topics in a casual, fun and social way. I'm one of the original co-founders of CBIG. My current role for CBIG is a marketing volunteer (aka their biggest cheerleader).

CBIG also runs an annual SQL Saturday event which is a fantastic way to get a day of training & meet people in the technology field. The next SQL Saturday in Charlotte is coming up on Saturday, September 17, 2016

Active Certifications

MCSE, Business Intelligence (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert)

HDPCD (Hortonworks Data Platform Certified Developer)


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!


To contact me, please use the form below.

Please understand that I don't have time availability to be of help with individual technical issues. However, if you have an unresolved question pending on a forum or support site and you send me a link, I'll contribute information to it if I can. Thanks for your understanding.

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