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 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 which also runs SQL Saturday events every year in the fall. After a few years of involvement with the group, I rotated out of a formal leadership role to give someone else the chance to step in and continue growing CBIG. Now you can say I'm their biggest cheerleader.

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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