Hi!  I'm Melissa Coates.  Thanks for visiting my site about business intelligence, data warehousing, and data lake development using on-premises and cloud technologies.

I am the Lead Analytics Architect with SentryOne (SQL Sentry LLC). SentryOne provides a unified platform for monitoring and optimizing your physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Our goal as a company is to improve the lives of data professionals.

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 helps other people create solutions. 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, analytics, data warehousing, and big data topics in a casual, fun and social way. I'm one of the original co-founders of CBIG. My current volunteer role for CBIG is marketing (aka their biggest cheerleader) and website maintenance.

CBIG also runs an annual SQL Saturday event in Charlotte, usually in October. It's a fantastic way to get a day of training & meet people in the technology field. The next one is on October 14, 2017. Info here: SQLSaturday Charlotte.

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 retired and trying his hand at being 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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