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:

Also, I'm one of the co-leaders and 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.  We hosted a very successful SQL Saturday in 2012, and our 2nd annual SQL Saturday event was held in October 2013.

The next SQL Saturday event hosted by CBIG is coming up on October 4, 2014. Hope to see you there!

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, or with my nose in a book.  

Keep smiling!  Keep learning!