Hi! I'm Melissa Coates. Thanks for visiting my blog about Microsoft Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Analytics, and Visualization.
I am a BI Architect with BlueGranite, a Microsoft Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing consulting firm. I like consulting 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 Microsoft SQL Server MVP. The MVP award is granted annually to technical community leaders who actively share their expertise with others.
I'm also co-leader and co-founder 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 we have our 2nd annual SQL Saturday event coming up in October 2013. Please join us if you're in or around the Charlotte area.
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 baskets, organizers & 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 an aspiring author. When I step away from the keyboard, you can probably find me hanging out with my border collie, playing in the garden, or with my nose in a book.
Keep smiling! Keep learning!
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Am planning to take the SQL Server 2012 certification exams soon!