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 a solution architect with BlueGranite, a consulting firm that specializes in business intelligence, data warehousing, analytics, and big data solutions on the Microsoft platform.

My main focus is delivering data management and analytics solutions for customers. I also spend time on tech leadership activities, which could be anything from research on new & emerging technologies, to writing whitepapers and blog posts, to delivering webinars

I'm a Data Platform MVP (formerly a SQL Server MVP before the program categories were restructured). The MVP award is granted 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 I am a strong believer in the value of sharing information in the data community. 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.

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. When I step away from the keyboard, you can probably find me hanging out with my dog, stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, playing in the garden, sewing, 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.

Also, please know that I don't accept any guest posts, and I don't publish product reviews or participate in vendor affiliate programs.

Name *