Melissa Coates

Hi!  I'm Melissa Coates. I’m a data architect with a focus on data warehousing, data lake, and business intelligence solutions in the cloud.

As the owner of Coates Data Strategies, I produce training courses to help data professionals be successful deploying technologies with the Microsoft data platform. I also do technical writing and consulting projects related to Azure and Power BI.


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), meeting invitations, and website maintenance.

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.

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