Hi! I'm Melissa Coates. Thanks for visiting my site about data warehousing, data lake, and business intelligence development using cloud and hybrid technologies.
I am a principal 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: http://mvp.microsoft.com.
As a way to help myself (and you) stay current with Azure changes, most days I post a tweet with the #AzureDidYouKnow hashtag. Usually it’s about something newly released. Some days it might be something interesting that I just learned or discussed with someone else.
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.
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!
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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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