Archive for June, 2008

June Event Recap

June 25, 2008

Peter Myers from SolidQ joined us this month to present on the data mining capabilities of SQL Server. After a short slide deck Peter launched into a series of demos starting with how to build and deploy data mining structures. Peter then showed how these structures can be embedded into applications as reports, visualisations and also how we can query these structures from code to enhance the functionality of our applications.


The session was well attended and it has been great to see in excess of 20 attendees at the last 3 user groups, the higher numbers makes it much easier to continue to attract high quality presenters.


Peter has very kindly made his slide deck available in PDF for you to download here: 20080624_dmdev


June Event Reminder

June 22, 2008

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder about tomorrow evenings event and to let you know that we will be in the Riviera Room on the Mezzanine floor directly above hotel reception.

It has been great to see numbers at these events growing and this should be a very interesting and relevant topic so I hope to see you all there.

As always RSVP’s are not required but an email is appreciated if you plan to attend so that I have an idea of numbers.

Date: Tuesday 24th June
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Peter Myers from SolidQ

Data mining as a technology is designed to analyze large volumes of data looking for patterns that accurately predict behavior. These patterns can then be used to derive knowledge about data, and in turn this knowledge can be used to enhance application designs and the user experience.

In this presentation, Peter Myers will present an overview of SQL Server 2005 Data Mining and will demonstrate how to develop data mining models that can be embedded into your applications. Demonstrations will be based on SQL Server 2005 Data Mining, using .NET Windows and web development.

This presentation is a must for any developer looking to embed “Artificial Intelligence” into their solution design to take their applications to the next level.  It is guaranteed to thrill you with potential, and excite you with the ease in which it can be accomplished. Note that there is no requirement that attendees have any data mining background.

Peter Myers is a freelance BI practitioner, trainer and presenter.  He has 11 years’ experience working in OLTP database design and development, DBA support and Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence with SQL Server. Peter has a broad business background supported by a bachelor degree in applied economics, and he extends this with MCITP, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE and MCT certifications. Currently he provides mentoring and technical training locally and internationally, and focuses on delivering training for the SQL Server database engine, Integration Services (DTS), Analysis Services, Reporting Services, ASP.NET and .NET programming (C# and VB.NET).

Rowan Miller

May Event Recap

June 3, 2008

David Burela came in as a last minute replacement for our scheduled May presentation and showed us his SOAK system which was the Australian finalist in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. David works as a Senior Developer for Readify (


It was great to see numbers rising yet again with 27 attendees and a number of first timers. I’m always open to suggestions to help improve the group so please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any ideas or requests (


David introduced us to the SOAK system by delivering the presentation his team gave to the selection panel for the Imagine Cup. He then went onto discuss the architecture and technologies used to build SOAK. There was certainly an impressive list including WCF, WPF, Silverlight, .Net 3.5 Compact Framework, Live Earth, Live Alerts… the list goes on.


You can keep an eye on David’s Imagine Cup journey via his blog,


I’ll finish with a quick reminder of the tasty treats we will be serving you up next month;


Date: Tuesday 24th June

Cost: FREE

Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino – Room to be advised

Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin

Presenter: Peter Myers from SolidQ