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May Meeting - May 9th

  • In-Person @ 3025 Highland Pkwy Downers Grove, Illinois, United States (map)
  • 18:00 - 21:00 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English

Thursday May 9, 2017

5:30PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Meeting Start with Dinner, Networking, & Open Q&A (bring your questions!)
6:30PM - Announcements, Sponsor Presentation, & Main Presentation


Featured Presentation:

Practical Data Science for a DBA

Data science is enjoying the peak of its hype—but is this supposedly most attractive job title anything more than just a fashion? Come to this presentation by Rafal Lukawiecki, a veteran of data mining who has been practicing what is now called data science for over a decade, to hear about new opportunities that are uniquely available to those who really understand data. While data science relies on machine learning, a good dose of statistics, and a little bit of fancy “big data”, 80% of data science projects goes into data preparation and feature engineering. It is amazing to see how much faster and more efficient DBAs and SQL developers can be at this task, and how disheartening it can be for a less-data-aware but otherwise very capable, even mathematically-minded professionals. While not everyone wants to become a PhD in deep learning, SQL folks are more than capable of picking up the essentials of data science in order to deliver new types of solutions that business are craving. This presentation will give you a good idea of what is involved as Rafal will describe a typical team, the data science process and the toolkit. He will illustrate key points with a few demos showing some of the newest in Microsoft data science: Microsoft R Server 9.1 and its relationship to the existing SQL Server 2016 and the upcoming SQL Server 2017, which promises plenty of innovation in the machine learning space. Above all, expect to have many questions answered. See you soon!

Rafal Lukawiecki

About Rafal:




Andy Yun
Twitter: @SQLBek

Lowry Kozlowski
Twitter: @lowrykoz

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