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Who Should Attend?

This is a technical VSLive! training seminar, but is appropriate for, and designed to be accessible by, those in technical decision making roles as well. As such, it's geared to developers, database administrators, data engineers, and architects but also to technology product management, IT leaders, Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, and Chief Technology Officers. Although this is not a seminar/ workshop on artificial intelligence, data scientists will find it very useful too, as will data stewards and technically-minded data protection officers.

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2-Day Training Seminar: Analytics in Unison: Understanding Data Warehousing, Data Lakes, Big Data and BI
March 23-24, 2021
9:00AM – 5:00PM (Central)
Level: Intermediate

Data warehousing, big data and business intelligence (BI) are often presented as separate disciplines, but they are all part of the modern analytics landscape and are inextricably related. Having to learn them one at a time can be challenging and make mastering any one of them seem overwhelming. The best way forward is to learn them together.

Come to this two-day workshop, from long-time data expert Andrew Brust, to do just that. We'll cover analytics concepts like dimensional modeling, columnar storage, and vector processing; then proceed to learn about data warehousing, both on premises and in the cloud. Next, we'll learn about big data and data lake technology including Apache Spark teamed with cloud data lake storage, both on their own and in combination with the data warehouse. We'll also cover Business Intelligence, comprehensively. We'll look at BI engine technology, including both classic OLAP and in-memory approaches. We'll of course also cover reporting and data visualization, including the basics, AI-assisted visuals; and augmented analytics. We'll even investigate hybrid BI technologies that allow you to combine local storage for small data with remote querying for big data.

Technologies covered include Azure Synapse Analytics (formerly SQL Data Warehouse), SQL Server Big Data Clusters, Power BI, SQL Server/Azure Analysis Services, Azure HDInsight and Azure Databricks. We'll cover a broad range of tools, too, including Azure Data Studio, Synapse Studio, Jupyter Notebooks, and classics like SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Data Tools in Visual Studio.

Beyond all the Microsoft technology, material in this workshop will be directly applicable to non-Microsoft platforms, and non-Azure clouds, too. This will make the content relevant for users of data warehouses like Snowflake, big data services like Google Cloud Dataproc, data lake platforms like Amazon Athena and BI platforms like Tableau and Looker. And throughout the material, workshop attendees will also gain essential expertise in industry dynamics, and the competitive landscape, enabling them to select offerings from the strongest industry players, and to exercise caution around offerings and vendors who carry more risk.

This workshop is designed for busy professionals who need to be knowledgeable, get skilled-up and understand the analytics ecosystem quickly. If that sounds good to you, please join us for this workshop

You will learn:

  • The basics of dimensional design, data warehouse technology and business intelligence fundamentals, for cloud and on-premises scenarios
  • About provisioning, basic use of, and integration points between, Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Lake Storage and Power BI
  • Integrated tooling strategies with Azure Data Studio, Synapse Studio, Jupiter Notebooks, SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Data Tools
  • About the analytics ecosystem competitive landscape, including promising new startups and the effects and patterns of analytics provider mergers and acquisitions

Meet Our Speaker

Andrew Brust

Andrew Brust is Founder/CEO of Blue Badge Insights, providing strategy and advisory services to data, analytics, BI and AI companies, as well as their partners and customers. Andrew writes about Data and Analytics for ZDNet and is a lead analyst for GigaOm in that same space. He also co-chairs the Visual Studio Live! series of developer conferences, is a Microsoft Regional Director and Data Platform MVP, an entrepreneur and consulting veteran.

Top Reasons To Join Us

In-Depth Training.

If you are a developer, database administrator, data engineer, engineer, programmer, architect, or industry professional looking for training, VSLive! Training Seminars provide focused in-depth training with one of the top experts in the field. Attend in-person or virtually, and learn all about Data Warehousing, Data Lakes, Big Data, and BI.


With small classes and an expert instructor, the intimate virtual setting of these training courses allows for networking with your peers to learn from their experiences, problem-solve, and brings solutions back to your office.

Get the Most Out of Your Time.

If you don’t have time for a full 4, 5, or 6-day conference, look no further. VSLive! Virtual Training Seminars provide in-depth, actionable training in a two-day format to fit in with your busy schedule.

Looking For More? If you are interested in more developer training offerings, check out and to explore the events, sessions, workshops and hands-on training options we offer.



  • Extended Early Bird Registration through March 12
  • Standard Registration through March 23
  • 2-Day Seminar
  • $1,250
  • $1,400

Discounts are available for alumni, government employees, and educators. For more information, contact us at, or 949.296.9840.

Part of a team of 3 or more? Contact us at, or 949.296.9840 for more information and pricing.

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Questions? Contact Brent Sutton at, or 949.296.9840

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All users need to participate in this virtual training seminar is a computer with camera, wired Internet connection, speakers, and a microphone -- it's that easy.

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