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Making sense of data in retail – January 2017

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At Coeo’s round table event in Manchester, several speakers presented about how the retail industry is changing as the world becomes a more digital place and how Microsoft’s data platform and analytics technologies are supporting that change.

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The sessions delivered during the afternoon were:

  • Microsoft Data Platform Innovation supporting Retail with Luca Castronuovo, Retail solution specialist, Microsoft
  • Making sense of data in retail with Gavin Payne, Head of Digital Transformation, Coeo
  • Art of the possible using Power BI for customer loyalty reporting with Matt Stokes, Solution Specialist, Coeo

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A selection of slides from the “Making sense of data in retail” session are available to download from here.


The three best questions asked during the afternoon were:

  • Although the developer edition of SQL Server 2016 is now free, is it limited to 180 days of use?  No, it’s now a completely free edition of SQL Server, rather than a trial version, providing it’s only used for non-production workloads. 
  • What’s the difference between Microsoft’s virtual academy (MVA) and official curriculum (MOC) training?  The MVA provides free online training videos and presentations for a very broad set of Microsoft products and technologies, often not long after they’ve been invented.  MOC courses provide the more traditional paid-for instructor led training that’s delivered over several days at a training centre and often aligns to a Microsoft certification. 
  • What community events are there to learn more about Microsoft data platform technologies in the Manchester area?  There’s the new Manchester Power BI meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Power-BI-Manchester-Meetup/) that had over 100 attendees at its first event this month and the established SQL Manchester SQL Server user group (http://manssug.sqlpass.org/) 
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