• From Sponsor to Speaker: Our Leap to DataGrillen!

    At DataGrillen, Alex and Nick didn’t just dip their toes—they made a splash! On behalf of Power BI Sentinel Alex and Nick hopped over to DataGrillen. For those who are unaware what Data Grillen is, it’s a place to Meet colleagues and (new) friends at the best data platform BBQ (yes, barbeque) in the world. The old saying “It’s not what you know, but who you know” has never been truer at this community-led conference. …

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  • Judging the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards

    Judging the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards

    Hollie, a seasoned professional in the world of business and Purple Frog Systems’ HR/InfoSec Director, embarked on an exciting journey as she took on the role of a judge for the prestigious Shropshire Chamber Business Awards on May 14, 2024. With her keen eye for detail and passion for recognising excellence, she dove into the task of evaluating the shortlisted candidates for the trailblazer category. Accompanied by fellow judges, Andrew…

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  • Alex and Nick’s trip to London’s Gartner Data & Analytics Conference

    Alex and Nick's trip to London's Gartner Data & Analytics Conference

    Alex and Nick embarked on an exciting journey to the Gartner Data & Analytics Conference, eager to immerse themselves in the latest trends and insights shaping the business world of data analytics. Their experience was nothing short of transformative, filled with valuable learnings, impactful connections, and a renewed sense of inspiration for their roles in the data-driven business landscape. One of the highlights of their trip was the…

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  • Celebrating Shropshire’s Business Trailblazers

    Celebrating Shropshire's Business Trailblazers

    Annabel had the privilege of joining the esteemed panel of judges for the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, specifically for the Trailblazer category. Let’s hear all about it… It was an absolute blast—I swung by Stafford Park in Telford to hang out at the Shropshire Chamber for a day of judging, and let me tell you, it was way less nerve-wracking than I expected. Joined by Pam Hodgetts and Andrew Buchan, we embarked…

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  • Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders: Shrewsbury Futures Conference

    Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: Shrewsbury Futures Conference

    Hollie eagerly embraced the opportunity to speak at the Shrewsbury Futures third ‘Enterprising Futures’ Conference, a platform designed to empower the next generation of leaders. As an expert speaker, she felt a deep sense of responsibility and excitement as she prepared to share her insights on #SkillsForLife. The atmosphere at the conference was electric, with over 180 students from Shrewsbury School, William Brookes School, The…

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  • SQLBits 2024: Learning about people at a technical event

    SQLBits 2024 Learning about people at a technical event

    It has been a hot minute since I attended a SQLBits conference. It’s a techie event! I’m not technical. Project Managers must surely be classed as ‘persona non-grata’. Last year the team went, and I took a holiday. All those people in one place and guess which one of us came back with Covid? Typical. So, this year, trying to reduce my chances of a fourth bout, and with more ‘non-technical’ sessions available at the conference, it…

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  • The Power of Contribution: Why Creating Content Matters in the Data Community

    The Power of Contribution Why Creating Content Matters in the Data Community

    Many people, including me up until a year or so ago, believe that between the documentation, videos, blog posts and experts delivering sessions on specific tech, that there is no room or necessity for them to create content or teach. This is simply not the case! So, in a world seemingly saturated with learning material, why should you bother creating more? Different Perspectives How often have you read a blog post, not really understood it, read…

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  • STEM Workshop at Burton Borough School

    STEM Workshop at Burton Borough School

    Last week, Burton Borough School welcomed Lewis, our ML Developer and a passionate advocate for science and technology, to lead an engaging STEM workshop. Lewis’ visit was a significant opportunity for the students to explore the fascinating world of data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). With interactive discussions and thought-provoking insights, we believe Lewis left a lasting impression on the budding minds at…

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  • Why should you invest in your team and go to SQLBits?

    A week or two back the entire Purple Frog and Power BI Sentinel team traveled over to Wales to attend SQLBits, which if you didn’t know, is the world’s largest data platform event! This year we had the privilege to go SQLBits wearing two hats; delegate and sponsor – go big or go home, right? I thought I’d share some insights into what I, and the team, thought about spending a week at the ICC Wales with overwhelming amounts of training to…

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  • Speaking at Data Platform Summit

    I’m delighted to have been selected to speak at the Data Platform Summit (DPS), a virtual conference from 2nd to 4th December 2020, with Data, Analytics and Machine Learning content around the clock for a global audience. I’ll be presenting a session on “Machine Learning in Power BI”, exploring various methods of accessing Machine Learning functionality within the Power BI world, including text analytics, prediction…

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