St. Louis Microsoft BI User Group


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"Intro to Spark" with Steve Howard

  • In-Person & Online @ 3 City Place St. Louis, Missouri, United States (map)
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English


“Intro to Spark”

Steve Howard, Microsoft


Daugherty Business Solutions (

3 City Place Drive, 11th Floor

Creve Coeur, MO 63141


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“Intro to Spark” Abstract 

So, why do you need to learn Spark when you know SQL Server and Analysis Services is the best data platform combination on the planet? Well, Spark has gotten a whole lot better over the last 18 months. With Spark you can use a unified platform to build a logical data warehouse across your data ecosystem, perform high throughput machine learning, and process millions of events in real time. All of these capabilities can scale linearly to many petabytes of data. In this session we will cover Spark fundamentals, how to use it with your existing SQL skills, and will also cover Azure Databricks which is arguably the best platform to work with Spark.


Depending on time, we may cover some of the latest updates and roadmap items for Power BI.


About Steve Howard

Steve Howard is a Data Liberator for Microsoft. He enjoys working with organizations to achieve more with their data. Prior to Microsoft he was a solution architect building really cool applications for cool companies. Steve blogs at and can be found on the Twitter-verse at @angryanalytics.


12:30 pm – 1:00 pm     Registration - Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:05 pm     Welcome, PASS News
1:05 pm – 3:45 pm     “Intro to Spark”, Steve Howard
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm      Evaluations and Raffle Drawing


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