Welcome to the Columbus SQL Server Users Group


Our local meetings are free and open to all! We meet the second Thursday of every month. Our current meetings are being held at:


6100 Emerald Parkway

Dublin, OH

Important travel note: Your best option for getting to the meeting is to take the Tuttle Crossing exit (15) and take Tuttle Crossing Blvd. west to Emerald Parkway, and turn right. IGS is about a mile on the right.

In an ongoing attempt to make the content presented useful to our members we start each meeting with a short introduction and Q&A session.  Unless noted in the meeting notes the schedule for each meeting will be:

6:00 - 6:20 - Networking & social time

6:20 - 6:30 - Welcome & Announcements

6:30 - 6:45 - Warm Up Presentation

6:45 - 7:45 - Main Presentation

7:45 - 8:00 - Meeting Wrap Up and Door Prizes

Upcoming Meeting

Our next meeting will be on November 9th, 2017.

Getting Started with Machine Learning

Do you have large amounts of data which you want to leverage to predict the answers to difficult questions?  The seemingly new field of Machine Learning (ML) has been around for almost 60 years, with this exact goal in mind.  While machine learning is closely tied to statistics, do not let mathematical anxiety derail the value you can obtain in applying machine learning to your data.

In this session, we introduce the fundamentals of ML to get you started without requiring the intense mathematics background.  We will look at how to “frame” your data questions, determine if ML fits best to answer your questions, as well as understanding the type of outputs it can provide in responding with predictions.   We will cover a high-level overview of the different (black box) models, and spend our time focused on the simple process of determining the “right” algorithm to use, with demo’s and examples, to show you how you can start using machine learning today.

Speaker: Andrew Loree

Andrew Loree is a Data Insights consultant with Microsoft, and has over eighteen years of data and database experience with roles in architecture, design, development, and implementation of enterprise-scale SQL Server data solutions, supporting industries from legal e-discovery to manufacturing. Andrew holds thirteen Microsoft certifications, has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University, and continues his life-long learning journey working to finish his Masters of Science from the same alma mater.


Todd Skelton
Todd Skelton

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