Congratulations to Louise Cardno and the Scotland PUG on winning the February challenge of the month. They have won two complimentary tickets to the upcoming Data & BI Summit in Dublin, Ireland. We spent some time with Louise to learn more about this new user group and what their plans are for the new year.
What has been the most exciting thing for your PUG in 2017?
The most exciting thing has been our start up! It still surprises me that one little web-page I set up to describe our (Uni. of Dundee’s) Power BI pilot has sparked a new network of fellow Power BI enthusiasts from across the country. Our members were clearly on the lookout for people to engage with. I’ve simply managed to bring them together by setting up the Scotland PUG. It’s something I’m immensely proud of.
What makes your group successful?
We’re a new group but the signs of success are there already! There is so much renewed interest in business intelligence and analytics in Scotland – particularly the education and public sectors who are continuously looking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their services. I’m incredibly excited to be part of a group that is so willing to share lessons learned and provide advice to all the new comers in the world of Power BI.
Tell us about your plans for 2018?
2018 will be a busy year for us. Our Leadership Team currently consists of myself and my colleague (John Grzesinski) from University of Edinburgh. We are keen to expand this to include representatives of the West and North of Scotland. We’ve just held our first meeting of the group and have some good ideas from participants on topics they’d like us to concentrate on in our next few meetings.
Of course, we are all excited too about the up-and-coming Data & BI Summit and I was particularly delighted that our PUG was chosen to offer 2 complimentary registration passes to our members. Many of them are working in the public sector where budgets are pretty tight, so I expect there will be a lot of competition to win the tickets! We’ve set them a mini challenge and the deserving pair have also been asked to present back to the group about their experiences of the summit in a future PUG meeting.