Joe Griffin

Information & Communications Technology

Environment and Cleantech

Manchester, England, United Kingdom

An Obsessive SQL Fan's Introduction to the Power Platform

SQL Server is a fantastic solution - given this is a Data Platform conference, you would probably throw me out for not saying this! However, it worth considering how we can use solutions such as the Common Data Service (CDS), Power Apps and Power Automate to help streamline the development of an internal application and even be "bolted-on" alongside a bespoke or customer-facing application. This session will aim to introduce the fundamentals behind these technology areas, and the benefits they can deliver when utilised, framed by someone who finds ANY opportunity to use SQL Server whenever they can. Through a live demonstration, attendees will also see how easy it is to set up an entire CDS database, and all its associated components, in comparison to doing it the T-SQL way.

Joe Griffin

Director at SOLO Cloud Solutions Limited / Business Applications MVP

My name’s Joe Griffin, and I’m Director & Principal Consultant at SOLO Cloud Solutions. I hold various Microsoft certifications in Dynamics CRM/365 Customer Engagement, Azure, Power BI and SQL Server and am also a PRINCE2 Project Manager and Agile Practitioner. I have a broad knowledge of working with and managing projects involving Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement, Azure, Power BI, .NET and other technologies within the Microsoft cloud stack. During this time, I’ve developed a keen interest in coding, and love working with Transact-SQL, JScript, PowerShell, DAX & C#. Thanks to my previous experience, I have practical knowledge operating within the energy efficiency, managed services, retail, print & direct mail and utility sectors. I love getting involved as part of the Business Applications technical community and was very fortunate to receive the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft in 2020, in recognition of my contributions in this area. When I’m not blogging or tinkering, I enjoy reading, catching up on the latest films/TVs and also enjoy learning about and studying history.

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