SQL Server Social – Christmas Edition Wrap-up

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SQL Server Social Number 3 is in the bag and another great evening was had by all who attended. Well, that’s the feedback I received anyway 🙂

We had over 40 registrations, but apparently a number of you got lost on your way to the Sherlock Holmes Inn. We had just over 20 attendees for the evening, which I suppose isn’t too bad considering the proximity to Christmas and the Melbourne SQL Server User Group the evening before.

The theme for the evening was ‘Festive’ and only Martin Cairney and I participated. We were lucky enough to have a self-appointed photographer to hand, and Mai Bing took some great shots, all of which appear in the album below (and on our Facebook page, and our Google+ page). Please feel free to tag yourselves in the photos on Facebook and Google+.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed all thanks to our sponsors who paid for the drinks and eats at the Sherlock Holmes Inn. A big thank you goes out to BizData and LobsterPot Solutions for their ongoing support.

It was great to meet a number of new people and to catch up with old friends. Personally, I had a number of great conversations including:

  • Discussing the Oracle BI offering and how SQL Server 2012 stacks up
  • Power View and setting up a sandbox environment – I’ll be blogging a series on this.
  • The outlook for Mobile BI in 2012 and who will be adopting it.
  • Vacancies and potential hires.
  • Learning about the different companies/industries that attendees work for/in.
  • Planning the next event.

Martin and I were the last to leave, at around 11pm. I feel hugely satisfied by this month’s event, as even though there were fewer people than expected, the conversations that I had were informative and I made a number of new acquaintances.

Next month we are planning a games night. A night of pool (snooker/billiards/etc), darts, Wii & Xbox, among other things. We should also have a room all to ourselves! So stay tuned for the announcements and be sure to check your spam filter for emails from Eventbrite. 🙂

Thank you to everyone who attended. SQL Server Social wishes you a very Happy New Year and great start to 2012!

See you in January.

– luke

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