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SQL Server Social No. 19 – The forecast is cloud

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So, as we predicted back at SQL Social No 17, we have become expects in predicting the weather.   We can confidently say that Wednesday, 9th October will have Cloud!

How do we know this, well SQL Server Social No 19 will feature Microsoft PFE Balaji Navaneethan talking about Microsoft’s Cloud offerings – Office 365 and Power BI.

There is also the usual opportunity to network and learn more about data & information management in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of food and drinks for the evening (thanks to our fantastic sponsors).

Register at http://sqlsocial19.eventbrite.com/

Want to speak at one of our events?

As always, we on the look out for new speakers. If you haven’t had the opportunity to speak before then this event is the perfect platform to get started. We operate in a relaxed, informal atmosphere that encourages discussion. We want you to present on just about anything data related, whether that’s DBA hot tips, Business Intelligence best practices, data visualisation, T-SQL performance tuning, SharePoint, Data Career paths, Certifications, etc. You name it, we want to hear about it. And if you do speak at SQL Social, you won’t go away empty handed. You will receive a one-month subscription to Pluralsight – Hardcore Developer Training. Pluralsight is an amazing resource for online learning, covering just about every developer topic under the sun; including SharePoint, Business Intelligence, SQL Server, PowerShell, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Virtualisation. The list goes on.

So get in touch with us (luke.hayler at mopani.com.au / sqlsocial at outlook.com / martin.cairney at lobsterpot.com.au) or on twitter @lukehayler , @martin_cairney or @jim_mcleod and we can set a date for you to speak at one of our SQL Social events.

SQL Server Social – 17

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Unless you have been hiding, you’ll know that our next event has already been booked in for Wednesday 7th August, 2013.  As usual we will be at the Royal Melbourne Hotel from 5:30pm.

Please register at http://sqlsocial17-eorg.eventbrite.com/

As well as the usual opportunity to network and learn more about data & information management in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of food and drinks for the evening (thanks to our fantastic sponsors); this month we have some extra special treats …

Red Gate Product Demos

We are fortunate to have Dr. Greg Low joins us this month and talk to us about Red Gate and their awesome software.

Greg is the CEO and Principal Mentor with SQL Down Under (www.sqldownunder.com). Greg is a long-term SQL Server MVP and a member of the global Microsoft Regional Director program.

So please come down for something to eat & drink, and find out what Red Gate has to offer. You may even be in with a chance to win some great Red Gate prizes!

redgate software

Since 1999, Red Gate Software has produced ingeniously simple tools for over 500,000 Microsoft technology professionals worldwide.

Red Gate currently specialize in MS SQL Server and .NET tools. Our philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools that solve the problems of DBAs and developers.

See you there!

Kalen Delaney Coming to Melbourne in March

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March 2013 is almost upon us and I for one cannot quite believe where this year is going. But another month brings with it another SQL Server Social, and for our next meeting we are hoping to have world leading expert in SQL Server Kalen Delaney join us for the evening.

Kalen Delaney will be coming to Melbourne to conduct one of her extremely sought after Deep Dive courses; this one in particular is about SQL Server 2012 Query Tuning Internals. For details about the course and to register, please click here.

Kalen has agreed to spend a couple of hours at the next SQL Server Social, which is currently planned for Thursday, 21st March 2013 (NOTE the change of day and week for this one). So if you would like to come along and pick Kalen’s brain about the internals of SQL Server then this is a golden opportunity. The registration for the next event is not yet open, but keep an eye out for it in the coming days.

Here is an excerpt about the course;

Kalen Delaney – SQL Server 2012 Query Tuning Internals

This is a four day advanced course designed for advanced Microsoft SQL Server professionals. The course includes extensive demonstrations that illustrate the details of SQL Server internals as well as tuning techniques. This course will be presented on SQL Server 2012 and cover features specific to that version, but most of the information is relevant to SQL Server 2008 and some is relevant to SQL Server 2005.

Kalen Delaney is considered to be the world’s leading expert in SQL Server Internals. Kalen’s courses and seminars on SQL Server Internals have been delivered at internal Microsoft training events and as on-site courses for premier Microsoft partners around the world.

Canberra: Tue 12 – Fri 15 March 2013
Melbourne: Mon 18 – Thu 21 March 2013

Peter Myers to Attend SQL Server Social

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PeterMyersPeter Myers will be in Melbourne for a SQL Server User Group meeting on the night of the 20th December 2011. We will be lucky enough to have him join us the following evening for a SQL Server Social event at The Sherlock Holmes Inn. More details here.

Peter will be speaking about Developing an Analysis Services Tabular Project BI Semantic Model at the User Group event, so I expect that the BI contingent will be there in force. Why not extend the opportunity to come and meet him in a casual setting that’s ripe for discussion.


About Peter

Peter Myers has 13 years’ solid experience working in OLTP database design and development, DBA support and Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence with SQL Server.

Specializing in Microsoft Business Intelligence, Peter provides mentoring, technical training and course content authoring for SQL Server and Office. Specifically he works with Integration Services, Analysis Services (cubes and data mining), Reporting Services, Excel, PowerPivot and PerformancePoint Services.

He has a broad business background supported by a bachelor degree in applied economics, and he extends this with current MCITP and MCT certifications. He has been an MVP since 2006.
Peter is an established presenter and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Microsoft technologies by presenting at user group meetings, technical events and conferences.



So if you are keen to get a chance to chat with Peter and find out more about Tabular projects and SQL Server Analysis Services in SQL Server 2012, head on over to the registration page for SQL Server Social and sign up. The event is being sponsored by two great companies;

Thanks to these sponsors we will be able to provide food and drink at the event. There will also be a prize for the Best Festive Outfit!

And if you really don’t want to talk to Peter, then come along anyway, there will be lots of other SQL Server folks in attendance who you can network with and get to know a little better. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find someone who can help you out with that technical issue you have been having at work.


Relationships formed between people are more important than relationships formed between tables.


Peter Myers around the web