SQL Server Social
We are very excited to announce that Avanade have kindly agreed to be a sponsor of SQL Server Social.
Avanade provides business technology solutions and managed services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft® technologies to help customers realize results. We have helped thousands of organizations in all industries improve their business, increasing business agility, employee productivity and customer loyalty. We are committed to helping our customers realize the best possible results on the Microsoft platform.
We apply a collaborative approach to working with customers—creating consistent dialogue with them, each other, and our partners, accelerating innovation through the expertise of our worldwide expert network and the unique insights from our founding companies, Microsoft and Accenture. This approach is underpinned by the rigor of an industrialized delivery model that helps us provide our customers predictable, high quality results no matter the size or complexity of the project.
We develop solutions using proven and emerging technologies and offer flexible deployment models—on-premises, cloud-based or outsourced—helping IT leaders get the most from their technology investments.
We are thoroughly looking forward to all the future events with Avanade, the first of which is this Wednesday, May 2nd at The Bull & Bear Tavern 347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Please click here to register for the next event.
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As we are about to hit the Easter holidays, we’ve decided not to hold an official SQL Server Social event this month, However, for all those that want to get together for a few drinks and a blether before the holidays, there will be a few of us heading along to the Riverland Bar on Federation Wharf on Wednesday, 4th April from about 5:30pm.
Feel free to drop by for a pre-holiday drink or two.
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Happy New Year everyone!!
2012 is here and it promises to be a big year for the SQL Server community – yes, that’s right, SQL Server Social is back and ready for its first full year of events.
Our normal slot for this month unfortunately clashes with Australia Day so we have decided to push it back by 1 week and it will now be held on Wednesday, 1st February. I think we’re still going to count this as a January event so keep an eye out for further announcements.
This month we are also trialling a new venue, the Bull and Bear at 347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The downstairs Tavern Bar is ours for the evening and is equipped with 2 pool tables (which will be on free-play for most of the evening), a pinball machine, darts and a guest appearance of a Wii console!
We’ll be there from around 5:30pm right through until 10pm (or later if you feel like it).
Look out for the invitation via Eventbrite hitting your in-boxes in the next couple of days and we’ll see you there.
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.
There has been a fair bit of marketing for the next edition of SQL Server Social, to be held here in Melbourne. We have been fortunate enough to have been included in several mailing lists that go out to various user groups and forums, which has lead to a number of registrations for the event next week. If you’d haven’t registered yet and are keen to attend Please Register Now!
Don’t forget that we have Special Guest Peter Myers attending the event. Peter would have given his talk on Developing a Tabular BI Semantic Model at the Melbourne SQL Server User Group the previous evening, so this would be a great opportunity to chat to him in a casual setting.
As it stands we are up to 27 Attendees and I’m hoping we get a few more in when the remainder of the mail shots go out. And if you are attending, bring a friend and let others know about it! You can use the share links at the bottom of this post to do so.
Here’s a list of the current attendees (& twitter names):
- Luke Hayler (organiser – @lukehayler)
- Martin Cairney (organiser)
- Peter Myers (special guest)
- Ali Farahani
- Amir Fekri
- Ananth Samudrala (@RAAMU)
- Angus Bell
- Anup Pokhrel
- Bimal Fernando
- Dave Johnson (@djdba)
- Gopal Ganwani (@gganwani)
- James Wang
- Ming Bai
- Rainier Bryce (@Rainierb)
- Sean Kearns
- Sia Alavian
- Tejas Shah
- Vince Antonellie
- Vivek Pradhan (@viv3k)
- + 8 Others who declined to be mentioned here…
It’s going to be a great night!!!
Peter 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.
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
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I’m very happy to announce that LobsterPot Solutions have kindly agreed to be a sponsor of SQL Server Social.
From the LobsterPot website:
LobsterPot Solutions is a company that is fully dedicated to supporting the SQL Server community. Its owner, Rob Farley, has supported conferences such as SQLBits and PASS, and has had significant involvement in local user groups, including running the Adelaide SQL Server User Group for over six years. He has even been appointed as an advisor to the PASS Board of Directors, and is currently running for election to become a director. This mindset is common in all LobsterPot staff, who are all recognised faces at conferences both around Australia and in the rest of the world.
With this in mind, LobsterPot Solutions is proud to be the first sponsor of the SQL Server Social events in Melbourne, and to help coordinate the events. The SQL Server community is one of the strongest technical communities around the world, and events such as SQL Server Social help strengthen it even further. If you haven’t been to one, please make a point of adding it to your diary and getting to know more of your fellow database professionals.
SQL Server Social Christmas Edition is just a couple of weeks away. So clear your calendars and make a note to attend. Then head over to registration and sign up for what promises to be our biggest event yet.