SQL Server Social

Lucky 7

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Yes, SQL Server Social No 7 is on the horizon.

What’s more, we have a new helper – Vivek Pradhan has volunteered to assist with the organisation of the SQL Server Social starting with the next one on Wednesday, 6th June.    We’ve asked Vivek to organise some events on the night (which might involve the free pool tables), so hopefully we can add something more to your evening.  Watch this blog for more details.

Once again we are going to the The Bull & Bear Tavern, 347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Please click here to register for the event.

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Come and Find Us …..

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For any new attendees at tonight’s SQL Server Social event, come and find the organisers (Luke and Martin) and the sponsors (LobsterPot and Avanade – they should be the easy ones with the company shirts on) with your EventBrite ticket and there could be something extra in it for you.

The aim of the evening is networking, so by having to ask around to find us you will have taken the first steps to building your own SQL Server community.

SQL Server Social May Event

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It’s great to have another sponsor on board to make sure that you keep getting some food and drinks at the event.

Just in case you missed the bit at the bottom of the Avanade announcement, we do have another event this week.

On Wednesday, May 2nd at 6p.m., we are once again going to The Bull & Bear Tavern on 347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Please remember to click here to register for the next event as we base our food and drink based on the number of people registered.

Avanade Sponsorship!

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We are very excited to announce that Avanade have kindly agreed to be a sponsor of SQL Server Social.

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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.

SQL Server Easter Drinks

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Hi everyone,

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.

SQL Server Social 2012

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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).

As usual the generous sponsorship of BizData and LobsterPot will be providing for some food and drinks specials.

Look out for the invitation via Eventbrite hitting your in-boxes in the next couple of days and we’ll see you there.

Martin

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