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.
Can you believe it’s December already? Neither can I. And yes, I still need to go and do some shopping. Lots of it. But that’s not going to get in the way of yet another SQL Server Social!
SQL Server Social – Christmas Edition will be held in the week leading up to the Christmas break. So I hope that you all will still be around to join us for another great event. Here are some details:
SQL Server Social: Australia’s Premier SQL Server Networking event!
When Wednesday 21st December 2011 5:30pm onwards
Where The Sherlock Holmes Inn, 415 Collins Street, Melbourne
Duration Till late!
Ready to join us? If so, head over to registration and get yourself signed up
If you are still not sure, you should know that we now have TWO sponsors on board! BizData & Lobsterpot Solutions, both MS SQL Server centric consultancies, have seen the potential of this event and have agreed to sponsor it. This means that food, and some drink, will be provided. A great BIG THANK YOU to both of these community driven companies!
I’m very excited to announce that BizData have kindly agreed to be a sponsor of SQL Server Social!
BizData is an expert Business Intelligence services provider with a focus on enabling clients to leverage their data for better business decision making. BizData prides itself on delivering robust Business Intelligence solutions, having delivered over 200 projects to clients in the Financial Services, Manufacturing, Utilities, Health and Services industries, and provided solutions for Finance, HR, Operations, Sales, Marketing and IT departments – please see the Case Studies page for more information
BizData is a leading Microsoft Implementation Partner and has been one of the first companies in Australia to attain Gold level specializations in Business Intelligence and Portals & Collaboration.
BizData maintains a specialisation in business and technical competencies across:
- Financial Governance and Planning
- Data Integration and Management
- Reporting and Analytics
- Portals, Collaboration & Workflow
- Application Integration
For more information, please visit www.bizdata.com.au
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.