SQL Social No. 21 – The MVP Edition
The next SQL Social event is this week, Wednesday 11th December in fact. As usual we will be at the Governor’s Lounge at the Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street, Melbourne.
This month we are spoiled by having 2 SQL Server MVP’s (one from our generous sponsors) giving us a few words of wisdom from their experiences.
This Month’s Speakers
Peter Myers has worked with Microsoft database and development products since 1997. Today, he specializes in all Microsoft BI products and provides mentoring, technical training, and training course content authoring for SQL Server, Office, and SharePoint.
Peter has a broad business background supported by a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and accounting, and he extends this with solid experience backed by current MCSE and MCT certifications. He has been an MVP since 2007.
Peter will be presenting on Power BI, and specifically Excel’s Power Query. This talk will include some demos.
Rob Farley is the Owner and Principal Consultant of LobsterPot Solutions Pty Ltd. He has been consulting in database technologies since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. He is a regular conference presenter both around Australia and overseas, heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group and holds several Microsoft certifications including Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, a recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award for SQL Server every year since 2006, and a past Branch Executive Committee member of the Australian Computer Society. Rob is director of the PASS organisation, and is a published author, his books including Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting, SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives 2.
Rob will provide some tips on query parameters – passing parameters into queries, functions and stored procedures is a thing we all do, but if you’re not careful about the data types, you could find performance becoming a problem, even if you’re just getting the length of a string wrong. This quick tip will give you ammo to take back to your developers to make sure they code it right the first time.
As usual, food and drinks are provided courtesy of our sponsors.
Registrations are open, so please use the link below to let us know that you will be attending
We’ll also have some giveaways of one month Pluralsight subscriptions …. so something maybe for best networker of the evening, best questions or even just if you wear something Christmassy.
This entry was posted in SQL Server Social and tagged Excel, Lobsterpot Solutions, MVP, PASS, Peter Myers, Pluralsight, POwer BI, Power Query, Query Parameters, Rob Farley, SQL Server Social, sql social.
SQL Social No. 20 – Myths, Misconceptions and Must-See Conferences
Another very successful night for SQL Social with 29 people getting together at the Royal Melbourne Hotel. Chris Benson’s talk on Agile Data Warehouse project Myths & misconceptions sparked some lively debate and Martin Cairney’s review of PASS Summit 2013 looks to have planted the seed for a number of people to see how they can get to next year’s Summit Conference. A big thank you to our two speakers this evening, who managed to draw the crowds despite the inclement weather!
As promised, the slide deck to go with Martin’s talk is included here: PASS Summit 2013
We’ve also added a poll question about PASS – it would be interesting to see how many members there are here and how many more have signed up to find out more about PASS Summit.
And for those of you not yet signed up for PASS (the Professional Association for SQL Server), then you can do so here. And let’s not forget our local SQL Server User Group while we are at it.
It was pleasure to welcome C3 Business Solutions to the SQL Social fold this month . We are always very grateful for the support of our sponsors and look forward to lasting relationships.
This entry was posted in Events, News, SQL Server Social and tagged Agile, BI, C3 Business Solutions, Chris Benson, Data Warehousing, Lobsterpot Solutions, Martin Cairney, PASS, SQL Server Social, sql social, Summit 2013.
SQL Server Social 2012
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.
This entry was posted in Events, SQL Server Social and tagged BizData, Bull and Bear, Events, Lobsterpot Solutions, Melbourne, networking, PASS, sql server, SQL Server Social.
SQL Server Social – Christmas Edition Wrap-up
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.
This entry was posted in Events, SQL Server Social and tagged BizData, Lobsterpot Solutions, photos, power view, sherlock holmes inn, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server Social.
SQL Server Social No. 3 – Let the Festivities Begin!
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!
This entry was posted in Events, Sponsorship, SQL Server Social and tagged BizData, Events, Lobsterpot Solutions, Melbourne, sql pass, sql server, SQL Server Social.