We hope you all had the chance to get along to the recent SQL Saturday event and enjoyed a great day of free learning and networking with other SQL heads.
For those of you who were at the last SQL Social event, you would have heard us mention that we wanted to use SQL Social’s lightning talk style presentations as a development environment for new speakers or those just wanting to build-up to a full-blown User Group or Conference session. Well, this month we will have a new speaker on the block doing just that. Remember, as a reward we have 1 month Pluralsight subscriptions to give away to the presenter.
This Month’s Speaker
Lucas is an Analyst Programmer with the global property management organisation, Knight Frank. He has 8 years of experience in the SQL Server stack, mostly with T-SQL and Reporting Services with a smattering of SSIS and SSAS.
Lucas will be presenting on how Knight Frank made use of SQL Server Service Broker to keep two databases with very different data structures in sync.
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
Yes. It’s true. SQL Social is now the official weather forecaster for Melbourne.
Why? Well because for the last 4 events it has rained (heavily I might add) at the precise moment everyone leaves their cosy offices and begins to make their way down to SQL Social. This puts a lot of people off attending. Although I personally don’t see why; we are located right next to a tram stop and but a 150m from Southern Cross Railway Station, AND we have free drinks and pizza!
SQL Social 17 was at least well turned out despite the weather, even if we had a 50% drop-off. With about 25 people in attendance and Dr. Greg Low doing a wonderful job at explaining all that Red Gate Software had to offer, we had a great event. Most of the attendees walked away with a little something from Red Gate, including two lucky people who took home SQL Server Source Control licenses!
The Royal Melbourne Hotel has once again played host to our event and I must thank them again for providing us such as great venue with such wonderful staff. A big thanks also to Lobsterpot Solutions for the ongoing support of SQL Social.
SQL Server Social No. 9 is just around the corner, if you haven’t already you should go and register right now. This month we are introducing a new format to the event: Ask The Experts.
Ask The Experts
Our Ask The Experts format incorporates the best bits of any networking event: keeping it social, relatively unstructured but with the bonus of having industry experts on hand to answer YOUR questions. These industry experts have kindly agreed to be at the event for your benefit. So do your homework, and come prepared with some good questions.
This Month the focus is on Business Intelligence. Our experts are three of the best. Boyan Penev, Darrren Gosbell and Simon Selves will be at hand to answer your questions and provide advice on the vast topic of SQL Server Business Intelligence and GIS.
Boyan is a SQL Server MVP who specialises in all components of the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence stack.
Boyan’s topics of conversation will include Microsoft SQL Server BI Stack, Microsoft Office and the future roadmap of these products, their current capabilities and features, as well as Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse Best Practices and concepts.
Darren Gosbell has over ten years of practical experience in building and implementing data warehousing and business intelligence solutions for some of Australia’s largest corporations. Darren has been awarded as a Microsoft MVP SQL Server since 2006 in recognition of his contribution to the community specially in the areas of Analysis Services and MDX. Darren contributes to a number of open source projects including BIDS Helper, AS Stored Procedures, PowerSSAS and Dax Studio. Last year he was accredited as one of the first 11 Analysis Services Maestros...
Simon is a GIS Masters Graduate with 14 years of Spatial Industry experience in both the UK and Australia, with strong expertise in the use of MapInfo and ESRI systems.
Simon specialises in Spatial Data Warehouse design and implementation using MS SQL Server 2008 R2 technology, Retail Network planning and analysis, Socio-demographic modelling and analysis for targeted marketing campaigns.
So come to SQL Server Social next week and meet our experts as well as other Melbourne data professionals. And don’t forget that this is a sponsored event, so we will have food and drinks available for registered attendees.
SQL Server Social No. 9 Event Details
When: 2012/08/08 From 6:00pm onwards
Where: The Bull & Bear Tavern, 347 Flinder’s Lane, Melbourne
How much?: Free!
Duration: ’til late!
See you there!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!