The weather didn’t play nice again last night and so we only had a handful of attendees at SQL Social No.16, held at The Royal Melbourne Hotel on Bourke Street. More’s the pity as we had a couple of great presentations lined up from Jim McLeod and Martin Cairney.
Jim presented on the new features of SQL Server 2014, recently announced at TechEd 2013. The presentation itself was kept to about 10 minutes, but the discussions that it spawned carried on for nearly a hour.
Martin had a demo planned on the use of the PAL tool-kit for consolidating and analysing Performance Monitor traces to give you a quick indicator of performance issues in your SQL Server, but with all the talk about SQL Server 2014 we ran out of time. It is always great to see conversations flow between peers about technology that we love & enjoy.
Call for speakers
We are currently looking for speakers to give 2-3 short presentations (5-15 minutes) at each of our future events. These presentations can be on anything data related and needn’t be constrained to just technical how to’s. We are also very keen to hear about case studies involving issues that you faced and how they were overcome, careers in the data industry, etc.
It’ll be worth it too, as each speaker/presenter will earn a 1-month Pluralsight subscription!
Enjoy the next couple of Month’s while we revamp SQL Social and bring you new content and a better format. As always, we are open to suggestions, so if you have an idea that you think will improve the event we would love to hear from you.
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.
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.