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One Week to SQLSaturday #49

One week left till SQLSaturday #49 – there’s still time to register. I’m pretty excited about going, as it will be my first Orlando SQLSaturday. Also, it looks like a great lineup of speakers.

I’ll be presenting on ways to get data into and out of SQL Azure, with a focus on SSIS (not surprising that I’d put that spin on it, is it?) However, it will cover some of the other options too, and you may be surprised by the results. If you’re going to be around, please drop in, either to say hi, or as Eric plans to do, to throw fruit (looking forward to it, Eric). I’m happy either way.

SQLSaturday #48 Recap

I presented at SQLSaturday #48 this weekend. It was a great event, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. K. Brian Kelley and the other organizers put on a great event. This was the first SQLSaturday that I’ve been to in a while where I had the time and flexibility to attend several of the sessions. I particularly enjoyed Andy Warren’s presentation on personal development plans. It’s definitely something I need to spend more time on. Andrew Kelly’s presentation on storage and IO was good as well – I’ve seen it before, but I pick up something new every time.

From an attendee perspective, the event was very good. There were plenty of great sessions to choose from. The location (Midlands College) was also nice, with plenty of room, and a nice setup for both attending sessions and networking. The lunch room was a little crowded, but it wasn’t a problem – several of us just grabbed some space on the floor.

Looking at it from a speaker’s standpoint, it was well organized. The directions to various classrooms were clear, with schedules on the doors. The room proctors were very effective and helpful. I missed the speaker dinner, but I heard it was good. The only negative that I noticed is that some sessions were pretty lightly attended. I think this was mostly a factor of the number of simultaneous sessions spreading the attendees a little thin. It wasn’t a big deal, though – most of the speakers are happy to speak to small or large crowds.

Overall, definitely a good event, and I’ll be looking forward to the next one.

Less than 2 Weeks till SQLSaturday #48

SQLSaturday #48 is coming up in a few more days, but there is still time to register. There’s a great lineup of speakers, and you can can’t beat free for training.

I’ll be presenting 2 sessions on SSIS. If you are there, feel free to drop in.

2 Days to SQLSaturday #46

Only 2 days until SQLSaturday #46 – if you aren’t registered yet, there’s still time. $10 for lunch, lots of great speakers, and some really interesting presentations – what better to do on Saturday?

If you make it out, look me up. I’ve got two presentations, and when I’m not presenting, I’ll be hanging around the Varigence table.

Presenting at SQLSaturday #49 in Orlando, FL on October 16, 2010

I have a very busy schedule in October. As already mentioned, I’m presenting at SQLSaturday #48 in Columbia earlier in the month. I also have the privilege of presenting at the Orlando, FL SQLSaturday #49 on October 16th, 2010. Thanks to Andy Warren for squeezing me into a slot that opened up in the schedule.

I’ll be presenting a newly revised presentation on SQL Azure – Moving Data with SQL Azure and SSIS. The abstract is:

SQL Azure allows you to host your data in SQL Server in the cloud. That provides some big benefits in scalability and management. However, it leaves open the question, “How do you get your data into / out of the cloud?” At some point, you are going to need to move data to or from an on-premise store to SQL Azure. In this session, we’ll discuss the available options for this, including SSIS, the Sync Framework, and BCP. We’ll cover the pros and cons for each. We’ll drill into one of the options, SSIS, in detail, and review performance options and potential issues that you may encounter when doing this.

I’ve presented on SQL Azure in the past, focusing on how it could be leveraged for BI purposes. In this session, we’ll focus in on moving data in and out of SQL Azure, as that’s an area that’s changing pretty rapidly right now.

If you read the blog, please introduce yourself. I’ll be around all day, and I’m always happy to chat.

Presenting at SQLSaturday #48 in Columbia, SC on Oct. 2nd

I’m excited to be presenting at the upcoming SQLSaturday #48 in Columbia, SC on October 2, 2010. I get to give two presentations at this one:

  1. Creating Custom Components for SSIS – if you are interested in building your own custom components for SSIS, this is a good session to attend
  2. Processing Flat Files with SSIS – feeling confused and angry about the way SSIS handles your flat files? Join this group therapy session where you can learn some tips for making SSIS behave.

If you read the blog, please introduce yourself. I’ll be around all day, and I’m always happy to chat.

Presenting at SQLSaturday #46 in Raleigh September 18th, 2010

I’m very happy to be presenting at the upcoming SQLSaturday #46 in Raleigh, NC on September 18th, 2010. I’ll be presenting two sessions, one on Processing Flat Files with SSIS, and the other on Patterns for SSIS Configuration and Deployment.

I’d also like to mention that Varigence is one of the sponsors of this event, along with other a number of other impressive companies. It’s great that so many companies are willing to sponsor these local community events, and I know from helping with the SQLSaturday here in Charlotte that having willing sponsors makes setting up the event much easier. If you’d like to see a demo of Vivid, Mist, or Hadron, feel free to drop by our table at some point during the day.

If you are a reader of this blog, please introduce yourself. I’ll be around all day.