Next month, I’ll be making a couple of stops at SQL Saturday events in the south. On May 3, I’ll be attending SQL Saturday #285 in Atlanta and presenting my SSIS Performance session. I’ll be traveling with my good friend and neighbor Ryan Adams, who is also presenting at the event. In addition, several of my Linchpin People cohorts are also in attendance, which means I should probably bring along some extra bail money. Although I’ve been to Atlanta several times, I’ve never gotten to attend the SQL Saturday there, so I’m looking forward to meeting some new people.
The following weekend, I’ll be visiting the good folks in Houston for SQL Saturday #308. At this event I’ll be sharing two of my favorite topics: SSIS performance and SSIS scripting. Having previously attended SQL Saturday in Houston, I know a little about what to expect (Texas barbecue for lunch…. holla!), and I always dig hanging out with fellow Texans down south. This event will be a first for me in that I’m taking along my whole family for the trip.
If you’re in Atlanta or Houston for either of these events, come by one of my sessions and say hello! I hope to see you there.
This past weekend I made the relatively short (about 3 hours) trip to the Oklahoma City area to attend and speak at the third annual SQL Saturday event there. I’ve been invited to speak at each of their three events, and I’ve been impressed with each one of them so far. The folks in the OKC and surrounding groups have an excellent community, and the leadership team did a great job again of putting on a well-organized event.
This weekend was a first for me in that I brought along my oldest son Ryan to the event. At age 9, he’s already showing highly analytical tendencies, and I’m trying to expose him to more technology-related happenings. He was very excited to attend the event – I was out of town with a client all week, and when I called him each night last week, the upcoming trip was always one of the first things he wanted to talk about. During the event he did get bored frequently, but that’s to be expected when deeply technical content and a short attention span intersect. He still enjoyed the event, but it was more about doing something different and getting to see a bit of what I do for a living (he sat on the front row during my presentation) that made it fun for him. I think it was a great experience for him, and I’m hoping to bring him along to some more events in the future.
For my part in the event, I presented “Handling Errors and Data Anomalies in SSIS”. Had a moderate sized group, maybe 35-40 folks, with some good discussion during and after the presentation. For those who attended and are interested in the presentation materials, you can download them here.
Thanks again to the OKC-area folks who organized this event. I look forward to coming back again next year.