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Houston Tech Fest 2010

A few weekends ago, I participated in my first Tech Fest, speaking at the Houston Tech Fest 2010 event held at the University of Houston.  I delivered a presentation entitled “Introduction to SSIS”, which was aimed at software developers with little to no exposure to SSIS.  We had a good turnout at the event – the last number I heard…


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Broken or Just Bent? #passvotes

Though things have died down a bit since the initial backlash, the recent development in the PASS board election process is still the talk of the town.  I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of folks about this, and have read some excellent blogs and other opinion pieces from those on both sides of the debate.  I traded…


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SQL Saturday 28 Baton Rouge – Recap

Last weekend I went to Baton Rouge (by way of New Orleans) to attend and speak at the second annual SQL Saturday event there.  This event was my third of four scheduled SQL Saturday of the summer. I flew out of Love Field in Dallas with fellow Dallas SQL Server pros Sean McCown and Tim Costello, and we met up…


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It’s the Process

Unless you’ve spent the last two days hiding under a rock, you’ve heard the uproar around this week’s development in the PASS board election.  The Nominating Committee (NomCom) published the list of candidates who will be on the ballot for this year’s three open board positions.  Five candidates made the cut; two did not.  The buzz – mostly negative –…


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PASS BI Virtual Chapter Webcast: Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse

Everyone is invited to a webcast hosted by the PASS Business Intelligence virtual chapter this Friday, May 14th, as we welcome SQL Server MVP Jessica Moss as she presents “Extract, Transform, and Load your Data Warehouse”.  We’ll start at noon EDT and will run for about an hour, so grab your lunch beforehand and enjoy this virtual lunch-and-learn opportunity. The…


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Speaking at Upcoming SQL Saturday events

I’ve got a couple of speaking engagements coming up during the next few months, and a few others I’m hoping to work my way into as well. Next month, I’ll be speaking at SQL Saturday #35 in Dallas on May 22.  This will be a unique experience since, in addition to my 2 sessions for that day, I’m one of…


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PASS BI Virtual Chapter – Thursday’s Session Postponed

The PASS BI Virtual Chapter’s scheduled session for this Thursday, April 15th, will have to be postponed until a later date.  The presenter ran into an unexpected schedule conflict and will be unable to deliver the presentation as scheduled. For more information about the BI virtual chapter or for a list of upcoming presentations, visit our website at http://bi.sqlpass.org.


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North Texas SQL Server User Group – March 2010

Join us this Thursday, March 18th for our monthly NTSSUG meeting.  SQL Server MVP Sean McCown will be continuing his series on Ground Zero SSIS at 6:00pm. Our guest speaker will be Drew Minkin, who will be presenting a session on SQL Server data mining: Data Mining for SQL Developers: This session will introduce SQL Developers to how SQL Server…


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User Group Leaders: Who Are Your Members?

At the MVP Summit last week, I was talking with fellow Dallas-area tweep Sean McCown about our local SQL Server user group membership.  I think our group is unique because of its sheer size; we typically have between 70 and 90 people at our monthly meetings, with a mailing list that goes out to between 600 and 800 people.  So…


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We Are Microsoft (GiveCamp Dallas)

Last weekend (January 15-17) found me at the third annual GiveCamp Dallas event, known locally as We Are Microsoft.  This event pairs developers and other technical professionals with charities who are long on need but short on funds for technology.  Most if not all of the projects are web-based, and represented a wide variety of organizations and needs. This is…