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PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Presentation

I got the opportunity to present to the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter today, discussing the properties and practical uses of SSIS expressions and package configurations.  Thanks to Greg Larsen and the other members of this virtual chapter for allowing me to present.  We had a good turnout, about 40 people, which is not bad for a lunchtime presentation. I’ve published…


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Webcast Tomorrow – Dynamic SSIS: Using Expressions and Configurations

Join me tomorrow at 1:00pm CST as I present “Dynamic SSIS: Using Expressions and Configurations” for the PASS DBA virtual chapter: In this session, we’ll review the use of expressions and configurations that can help make your SSIS packages more dynamic and flexible. We’ll cover the basics of the SSIS expression language and will demonstrate some practical uses, and will…


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Upcoming Speaking Engagements for December 2009

Next week, I have the honor of presenting two different sessions on SSIS.  These 2 events are the last speaking engagements on my calendar for this year: On Monday, December 14 at 11:30 CST, I’m presenting a SQL Lunch session to discuss looping logic in SSIS using the For Loop and the For Each Loop.  This will be a working…


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BIDN.com Launch Today

For those interested in the SQL Server BI space, there is a new online resource launching today.  Brian Knight and my friends over at Pragmatic Works have released the Business Intelligence Developer Network, a virtual community of business intelligence professionals.  You’ll find discussion forums, blogs, articles, a file/script sharing repository, and a community event calendar.  All resources are free, though…


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Ft. Worth SQL Server User Group Meeting Recap

I’d like to say thanks to Andy and Judith over at the Ft. Worth SQL Server User Group for having me as a guest last Wednesday.  I got to meet a few new people, and meet up with several others whom I hadn’t seen in a while.  I look forward to visiting over there again. For those in attendance, I’ve…


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Speaking at Ft. Worth SQL Server UG on Wednesday

If you’re in the Ft. Worth area next Wednesday, November 18, please join me at the Ft. Worth SQL Server User Group meeting at 6:30, where I have the honor of presenting my session entitled Intermediate SSIS.  This will be my first trip to the Ft. Worth group (my home group is over in Dallas), so I’m looking forward to…


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PASS Board of Directors Election

Anyone who has kept up with PASS-related news during the past couple of weeks is keenly aware of the fallout surrounding this year’s Board of Directors election.  I’ve been associated with PASS for a number of years now (though admittedly I wasn’t as connected or involved as I am now), but I can’t recall there ever having been a BOD election…


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North Texas SQL Server User Group Meeting on Thursday

The monthly North Texas SQL Server User Group (NTSSUG) meeting will be held this Thursday, September 17, at 7:00pm at the Microsoft campus in Irving, Texas.  Our guest will be SQL Server MVP and consultant Geoff Hiten, who will be presenting “Bad SQL – Why Does This “Perfectly Good” T-SQL Run So Slow?” Admission is always free, and pizza and…


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PASS Board of Directors

As you’ve no doubt heard or read, the call for nominations for the PASS Board of Directors is open until September 3.  If you’re active in the community, have leadership skills, and are committed to growing the SQL Server community, a position on the board may be right for you.  Terms are 2 years in length and do require some…


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SQL Lunch

Baton Rouge SQL Server group leader and recent SQL Saturday host Patrick LeBlanc is putting together a new learning series.  Starting in September, the SQL Lunch series will commence, providing brief (30 minutes or so) online presentations on various SQL Server-related topics. I am currently scheduled to present at the SQL Lunch on October 12th.  I’ll be discussing ways to…