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Ryan Adams for SQL PASS Board

It’s election season! No, I’m not talking about The Donald, The Clinton, The Neurosurgeon, The Veep, or any of those folks. It’s time for the annual SQL PASS board elections. If you’re not familiar with the SQL PASS organization, I encourage you to check out what all they have to offer. This is an international organization that seeks to educate…


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Goodbye, 2013

For me, 2013 was one of the most interesting and busy years of my life.  It was a good year for me, especially on the career front, and it’s certainly been the busiest year in several years.  Among the highlights of 2013: Going independent The most significant event for me this year was when I fulfilled a long-time dream of…


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Want to see me break SSIS this Thursday?

OK, I’m not really going to break it.  I’m just going to beat it up a little bit. This Thursday evening, I’ll be working my home turf at the North Texas SQL Server User Group monthly meeting, presenting “When ETL Goes Bad: Handling Errors and Anomalies in SSIS” at 6:15 at the Microsoft campus.  In this hour-long presentation, I’ll go…


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SQL Saturday Dallas–BI Edition (again!)

I’m happy to announce that the North Texas SQL Server User Group will be hosting our fourth SQL Saturday event this fall.  SQL Saturday #163 will be a BI-focused event similar to the one we hosted in the Fall of 2010.  We invite you to join us at the Microsoft campus on Saturday, October 13th for a full day of…


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SQL Rally, PASS Summit, and More

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for SQL Server community and PASS related news. First and probably most importantly is that the location for SQL Rally 2012 has been chosen, and we are happy to announce that it’ll be right here in Dallas!  After several months of research and evaluation, PASS awarded next year’s event to this area based…


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The Year of Change: 2010 In Review

Like clockwork, another year has come and (almost) gone.  It’s been a wild year on many fronts: major happenings included the devastating Haiti earthquakes, the signing into law of a landmark healthcare reform bill, a major debacle over the use of body scanners and intimate pat-downs at TSA airport security stations, the personal crash and burn of golf star Tiger…


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SQL Saturday 56 Dallas (BI Edition) – Recap

This past Saturday, our NTSSUG group hosted SQL Saturday 56, which was our second SQL Saturday of the year.  This event was a departure from the typical SQLSat in that it strictly focused on BI, and featured topics including SSIS, SSRS, SSAS, SharePoint, MDX, and other disciplines in and around the Microsoft BI stack.  Due to space and logistical issues,…


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Dallas-area NTSSUG Happenings

First, apologies to those of you outside the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area… I’ve backed off from using my blog as a mouthpiece for local announcements, but we’ve got a couple of things going on that need some additional publicity. Mailing List Changes Those who are engaged with our e-mail distribution list know that we’ve had some issues with our listserv…


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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…