SQL Saturday

New Course: Building Better SSIS Packages–Denver and Boston

Earlier this week, I confirmed two full-day seminars I’ll be delivering in conjunction with SQL Saturday events this fall. I’ve got a brand new course entitled “Building Better SSIS Packages” which I’ll be delivering in Denver and Boston. Here’s a brief into to this course: SQL Server Integration Services is deceptively easy to use. With a few hours of instruction…


A full day with me, SSIS, and Edgar Allan Poe

When I think about Baltimore, I think about Edgar Allan Poe. Baltimore was Poe’s one-time home, and in fact there is a museum located in a home in which he once lived. I’ve been a Poe fan since high school, and am looking forward to seeing some of the Poe-related sights when I’m in town next month. Why am I…


Join me in DC for a full day of Biml

I’m excited to announce that my Linchpin People colleague Reeves Smith and I will be delivering a full day Biml preconference seminar the day before the upcoming SQL Saturday in Washington, DC.  This seminar, entitled “Getting Started with Biml”, will introduce attendees to the awesomeness of Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml). In this course, we’ll cover the basics of Biml…


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…


SQL Saturday Houston Recap

Last month I made the trip with some other Dallas-area speakers down to Houston’s second annual SQL Saturday event.  This was one of the shorter trips for me – we drove down on Friday afternoon/evening, and left out late Saturday.  It was good to be away from home for just one night (rather than the two nights I normally stay…


Speaking at SQL Saturday Houston

It’s SQL Saturday season again!  I found out this morning that I’ll be speaking at next month’s SQL Saturday event in Houston.  This will be my second consecutive year to speak at this event. The crew in Houston is great to work with.  Nancy Hidy Wilson, Jonathan Gardner, Malik Al-Amin, and the others event planners did a great job last…


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,…


SQL Saturday 52 Recap

I spent this past weekend traveling to and attending SQL Saturday Colorado in the outskirts of Denver.  This was the first such event in this area, and was arranged and cohosted by volunteers from the local SQL Server user groups including Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs.  Marc Beacom, chapter leader of the Denver group, was the chief organizer and did…


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…


SQL Saturday 28 Baton Rouge and Ask the Experts

The second annual SQL Saturday Baton Rouge event is coming up in less than two weeks!  Have you registered? I’m honored to be speaking at this event again this year.  I’ll be presenting an introductory SSIS class (one of the 7:30 early bird sessions).  Later in the morning I’ll be delivering a talk on expressions and configurations in SSIS, one…