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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…


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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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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…


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SQL Saturday 35 Dallas – Postmortem

We’re three weeks removed from the first annual SQL Saturday Dallas event, so I’ve had a little time to gather my thoughts on our successes and shortcomings in this inaugural event. This was the first SQL Saturday event held in Dallas, and we expect this to be an annual event moving forward.  We started planning this some 8 months ago…


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SQL Saturday Dallas Top Ten(ish)

So for those of you who attended SQL Saturday Dallas this past weekend, here’s my Top Ten(ish) list from the event: Getting lost in the construction zone on Spring Valley on the way A thousand Quest splat balls Competing with SQL Saturday Portland and Indy Tech Fest on the same day – but knowing that ours was the biggest, because…


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It’s Done – SQLSat35

This is a strange feeling.  No frantic deadlines.  No daily conference calls with the team.  No hurried trips to the printers, no sessions to juggle around, no all-day Saturday work days coming up.  My kids recognize me again.  I know what my house looks like in daylight. More importantly, I get to resurrect my neglected blog. 🙂 SQL Saturday Dallas…


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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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SQL Saturday is a’comin!

Just a quick reminder that registration is still open for SQL Saturday #35 in Dallas.  This event will be held at the Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson on May 22, just over two months from now. We’ve had a lot of excellent sessions submitted from scores of industry experts and Microsoft employees, and we’ll be finalizing the schedule…


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The PASS Acquisition of SQL Saturday

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the SQL Saturday franchise was voluntarily transferred to PASS.  This change of ownership could be a good thing for SQL Saturday, but I do have some questions and concerns. Let me say for starters that the SQL Saturday franchise is near and dear to me, since it was one of the…


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SQL Saturday Richmond – Postponed

If you’re anywhere from the southwest to the deep south, you’re probably aware of the impending winter weather bearing down on this large area.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature has temporarily claimed a significant victim: This weekend’s SQL Saturday event has been postponed until April 10, 2010. For more information, visit the official event site.