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Monday, August 23, 2010

SQL Saturday 53 Birds of a Feather luncheon

One of the things that I really enjoyed at Summit 2009 was the Birds of a Feather luncheon.  BoF was an optional activity but in the luncheon area they had set aside particular tables with table tents on them describing a topic and had a volunteer there to get the ball rolling, provide insight and what not.  It was easily one of my favorite activities there as it allowed me to meet folks and have easy material to get the conversation rolling.  Todd McDermid chaired one on SSIS scripts and custom objects and it was great because I had gotten to connect a face to one of the people that always seemed to answer msdn forums before I could put my $.02 in.  

With that said and based on Andy Warren's suggestion to up the social/networking aspect of SQL Saturdays, plus the on-going twitter chat, I want to see if we can recreate that magic at my event, SQL Saturday 53.  Not only will it be an opportunity for free SQL Server training in the Kansas City area, it'll be an avenue for you to connect with other like-minded professionals and to grow your professional network.

Below is a representation of what I started to come up with and then gave up and cribbed from the topics available at SQL Pass 2009.  If someone is interested in chairing a table on one of these topics or something else they'd want to anchor a discussion table on, please give me a shout out and we'll see what we can do.

Table topics
  • SSIS
  • Query tuning
  • PD
  • Storage
  • Azure
  • SSRS
  • SSAS
  • security
  • HA
  • CLR
  • SSIS scripts and custom objects
  • Extended Events
  • Networking
  • Self-marketing/brand management
  • Independent consulting
  • DMO (DMF, DMV)
  • Agile development in BI
  • Data Mining
  • Data Warehouse concepts
  • DBA best practices
  • DBA dashboards
  • Don't be afraid of XML
  • Failover Clustering
  • Full text search and file stream
  • Getting started with TSQL
  • Query plan reuse
  • BI
  • Indexing
  • Multi-server management
  • CMS Central Management Server
  • Performance analysis/tuning
  • PBM Policy Based management
  • Powershell in SQL Server
  • Relational database design
  • Social Networking:  DBA to butterfly
  • SQL Azure
  • Storage best practices
  • Table Partitioning
  • Thinking in MDX
  • Troubleshooting SSIS
  • Virtualization
  • VSDB edition
  • PD

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