Getting back in the saddle

I’m getting back into the swing of things after being offline for a week and a half! My first PASS Summit was an absolute blast! I have a ‘blog article in the works about my PASS Summit experience, so stay tuned!

I’m spending time getting caught up on emails and schedules. I walked into my office this morning and discovered that I’ve been assigned a new SQL Server-related project, so I might have some updates coming with that relatively soon.

So bear with me as I get back into my routine!

Monthly CASSUG Meeting — November 2019

Greetings, data enthusiasts!

Our November speaker is Michelle Gutzait! Her presentation topic is TBA.  For additional information and to RSVP, go to our Meetup event page at https://www.meetup.com/Capital-Area-SQL-Server-User-Group/events/265691374/

Thanks to our sponsors, Datto, Capital Tech Search, and CommerceHub, for making this event possible!

Additionally, we will have our annual Holiday party at Brown’s Brewing on December 9!  Those of you who’ve attended our meetings are eligible for raffle prizes, such as the following:

Full Growler from Brown’s Brewing
Gift Certificate from Brown’s Brewing
1 Night at Residence Inn in East Greenbush
Gift Certificate from Chris’ Pizza in Wynantskill
1 year of free trash pick up from County Waste Removal

Hope to see you there!

Monthly CASSUG Meeting — October 2019

Greetings, data enthusiasts!

Our October speaker is Tracy Boggiano! She will present her topic titled “Intro to Query Store.”  For additional information and to RSVP, go to our Meetup event page at https://www.meetup.com/Capital-Area-SQL-Server-User-Group/events/264527908/

Thanks to our sponsors, Datto, Capital Tech Search, and CommerceHub, for making this event possible!

Hope to see you there!

I “speak” Oracle. Can I go to SQL Saturday?

I’ve been involved with SQL Saturday for a while — since 2010, to be exact — and have worked with SQL Server for even longer than that. However, I currently work in an Oracle environment. This likely begs the question: if I work in Oracle, is SQL Saturday still worth my while?

The short answer: yes, absolutely!

The longer answer: there is more to SQL Saturday than just SQL Server.

Although Oracle and SQL Server are different platforms, they are both relational databases. Granted, there are differences between the two — having worked with SQL Server for so long, I’m still trying to grasp some of the concepts of Oracle. However, many of the concepts between the two relational databases are the same. Both databases share the same SQL language — albeit with some differences (akin to, say, differences between American and British English). Table structures are largely the same (again, there are differences, but they share enough similarities that knowing one allows you to grasp the other).

While differences persist between the two environments, cross-pollination between them is not necessarily a bad thing. Understanding their differences can often lead to a better understanding as to how they work.

On top of that, SQL Saturday is more than just the technologies. Speakers, myself included, present on a variety of topics that aren’t limited to just SQL Server. A number of speakers present on BI topics (some SQL Saturdays, in fact, are BI-specific; look for any event labeled “BI Edition”). Other topics include strategy, architecture, disaster recovery, and professional development. (As I’ve stated time and again, my own presentations are all professional development talks; they have nothing to do with SQL Server.)

And SQL Saturday isn’t just about attending presentations and learning. SQL Saturday is a huge opportunity for networking, which is essential for surviving today’s professional market. I’ve written and presented extensively about the importance of networking. A number of other people have also presented on the importance of networking; for PASS events, I highly recommend Matt Cushing‘s presentation about getting ready for a SQL event!

And if that’s not enough, SQL Saturday is just plain fun! I always have a blast at every event I attend!

So even if you work with Oracle, or NoSQL, or Access, or whatever your database of choice, SQL Saturday likely has something for you. Find an event near you, and come join us in the community!

Monthly CASSUG Meeting — September 2019

Greetings, data enthusiasts!

Our September speaker is our own Greg Moore! He will do his presentation titled: “Pocket-sized Server: SQL Server for under $200!” For additional information and to RSVP, go to our Meetup event page at https://www.meetup.com/Capital-Area-SQL-Server-User-Group/events/264169963/­

Thanks to our sponsors, Datto, Capital Tech Search, and CommerceHub, for making this event possible!

Hope to see you there!

#SQLSaturday NYC — I’m speaking, I’m speaking, I’m speaking! #SQLSat912

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The schedule for SQL Saturday #912 in New York City (Saturday, October 5) was released this morning, and I’m on it — not once, not twice, but three times!

I am scheduled to do the following three (!!!) presentations:

Looking at this schedule brings up a myriad of thoughts for me.

  • I don’t ever remember doing three presentations in a single day at any single event in my life. So I’m venturing into uncharted territory here!
  • Without fail, I absolutely love any SQL Saturday I attend! Also without fail, I am nearly always wiped out at the end of each one. I can only imagine how tired I’m going to be at the end of this one. At least I can sleep on the train ride home!
  • I purposely scheduled a late train home that night after the event so that I can get a decent dinner down in the City. I figure a couple of drinks during dinner might be in order that night!
  • My brother, who lives in Queens, has his birthday a few days before the event. I’m hoping to make it a birthday dinner for him that night!
  • To his credit, Thomas Grohser, who is one of the co-organizers for the event, emailed me asking if I was okay with doing three presentations. I sent him back a two-word reply: “challenge accepted!”
  • I was very happy to see that, as we requested, Matt Cushing and I have our networking sessions (titled Networking 101 and Networking 102, respectively) scheduled back-to-back! Go check out Matt’s session; it’s a good one!
  • If there’s any downside to doing three presentations, it’s that I likely won’t be able to attend other presentations that interest me. I do intend to attend Matt’s session (I need to keep my streak going, after all), and I’ll need to check the schedule to see what other sessions I want to attend (if I can).
  • Of all the SQL Saturdays I’ve ever attended, I’ve attended New York City the most often. For several years, including the first one I ever attended, I only attended NYC SQL Saturday. So for me, being chosen to selected to speak for NYC is special to me.
  • When I spoke here last year, I had an opportunity to get breakfast at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. It was right next to my hotel and right on my way to the Microsoft office (where SQL Saturday NYC is held). I managed to get there early enough to beat the tourist crowd. This year, I am once again staying in a nearby hotel (only a block away from where I stayed last year). I’m hoping to get there for breakfast again. Yes, I know it’s a tourist trap, but the singing wait staff is something else! You need to check it out at least once!

I can probably keep writing more thoughts, but at this point, work beckons! In any case, if you’re interested in attending NYC SQL Saturday on October 5, go to their web site and register for the event!

And come see me present — three times!

Win a 3-day registration to PASS Summit 2019!

Have you ever been to PASS Summit?  If not, would you like to attend?

Let PASS know how attending PASS Summit 2019 would make a positive impact in your life by August 23, 2019 for your chance to receive a complimentary 3-day registration AND exclusive access to activities that will ensure a career defining experience!

For more information and to enter, go to this link: https://www.pass.org/summit/2019/Attend/AllAccess.aspx

Good luck!