SQL Tact

pointers, solutions and toolbox scripts for the SQL DBA
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Monday, July 16, 2018

SQLSaturday Baton Rouge at LSU on August 11

We're a little under a month away from #SQLSatBR!

We need VOLUNTEERS.
Registration is required!
We still have tables of all sizes available for sponsors!

Our 10th annual SQLSaturday features an 14-track lineup of speakers from around the country, assembled by our scheduling extraordinaire Kenny Neal. Here's the categories:
  • SQL Server Administration
  • SQL Server Beginner
  • SQL Server Development
  • .NET Dev
  • Business Intelligence
  • PowerBI
  • PowerShell
  • Windows Server/Virtualization
  • Career
  • CIO/Executive
  • Professional Development
  • and for the first time, StemUP Kid's Track (REGISTRATION and SMALL FEE REQUIRED)

Who attends SQLSaturdays?
What can SQLSaturday do for my career?

This event is entirely free for attendees (please pre-register), including a jambalaya lunch, and tons of raffle prizes to giveaway at the end of the day. Everything is paid for by our amazing sponsors.

Please pre-register if you plan on attending! Please also consider signing up to be a volunteer as well, and our expert volunteer coordinator Adrian Aucoin Jr. will put you to work, probably just by being a proctor and attending the same sessions you were going be in anyway. And we still have of sponsor tables available in the atrium to be a part of this local community-driven event.

Have questions about sponsoring? Check out our informational sponsorship PDF explaining all the benefits, costs, the day-of experience, and the process of getting involved in one of the largest and broadest SQLSaturday events in the world. Have questions? Please reach out to us via email at sqlpassbr@gmail.com.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Baton Rouge User Groups Networking Night

What a great evening of interesting presentations, professional networking, and Jambalaya!

We had 5 speakers last night on topics covering: Availability Groups (me), software documentation, leveraging the SQL Server community, front-end design principals, and augmented reality!

Folks in attendance included people brand new to the User Groups, students, job seekers, hiring managers, junior-level to senior-level DBA's and Developers, bosses and their employees! Plus we had jambalaya from Pot & Paddle, our same vendor for SQLSaturday Baton Rouge.

I have uploaded my opening presentation, Availability Groups in 10 Minutes, to my Github.

Folks stayed over an hour afterwards networking!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

SQLSaturday Houston!

Thanks for joining me for a full room and a boatload of quick-delivered SQL 2017 information in the second timeslot today at SQLSaturday Houston 2018! Lots of great questions, especially about adoption of SQL Server 2017.

Quick recap of this answer question: outside of a third-party vendor's support, there is no good reason to upgrade to SQL 2014 or SQL 2016 instead of SQL Server 2017. As of this week, 2017 has been patched eight times. In fact, because of the new options available to deal with rare issues with the Cardinality Estimator changes in SQL Server 2014, it's easier to upgrade to SQL Server 2017.  Unfortunately, software vendors don't always respond to new SQL Servers to "certify" and "support" their software on new versions of SQL Server, or, they use support for new versions of SQL Server hostage along with new versions of their own software. This isn't cool, and to be clear, there isn't any technical reason to go with SQL 2014 or SQL 2016 as opposed to SQL 2017.

It's awesome to see so many great (and new!) sponsors at these events, helping keep alive the spirit of free community tech training. Be sure to thank sponsors and volunteers for making a day like this happen, trust me, it's appreciated!

Download of my slidedeck is available here and has been uploaded to the SQLSaturday Houston 2018 schedule site.

Thanks to light-up lanyards, the attendees could track me in the dark