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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Notes from the July 2012 MagicPASS Meeting

Quick notes from the MagicPASS meeting:

  • Kendal Van Dyke still the king when it comes to explaining what’s going on with community, SQL, and even Windows 8 (if only he still blogged!)
  • Dinner was macaroni and cheese with ham, salad, and chocolate cookies. No same old pizza here!
  • Jose Chincilla (@SQLJoe) presented PowerPivot + Power View = Self Service BI Revolution.
    • Thought he did a good job of talking about why self service is happening and needed, and can’t be avoided for the long term
    • Technology is definitely better and playing to business users
    • For all that, not sure it’s easy enough, yet. Powerful, sure, but is it approachable? Hard to be both.
    • Jose does great graphics, have to see the one in his deck about how problems flow downhill
  • Jose is also heading up SQLSaturday #168 in Tampa, #168, with pre-cons by Jose and Mark Tabladillo.
  • Closed out with a quick raffle and a free copy of the Windows 2012 book from MS for everyone.

Good stuff, good meeting, I think the only thing that might make it better is some directed networking. Good conversations during the dinner break, but it’s tables for four. Might be nice to do a round robin hand shake/introductions (though to be fair, it’s a small crowd).


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