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SQL Azure Saturday, WIT NYC and other local events!

Good day!  Just wanted to share some exciting upcoming local events in the NYC/NJ area.

Hosted by the NJ SQL User Group and its leader Melissa Demsak, aka SQLDiva, these events are not to be missed.   In addition, the NYC SQL User Group has some great upcoming topics at their local meetings as well.  Please continue on to read all the details!

On April 17th, 2012, dive into the New Features in SQL Server 2012, with presenter Kevin Goff, Developer/Trainer/Speaker/Author and Microsoft SQL Server MVP.

NJ SQL Server User's Group  - Apr 21, 2012

For those with their heads in the clouds, and interesting in learning more about SQL Azure, then I have the perfect event for you all.  Register now for this special event: SQL Azure Saturday!    SQL Azure Saturday on Saturday, April 21st @ Microsoft Office in Iselin, NJ 8:30am-3:00pm

Topics: Intro to Azure Platform, Intro to SQL Azure, Intro to NoSQL and Big Data, Migrating to SQL Azure, Performance/Scale in SQL Azure, SQL Azure Reporting.
Speakers: Peter Laudati, Jim Priestley & Don Demsak
Registration Required: http://njsqlazuresaturday2012.eventbrite.com/

NYC SQL Server User's Group  - Apr 26, 2012

Microsoft’s Big Play for Big Data - Register to attend: Here


Big Data entails collecting and analyzing large volumes of data obtained from Web, social media, scientific and other pools of fast-growing event-driven data. Relational databases are rarely employed in big data scenarios, so using SQL Server for big data can be tricky. In response, Microsoft has announced its planned implementation of Windows Server and Windows Azure implementations of Hadoop, the open source MapReduce engine widely used in Big Data implementations. And the plot thickens as Microsoft has also announced its plan to fit SQL Server business intelligence (BI) tools on top of Hadoop, to make the analysis part of Big Data work with familiar and accessible Microsoft technologies. Come to this session to get an overview of Big Data, Hadoop and the Microsoft BI stack integration. See how your skills can be applied to this rapidly growing part of the industry.
Presenter: Andrew Brust is Founder and CEO of Blue Badge Insights, an analysis, strategy and advisory firm serving Microsoft customers and partners.

Women in Technology NYC Connect, Saturday, May 5th

Something local for the ladies, and those WIT advocates who are interested in technology careers, definately need to attend.  Melissa Demsak, will be speaking on this topic, and others are encouraged to volunteer and submit abstracts if you are a succesful Woman in Technology that wants to share some professional career-advice with your sisters.

Featuring presentations on Technology, Personal Growth and Perspectives to propel us into the future.

Who should attend: Any Technical Women in the NYC Metro Area. College students are also strongly encouraged to attend.

Speakers: Email Melissa Demsak (melissa.demsak@gmail.com) or Rachel Appel (Rachel.Appel@microsoft.com) with your topic, abstract, speech length and bio by 4/9/12.

Volunteers: If you have an interest in volunteering to make this event the best it can be, please email Melissa or Rachel.

8:30am: Registration
9am-11:30am: Kick-Off/Presentations
11:30am-1pm: Lunch on your own / Networking
1pm-3pm: Presentations / Closing


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