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Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a SQL Server Professional working in the UK where he recently worked as a DBA in women's clothing, not literally he hastens to add! He is certified in SQL Server 2008, runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group Pass Chapter and is on the organising committee for SQL Relay. In his spare time plays the trumpet in local symphony orchestras.

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SQL Server Events in the UK July 2013

Last month saw SQL Relay, Tech Ed, SQL Saturday Dublin, oh and the small matter of a CTP for SQL Server 2014. This month we’re slowing down the pace a little so we can all play with CTP1. If you have any questions about it, why not go to one of the five user group events on this month:

Date Location Event Time Details
3rd July 2013 Southampton User Group Evening With Chris Webb and Richard Douglas
Register here.
4th July 2013 Edinburgh User Group Evening With Martin Bell and Rob Carrol
Register here.
9th July 2013 Maidenhead User Group Evening With Alex Whittles and John Martin.
Register here.
24th July 2013 Leeds User Group Evening With Neil Hambly and Chris McGowan
Register here.
25th July 2013 Manchester User Group Evening With Neil Hambly and Rick Garner
Register here.

 

Finding a group near you…
Not every group meets every month, if you can’t see a meeting near you in the table above why not look at our map! 

SQL Server User Groups in the UK and Ireland
Blue markers are PASS affiliated Chapters see http://www.sqlpass.org/PASSChapters/UnitedKingdom.aspx for a full list.

 

What should I expect from a user group

All the SQL Server User Groups in the UK are totally free to attend. They are paid for by a mix of Microsoft and other sponsors and sometimes, just sometimes out of the pockets of the leaders themselves – so remember to thank them!

Typically each event will have two or three presenters speaking on a range of different topics. The speakers can range from first timers presenting some tricks or something new they have just learned to Microsoft Certified Architects so there really is something for everyone at every level.

Where possible (budget allowing) we do try to put on some food, so please do speak up if you have any special dietary requirements.

But, don’t just take my word for it, earlier this year I interviewed Gina Walters who runs a PASS Chapter in the US. You can read about what they get up to here.

Want to start your own SQL Server User Group?

Believe it or not there’s actually a committee of User Group leaders so we are pretty structured! We can help you to find speakers and how to apply for funding.

Assuming that when you read this I haven’t changed my site layout again, you can Contact Me using the Menu at the top of the website, or the page list at the bottom. Once you’ve made contact the rest of the leaders and I will be able to talk you through what else would be involved.

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