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The Smiling DBA

Thomas LeBlanc ( MCITP 2005/2008 & MCDBA 2000) is a Senior SQL Server DBA at Turner Industries, LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. He has been in the IT field for 21 years starting as a COBOL programmer, graduating to dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, upgrading to Visual Basic versions 3-6 and even some .Net(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago for Thomas while working at a Paper Mill in St. Francisville, LA continuing with IEM, then Amedisys. Performance tuning and reviewing database design and code was an everyday occurrence for DBAs at Amedisys. Thomas’ free time is spent helping those less fortunate and improving his relationship with his family and God.

Jan 8th – Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group - Azure

Please join us tonight, Wednesday Jan 8th starting at 5:45PM with networking and food. The information below is from the BRSSUG Website: http://www.brssug.org/

January '14 Baton Rouge User Groups Meeting - Azure!

Topic: Microsoft Azure!

This is an all user groups on deck meeting! SQL, .net, SharePoint, IT Pro, La-WIT are all invited!

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Location: The Louisiana Technology Park - http://www.brssug.org/where

Sponsored By: Microsoft 

Agenda:

5:45 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Refreshments

6:15 - 6:30 pm: Announcements

6:30 - 8:00 pm: Microsoft!

Main Topic: Microsoft Azure Info for ALL User Groups

Main Topic Speakers: Ryan Roussel, Microsoft and Bobby Lee, Microsoft


Main Topic Summary:

Azure is an exciting platform and between IAAS, PAAS, big data, storage, media, mobile services, etc. the possibilities in Azure truly seem limitless.  This user group session will focus on an introduction to Azure with a focus on the agenda topics below.  The session will include lots of live Azure demonstrations and answering questions from the group.  

Every person in attendance will have free access to Azure so they can do everything demoed at the user group meeting on their own after the session!

Agenda:
· Review Azure IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) – Windows and Linux
    o http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/solutions/infrastructure/
· Review Azure PAAS (Platform As A Service) and Azure for the web 

    o http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/solutions/web/
    o How do developers leverage Azure for .Net, JAVA, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby, etc.
· Review Azure Mobile Services – Azure development for mobile apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone
    o http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/
· Azure storage options review Azure storage (tables, blob, queue)
    o http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/storage/
    o Developer perspective, when to look at Azure Storage, IAAS database (SQL or Oracle) for SQL Database (Azure PAAS database)
· Free Azure access, review options:
    o MSDN users have free Azure access of $150-$200 free Azure capacity per month. Activate today no credit card needed: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/member-offers/msdn-benefits/

    o Free Azure access for Non-MSDN users, NO credit card needed: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/

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