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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.

PASS BI/DW Virtual Chapter–Analysis Services Attributes and Hierarchies

Please join the PASS BI/DW VC today January 15th at 7PM Central for a presentation on Attributes and Hierarchies in Analysis Services 2012. This is a presentation I have shown at 2 SQLSaturdays and the Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group as well as 24 Hours of PASS.

http://bi.sqlpass.org/

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 15 January 2014

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…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 January 2014

Data Architecture VC hosts Nigel Sammy: TSQL Tips and Tricks

Please join the Data Architecture Virtual Chapter as they host SQL Server MVP Nigel Sammy his take for T-SQL Tips and Tricks for developers and DBAs.

Thu, Dec 19 2013 12:00 (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Nigel Sammy - T-SQL: Tips and Tricks

RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5187602867480253442

Queries are running longer…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 18 December 2013

PASS Data Architecture VC presents Steve Simon–Challenges to Designing Financial Warehouses

Please join the Data Arch VC with Steve Simon this Thursday Nov 14th at noon central for a great look at Steve’s experience while implementing a financial data warehouse.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3299406050712061698

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Thu, Nov 14 2013 12:00 (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)


Challenges to designing financial warehouses

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 11 November 2013

Summit 2013 Review!!! plus SQLSaturday #237 Charlotte BI Edition

The week is over and I waiting for my flight home. I did not to get to as many sessions as past summits, but that was replaced with speaking opportunities consisting of 1 half-day session, a 75 minute regular session and speaking at the Charlotte BI SQLSaturday.

Tuesday was a… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 20 October 2013

My PASS Summit Schedule this Week

Well, it is here folks. The PASS Summit 2013. If you have never been to a PASS Summit, please look in to attending one year. There is more SQL Server Learning than you could fit in a month. You just need to break it down into digestible chunks.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 14 October 2013

Houston Tech Fest 2013

I am traveling (driving) with the family to Houston to present on SSIS 2012 at Houston Tech Fest 2013 at the Reliant Center. The session in the first of the morning in the database track. SSIS 2012 has lots of new features, but this presentation focuses Change Data Capture component,… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 25 September 2013

PASS Data Arch VC presents Louis Davidson Relational Database “Good Enough”

Please join us Thursday Sept 12th at noon Central for the monthly Data Architecture Virtual Chapter presentation. We will have SQL Server MVP talking about relational databases. Please don’t miss this session which is a preview to the Pre-Conference session Louis will be doing at the PASS Summit 2013 in… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 10 September 2013

Baton Rouge SQLSaturday and Tech Day 2013

This will be the fifth SQLSaturday and Tech Day in Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday August 3rd, 2013.

I found a collection of SQLSaturday, SQLRally and PASS Summit shirts with various stickers collected over the last 5 or 6 years.

It is going to be hot this weekend in Baton… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 1 August 2013

24 Hours of PASS: Preview to Slicing and Dicing Summit Session and more…

For 24 Hours of PASS 2013 Summit preview (#24HOP – twitter hash tag), I was asked to give a preview of the 1/2 day session on Slicing and Dicing in Analysis Serves 2012 for the upcoming PASS Summit 2013. My response: No Problem.

In Denver, it was the year… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 12 July 2013

PASS Data Architecture VC presents Steve Simon–Challenges Designing Finance Data Warehouse

Steve Simon will join us on Thursday June 20th at noon central to help us understand some challenges with designing a financial data warehouse in the real world. Come chat with a SQL Server MCP and seasoned data warehouse architect to reflect on his many years experience in this industry. Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 16 June 2013

PASS Business Analytics VC presents Mark Tabladillo – Framework for Data Mining

Please join the Business Analytics Virtual Chapter as Mark Tabladillo talks about Best Practices for building a Framework for Data Mining. The GoToMeeting link for Noon Atlantic on June 13th is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7717448277059007488

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June 13th BAVC Virtual Chapter Meeting

  • Online @ http://BAVC.sqlpass.org (map)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 (GMT-04:00) Atlantic Time…

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 11 June 2013

SQLSaturday #220 Atlanta

From the tweets, it looks like there will be about 800 attendees sitting in on 11 different tracks with 5 or 6 sessions on each track. This will be the largest SQLSaturday event I have been a part of. It will be my first time at a SQLSaturday… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 17 May 2013

PASS Data Arch VC presents Robert Davis–Case Study: Designing a Global Scale-Out Architecture

Thursday May 16th at noon central, we are going to be educated by MCM and past SQL Server MVP Robert Davis talking about “How to deliver a public-facing website on a global scale.” The online webcast is part of the monthly presentations by the PASS Data Architect Virtual Chapter which… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 14 May 2013

SQLSaturday Atlanta #220–May 18th

I am pleased to be selected to present a session on Analysis Services at the Atlanta SQLSaturday this May 18th at Georgia State University. If you follow @SQLPass and #SQLSatAtl on twitter, you might have seen tweets about 775+ registered attendees for this event. You can still get on… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 6 May 2013

SQLDiva reviews the First PASS Business Analytics Conference

Join Mellissa Demsak (twitter – SQLDiva) for a review of what she rates as the best from PASS’s first attempt at a Business Analytics conference. This session is hosted by the PASS Virtual Chapter for Business Analytics which was started by Mellissa.

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May 2nd PASS BA VC Meeting

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 29 April 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #41 – Presenting and Loving It

Some Tuesday mornings I have bacon with eggs and an English muffin. Not today though. I am blogging about Why I Love Presenting for T-SQL Tuesday #41 hosted by Bob Pusateri. I will attempt to answer all his questions.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 9 April 2013

PASS Business Analytics presents MVP Jessica Moss: Putting the Business Into Business Analytics

I saw Jessica Moss presenting at the PASS Summit a couple of years ago on Reporting Services. She has been an author to many books and has a good series on SQLServerCentral.com’s Stairway series for Reporting Services.

Please join the PASS Business Analytics virtual chapter on April 4th at… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 26 March 2013

PASS Data Arch VC presents Steve Hughes on Accounting for Windows Azure

I meet Steve this past November in Seattle at the PASS Summit. Reading his series on XMLA and Analysis Services help me understand more about SSAS. It was good to finally talk with this dude and get him to present to the Data Arch VC

His blog is Data on… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 17 March 2013

Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group

Wednesday March 13th 2013, I have the pleasure in presenting to the local SQL Server User group in Baton Rouge, LA. The topic will be Attributes and Hierarchies in Analysis Services 2012. The flow will be from requirements gathering thru implementation in the Semantic Model.

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 3 March 2013

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