On Thursday, I was invited as a blogger to attend an intimate conversation (Q&A) with the PASS Board of Directors: Adam Jorgensen (EVP – Executive Vice President), Denise McInerney (VP Marketing) and Thomas LaRock (President). I started to try to understand why I was asked, but gave up due to… Read more
Well, it is that time of year again. The Professional Associations for SQL Server (PASS) annual summit. This year we go back to Seattle where Microsoft mostly lives and hope we can get lots of their employees to visit and talk shop.
One of my main goals is to Network… Read more
Excel 2013 - We can’t create a Timeline for this report because it doesn’t have a field formatted as Date.
After getting excited about the Timeline object in Excel 2013, I tried to add this cool feature of Excel 2013 and got an error – “We can’t create a Timeline… Read more
This morning I received an email (really 3 emails) about an extension for voting for the Board of Directors giving anyone registered with PASS before June of 2014. I think this is fair and gives those that have been active, but did not update their profile a chance to… Read more
In case you do not receive the PASS connector, here are some announcements for this year’s summit on Nov 3rd – 7th.
Day 2 Keynote - Dr. Rimma Nehme from Jim Gray’s System Lab
Apparently, Dr. Mehme is a Polybase and query optimization expert from Microsoft and she will be… Read more
As always, there are many free ways to learn more about SQL Server and the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) free membership to Virtual Chapters is one of those ways.
Here is what I would suggest watching:
Next Meeting: Tue, Aug 12 2014
Bridging the Communication Gap Between…
PASS Data Arch VC presents SQL Server MVP Grant Fritchey - How to Build a Database Deployment Pipeline
Please come join the Data Architecture VC this Wednesday to get info from MVP Grant about Database Deployment something all DBAs should be doing to work with developers.
Grant Fritchey – Microsoft MVP
July 23, 2014 Noon CST
How to Build a Database Deployment Pipeline.
The pace of business accelerates…
Here is a list of upcoming webcast presented by various PASS Virtual Chapters that are always free. Some are recorded to view later.
Database Administration VC
Date: July 9
Topic: How to be a great DBA– sponsored by Dell Software
Registration: You must register…
One of the first questions I got while interviewing for a potential position as a DBA was “If there is performance problem, where is the first place you would look?”
Now at this time, I was trying to move from Software Developer to DBA, and I answered that I would… Read more
This will be the second SQLSaturday in Houston I have spoken at and I am excited about talking Execution Plans and Multidimensional Analysis Services. These are 2 topics I deal with on a daily basis, so it is great I get to help others understand these technologies.
I also get… Read more
So, I am flying home thinking about the event Saturday and many things are running through my head. No, not work on Monday. First, I would like to say that Hadoop is not going to replace SQL Server nor Business Intelligence. Second, a new thing is coming but it is… Read more
I am excited about being selected to speak and attend the May 3rd SQLSaturday BA Edition in Dallas, TX. There are a number of sessions I want to attend including Eric Mezell’s An Introduction to Hadoop, Andy Egger’s Applied Predictive Analytics, David Browne on Enterprise Business Intelligence (for lunch) and… Read more
Baton Rouge is now on its 6th SQLSaturday and the event grows year after year. It all started with Patrick LeBlanc back in 2009 with #17 http://sqlsaturday.com/17/eventhome.aspx and with help from local User Groups (William Assaf – Sparkhound), it has expanded its topics and attendees. This event is… Read more
After monitoring enterprise SQL Server instances for over 10 years now, there are 5 tools that are used every day for spot check views of a system. The order here is not a countdown from 5 to 1. They are presented here in no particular order, because each has its…
Theoretical versus real-world
There is not a strong need for developers to know the theoretical definition of 1st thru 5th normal form, but there needs to be an understanding of some design practices. The keys are:
- No Duplicate data in columns in one table
- Relationships built as…
Please join the PASS Data Architecture virtual chapter on Thursday Jan 30th at noon central for SQL Server Tips and Tricks presented in 5 minute lectures.
Thu, Jan 30 2014 12:00 (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
This is a SQL presentation for the YouTube…
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.
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/
Topic: Microsoft Azure!
This is an all user groups on deck meeting! SQL, .net, SharePoint, IT Pro, La-WIT…
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
Queries are running longer…
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.
Thu, Nov 14 2013 12:00 (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Challenges to designing financial warehouses