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SQL Saturday Tampa

I’m sitting in the Tampa airport waiting for a flight back home from SQL Saturday 10 in Tampa.  There was a good turnout at the event; the last news I heard was that over 300 had registered initially, and that there were close to 200 that actually showed up.  I got to visit again with several people I worked with at the last SQL Saturday event, and met several people (Devin Knight and Jonathan Kehayias among them) who I “knew” from Twitter and blogs but hadn’t actually met before.  I had the opportunity to hang out with Andy Warren and Chris Rock again, and had drinks with Rodney Landrum, Karla Remail and others at the after party.  For this event I presented a session on using the SSIS script component to read and write unconventional data files.  I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout; I had the first timeslot of the day, and Brian Knight was presenting at the same time, so I expected at best a moderately sized audience.  As it turns out, by the end of the presentation there were people standing in the aisle, and there were lots of great questions and some good discussion at the end.

I spent most of the rest of the day dropping in on various sessions and taking pictures of presenters and attendees.  Since SQL Saturday didn’t yet have a presence on Facebook, I created a new group and posted pictures of the event and after party; you can find the pictures posted here, and if you have any pics to add (of this event or any previous SQL Saturday), please add yourself to the group and feel free to add your images.

There were a couple of minor logistical issues at the beginning, but everything worked out well and we ended up with a successful event.  The sessions I was able to listen in on were well done, and it appeared that most of the attendees stayed for the entire day.  All told, another successful SQL Saturday event.  I’m now even more excited about the possibility of bringing this to the Dallas area.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


Posted by Kevin Hill on 26 January 2009

I'd like to learn more, and how I may be able to help if you do decide to work on getting this started DFW.



Posted by knight_devin@hotmail.com on 26 January 2009

It was great seeing you in Tampa.  I really enjoyed your presentation.

Posted by karlakay22 on 3 March 2009

Hi Tim,

So, what are the chances that we might get to see you here in Pensacola for SQL Saturday in June? We found out late last week from Red Gate that Brad McGehee is confirmed to come speak at our event.  And Rodney is at the MVP Summit and word has it, Steve Jones might be making an appearance. I know Rodney as much as myself, would love it if you could make it.  We love playing SQL alphabet with ya! Cheers,Karla

Posted by Alex koranteng on 13 March 2009

Hi Tim,

I cannot access the link you referenced for presentation notes for SQL Saturday. please let me know where I can find it


Posted by Tim Mitchell on 13 March 2009


I have corrected the link.  Thanks for letting me know.


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