Monthly Archives: October, 2011

Presenting this afternoon at PASS Summit 2011

Today is the day I’m presenting at the PASS Summit.  My session is at 3pm in room 609-610 and is titled See the Future with Visual Predictive Analytics.  It shows you how to do some cool things with Reporting Services and Data Mining in Analysis Services by creating predictive models that drive the reports.  However, it’s more of an idea session that I hope will put a spark in people when they go back to work next week.   They’ll be able to take what they see in the session back to their companies, apply it to their own projects, and do some things that will provide them with a big bang for the buck and a great ROI, which we all know management loves.

I hope to see you there and please say hello!  I welcome any questions and conversation you might have.

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SQL Saturday #92 – Portland

With the PASS Summit just a few days after SQL Saturday #92 in Portland, OR, and just 180 miles north, you might think that the Portland event is just a warm-up, like going to a minor league baseball game, but that’s nothing further from the truth.  You can always count on Arnie Rowland putting together a first-class event and attracting speakers and sponsors of PASS Summit quality.  Take a glance at the October 8 roster of speakers and sessions and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  If the great schedule isn’t enough, Portland is a really fun, beauitful town with tons to do and some of the best food in the country.  I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Portland in the last 2 years because of a consulting engagement in the area and I’m happy to have had a chance to take in the scenery, sample the restaurants and enjoy the ambiance.

If you’re from out of town and new to Portland, take a stroll downtown and along the Willamette river.  Pop in to a local coffee shop and drink the city’s own Stumptown coffee.  Go to Powell’s bookstore for one of the best book browsing experiences you can have.  Make sure you take in the view of Mt. Hood if it’s a clear day.  You can always go to the nationally famous Voodoo Donuts where I find the standing in line and meeting people experience more interesting than the donuts themselves.  And if you want good food and drink you can’t miss if you partake at Pine State Biscuits, A Pizza Scholls, Deschutes Brewery, Moroccan cuisine at Dar Essalam in Wilsonville, or Petite Provence, probably the best french boulangerie/patisserie in the world (sorry France!)  I don’t think I’ve had a disappointing meal yet in Portland.   To top it off, the SQL Saturday event itself is on the waterfront.

See you there and don’t forget to come to my session Real-time Data Warehouse and Reporting at 10:15 in the morning.  I’m going to cover numerous topics in a little over an hour; SQL Server Replication, CDC, Star Schemas, SSIS, and Reporting, all in real-time.

SQL Saturday #94 – Salt Lake City

I’ve been too busy to post lately and now SQL Saturday #92 in Portland, OR is upon us.  Since I didn’t recap SQL Saturday #94 in Salt Lake City on September 10 and thank everyone, I’m going to take this opportunity to do so before the event in the rose city this weekend.  The gathering in Salt Lake was one of the smaller SQL Saturdays I’ve attended, but that has its advantages because the sessions allow for a much more intimate setting and better interaction among participants.  I had 15 people attend the preview of my PASS Summit session See the Future with Visual Predictive Analytics and I feel like I got to know everyone who was there.  I got to spend a time talking to interesting people like Paul Turley, the Reporting Services author, who I had met before but this time had the chance to get to know personally.  A very gracious than you goes to the organizers, especially Pat Wright, Tjay Belt, and all the others who worked hard to make it happen.

What made this SQL Saturday special was the presence of the continuing participation of the Colorado community that has been so active in these type of gatherings.  People that have become good friends volunteered their time as speakers including Marc Beacom, Jason Horner, Chris Shaw, Mike Fal, and Gabriel Villa.  It’s been a blast to be part of this group and I look forward to many more.  And if you haven’t been to a SQL Server event, your missing out.  There is something unique  about this community and you have to just see for yourself.

Now on to Portland…