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.