CACTUSS Central 7/15 AND CACTUSS North 7/16

Change Tracking:  A Near Bullet-Proof ETL Synchronization Control
will be presented by our very own Mike Byrd.

Abstract:
 
Change Tracking came out with SQL Server 2008, but SS2012 almost eclipsed it with Change Data Capture.  Change Tracking is now the red-headed step child, but in many cases may be a better solution for data ETL movement from an OLTP database to a data warehouse database.  This session will provide a review of change tracking syntax and implementation with detailed demos.  It will then dive into an actual ETL subset implementation from the AdventureWorks database to a data warehouse solution (modified AdventureWorksDW) with detailed code discussion and demos. 

Reminder: Please make note of the new meeting location for CACTUSS Central. 
The new address is also posted here: Meeting Locations and Directions
(http://cactuss.org/pages/meeting-location-and-directions)

CACTUSS Central: 
The meeting starts at 6:00PM CST with food, and QA session. The main presentation starts at 6:30PM. 
Twin Oaks Branch - Public Library 
1800 S 5th St. Austin, Texas
512-974-9980
On the corner of S 5th and Mary St., a little north of Oltorf.

CACTUSS North: 
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM. 
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

Follow @CACTUSS_SQL for the lastest information.

CACTUSS Central 6/17 and North 6/18 - Better, Faster, Stronger

This month Eric Cox will be presenting Better, Faster, Stronger for Central (tonight) and North (tomorrow night) meetings.

Better, Faster, Stronger
A quick overview of top 5 tools you're not using but should be.

In this fast-paced talk we'll cover a selection of powerful tools which could change the way you do things. I'll give a quick overview of the tool along with a use case for database professionals. Simple working demos and power tips will fill in the gaps as we roll through the top 5 and based on time and interest I'll go over additional tools.  Everyone bring a list of your favorite tools, tips, and techniques to share with the group.

Eric Cox is a Microsoft Certified Software Developer with over 20 years of experience building data driven solutions.
His work experience has included a large range of solutions:
- Geography: Texas, Florida, Ohio, California, Alaska (North Slope), Washington DC, Germany
-- Industries: Healthcare, Government, Defense, Petroleum, Non-Profit, Bio-medical Research
-- Tools: C#, SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012
-- Types: From video game development to commercial application to multi-year, enterprise data migrations to data warehousing

REMINDER: Please make note of the new meeting location for CACTUSS Central. The new address is also posted here: http://cactuss.org/pages/meeting-location-and-directions  

CACTUSS Central:
Twin Oaks Branch - Public Library
1800 S 5th St. Austin, Texas
512-974-9980
On the corner of S 5th and Mary St., a little north of Oltorf.


CACTUSS North:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

CACTUSS 5/21/2013

This month we have a special guest speaker Vicky Harp. She will be speaking at both the Central and North meetings so come on out.


Vicky will be presenting


Care and Feeding of Your System Databases


Master, model, msdb, tempdb. You see them on all of your servers, but what do you really know about them? If you ever wanted to learn about the SQL Server system databases, their purpose, and the maintenance and configuration required to keep your server running its best, then this session is for you! Learn best practices and techniques, including how to restore master and how to configure tempdb to reduce contention. You'll leave with a better understanding of these shared resources and how they affect your database applications.


Bio:

With 12 years of professional software development experience, Vicky is always interested in learning new ways to improve performance and maintainability of database code. Vicky is a product manager with Idera, where she has worked for the past 9 years creating software to make DBAs' lives easier. She speaks frequently at PASS events and is active on Twitter.


Note: 

Vicky mentioned she is interested in dinning locally after each meeting and just hanging out with some Austin SQLPeople. If you are interested we will figure the details after the meeting. 



CACTUSS CENTRAL:

The meeting starts at 6:00 PM CST with food, Introduction by Experis 

and a QA session. The main presentation starts at 6:30 PM


Address:

Experis IT

301 Congress Avenue, Suite 360

Austin, TX 78701


Parking:

Upon arriving at Experis, you may part on the street for free after 5:30PM CST. 

We will not validate parking in the building garage. 



CACTUSS NORTH:

The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.


Address:

Quarry Oaks II

10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225

Austin, TX 78759

Phone: (512) 795-5300

Fax: (512) 343-8498


PARKING: 

Upon arriving at Quarry Oaks II, you may park on the surface lot in the front of the building or in parking garage at the back of the building. 


CACTUSS North - Evaluate your daily checklist against 100+ instances of SQL Server while you get a cup of coffee

Hello All!

You will walk away from this session with an understanding of how to use the Policy Based Management and Central Management Server to complete a daily checklist against your whole SQL Server farm. We will cover the basics to evaluate, monitor and apply best practice policies, which are included out of the box with SQL Server 2008. We will also make custom policies to cover additional best practices to evaluate daily checklist items. Finally, we will combine Policy-Based Management and Central Management Server with the Enterprise Policy Management Framework on codeplex to automate the monitoring process and create manager friendly reports to monitor your checklist items against the whole SQL Server farm.

Bio: John Sterrett is a database administrator at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, an international law-firm, and is responsible for over 100 instances of SQL Server.  John has been active within the SQL Server community, including hosting the first SQL Saturday in West Virginia. John also presented a lightning talk and chalk-talk at the SQL Server 2010 Member Summit , presented sessions at three SQL Saturday's, and presented to the Pittsburgh SQL Server User Group.  John is a syndicated blogger at SQLServerPedia and contributes tips at MSSQLTIPS. You can find his blog at www.johnsterrett.com

The meeting starts at 6:00 PM CST with food, Introduction by Experis and a QA session. Main presentation starts at 6:30 PM

Address:

Experis IT
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 360
Austin, TX 78701

Parking:
Upon arriving at Experis, you may part on the street for free after 5:30PM CST. 
We will not validate parking in the building garage.  

CACTUSS North - March 19 - Power to the Pivot

This month we have a special guest speaker Hope Foley
She is making her way through the area presenting here in Austin and Wednesday in San Antonio. 
Tomorrow night Hope will be presenting
Power to the Pivot - Practical Application Intro to PowerPivot 2012
Want to create snazzy reports to impress the boss but aren't a BI expert?  Don't climb the clock tower just yet, go get yourself PowerPivot 2012 and come to my session.  We'll go over some very real world issues and ways PowerPivot can help solve it.  Demos will be filled with many of the new features in 2012 at same time giving you a good base to get you started using this great tool.  And this session wouldn't be complete without covering BISM.  We will definitely will cover how the BI world is all coming together as one to have hold and cherish in the BI Semantic Model. We will work through demos together covering 10 different functional uses within this tool to help start you down the path of self- service BI. 
 
Hope has over 12 years experience in the IT world, and  has worked across many industries including small business enterprises, startups, and Fortune 500 companies, and has a vast knowledge of database design, administration and support, data warehousing and data mining, and custom database solutions. She  joined PTI in 2007 as a SQL Server Database Administrator/Analyst consultant and in 2009 took over as Principal Microsoft Consultant, where she now leads a team of expert Database Administrators and Developers. Hope is a SQL Server MVP and an active member within the SQL Server community.  Hope blogs at http://www.hopefoley.com/ and http://lessthandot.com/.  You can follow her on Twitter @hope_foley.

CACTUSS NORTH:
We meet every third Tuesday at the Microsoft South Central District offices.
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. Main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.
Address:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300
Fax: (512) 343-8498
PARKING: Upon arriving at Quarry Oaks II, you may park on the surface lot in the front of 
the building or in parking garage at the back of the building.
Come out and give Hope a warm welcome to Texas.
 

 

CACTUSS Central 2/18 and North 2/19 - Temporal Data and Tricks in SQL

 This month Joe Celko will be presenting Temporal Data and Tricks in SQL 

Joe will present to CACTUSS Central on Monday 2/18 and CACTUSS North on Tuesday 2/19

Temporal Data and Tricks in SQL
  • The Nature of Time
  • The ISO Model of Time
  • The ISO-8601 Standards
  • The Calendar Table
  • Report Periods Table 
  • Contiguous Time Periods with New Aggregate Functions
Joe Celko served 10 years on ANSI/ISO SQL Standards Committee and contributed to the SQL-89 and SQL-92 Standards.  He is author of nine books on SQL for Morgan-Kaufmann. He has written over 1200 columns in the computer trade and academic press, mostly dealing with data and databases.

CACTUSS CENTRAL:
We meet every third Monday at the Experis Austin offices
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with the main presentation starting at 6:30 PM
Address:
Experis IT
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 360
Austin, TX 78701

PARKING: Upon arriving at Experis, you may part on the street for free after 5:30PM CST. 
We will not validate parking in the building garage.

CACTUSS NORTH:
We meet every third Tuesday at the Microsoft South Central District offices.
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. Main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.
Address:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300
Fax: (512) 343-8498

PARKING: Upon arriving at Quarry Oaks II, you may park on the surface lot in the front of 
the building or in parking garage at the back of the building.

CACTUSS Central - Monday 1/21

As we all know CACTUSS meets on the 3rd Monday and Tuesday each month. This is a weird month in which they are in different weeks. So CACTUSS Central in this Monday 1/21/2013 with John Sterrett presenting. John has recently moved to the area and is now a member of CACTUSS so come on out and welcome him.

Performance Tuning for Pirates

If you follow baseball you will notice that the Pittsburgh Pirates (this speaker's favorite team) has to do more with less to be successful. This trend can also exist within IT shops. If you need to improve the performance of your SQL Server instances and cannot purchase 3rd party tools this session is for you. You will learn how to improve your performance tuning process by using several free tools. This session will cover wait stats, dynamic management objects, perfmon, PAL, SQL Trace, ClearTrace, SQL Nexus and SQLDiag. 

John Sterrett has been active within the SQL Server community. He is a PASS Regional Mentor for the South Central Region, co-founded the West Virginia SQL Server User Group and hosted two PASS SQL Saturday events in West Virginia. John has presented at several SQL Server events including PASS SQLRally Orlando, PASS Summit 2011, SQL Server 2010 Member Summit, many PASS SQL Saturday events, code camps, and, user groups. John is a syndicated blogger at SQLServerPedia, contributes tips at MSSQLTIPS.

CACTUSS CENTRAL:
We meet every third Monday at the Experis Austin offices
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with the main presentation starting at 6:30 PM

Address:
Experis IT
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 360
Austin, TX 78701

PARKING: Upon arriving at Experis, you may part on the street for free after 5:30PM CST. We will not validate parking in the building garage.

CACTUSS North - January 15 - Performance Tuning for Pirates

This month we are pleased to announce John Sterrett will be presenting. John has recently moved to the area and is now a member of CACTUSS so come on out and welcome him.

Performance Tuning for Pirates

If you follow baseball you will notice that the Pittsburgh Pirates (this speaker's favorite team) has to do more with less to be successful. This trend can also exist within IT shops. If you need to improve the performance of your SQL Server instances and cannot purchase 3rd party tools this session is for you. You will learn how to improve your performance tuning process by using several free tools. This session will cover wait stats, dynamic management objects, perfmon, PAL, SQL Trace, ClearTrace, SQL Nexus and SQLDiag. 

John Sterrett has been active within the SQL Server community. He is a PASS Regional Mentor for the South Central Region, co-founded the West Virginia SQL Server User Group and hosted two PASS SQL Saturday events in West Virginia. John has presented at several SQL Server events including PASS SQLRally Orlando, PASS Summit 2011, SQL Server 2010 Member Summit, many PASS SQL Saturday events, code camps, and, user groups. John is a syndicated blogger at SQLServerPedia, contributes tips at MSSQLTIPS.


CACTUSS NORTH:

We meet every third Tuesday at the Microsoft South Central District offices.
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. Main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.

Address:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300
Fax: (512) 343-8498

PARKING: Upon arriving at Quarry Oaks II, you may park on the surface lot in the front of the building or in parking garage at the back of the building.

CACTUSS North - Tuesday December 18

We have a special treat this month with the one and only Wes Brown speaking.

Wes will be talking about, Whats new in 2012 
This presentation will be a high level overview of all the new features and enhancements shipping with 2012.

Wesley Brown 
Senior Lead Consultant, Catapult Systems

Wesley Brown is a SQL Server MVP and PASS Chapter Leader who loves to teach others about SQL Server. He writes for SQL Server Central and maintains his technical blog at http://www.sqlserverio.com. Wes specializes in high availability, disaster recovery, and large-scale database performance tuning and is currently a Senior Lead Consultant for Catapult Systems. His previous experience includes serving as Product Manager for Quest Software's SQL Litespeed and as consultant to several Fortune 500 companies. You can find Wes frequently speaking at local user groups and SQLSaturdays.

Hope to see you there.

CACTUSS NORTH:

We meet every third Tuesday at the Microsoft South Central District offices.
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. Main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.

Address:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300
Fax: (512) 343-8498

PARKING: Upon arriving at Quarry Oaks II, you may park on the surface lot in the front of the building or in parking garage at the back of the building.

CACTUSS Central Monday 11/19 and CACTUSS North Tuesday 11/20

Eric Cox will be presenting this month on T-SQL Window Functions

Window Functions 101
What are they and why should I care?


If I had to name one concept in standard SQL that I thought was the most important one...
I'd say window functions, hands down, without a doubt.
-- Itzik Ben-Gan

My goal is for everyone to leave with both the knowledge and passion to use window functions in your current projects. Since most people haven't upgraded to 2012 all the examples will be in SQL Server 2008 R2.
We won't begin to cover all the nuances and syntax but rather will focus on a few simple and useful examples with broad application.

Note:  In a future talk I'll expand on this to discuss SQL Server 2012's additional functions and the syntax variations.

Eric Cox is a Microsoft Certified Software Developer with over 20 years experience building data driven solutions.
His work experience has included a large range of solutions:
-- Geography: Texas, Florida, Ohio, California, Alaska (North Slope), Washington DC, Germany
-- Industries: Healthcare, Government, Defense, Petroleum, Non-Profit, Bio-medical Research
-- Tools: C#, SQL Server 2008 R2, Java and Oracle
-- Types: From video game development to commercial application to multi-year, enterprise data migrations to data warehousing

CACTUSS CENTRAL:
We meet every third monday at the Experis Austin offices
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with the main presentation starting at 6:30 PM

Address:
Experis IT
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 360
Austin, TX 78701

PARKING: Upon arriving at Experis, you may part on the street for free after 5:30PM CST. We will not validate parking in the building garage.

CACTUSS NORTH:

We meet every third Tuesday at the Microsoft South Central District offices.
www.bing.com/maps/

The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. Main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.

Address:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300
Fax: (512) 343-8498

PARKING: Upon arriving at Quarry Oaks II, you may park on the surface lot in the front of the building or in parking garage at the back of the building.