May 17th Meeting Rapid Fire B.I.

This months meeting we have Tim Costello coming in and talking about Rapid Fire B.I.

Tableau:  Rapid Fire B.I.

Description:
Rapid-fire visual analysis. Ad hoc query capability. Easy interactive
dashboard building. No, this insn't going to be an hour of buzzword
bingo. This time we will actually deliver on the promise of self
service BI. Using SQL in conjunction with a visual analysis tool like
Tableau we can help our users find the questions they didn't know they
wanted to answer. This session will be demo heavy and will highlight
best practices in data visualization and dashboard design.

Speaker Bio:
Tim Costello is an MCITP, MCTS specializing in etl and data analytics
for Interworks Inc (www.interworks.com).  Tim is an international
speaker with 22 presentations in the US and Canada since January of
2010.  Tim is active in the SQL community and leads a data
visualization focused user group in the Dallas area.  Tim Started
working with data in Access 95 and has worked in every version of SQL
from SQL 7 forward.

We meet at:

Quarry Oaks II

10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.

Suite 225

Austin, TX 78759 

 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?

6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation

7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

 

See you there,

Wes Brown

Meeting Tuesday April 19th Professional Development Planning with AJ Mendo

Hello All!

This month our own AJ Mendo will be talking about Professional Development Planning.

Don’t forget the SQLRally is coming! I will be giving a deep dive session on storage this year. PASS SQLRally is taking place May 11-13 in Orlando, and I encourage you to go! PASS SQLRally is one of the most useful, best quality, and least expensive option out there for getting technical SQL Server and BI training. I hope to see you at PASS SQLRally!

And as usual, we will have free food and some give a ways!

We meet at:

Quarry Oaks II

10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.

Suite 225

Austin, TX 78759 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?

6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation

7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

See you there,

Wes Brown

Meeting Tuesday, March 15th Solid State Storage Deep Dive

Hello All,

I will be presenting Solid State Storage Deep Dive at this month’s meeting.

Solid State Storage Deep Dive

If you have ever wanted to know how SSD's and Flash memory works this talk is for you. We will cover the fundamentals of Flash in detail. I will also highlight some of the specific vendor implementations and what makes a particular SSD "enterprise ready" vs "Consumer grade". We will also cover SQL Server usage patterns what is a good fit for SSD's and when it may be better to go with hard disks. Solid State Storage isn't a cure-all for every situation, this presentation will give you the tools you need to make the right choice for your SQL Server environment.

And as usual, we will have free food and some give a ways!

We meet at:

Quarry Oaks II

10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.

Suite 225

Austin, TX 78759 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?

6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation

7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

See you there,

Wes Brown

Meeting Feb 15th at Microsoft Database Compression

Hello all!

 

Mike Byrd recently wrote an article  published on SQL Server

 Central, A Collaborative Approach To Table Compression http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Table+compression/72018/ .


He will be talking about table compression in detail and have some interesting test results from his labs.

 

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

 

See you there,

Wes Brown

A chance to learn from the best SQL Server trainers in the world! SQL Skills Master Immersion Events comming to Dallas.

Hello everyone,

Now is your chance to learn from the best SQL Server trainers in the world!

I normally don’t send emails like this to the group but this is such an awesome opportunity to learn from three of the best teachers I just couldn’t keep it to myself. SQLskills.com is offering in-depth, technical training on SQL Server 2008 in Dallas this February and March. These courses cover best practices, tips and tricks and deep internals delivered by some of the most well-known and respected speakers/consultants in the industry. These classes are focused on specific areas of SQL Server to allow time to thoroughly cover the subject. The two classes are:

·        Master Immersion Event on Internals and Performance (5 days)

o   February 21-25, Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center

o   Data Storage Internals, Designing for Performance, and Indexing for Performance

o   Instructors: Paul S. Randal, Kimberly L. Tripp

o   Click here for a detailed agenda and registration.

·        Master Immersion Event on Performance Tuning (5 days)

o   March 14-18, Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center

o   IO Subsystems, Workload Analysis, and Performance Tuning Methodologies

o   Instructors: Brent Ozar, Paul S. Randal, Kimberly L. Tripp

o   Click here for a detailed agenda and registration.

 Please send any questions to paul@SQLskills.com.

Wes Brown
Coordenator, CACTUSS

Meeting Tuesday, January 18th 2011 At Microsoft Quarry Oaks II - Introduction to Execution Plans

Hello all!

We are having our first meeting of the year. I will be giving a presentation on introduction to execution plans. We will cover how to read the execution plan and troubleshoot problem queries. The execution plan is always your first stop when you are gathering information on why a query is running slow!

Other News:

Our own Mike Byrd has had an article published on SQL Server Central! A Collaborative Approach To Table Compression  http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Table+compression/72018/ .

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

See you there,

Wes Brown

Meeting Tuesday December 21st At Microsoft Quarry Oaks II

This month we will be delving into some solid state storage.

If you are planning on attending just reply to this email to RSVP. This helps us get a more accurate picture on how much food to order.

Solid State Storage Deep Dive

If you have ever wanted to know how SSD's and Flash memory works this talk is for you. We will cover the fundamentals of Flash in detail. I will also highlight some of the specific vendor implementations and what makes a particular SSD "enterprise ready" vs "Consumer grade". We will also cover SQL Server usage patterns what is a good fit for SSD's and when it may be better to go with hard disks. Solid State Storage isn't a cure-all for every situation, this presentation will give you the tools you need to make the right choice for your SQL Server environment.

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

Project Phoenix, help others help yourself.

Unemployed? Have a great idea that could help non-profits Check out Project Phoenix http://sqlblog.com/blogs/arnie_rowland/archive/2010/07/30/like-a-phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes.aspx

 SQLSaturday News

Our venue fell through due to cost. We are looking at two other alternatives at the moment. If you have any suggestions please send them to admin@wesworld.net

New email host.

You may have noticed we are now using sqlmeetings.com to send out emails. If you have any questions just go to http://www.sqlmeetings.com and read the about page.

Next Month

Nothing yet!

In February

Nothing yet!

Wes Brown

blog | http://www.sqlserverio.com

info | http://www.linkedin.com/in/wesbrownsql

Meeting Tuesday November 16th At Microsoft Quarry Oaks II

 

Hello all!

This month we will be delving into some SQL Server administration stuff.

Maintenance Plans or Not
This presentation will give an Overview of Maintenance Plans. Attendees will see how to setup maintenance plans the default way. Attendees will see a demonstration on an alternative way to create maintenance plans using SQL Agent Jobs running Powershell scripts and T-SQL scripts.

About AJ Mendo:

http://sqlaj.wordpress.com/

 

AJ has been working with SQL Server for nearly 10 years. He currently works in a data center on a team with 4 other DBAs supporting over 150 database in all shapes and sizes. He has volunteered for several PASS program committees and attended his first SQL Saturday in the spring of 2010 in Dallas. He is a member of the Austin Chapter of PASS (CACTUSS) and loves anything database related.

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

Project Phoenix, help others help yourself.

Unemployed? Have a great idea that could help non-profits Check out Project Phoenix http://sqlblog.com/blogs/arnie_rowland/archive/2010/07/30/like-a-phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes.aspx

 SQLSaturday News

I have the location selected St. Edwards north campus. We are moving the date to April 30th to accommodate other events at the end of March and beginning of April. This date isn’t final but I don’t see anything keeping it from being so.

Next Month

I’ll be talking on Solid State Storage, what it is and what it isn’t and is it for your SQL Server needs.

In January

Nothing yet!

Meeting Tuesday October 19th at Microsoft Quarry Oaks II

Hello all!

This month we will be delving into some BI goodness with an introduction to MDX.

Introduction to MDX
In this session we will cover some of the basic concepts of MDX which would help us in writing MDX queries.  We will also cover some of the commonly used functions, slicers and filters by applying concepts covered earlier.  

About Vamsi Bogullu:
I am a Database Administrator for Precision Recovery Analytics Inc. Currently I am involved with designing and implementing BI solution using Microsoft stack for the backend and Business Objects for the front end.

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
 

5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

Project Phoenix, help others help yourself.

Unemployed? Have a great idea that could help non-profits Check out Project Phoenix http://sqlblog.com/blogs/arnie_rowland/archive/2010/07/30/like-a-phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes.aspx

 

SQLSaturday News

I’m working on the location and will be sending out emails to folks asking to fill out the rest of the committee positions and filling out the volunteer list.

 

Website changes

I’ve moved the website off of my self-hosted server and on to posterous.com. It’s much easier to manage, I don’t have to worry about patching and the nightmare of working with dotnetnuke.

 

Next Month

AJ Mendo is scheduled to give a talk on Using Maintenance Plans or Not.

 

In December

I’ll be talking on Solid State Storage, what it is and what it isn’t and is it for your SQL Server needs.

 

Sponsorship

It cost 1500.00 a year to provide food and drinks for CACTUSS. That’s not including the hundreds of dollars in books from people like O’Rilley and Wrox Press(Thank You!), or Microsoft  who provide the space (We are VERY lucky!!). To cover the food budget I usually reach out to six or seven vendors hoping two or three come through. In exchange for that I give them a time slot to market to the group and attach them to everything related to CACTUSS. That leaves nothing for speakers or additional training opportunities. Every year is a struggle to find enough people present to the group. We are very lucky to have the hand full of truly awesome speakers here in Austin like Joe Celko and Conor Cunningham, but I don’t want to burn them out or ask to much of their time.

 

So, I’m asking you, the people that come to the meetings, to help grow the group to continue to increase the quality of the education we provide. I won’t turn down any ideas. If we had twelve local business donate 150.00 dollars a year, we could be covered. If every person that receives this email donated 5 dollars a year it would cover the food and drink as well. I would like to turn our UG into a bigger training opportunity and not a bigger marketing opportunity.  As always, if you want to speak Like this month’s speaker and next month’s speaker I’ll do everything I can to help.

 

To every vendor that has given CACTUSS money over the years, I personally thank you. If you are a vendor in the SQL Server space and have a truly technical presentation on any aspect of SQL Server I’ll gladly put you on the roster to speak, and if you want to pick up the tab for the food I’d be fine with that too.

 

Wes Brown

blog | http://www.sqlserverio.com

info | http://www.linkedin.com/in/wesbrownsql

 

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Meeting Tomorrow at Microsoft in Quarry Oaks II 9/21/2010 - Monday, September 20, 2010

We will be at the new offices this month!!

Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225

Austin, TX 78759

5:30PM to 6:00PM – Q&A and DBA 101 presentation
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

Come hear Joe Celko talk about "Trees & Hierarchies in SQL" with a touch of "State Transition Constraints" , to get us back to hand-on SQL programming!

Also, I'd like to convene a meeting afterwards to talk SQL Saturday for Austin.

As usual we will have some goodies to give away and food for everyone!

See you there!

Wes Brown
Coordinator CACTUSS