Our first presentation was given by Ryan Botha[L] a first time speaker but long time attendee of the user group. Ryan gave a great presentation on how he and his colleagues used XML to move data between the database and other systems such as CRM systems. He did a great job and we hope to hear more from him in the future.
Next up was Stephan Lawson [B|T|L] giving what may be his last presentation to our user group as he will soon be moving to the UK, he will be missed! Stephan gave a hugely informative talk of what we could expect to come out in the yet-to-be-announced release of SQL 2014
To help us grow the communities Pluralsight have very kindly sponsored us a number of vouchers to give to our members as prizes. This month we gave away 3 vouchers to attendees as a reward for both registering on the site as well as asking the best questions from our speakers.
The next meeting will be on 11 March 2014 and we look forward to seeing you there.
Great news, early this morning I got confirmation from Pluralsight that they would like to come on-board as our first official sponsor. What does this mean for the group? Well there are three great advantages
- Pluralsight have given us 24, 1 month subscriptions to their training content. This means that we will be giving away 2 of these subscriptions at every meeting starting with our first event tonight.
- Pluralsight have given us a full year’s access to their training library and have allowed us to use this during the user group meeting. So in the event that one of our presenters is unable to present we will still have great content for you.
- If any of our members find themselves unemployed and want to up skill to get themselves back into the job market then we have a free 1 month subscription for you too. If this is you come and speak to us at the user group meeting and we will hook you up.
We want to thank Pluralsight for this great deal and would encourage you all to head over to their site and see all they have to offer. There are free trials to anyone who wants to give it a try.
There are two BI events coming up
24 Hours of PASS: Business Analytics Edition is a free online event with an all star line-up. This event will host 12 speakers speaking on topics ranging from best practice through to Big Data. This is a great option for those of you who are unable to get to the second event.
PASS Business Analytics Conference. The Pass Business Analytics Conference will see more than 60 presentation over two full days ranging on a wide variety of topics. For anyone with an interest in the Future of data analytics within Microsoft this is a great event to attend if possible.
After many years of fighting with dotNetNuke and self-hosting I have decided to bite the bullet and setup using WordPress. Two reasons for this, the first is updating two systems was a pain, so much so that I had stopped updating the website. Secondly, EventBrite which I currently use to manage the user group attendance has integrated their platform with WordPress to create a seamless Event management solution e.g. you can the upcoming events widget on your right.
The net result seems to be a much easier system to manage which should free me up to concentrate on what matters most, like finding more great speakers for all the upcoming events. I’ll give this a try for a month or so and if it works out we’ll migrate the domain name as well.
Let me know what you think.