Jul 222015

SQLSAT397_webOmaha’s next SQL Saturday event is going to be held on August 15th at the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Mammel Hall at 6708 Pine Street, Omaha NE. The speaker line up is coming soon, and is sure to be fantastic! Make sure to mark your calendars and register for this event, as we hit the wait list last time and anticipate hitting the venue cap again this year. Tell everyone you know in the area about it too! I want to beat the attendance that we had at the last event.

We also have three fantastic all-day preconference training sessions on Friday, August 14th. The speakers and topics are:

Ed Leighton-Dick ( b | t )

SQL Server Security Master Class

mike falMike Fal ( b | t )

Introduction to PowerShell

dandy weynDandy Weyn ( b | t )

Power BI

The cost to attend each session is a mere $129 for a full day of world-class training. Register today at EventBrite, as seats are limited and are already filling up fast!

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you in the Midwest at this event!

Jan 262015

UPDATE: This event has been moved to August 15th in the same location due to conflicts with the US Memorial Day holiday weekend. We hope you can still attend!

Omaha’s next SQL Saturday event, #397, is now live and scheduled for May 23rd, 2015, at Mammel Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska – Omaha.

If you are not familiar with SQL Saturday events, it is a free all-day training event for anyone involved in the Microsoft data ecosystem. Speakers from around the world come in and present cutting-edge sessions on a number of topics related to SQL Server and professional development as a data technologist. These are the same speakers that author the books and blogs, create the training classes that we pay to attend, and speak at the conferences that we try to make it to, but local and free! An optional lunch fee of $10 is charged so we can provide you a great lunch during the day. We also have some great raffle items to give away at the end of the day, so make sure to plan for the entire day!

Speakers – submit today! We want to see submitted sessions on a full range of topics, from database administration to business intelligence and analytics to professional development. We also encourage local speakers from the region to submit. If you have never spoken at a SQL Saturday event but have always thought about it, give it a try! It’s a great way to get experience speaking in front of groups, and it’s a lot of fun. We want to have a mix of speakers, both regionally and nationally.

Prospective sponsors, for more information, our sponsorship details are available here. Sponsorship comes in three different levels, and the exposure that you get to some of the most enthusiastic and driven database professionals in the region is sure to improve your business.

I hope to see you all there, as this day is a fantastic opportunity to get ahead and grow as a professional in the SQL Server field. Register today to ensure you have a seat, as capacity is limited. 

Oct 042014

We hope you have enjoyed your summer and are ready to get back to learning all things SQL Server related! We are starting out our fall in Omaha with a great session.

Our October meeting takes us back to Farm Credit Services of America, where we will have Alex Yates of Red-Gate Software joining us talking about building an automated database deployment pipeline.  This is a subject that I know is an oft-discussed topic in the industry currently, so this will surely be a night you don’t want to miss.
We will be meeting next Wednesday, October 8th, at 6PM.  Food will be served approximately 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.  Our sponsor is Farm Credit Services of America. Please RSVP so we have an accurate head count for food, and it makes you eligible for the swag giveaways!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Alex Yates (@_AlexYates_) has worked with database change management tools for four years, collaborating closely with users and dev teams along the way. As a pre-sales engineer, he gets to see a huge variety of server and dev environments, and helps folks solve their database development and delivery problems in whatever way works well for them. Ever the sharer, he also blogs about the lessons he learns: http://www.workingwithdevs.com.
The pace of business accelerates fairly continuously and application development moves right with it. But we’re still trying to deploy databases the same way we did 10 years ago. This session addresses the need for changes in organizational structure, process and technology necessary to arrive at a nimble, fast, automatable and continuous database deployment process. We’ll use actual customer case studies to illustrate both the common methods and the unique context that led to a continuous delivery process that is best described as a pipeline. You will learn how to customize common practices and tool sets to build a database deployment pipeline unique to your environment in order to speed your own database delivery while still protecting your organization’s most valuable asset, its data.
Mar 052014
From @sqlrus

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Tonight I was lucky enough to be able to present to my home SQL Server Users Group in Omaha, Nebraska. I gave my presentation ‘Squeezing Top Performance from your Virtualized SQL Servers’ to a packed house. I thoroughly enjoyed the session, and hope you did too!

To those who attended, the slides are now available for you to download here. Thanks for attending my session, and please let me know if you have any questions that I can answer!

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Mar 032014

IMG_1605My wife, Molly, is one of the smartest (non-technical) people I know. Although she has learned a lot about what I do through osmosis as well as from reading in her spare time, she’s talented in many other ways besides understanding what SQL Server actually is and the difference between virtualization and cloud computing. We both have very entrepreneurial spirits; she ran her own music studio for a number of years, and that’s a small part of why we’re such a good fit as husband and wife as well as running Heraflux Technologies as business partners. Besides making sure that all the pieces of our business are running smoothly seven days a week, in her spare time she dabbles in storytelling, and she had a great accomplishment come from her talents a few weeks ago – a short film she co-wrote that was produced last summer was accepted in the Omaha Film FestivalMens Rea. Over 600 submissions were processed, and she made the final list! We recently spoke about her inspiration for the film and what it’s about.

“I have a strong interest in subcultures. This interest coupled with North Omaha’s extremely high rate of poverty and crime led me to tell this story with Amber Sue Greser (Molly’s writing partner for the short). Mens Rea, which translated from Latin means Guilty Mind, explores two different but also similar people. Nia, who works nights to be able to attend school and take care of her alcoholic mother, has grown up in poverty. She’s striving for something better, which I believe most people attempt to do with their lives, but the reality can seem impossible for many people to pull up the proverbial bootstraps if they don’t start out with boots or even socks. The second main character, Marcus, has also grown up in poverty, but unlike Nia, doesn’t work and watches his single mother work two jobs to support the both of them. On the surface, Marcus could be labeled as a “bad person,” but he’s avoided the neighborhood gangs, dealing drugs, and going to prison. His lack of motivation is due to his observations about what it takes to get ahead. We tried to create a script that hopefully removes some of the black and white thought processes behind interpretation of a situation like Nia’s and Marcus’. The short is a very serious and dark drama with an ending that unfortunately echoes many real-life situations.”

Molly’s co-written short plays in Omaha at Village Point Theatre on Friday, March 7th at 8:30pm. For more information about the film festival, which runs Wednesday, March 5th through Sunday, March 9th, or to purchase tickets go to — http://omahafilmfestival.org/  

Omaha Film Festival 2014

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