SQL Saturday Dallas #56 Re-Cap

Dave Ryan Vic

Ryan, Vic, and yours truly.

SQL Saturday #56 BI Edition went off without a hitch last Saturday. Those who read this blog, probably remember the awesome experience I had at my first SQL Saturday.

Once again, everything went wonderfully. Our event was scaled back this time which translated into fewer hassles. Microsoft and Artis Consulting were our only sponsors. Microsoft provided the building, took care of security, check in, and all of those little things that need to be handled the day of the event, while Artis provided food for breakfast and lunch. This left many of us on the planning committee with more time to enjoy the day with fewer things to worry about.


Leading people astray....

I was asked to present two topics this time:

  • Creating Interactive Dashboards with PowerPivot. Slicing Your Way to Data Nirvana
  • Who, What, Where. The Power of SSRS Parameters

My presentations went very well, and were well received. My evaluations were great, but I do know that I need more practice. That shouldn’t be too hard to get as I thoroughly enjoy it anyway.

I wanted to take a moment to thank a few people. I want to thank the folks on the volunteer committee and NTSSUG board. Folks like Sri Sridharan, Sean and Jen McCown, Tim Mitchell, Vic Prabhu, Ryan Adams, and Ganesh Gopal. I’d also like to thank Rakesh Kanjani (Rocky) for taking pictures for the event and Andy Eggers who works harder on event day than any other three people I know.

Let me let you in on a little tip. Go to the after party. They’re not crowded, though they should be. Yes, I know you’re tired after a full day of learning and networking, but go anyway. The best conversations, both technical and non-technical, can be had there. People are ready to relax, open up, and the atmosphere is great for networking.

A note to those who attended my sessions at SQL Saturday, and the week prior at Consona Connect 2010: I haven’t forgotten that I owe both groups a few blog posts going into more detail on the topics I presented. I promise to have those out by the end of next week.

I’ll also be blogging about M-Data Analytics as well as a posts regarding PASS Summit which I’ll be attending for the first time this year.

I’m so thrilled to be going, and you should go too. Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you why.

Stay Tuned!

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