We Can’t Do It Alone…

I was just having a conversation with several members of the Sacramento SQL Server User Group Board about SQL Saturdays and the things we like and dislike about them. And not just limited to our event that we put on here (which was awesome this year), but also other events we have been to. It was at that moment that i realized, we can’t do this alone. It is hard work organizing and running a SQL Saturday. Granted, this was our 5th event here in Sacramento and for the most part, it runs itself, but it still takes time and commitment from a bunch of people to make the event successful.

For that reason, I wanted to take a moment and call out several people on the board here in Sacramento and give my thanks to them.

Glenn Burnett (t) – Glenn has always been the silent, observant and practical member of the group. When ideas come up and we all get wrapped up in the shiny lights, Glenn has a way of thinking outside the box. making sure we think about all the consequences, both good and bad. He is the man behind the curtain that makes everything work. The Web-Master, Tweet-King, LinkedIn-Guru and MeetUp-Mongrol.

Robert Muir – Robert is new to the board this year. We met Robert on the way home from the Summit last year in the airport. He hadn’t been to a meeting and didn’t know we existed. After attending a few meetings he decided to take a position on the board and jumped right in with both feet. Although Robert has not been a part of the team for long, I can tell he will become a big part of the group in the near future.

Dilip Nayak (t) – Never a dull moment with Dilip. His personality and smile is contagious and he is always volunteering to help out where needed. A reliable and giving member of the group who has come into his own with presenting and teaching others. He has been a great addition to our local board and I am grateful he decided to stay on with us for the foreseeable future. DILIP!!!!

Danny Hess (t|b) – Danny has been an integral part of this group from day 1. Going on 7 years of volunteer for group and local community, he has stepped back from the board, but not from SQL Saturday. Danny is one of the reason our SQL Saturdays have always been planned and executed without flaw since he lead the organization of the first one (#144) in July 2012. He set the foundation for all SQL Saturdays here in Sacramento.

Glenn, Dan, Dilip and Robert – Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the group. You guys are the ones I depend on to keep us moving forward and growing as a community of SQL Professionals here in the Cowtown. we have come a long way in the last 5+ years and I hope we keep trending in that direction.


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SQL Saturday #312 Top-Notch Precons

You might have heard by now, SQL Saturday #312 in Sacramento, CA is only 3 weeks away. But what you might not have heard is that we are having 2 top-notch Precons on Friday July 11th. I am not sure how we managed to convince them, maybe it is just the #cowtown charm, but we have booked 2 of the most influential SQL Server trainers/authors/mentors in the community. If you have not signed up yet, you need to soon! Both Precons are all day trainings and an incredibly affordable price of Just $139 until the end of the month!

Pre-Con 1:
Kalen Delaney – What the Hekaton!?

Friday, July 11, 2014, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Patrick Hays Learning Center
2700 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95833

What the Hekaton!? A Whole Day on a Whole New Way to Think About Data Management. SQL Server Hekaton, Microsoft’s new In-Memory table technology being shipped as part of SQL Server 2014, will completely change the way you think about data management. As a DBA, you’ll need to analyze your memory and storage needs completely differently. All Hekaton data is always stored in memory, and the data stored on disk is basically just a REDO log used to regenerate the contents of your memory-optimized tables. In this full-day seminar, Kalen Delaney (a SQL Server MVP for over 20 years) will show you the in-memory architecture for your Hekaton data and indexes, and discuss what gets written to disk during checkpoints, as well as what gets logged. She will explain how the recovery process recreates your Hekaton tables. Finally, she’ll go into detail on just what it is that makes Hekaton so much FASTER!

Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 26 years, and provides performance consulting services as well as advanced SQL Server training to clients around the world, using her own custom-developed curriculum. She has been a SQL Server MVP since 1993 and has been writing about SQL Server almost as long. Kalen has spoken at dozens of technical conferences, including almost every US PASS conference since the organization’s founding in 1999. Kalen is a contributing editor and columnist for SQL Server Magazine and the author or co-author of several of the most deeply technical books on SQL Server, including SQL Server 2012 Internals. Kalen blogs at www.sqlblog.com and her personal website and schedule can be found at www.SQLServerInternals.com.

For more information, or to register to join us for this precon event, please click here:
Eventbrite - What the Hekaton! SQL Saturday #312 Sacramento Precon with Kalen Delaney


Pre-Con 2:
Stacia Misner – SSRS Rookie to Rockstar!

Friday, July 11, 2014, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Patrick Hays Learning Center
2700 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95833

Join this introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services, designed specifically for report developers who have no prior experience with the product, and learn how to use the development tools effectively, how to present and enhance data in a report, and how to create dynamic reports. Even if you have some experience with Reporting Services, this session will explore aspects that aren’t intuitive or well-documented, helping you expand your skills and make the most of this powerful reporting tool.

Stacia is a consultant, educator, mentor, and author specializing in business intelligence and performance management solutions using Microsoft technologies. Over 25 years of experience with improving business practices through technology. Exclusive focus on business intelligence since 1999. Specialties:BI Architecture & Implementation, Data Warehousing, OLAP, ETL, Reporting & Analysis, Project Management

For more information, or to register to join us for this precon event, please click here:
Eventbrite - SSRS Rookie to Rockstar! SQL Saturday #312 Precon with Stacia Misner

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Coming Soon – SQL Saturday #312


We are only a month away from the next biggest thing to hit Sacramento since the Gold Rush. SQL Saturday #312 here in Sacramento is set for July 12th, 2014. The schedule has been posted on the SQL Saturday website and boasts some of the best presenters from around the local area and around the country. These presenters include Microsoft Certified Masters, MVP’s, authors and trainers.  If you haven’t signed up, you need to. The cost for the event is free with the exception of an $8 lunch fee.

Sign up HERE!

There is a wide range of topics being discussed including PowerShell, SQL Development, SQL Server 2014, Administration and PowerPivot. The opportunities to gain new knowledge is endless. Not to mention the networking and connections you can make in our local community. All of this is beneficial for your personal and career growth.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Can’t wait to see you there!

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SQL Saturday #276 – Silicon Valley


SQL Saturday #276 in Silicon Valley is only 10 days away! Have you signed up yet? If you haven’t, why not? This is looking like it is going to be a great event again this year. Lots of great speakers and great subjects.

If you are attending next weekend, come by and see me, I will be presenting at 1:30PM on Self promotion in the Executive Board Room.

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Sacramento SQL Server User Group Special Presentation on January 29th

UserGroupLogoThe Sacramento SQL Server User Group will be hosting a special meeting on January 29th, 2014. Ben Miller will be in town to present to our group on PowerShell and SMO.

Ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes in SQL Server when you use PowerShell and SMO to manage a SQL Server? How fast can your automation really go? I will take you through a few common objects in SMO and the internals of what happens when you use those objects. We will examine the TSQL that is generated, and learn techniques that lead to high-efficiency. We will dive deep through the collections that make SMO the powerful tool it is. Combining the flexibility of PowerShell and SMO Internals is a recipe for awesome sauce. Come peek behind the curtain and squeeze the speed out of your automation scripts using PowerShell and SMO. You’ll be glad you did.

Who is Ben?

About Ben Miller: Ben has been a member of the SQL Server Community for over 14 years now. He is currently an Enterprise DBA Architect for HealthEquity, a Health Savings Account Provider in Draper, Utah. He is a 3 year SQL Server MVP, a SQL Server 2008 MCM and has spent time in the field using SQL Server since 1997. He has worked at various companies throughout the US as well as at Microsoft for 7 years. He is passionate about SQL Server and automation and integration. Contact URL: http://dbaduck.com

Don’t forget to go to our LinkedIn site to join and register. Hope to see everyone there!

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PASS Summit 2013: Quick Networking Tips for Introverts #6

Be Memorable

They always say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That is why it is important to be prepared. With so many people at the Summit, you might only have ElevPitcha minute or two to talk to someone before they get pulled away or you get interrupted. This is where the importance of the Elevator Pitch comes in. What is the elevator pitch? It is your way of quickly describing yourself, business or skills to someone in the time span it would take to ride an elevator, about 30-60 seconds. It is taking all the high points, cramming them into a compact, easy to remember speech that you can regurgitate at any given moment. It should be simple enough that even your grandma could understand it.


  • Stay away from any corporate buzzwords. We hear this stuff enough in the office.
  • Keep it short and to the point; Who are you, what do you do…
  • Incorporate humor, quick story or a ‘win’ you had
  • Write it down on paper
  • practice, practice, practice it!!!

The goal of the elevator pitch is to leave the person interested. This is why I try to encourage people to end a pitch with something funny, memorable or exciting. It helps to keep someones attention and usually sinks the hook into them. Leave them with a business card, a firm handshake and always wanting more…

Be Memorable!

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PASS Summit 2013: Quick Networking Tips for Introverts #5

Business Cards

If you don’t have business cards, you need to get some before the PASS Summit! Even if they are cheesy and are hand cut, it doesn’t matter. Leaving a conversation with just a hand shake and a smile might not always make people remember you, however, leaving them something like a business card will.

I have seen all sorts of business cards, from small and funny to shiny and BusCardsserious. No matter what it is, as long as it has your name and contact info, it will get the point across. If you are uncomfortable handing out a card with all of your “day job” info, then think about creating a “networking card”. This card should consist of anything you want people to use to either find you or find out information about you. Include social media information including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Blog, etc.

I try to encourage people to get keep in contact with everyone you meet. I am not saying you need to have weekly chats, but connect on LinkedIn or Facebook and keep that connection in your back pocket. You never know when you might have a question or need some help with something. The SQL community is a very tight-knit group of people and we all tend to look out for one another. All these connections that you make at the PASS Summit could be life long friends or possibly even future coworkers, managers or employees. Always keep that in mind!

See you at PASS Summit. If you see me, introduce yourself and give me your business card!

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