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Microsoft SQL Server User Group. Run by the community, for the community. Part of PASS.org.

Speakers are from the community, sharing their experience and knowledge. New presenters are welcome! Share what you have learned and help others understand a concept or help others benefit from your experiences.

Meetings in North Austin on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Meeting in South/Central Austin on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Official webpage: http://cactuss.sqlpass.org/

Upcoming events (5+)

NORTH - Common TSQL Mistakes - Kevin Boles (Plus a quick GitHub intro)

(There will be a quick 10-20 minute introduction to GitHub by Shawn Weisfeld, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft, and founder of UserGroup.TV) Common TSQL Mistakes: We are going to examine a variety of oopsies MANY developers fall prey to - some obvious, some pretty subtle and some downright sneaky! Lots of code examples with the bad AND good code presented. I GUARANTEE that you will find things here that will either prevent you from getting bad data, throwing unwanted errors or vastly improving your database application's performance and concurrency. I have given this talk over 100 times now and it is always very highly rated! Kevin Boles, Consultant Indicium Resources, Inc. Bio: Kevin Boles is a SQL Server expert, working exclusively with the product since v6.5. With over 25 years of database experience and over 45,000 man hours of SQL Server engine experience, he holds many related certifications, is an MCT and was a SQL Server MVP from 2007 to 2012. Kevin has been a very successful independent consultant for over 20 years. His passion is the relational engine, especially designing, building, analyzing and tuning high-performance database applications.

NORTH - Setting up a test lab with Hyper-V - Jay Falck

So, you want to play with SQL server and/or Windows Server but you don't have extra hardware lying around. In this session I'll go over creating the necessary virtual networking and virtual machines to allow you to do this and protect your local network from possible harm. Jay Falck, DBA, Unicorn Computing I started as a night shift computer operator out of high school. I moved to applications development after graduation from SAC. After a few years with the State as an applications developer, the manager of Systems Programming decided it would be better to have me on the inside looking out rather than on the outside trying to get in. I spent the next 14 years as a mainframe system programmer for two state agencies. In 1996 I moved to Healthcare IT and have been that ever since. I’ve spent most of the past 14 years doing ETL, performance and HIPAA security. In these various jobs, I’ve used all manner of databases including InfoTec IMP, IBM VSAM and DB2, Interbase, Informix, Universe, Oracle 9i and SQL Server from 6.0 to 2008 R2.

Call for speakers: Business Intelligence SQL Saturday (Event Sat, Feb 8th)

East Williamson County Higher Education Center

Call for speakers will be live by the end of October. A Meetup announcement will go out when this is live. Call for speakers will close Mon, Jan 6th, 11:59 pm Central time. Event date: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 Location: East Williamson County Higher Education Center (aka Texas State Technical College) 1600 Innovation Blvd Hutto TX, 78634 Directions: The northeast corner of US-79 (E Palm Valley Blvd) and TX-130. You do not need to get on toll road to get here. When going east on US-79, take the exit that says TX-130 Austin Waco. Stay on the frontage of US-79. Go straight, under TX-130. Turn left at the stop lights. This takes you under US-79. Stay on the access road of TX-130. About 500 feet passed the lights, there is a little road that takes you to to Innovation Blvd / County Road 108. Turn left, facing north. The venue will be 1 mile up the road, on the left. URL will be live by the end of October: https://www.sqlsaturday.com/939/ What it is: Free day of training by community members around all aspects of Data and Business Intelligence. Sessions are 1 hour. There will be at least 4 concurrent rooms, with 5 sessions in each rooms throughout the day. Example topics to present and attend: (not an exhaustive list) (topics do not have to include Microsoft technologies) * Power BI / Tableau * Home Grown Reporting * Proper Dashboard Design * How To Present Data * Data Models * Data Ethics / Security * Data Science * Data Demographics * Data Importing / Exporting * R / Python / DAX * SSRS / SSIS * Microsoft PowerApps * Azure Data Factory * Career Development Example formats to present: (not an exhaustive list) * Classroom lecture * Real life tips and tricks on a topic * What you wish you knew before the project / career * A project that failed / succeeded and what roadblocks / decisions happened * Describe your workflow across tools * What recent new tools / enhancements / updates excite you and make your job easier * Common misconceptions on a subject / tool / design / field * How you stay current with learning

NORTH - Submit Your Topic - Speaker Open

Microsoft Corp

Submit Your Topic - Speaker Open

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Mexican American Cultural Center

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