• Storytelling with Data: Where tech and art intersect

    Mexican American Cultural Center

    Free RSVP required at: https://www.theoristfest.com/events/the-truthful-art-of-data-visualization How design and psychology shape our understanding of the "truth". An interactive panel with a data architect, artist, psychologist, and a choreographer. The Scenario: A data architect, artist, psychologist, and a choreographer walked into a bar... ...and then went to the theater... ...and eventually the experiment took to the streets! Free parking pass included. Raffle: $100 Amazon gift card for attendees. https://www.theoristfest.com/events/the-truthful-art-of-data-visualization ----- As part of the larger festival: Theorist Festival Music * Dance * VR * Art Thu, Oct 24 – Sun, Oct 27 85+ multi-disciplinary artists from Austin, across the US, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, England, Korea & India. theoristfest.com How “Place” Impacts Emotions Theorist Fest experiments with questions from The XYZ Atlas, asking why we feel a sense of belonging to a place by mapping experiences and collecting stories that document our highs and lows. Artist Jennifer Chenoweth used a colorful chart of emotions and public art (xyzatlas.org/austin-texas) to engage people about place-based experiences that create attachment and wholeness.

  • South Lunch Pinthouse Pizza - South Lamar at Ben White

    Pinthouse Pizza

    A lunch meetup for people that love data! No presentations, no agenda, just lunch with people that share our interest in SQL Server, SSIS, PowerBI, and anything else data related - it's all good! Pinthouse Pizza 4236 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 Northwest corner of South Lamar at Ben White, in the Brodie Oaks Shopping Center. It's at the corner of the shopping center closest to the Lamar and Ben White intersection. Used to be a Chili's. Store details: http://pinthousepizza.com/lamar/location-hours Menu: http://pinthousepizza.com/lamar/food/menu Order your food and pay upfront, so you can leave when you need to. The main business is the food, not the small bar, that is off to the side. You could even call in your food ahead of time order so it can cook while you are driving in. If you are nervous, that's ok. You don't have to talk; you can just listen and eat.

  • North Lunch Jason's Deli - Arboretum - 183 and Great Hills Trail

    A lunch meetup for people that love data! No presentations, no agenda, just lunch with people that share our interest in SQL Server, SSIS, PowerBI, and anything else data related - it's all good! Jason's Deli by the Arboretum 10225 Research Blvd Ste 1010, Austin, TX 78759 Northeast corner of 183 and Great Hills Trail. The same side of 183 as Target, but across Great Hills Trail from Target. Same shopping center as Home Goods (used to be Bed Bath and Beyond), Sprouts, and Truluck's. Towards the middle of the shopping center. Menu and details: https://www.jasonsdeli.com/restaurants/arboretum-deli You can even order it online to avoid the ordering lines. Pay upfront, so you can leave quickly. If you are nervous, that's ok. You don't have to talk; you can just listen and eat. Food payment is up front, so it's easy to leave as soon as you need to without waiting for a bill.

  • NORTH - Insights from Tech Hiring Managers - Mike Burek

    Last night I attended an "Ask a Manager" panel of tech managers who do interviewing and hiring. There were many great questions and helpful answers. I'm going to recap many of the points that struck me as important. If there are no questions during this recap, and if there is time at the end, I'll go over the concepts of how Columnstore Tables and Indexes work, and the updates to SQL Server back to 2016 SP1 that allow them to be used in many more circumstances.

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  • ALL the Ladies in Tech Happy Hour: Fall Edition! (cross post)

    RSVP required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-the-ladies-in-tech-happy-hour-fall-edition-tickets-70090341097 RSVP here doesn't count This is a quarterly mega happy hour / networking mixer with the goal of connecting women in tech, data, and code in ATX.

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  • Everything you ever need to know about Power BI

    Microsoft Corp

    View all details and RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/everything-you-ever-need-to-know-about-power-bi-tickets-68920189141 An RSVP on this meetup event page does not register you for the real event.

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

    Better-than-pizza sponsor this month: Quest Simple IT management for a complex world Technology keeps changing. Whether it’s digital transformation, cloud expansion, security threats or something new, Quest helps you solve complex problems with simple solutions. ============================== Abstract: 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. Level: Beginner Bio: 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.

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  • Houston Tech Fest 2019 (cross post)

    Microsoft Technology Center

    RSVP required at HoustonTechFest.com RSVP here does not count. The Houston Techfest was started in 2007 as an annual event for the IT community focusing on education of existing and emerging technologies.

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  • 24 online 60-minute webinars from PASS Summit

    Needs a location

    These sessions are designed to be 60-minute free, online versions of the 75-minute in-person presentation at the 2019 PASS Summit RSVP required: https://www.pass.org/24hours/2019/summitpreview/Registration.aspx These are the currently scheduled sessions so far: Dr. DMV's Troubleshooting Toolkit by Glenn Berry Dipping Your Toes In: Azure Data Lake for DBAs by Bob Pusateri Scripting for Success on Linux- Top Tips and Tricks by Kellyn Pot'Vin-Gorman Why You Need Query Store by Erin Stellato Introduction to Azure Machine Learning and Azure AutoML by Kathi Kellenberger Extending DevOps To SQL Server by Grant Fritchey Bigger Hardware or Better Code and Design? by Jonathan Kehayias Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Developing Your First Presentation by Andy Yun Unlocking New Visualizations and Features in Power BI by Reid Havens Precursor to Cool Data Warehouses – Where to Start by Jeff Renz, Leslie Weed Query Optimization Statistics: Driving Force Behind Performance by Vern Rabe Architecting a Big Data Analytics Solution with SQL Server 2019 by Kevin Feasel Move a Successful Legacy On-Premise OLTP SQL Server Database to Azure by Ike Ellis Evaluating Cloud Products for Data Warehousing by Ginger Grant What Every DBA Needs to Know About AI by Melody Zacharias Database Privacy and Security for Developers by Ed Leighton-Dick Code Like a Snake Charmer - Introduction to Python! by Jamey Johnston AI Builder for Automated Form Processing in Power Apps and Flow by Leila Etaati Practical Azure Databricks: Engineering & Warehousing at Scale by Simon Whiteley How to Deploy SQL Server Containers on Kubernetes in Azure by Hamish Watson The Open Source Opportunity: How You Can Impact Azure Data Studio by Drew Skwiers-Koballa

  • Lunch MOD Pizza I-35 at Parmer

    MOD Pizza

    A lunch meetup for people that love data! No presentations, no agenda, just lunch with people that share our interest in SQL Server, SSIS, PowerBI, and anything else data related - it's all good! Between In-N-Out Burgers and the HEB Gas station. MOD Pizza website https://modpizza.com/locations/tech-ridge/ Menu: https://modpizza.com/menu/ You can even order it online to avoid the ordering lines. Pay upfront, so you can leave quickly. If you are nervous, that's ok. You don't have to talk; you can just listen and eat. Food payment is up front, so it's easy to leave as soon as you need to without waiting for a bill.

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