What we're about

The HRSSUG is focused on Microsoft SQL Server software and the tools related to its use for all users starting with novices all the way up to experts.

Join us for HRSSUG's regularly scheduled meetings every third Wednesday of every month. (Visit our Meetings Page to see the topic and speaker are for our next meeting)

Hampton Roads SQL Server User Group (http://hrssug.thecloudlyfe.com/) is a group which embraces the mission statement, “to empower data professionals who leverage Microsoft technologies to connect, share, and learn through networking, knowledge sharing, and peer-based learning.” The HRSSUG is focused on Microsoft SQL Server software and the tools related to its use for all users starting with novices all the way up to experts. Join us for HRSSUG's regularly scheduled meetings every third Wednesday of every month.

We focus on connecting SQL Server professionals working in all of the major areas of data.

Our Topics

We focus on connecting SQL Server professionals working in all of the major areas of data.

Business Intelligence

Meeting Format
6:00pm - 6:30pm | Free food / beverages, networking and group discussion.
6:30pm - 6:45pm | PASS news / announcement, a word from our sponsors, local event reminders.
6:45pm - 8:00pm | Speaker presentation followed by open discussion and networking.

Hampton Roads SQL Server User Group and Data Saturdays Virginia Beach

(by joining this group you agree to adhere to the below policy)

Anti-Harassment Policy

Minimum Code of Conduct

1. No disrespectful behavior. This includes threats, harassment, stalking, abuse, slurs, profanity, personal attacks, sexual remarks or innuendos, physical violence, public speculation about others, and any other behavior that you would not tolerate others display towards you.

2. Respect the presenter and other attendees

· Refrain from carrying on conversations during the presentation. If conversation is necessary, please leave the presentation room

· Ask questions but respect the presenter’s wishes regarding when to ask questions (some like questions during the presentation, others have specific Q&A time slots). Also, give others a chance to ask questions. If you have more than one question, give others a chance to pose theirs before you ask your next question.

· Don’t challenge the presenter on a point during the presentation. If you feel that the presenter’s information is completely incorrect or off base, signal one of the user group leaders, leave the room to present your information, and allow the user group leader to deal with it. Asking a question that might lead to clarification is one thing, directly disagreeing with the presenter leads to embarrassment of the presenter and confusion for other attendees.

· Avoid asking questions or making statements that will side-track the presentation. However it’s intended, it may be seen as hijacking the presentation.

3. No impersonations of a Microsoft or user group employee, agent, manager, host, or another user.

4. No illegal or offensive activities. Members will not publish, post, distribute, or disseminate defamatory, infringing, obscene, or other unlawful material or discussion in any group forum or post. This includes, but is not limited to, child pornography, bestiality, incest, illegal drugs, software piracy, discriminatory/racist statements or images and harassment.

5. Accountability. Members are fully responsible and liable for anything they say (whether orally or in writing) or do. This includes any actions taken based on advice or information received in presentations, online forums or elsewhere. Remember, always test what you plan to do, regardless of the source of the information.

6. No libel or slander against the user group, Microsoft or other persons or entities. Libel includes false statements made in written form, such as statements posted to forums or other publicly accessible websites, electronic mail, or any other printed form.

7. No confidentiality violations. Members may inadvertently gain access to certain non-public information during their participation in the group and are expected to honor the confidentiality of the information.

8. No plagiarism. Members may post their own original work or work that they have written permission to post. If a member cites another author’s work, please provide any necessary attribution according to the requirements associated with the original author’s work. Learn more about copyright at:

( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/Copyright/Default.aspx )

9. No discrimination or harassment. This user group is committed to providing a harassment-free experience to members regardless of age, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical size, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or technology choices. Harassment is unwelcome verbal, physical or virtual behavior based on the characteristics identified above.

10. No sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, physical or virtual behavior based on sex and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same or different gender. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

· Unwelcome sexual advances

· Sexual comments or inappropriate gender-based jokes

· Excessive, unwelcome romantic attention

· Offering or conditioning an employment benefit or preferential treatment, like a promotion or job assignment, in exchange for sexual favors

· Unwelcome physical contact

· Sharing or displaying sexually explicit content

· Using sexually degrading words

Reporting Conduct Violations

If you become aware of a conduct violation on or offline, you are encouraged to report it to a user group leader.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a user group leader or member of the event staff immediately.

Upcoming events (3)

Meagan Longoria: Practical Application of Storytelling Techniques in Power BI

In data visualization, we are inundated with the idea that we should be telling a story. But what is a story? And how do you use visual properties and navigation to tell a story? Join Meagan Longoria for this discussion of storytelling in data visualization and demonstration of storytelling techniques. This Month's Speaker : Speaker: Meagan Longoria Bio: Meagan Longoria is a business intelligence consultant with Denny Cherry & Associates who lives in Denver, Colorado. She is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. Meagan spends a lot of time thinking about how to use data integration, data modeling, and data visualization techniques to make data useful for people. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences at conferences and user group meetings, as well as through her blog (DataSavvy.me). Link will be posted as event nears- ONLINE MEETING

Rob Sewell: I ain't a Data Scientist - Why do I need Jupyter Notebooks?

Jupyter Notebooks were once the realm of Data Scientists. New releases of Azure Data Studio, Visual Studio Code, and .NET interactive tooling have brought this tooling into the Operational team's area. The biggest benefit of using Jupyter Notebooks is that you have your documentation, your code __and__ your results in the same source controllable document. I will share with you all of the knowledge I have gained over the past 12 months implementing Jupyter Notebooks for Data Operation teams. You will leave - with a good understanding of possible use cases for Jupyter Notebooks - being comfortable in using the different tooling - with many examples that you can take back to work and start being effective immediately Enabling collaboration with your team, simplifying common tasks, improving Incident Wash-Up meetings, creating run-books, easily creating code for others to use are some of the benefits that you will take away. We will have fun as well. Prerequisites: Working in an operational team supporting Data Platform systems. Lack of pogonophobia! Willingness to learn We will use Azure Data Studio This Month's Speaker : Speaker: Rob Sewell Bio: Be-Whiskered PowerShell Ninja Rob was a SQL Server DBA with a passion for Powershell, Azure, Automation, and SQL (PaaS geddit?). Now he just helps people. He is a Cloud and Data Center MVP and a Data Platform MVP, an officer for the PASS DevOps Virtual Chapter, co-leader of Data South West and PSConf EU organiser and has spoken at and volunteered at many Data and PowerShell events all over the world. He is a proud supporter of the Data and Powershell communities. He relishes sharing and learning and can be found doing both via Twitter and his blog. He spends most of his time looking at a screen and loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, you can find him on the cricket field in the summer and flying a drone in the winter. He has a fabulous beard @sqldbawithbeard linkedin.com/in/robsewellsqldba blog.robsewell.com (blog) robsewell.com (company) Link will be posted as event nears- ONLINE MEETING

Deepthi Goguri: Decoding Statistics in SQL Server

Online event

Are you new to performance tuning and confounded by statistics? Do you wonder where these statistics come from, and how the optimizer gets the estimates from statistics? Join me as we dive deep into cardinality estimation, how SQL Server uses statistics to build execution plans, where to find information about how statistics got used and why managing statistics is vital to performance. This session will have awesome demos showcasing practical examples of how the optimizer uses statistical information for all those crazy queries you write. This Month's Speaker : Speaker: Deepthi Goguri Bio: Deepthi is a SQL Server Database Administrator with 7 years of experience in Administering SQL Servers. She is a Microsoft certified trainer and Microsoft certified professional with an Associate and Expert level Certification on Data Management and Analytics. Deepthi blog for DBANuggets.com . You can contact Deepthi on twitter @dbanuggets Link will be posted as event nears- ONLINE MEETING

Past events (25)

Monthly Meeting: Why You Need Query Store

Online event

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