• Azure SQL Managed Instances - November 13th, 2018 (daytime /new location)

    Hello everyone and apologies for the crappy formatting - not how I actually typed this out! This will be our last event for 2018 and our friends at Cleverspeck offered us a chance to host the meeting at the Cleverspeck facilities. Rick Heiges from DB Best will cover Azure SQL Managed Instances for our topic. Lunch from Jimmy Johns will be served. Here is basic info about the meetup- Where: Co-Op Conference, 1st floor, 2201 Cooperative Way, Herndon, VA 20171 When: 11:30AM to 1:00PM, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 What: lunch, networking/user group admin from 11:30AM to 12:00PM, then core session from Rick from 12:00PM to 1:00PM Core Session topic: Azure SQL Managed Instance will be covered, as its the latest major Azure Data Service to go into General Availability. Rick Heiges BIO: Rick is a Principal Solutions Architect and Data Platform MVP [masked]), more can be read about Rick here on his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickheiges/ Chris Blevins, from DB Best will co-present with Rick.

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  • 2018 Reston Azure DataFest - October 11-12, 2018

    Microsoft Offices, Reston

    Hello Everyone! We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the "2018 Reston Azure DataFest: Advanced Analytics and Big Data Conference", a 2-day event to be held on Thursday and Friday, October 11-12, 2018, 9:00AM to 5:00PM at the Microsoft offices at 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 300 Reston, Virginia 20190. You have to RSVP here: RSVPS - https://lnkd.in/eFDkZry We are reviewing speaker sessions and workshops right now, and will have a schedule posted on Saturday, October 29th. One of our keynote speakers will Microsoft Principal Program Manager - Azure Cosmos DB - Mark Brown. Workshops we are lining up are "Data Ingest to an Azure Data Lake", "Creating real world big data pipelines in Azure", and "How to build engaging data stories" (just a sample of workshops we are reviewing). Please note - this will be a paid conference, and we are charging a nominal registration fee of $50.00 up to the October 10th registration deadline. We also have a $20 student ticket. Hurry though, we only have 150 seats available for this great two day event. This will be a great event, and one you will not want to miss out on. You have to RSVP here: RSVPS - https://lnkd.in/eFDkZry Bring your laptops for day 2 workshops. Attendees (1)

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  • NOVA SQL MeetUp - September 7, 2018 - AI / ML Fest!

    Microsoft Offices, Reston

    More to come, but for now, RSVPs are being handled via Eventbrite: https://reston2018-aifest.eventbrite.com

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  • Double Session - Kevin Kline & Data Science, & 2 sessions on Blockchain

    Please join us for our July 9th Quarterly meeting. We have three great speakers: Kevin Kline (yep.....Kevin Kline!) whom will discuss Data Science, and Art Nicewick and Kevin Leffew - both of whom will discuss blockchain, blockchain fundamentals, blockchain use cases, and blockchain demos. Please thank our sponsor - Accelebrate - https://www.accelebrate.com/sql-server-training Date: Monday, July 9th, 2018, 9:00AM to 12:00PM Location: Microsoft Offices, 3rd Floor, Room 3062, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA (take elevator up to 3rd floor) Networking, food, chapter announcements: 8:30AM - 9:00AM Main Session and Speaker Introduction: 9:00AM to 12:00PM (might go over slightly) 9:00AM to 9:50AM - Arthur Nicewick - Blockchain Fundamentals 10:00AM to 10:50AM - Kevin Leffew - Deeper Discussion on Blockchain 11:00AM - 12:00PM/12:30PM (maybe over some) - Kevin Kline, "The Database Professional's Guide to the Data Science Path using the Microsoft Data Platform" Summary: An intro into the Microsoft Team Data Science Process, the Cortana Intelligence Suite, and Machine Learning in R for the creation of a full-fledged data science solution. This curriculum overview helps a data professional to morph into a data science professional. Link to files: https://aka.ms/novasqlug-downloads Speaker BIOs: Kevin Kline - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kekline/ Kevin Kline is a noted database expert and software industry veteran. A long-time Microsoft SQL Server MVP and leader in the IT industry, Kevin is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a long-time veteran of the database tools market and serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne, makers of popular SQL Server tools like Plan Explorer. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at industry trade shows worldwide. He is on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) at kekline and blogs at: https://blogs.SentryOne.com/author/kevinkline. Kevin lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he enjoys gardening, playing Spanish and classical guitar, and music. He has a full house with his wife, Rachel, his four kids and three step-kids. Kevin Leffew - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinleffew/ Kevin drives customer engagements to help build strategies for modernization, productivity, security, digital transformation. Kevin is a Public Sector Blockchain SME - work closely with Azure Blockchain Engineering to help with GTM strategy, create developer documentation, and onboard partners to our blockchain ecosystem through hackfests and direct engagements. Art Nicewick - https://www.linkedin.com/in/arthur-nicewick-pmp-cdmp-ea-5781102/ Mr. Nicewick is the CTO of SalusSec LLC and the former director of the Data Management Lab at the AMS Center for Advanced Technologies (AMSCAT). In that role, he has conducted research on numerous data sharing technologies, including semantic web technologies, grid technologies, and open data initiatives. Mr. Nicewick is now focused on blockchain and AI technologies and runs the "AI and Blockchain Convergence" meetup. Mr. Nicewick is known for engaging presentations and has presented at several Northern Virginia Area meetups. Mr. Nicewick is a Certified Federal Blockchain Consultant (CFBC), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP) with over 25 years of technology experience. Stay in touch via twitter - @novasql and @mfcf_ug

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  • Webinar - Ben Prescott, Azure Readiness: Governance and Security Best Practices

    Come join our live webinar, as Benjamin Prescott, Sr. Azure Architect, Presidio (www.presidio.com) presents on Azure Readiness: Governance and Security Best Practices. The webinar will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 10:00AM EST to 12:00PM EST. This is a follow up from our Global Azure Bootcamp, as the session was very popular, but seat and availability were limited. RSVP - link with webinar information - https://novasqlug-presidiowebinar.eventbrite.com Presentation Download Links: https://aka.ms/novasqlug-downloads (and area for the recording) Session Title - Azure Readiness: Governance and Security Best Practices Session Summary: Presentation on preparing to onboard to Azure to include EA management, Access Control, Security, and governance best practices. Speaker Info: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjaminprescott/ Ben has been in the IT field for 12+ years and has focused on Azure for the past 5 years of his career. He now serves in a Sr. Azure Architect role for Presidio helping to demystify the cloud and designing solutions for customers.

  • NOVA SQL MeetUp - May 2018 - SQL Restore: Optimizing Your Data Recovery

    Please join us for our May 21st, 2018 meeting with Jamie Wick, Systems & Database Engineer at College of William & Mary Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect. Jamie will discuss optimizing your data recovery. Please thank our sponsor - Accelebrate - https://www.accelebrate.com/sql-server-training Date: Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:30PM to 8:00PM Location: Microsoft Offices, 3rd Floor, Room 3062, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA (take elevator up to 3rd floor) Networking, food, chapter announcements: 6:30PM - 8:00PM Main Session and Speaker Introduction: 7:00PM to 8:00PM (might go over slightly) Link to files: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AqR90V07LFnlgeZPEYVvGQSSgDtWFg Title: SQL Restore: Optimizing Your Data Recovery Abstract: When disaster strikes, everyone's immediate question becomes: How long until the system is back online? Whether it's a single database or the whole SQL environment, time is essential... As everyone waits on the restore to complete. How long will the restoration process take? Can it run faster? In this session, we'll answer these questions by looking at how to establish and maintain a Restoration Baseline and the options available for performance tuning database restores. Speaker BIO: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiewick/ Jamie Wick, Systems & Database Engineer at College of William & Mary Jamie Wick is the Systems & Database Engineer for The College of William & Mary and has been working with databases for the past 10+ years. His background includes working for several years as a SQL SysAdmin for the University of Queensland (Australia), a Master's degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, and assorted Microsoft SQL certifications. He is a volunteer & speaker at regional SQL events (User Groups/SQLSaturdays), helps run the Richmond SQL Server Users Group and SQLSaturday RVA events, and is an avid photographer.

  • Azure Databricks - a joint meeting with the Washington DC Area Spark Interactive

    Come on out and join us for a special joint user group session with the Washington DC Area Spark Interactive meetup. Our topic will be Azure Databricks and our presenter will be Silvio Fiorito, Resident Architect from Databricks ( www.linkedin.com\in\silviofiorito ). RSVP Here: https://www.meetup.com/Washington-DC-Area-Spark-Interactive/

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  • Global Azure Bootcamp 2018 - Reston, VA

    Microsoft Offices, Reston

    RSVPs FOR THIS EVENT ARE MAXED OUT!! The 2018 Global Azure Bootcamp - Reston will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Microsoft Technology Center, 3rd floor, 12012 Reston, VA 20190. RSVP will be through Eventbrite starting 8:00AM, Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. The schedule is now posted on the link below. Download link for presentations: https://aka.ms/2018RestonGlobalAzureBootcamp RSVP link for attendees: https://reston-globalazurebootcamp2018.eventbrite.com

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  • NOVA SQL MeetUp - March 2018 - Azure Logic Apps and Azure Data Factory

    Please join us for our March 26th, 2018 meeting with Jay Kumar, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect. Jay will discuss Azure Logic Apps for serverless computing and Azure Data Factory for data pipeline. Date: Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30PM to 8:00PM Location: Microsoft Offices, 3rd Floor, Room 3062, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA (take elevator up to 3rd floor) Networking, food, chapter announcements: 6:30PM - 8:00PM Main Session and Speaker Introduction: 7:00PM to 8:00PM (might go over slightly) Link to files: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AqR90V07LFnlgeZPEYVvGQSSgDtWFg Session Topics: Azure Logic Apps and Azure Data Factory Session Description: Jay will do an overview/walk through of the following Azure services/products: Azure Logic Apps - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/logic-apps and Azure Data Factory - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-factory Speaker BIO: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayvkumar/ Jay Kumar, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect - Engineering leader in Enterprise Architecture, Engineering, DevOps, Development, Management and Execution. Record of planning and leading enterprise-level projects with systems deployed world-wide. Built teams, planned and managed staff and budgets. Adept at interpreting business needs into technology strategies and tactical solutions. Visionary strategist and resourceful problem solver.

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  • Morning Session - Power BI/ELT/ML - “I want to visualize my data, now what?"

    Please join us for our February 12th Quarterly meeting with Cameron Snapp, Manager/Architect at CapTech Consulting. Cameron will spend 1/2 day walking through Power BI, reusable ELT architecture, and Visual Studio for DB Projects. Date: Monday, February 12, 2018, 9:00AM to 12:00PM Location: Microsoft Offices, 3rd Floor, Room 3062, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA (take elevator up to 3rd floor) Networking, food, chapter announcements: 8:30AM - 9:00AM Main Session and Speaker Introduction: 9:00AM to 12:00PM (might go over slightly) Link to files: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AqR90V07LFnlgeZPEYVvGQSSgDtWFg Session Topic- Power BI Session Details: The three sessions will review best practices and functional demos for, what I consider, three key stages of establishing an analytic platform: Session 1 – Establish a Reusable ELT Architecture for Data Migration Session 2 – Leverage Visual Studio Database Projects Session 3 – Create Valuable Dashboards with Power BI I consider any data professional or stakeholder an audience for these parts. There is content for those in many roles of any skill level. I gear the talks to tactical use cases and improving IT project ROI. I’ll be using Major League Baseball data (third normal form and star schema models) throughout. Speaker BIO: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-snapp-991b193/ Cameron Snapp, Manager/Architect at CapTech Consulting - Cameron Snapp is a MCSE and PMP certified IT Consultant with over 14 years of database architecture and development experience. He has worked on dozens of Microsoft SQL Server OLTP, Data Warehouse, and Business Intelligence projects. He holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Richmond and a Master’s degree in IT Management from the University of Virginia. Cameron specializes in IT Projects related to data strategy, modeling, integration and reporting.

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