What we're about

The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group was started in early 2005 by members of the Microsoft SQL Server community who were interested in sharing experiences and disseminating knowledge to other members in the Northern VA/DC/Central MD area. NOVASQL is also a chapter of the Professional Association of SQL Server ( http://www.sqlpass.org ), an international Microsoft SQL Server training and advocacy organization (membership is free). As data platform roles and responsibilities have evolved, we have broadened our scope to include Microsoft Azure Advanced Analytics, Big Data, and general Azure topics. The goal of the leadership of NOVASQL is to provide a comfortable environment where members can participate in multi-disciplinary discussions of Microsoft data platform related issues.

Benefits to NOVASQL Attendees include:

• We host at least two full-day technology conferences a year (e.g., Global Azure Bootcamp, Azure DataFest)
◾Networking with local data platform professionals
◾The latest and greatest Microsoft SQL Server news
◾Microsoft SQL Server and Azure Advanced Analytics and Big Data questions answered by Microsoft insiders
◾Valuable information for career development
◾Free food, drinks, and giveaways

Upcoming events (5)

NOVA SQL User Group - Quarterly Meetup

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Come join us for our first meeting of 2020. We have 2 to 3 great speakers, good food, and excellent conversation and networking. AGENDA: 8:30AM - Sign-in, breakfast 9:00AM - Chapter Notes, Event review/forecasting 9:30AM - SQL Server 2019 Overview - Tim McAliley 10:00AM - "Big Data Clusters for the Absolute Beginner" - Mohammad Darab 11:15AM - TBA Title: Big Data Clusters for the Absolute Beginner Abstract: Are you a DBA or data professional working with out-dated technology or feel your skills are quickly becoming irrelevant? Stay ahead in today's ever changing tech space and take your career to the next level. Join Mohammad Darab this session to explore the cutting-edge technology that SQL Server 2019 has to offer: Big Data Clusters. Topics include: -Big Data Cluster architecture and its components such as: Containers, Kubernetes and the newly enhanced Polybase -Unique advantage of SQL Server Big Data Clusters -Data Virtualization, Scale-out Data Marts, and Data Hub concepts Session Length: 60 minutes Speaker Bio: Mohammad Darab is a Microsoft Data Professional, speaker and blogger with over 19 years of IT professional experience, 10 years of that working with SQL Server. Some areas of his focus are the database engine, HA/DR, and security. He is currently an MCITP, MCP, as well as an IDERA ACE Class of 2019. His regularly blogs about SQL Server at: https://MohammadDarab.com

Apache Cassandra Workshop (Eventbrite RSVP only)

Microsoft Offices, Reston

We’re bringing Apache Cassandra™ Workshop to Reston! Join us to learn how Cassandra distributed database delivers a consistent, low-latency data fabric for both on-premises data centers and public clouds with zero downtime. The workshop will be on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 9:30AM to 3:30PM in room 3062, Microsoft offices, 12012 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, Virginia 20190. Please bring your laptop. Wifi is available along with Azure passes. Parking is paid, BUT, bring your parking ticket to the 3rd floor receptionist, and the team will validate your parking. RSVP Here: https://datastax-winter2020restoncassandraworkshop.eventbrite.com Attendees will easily get started with Cassandra and be introduced to the latest in our developer toolset to get you quickly up and running! Attendees will also be introduced to the additional toolset of the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) platform including Solr search, Spark analytics and streaming, as well as graph deployed in Azure. Don’t miss your chance to partner up with the Cassandra experts for a day of practical hands-on learning and a glimpse at the products that are soon to be released. DataStax and Microsoft have been partnered together since 2014 to bring together enhanced enterprise-grade offerings for Azure customers in the Azure Marketplace reducing the complexities of deploying and provisioning. With a few clicks developers can easily deploy clusters into their Azure subscription allowing customers time to focus on creating powerful distributed cloud applications across Azure’s global network. This event is sponsored by: Datastax - https://www.datastax.com/ Northern Virginia SQL User Group - www.meetup.com/novasql

NOVA SQL User Group - Quarterly Meetup

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Speaker/agenda - TBA

NOVA SQL User Group - Quarterly Meetup

Microsoft Offices, Reston

Speaker/agenda - TBA

Past events (51)

2019 Reston Global AI Bootcamp (Eventbrite RSVP only)

Microsoft Offices, Reston

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