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SQLOrlando Monthly Update – May 2020

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Greetings everyone!

We’re planning to have an online only event on May 27th. Topic, time and how to join us will be announced in the next week or so. We’re thinking it will be an hour presentation plus some time for us to just chat a bit. Hope you will be able to attend.

We don’t yet know when we will be able to resume in-person events. Our plan is to revisit on the first of each month to see how things stand, not least of which is being able to find/use meeting space. That extends to SQLSaturday planning too. If there is a reasonable way to hold SQLSaturday, we will. Lots and lots of unknowns. 

Hope you’re all safe and doing ok. If you’re not doing ok and we can do something to help, please contact us.

Upcoming SQLOrlando Events

  • May 27. SQLOrlando Meetup Online (registration is NOT yet open)
  • Oct 3. SQLSaturday Orlando! (Registration will tentatively open June 1)

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SQLOrlando Monthly Update – April 2020

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We’ve cancelled all of our April events. In May we will probably have an online-only event with a shorter presentation and time for questions and chat. We’ll just take things a month at a time for now.

It is a stressful time and you may have less energy for learning about SQL. That is ok. Return to it when you have the energy and enthusiasm. If you do want to continue learning, here are a few resources you should look at:

For those of us who work with data we live in interesting times. Consider downloading one of the publicly available datasets and working with it. Maybe you can learn how to import into SQL, graph it in Excel, visualize it in PowerBI or R, or even create your own model.

Many of us are working at home and many of us are not working, both can leave us craving some casual  conversation at times. Our Slack group (free) is small but growing and is a good way to reach out during the time at home. Use this link to join the group.

Hope you’re all safe. Hang in there.

Upcoming SQLOrlando Events

  • Oct 3. SQLSaturday Orlando! (Registration will tentatively open June 1)

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SQLOrlando Monthly Update – March 2020

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Our evening quarterly meetup is this Wed at our downtown location. We’ve got two great presentations scheduled and as always we’ll be networking (“talking shop!”) before the meetup and we’ll have dinner together at 7:30 or so, my favorite part of the meetup.

Our Getting Started class is coming up on April 18th and we have 50 signed up, so we added 15 more seats. It’s an event designed for those who want to get into a role dealing with data and aren’t sure what the different job titles do or how to get started. It’s built for someone starting out or career changing. I hope you’ll click the link and look at the schedule and think about who you know that might benefit from attending. It’s a free event, including lunch.

Don’t forget Orlando Code Camp on Mar 28th! There are some data topics, but plenty of other stuff to learn too. Free lunch, free learning! Hope to see you there.

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SQLOrlando Monthly Update – February 2020

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We’ve got a lunch coming up this week in Lake Mary. If you live/work in the area, hope you’ll attend. For those of us who are introverts lunch with strangers can be a little daunting, something we very much keep in mind. Our goal is to greet you warmly and then let you decide how and if to participate from there. If you want to quietly listen and see how it goes, that’s fine! We’ll be on the back patio of Friendly Confines, usually we’re the only group there.

Our Getting Started class is coming up on April 18th. It’s an event designed for those who want to get into a role dealing with data and aren’t sure what the different job titles do or how to get started. It’s built for someone starting out or career changing. I hope you’ll click the link and look at the schedule and think about who you know that might benefit from attending. It’s a free event, including lunch.

We’ve also set up a Slack for members of this group. It’s definitely an experiment, but one we hope increases the number of conversations and connections. Use this link to join through Feb 23 (after that contact us and we’ll send you a new link). It’s all free, just a matter of setting up a Slack account.

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SQLOrlando Monthly Update – January 2020

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice holiday and are back ready to learn and grow in 2020. We’re still working on plans for the year, but one thing we really want to do is have more informal events where we can just talk and share ideas. As you can see below we’ve already scheduled two lunches and we want to do more, but it’s hard to to know where in Orlando to have them – help us figure it out by completing this this two minute survey.

If you’ve been wanting to see Brent Ozar teach in person, May 1st in Jacksonville is your chance! It’s $249, register soon, we expect that class to sell out.

Katie Schmidt will be joining the organizing team this year. She’s already lined up two great speakers for the March meetup and is taking the lead on our first ever Getting Started event on April 18th. She’s also going to be working on growing our volunteer team.

Finally, I hope you’ll join me at the ONETUG/Azure Meetup on Jan 16th. ONETUG has a been great partner over the years and it’s always fun to talk data with developers!

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End of Year Review

Looking Back at 2019

I think it’s always a good thing to think about how we did in the context of our mission statement:

This corporation exists to further the career development of students and information technology professionals in Orlando and surrounding areas that are interested in or working with SQL Server and related or complimentary technologies and applications.

Here’s what we did to pursue that mission:

  • Organized our annual SQLSaturday, providing a full day of free training to more than 300 attendees (and that training was provided by more than 50 volunteer speakers!)
  • Hosted four quarterly meetups
  • Organized seven lunches across the Orlando area
  • Brought in all day classes on SQL Performing Tuning and PowerBI, plus half day classes on AWS and SQLGrease

In the next couple of weeks we’ll publish our plan for 2020, building on what we did in 2019 and looking for more things to try, more ways to reach people.

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Summary of the Lunch Meetup on January 20, 2019

We had 17 register and 8 attend our first lunch meetup of the year at Fuzzy’s Tacos. It was fun and we had some great conversations! Note for next time that we need a “SQLOrlando” sign for the table, though we found each other without issue.

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Summary of the December 2018 Meetup

We had 44 RSVP and 19 attend our December meeting. Franklin Yamamoto presented on performance tuning (and sponsored the meeting on behalf of SQLGrease.com) and William Durkin did a remote presentation on DBATools.io. We changed it up from our usual pizza and had a full holiday meal of turkey and stuffing. 

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SQLOrlando Lunch in Lake Mary on February 12, 2019

We’ve scheduled a second lunch for 2019, this one in Lake Mary on February 12. More details at https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/256866726/.

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Merging oPASS into SQLOrlando

As we look more at what works best for us here in Orlando we’ve decided to merge the original oPASS group/meetup into SQLOrlando. We’ll be closing down the Orlando meetup group after inviting those members to join the SQLOrlando meetup group. We’ve also updated the group home page to reflect the change. For Q1 we’ll have a lunch meeting in Lake Mary (where oPASS was focused) and talk more about how to effectively serve a community that is so dispersed across the greater Orlando area.