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.

SQLSaturday Orlando 2018 Recap

On October 6th we hosted our 12th annual SQLSatuday on the Lake Mary campus of Seminole State College. This year we had more than 30 speakers volunteer their time to train more than 250 attendees. We also had more than 100 students attend our half day “Student to IT Pro” seminar, our best ever attendance for that event.

Looking to next year, we hope to organize our lucky 13th SQLSaturday on October 12, 2019.

SQLOrlando Meetup on Sep 20, 2018

We had our second meetup of the year on September 20th. Dale Sullenberger delivered a great presentation on temporal tables. Quest was our sponsor (thanks for the food!) and Dale was also able to give a great demo of Spotlight as he currently uses it at work.

We tried a different format this time, a lot more conversation and only one technical topic instead of two. Feedback from attendees was that they preferred this format – more interaction. We’ll continue to experiment with formats going forward, but making time for relationship building remains a key goal of our meetups.