We’re starting the new year with a informal lunch in downtown Orlando at Fuzzys Tacos. More details at https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/256671739/.
The initial meeting of the Board of Directors was held on August 19, 2017 and the minutes of that meeting were approved at the Board meeting held on October 24, 2018.
Our final meetup of 2018 will be on December 5. The meeting will be a combination of a technical presentation (TBA!) and an informal holiday dinner. Details on Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/254916787/.
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.
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.
On October 5, 2018 (the day before SQLSaturday Orlando) we’re pleased to have SQL Server MVP Thomas LeBlanc teaching a one day class on PowerBI on Premise. Open to students of all skill levels, we hope you’ll spend the day with Thomas and see what the options and possibilities are when it comes to using it on-premise.
We’re excited to announce that SQL Server MVP and author Louis Davidson (LinkedIn, blog, book) will be presenting a one day class on database design on September 13, 2018. Cost of the class is $149 and includes lunch. Students will need SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server Management Studio installed on a laptop before class. While some knowledge of relational databases will be helpful even absolute beginners will learn a lot.
Register soon: https://www.meetup.com/SQLOrlando/events/252570843/
Today we opened up registration for our 12th annual SQLSaturday. SQLSaturday is a free one day training event organized and presented by volunteers, held on the campus of Seminole State College in Lake Mary. SQLSaturday is part of PASS (formerly the Professional Association of SQL Server), visit their site for more information on SQLSaturday as well as other training and networking opportunities including the annual PASS Summit.
On May 23 we held our first meetup in downtown Orlando. Kendal Van Dyke from Microsoft and Tom Staab from Amazon gave presentations on SQL Server in the cloud. We had 59 register and 28 attend, pretty good for a new location. Sponsorship was provided by Quest Software and SNI Technology.
Our next downtown meetup is tentatively planned for early August. Join the meetup group to get news about all SQL events in the Orlando area.
In August 2017 we held our first meeting to launch SQLOrlando. We’re a real 501c(3), a not for profit with a mission to serve the SQL community in the Orlando area. The first order of business was to seat the Board of Directors, consisting of Andy Warren, Kendal Van Dyke, Shawn McGehee, Esteban Garcia, Bradley Ball, Mike Antonovich, and Kathleen Branch. after which the Board approved the by-laws. Minutes of that meeting will be posted after they are voted on at the next Board meeting to be held sometime in 2018.