SQL Saturday Returns To Chicago A Fourth Time!

Where can you find deep dish pizza, questionable politics, amazing architecture and a great SQL Saturday all in one stop? Sweet Home Chicago! The organizing committee in the windy city has been hard at work, and SQL Saturday #211: Chicago 2013 is open for registration. This year the event will be taking place on Saturday April 13, 2013. DeVry University's Addison Campus is once again graciously allowing us to use their awesome facility. We're all looking forward to a great day of free SQL Server training, networking, and #SQLFamily in Chicagoland. Please join us! As in past years, the event…
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Lessons Learned at SQL Saturday #119

SQL Saturday #119, our third one in Chicago, was a total blast. This was only my second time on the organizing committee, but I’ve yet to hear anything negative about the event. From my perspective, everything went incredibly smoothly! SQL Saturdays are a learning experience for all involved – not just the attendees. Rather than give my usual play-by-play of the weekend, I thought I would share the things I learned and how I’ll make it even more amazing next year: I am not a good predictor of coffee consumption. Full disclosure: I’m also not a coffee drinker. I ordered…
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SQL Saturday #119 Update

Chicago's third annual SQL Saturday will soon be upon us, and as food and beverage coordinator it's my job to obsess over what's on the menu. SQL Saturday food offerings seem to have evolved over time. The first few I attended offered pizza, which is of course a great way to feed a large number of people. While very cost-effective, pizza is also not all that exciting. This did not go unnoticed; it seems there was a shift to more local food specialties that aren't pizza. Lately I've seen more local offerings like amazing barbecue in Kansas City and excellent…
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SQL Saturday #118: Wisconsin-Style!

This past weekend I was very fortunate to be able to attend and speak at SQL Saturday #118 in Madison, Wisconsin. This was a top-notch event; all the hard work and planning that went into it really showed in how smoothly things ran. My trip began around noon on Friday, which was a great decision because I hit no traffic at all on the way up there. I checked into the Crowne Plaza Madison and ended up with a little time to kill before heading out to help set things up. The hotel was excellent, featuring a pool and free…
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SQL Saturday #67 This Week!

After months of planning, SQL Saturday #67 is finally upon us! While this is the 3rd SQL Saturday I'll be attending, it's the first one I've had a hand in planning. It's been a real pleasure to be part of such an awesome team putting it all together along with: - Wendy Pastrick (blog | twitter) - Norman Kelm (blog | twitter) - Ted Krueger (blog | twitter) - Bill Lescher (twitter) - Rich Rousseau (twitter) - Aaron Lowe (blog | twitter) - Jes Borland (blog | twitter) Schedule We have an amazing schedule put together with over 40 great…
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