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SQL Saturday Chicago 2020 Schedule Posted!

SQL Saturday Chicago 2020 Schedule Posted!

We have just under two months to go until SQL Saturday Chicago 2020! This year we received over 150 abstracts, and we are very pleased to announce our schedule. Thank you to all who submitted! I hope to see you on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Benedictine University in Lisle for what will be a wonderful day of free training, networking, and career development. (Lunch is available for $15.) We have once again broken our previous record for registration (set last year), and are now at capacity. But fear not! There are still ways you can attend: Join our waiting…
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Chicago SQL Association – Now With A New Logo!

A while back I wrote about starting a not-for-profit, detailing the genesis of the Chicago SQL Association. This organization allows us to better manage the finances of our user groups and our SQL Saturday event. That post has proven quite popular, so I can only assume it has been helpful to others looking to set up their own legal entities. With that in mind, I would like to share our recent experience of getting a new logo designed. Why Our original (and now former) logo was designed by...me. Over a period of about two hours. I am not a graphic…
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Session Feedback: PASS Summit 2019 Edition

Session Feedback: PASS Summit 2019 Edition

Another PASS Summit has come and gone, and once again I find myself extremely fortunate to have been able to attend and speak. This year was also extra special for me, as it was my first time attending as a Microsoft MVP, and also as a PASS Summit Official Blogger. I'd like to take a moment and thank everyone who attended my session on Azure Data Lake, and give an extra-special shout out to those who took the time to fill out session evaluations. As a speaker, I am always looking to improve my presentations and my presenting skills in…
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SQL Saturday Chicago 2020 Pre-Conference Sessions

SQL Saturday Chicago 2020 Pre-Conference Sessions

The SQL Saturday Chicago 2020 team is very happy to announce this year's pre-conference sessions! Premium Performance Tuning by Erik DarlingData Science with Databricks by Ginger GrantLeveling Up Your Azure Skills - Implementing Data Platform like a Pro by Joey D'AntoniBookmarks, Brain Pixels, and Bar Charts: Creating Effective Power BI Reports by Meagan Longoria Pre-conference sessions will take place on Friday, 20 March 2020. You can find out details about each session, pricing, and register by using the above links. If you haven't already registered for SQL Saturday Chicago, which takes place on Saturday, 21 March 2020, registration is open!…
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I’m a Microsoft MVP!

I’m a Microsoft MVP!

The Friday before I left for PASS Summit, I was shocked and surprised to find out that I had been presented the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Data Platform. My shock was genuine, as this was just about the last thing I was expecting. And then the congratulations and other kind words started rolling in from tons of #sqlfamily and other corners of the internet. My Twitter and Facebook exploded. I didn't get very much done that day. PASS Summit was also an even more incredible experience than usual as I had so many people congratulating me in…
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