SQLSaturday 365

Melbourne, Australia

PASS SQLSaturday is a free training event for professionals who use the Microsoft data platform. These community events offer content across data management, cloud and hybrid architecture, analytics, business intelligence, AI, and more. This event will be held on Feb 07 2015 at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 888 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East , Victoria, 3145, Australia

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Welcome to SQLSaturday #365

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held on 7 Feb 2015 at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 888 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East , Victoria, 3145, Australia. Admittance to this event is free, but we do charge a lunch fee of $15.00 so that we can provide a lunch - not pizza! Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

Pre-Conference Training Day

This year we are also planning to hold a number of full-day deep-dive training sessions by some top SQL Server experts on Friday, 6 Feb 2015.   These sessions will be an additional cost and full details of the sessions, prices and how to register are as follows:

BIML Bootcamp with Reeves Smith, Peter Avenant, Warwick Rudd and Paul Schmidt

Reeves Smith is a Microsoft Certified Master and a SQL Server Architect specializing in data warehouse projects. He has worked with SQL Server for more than 15 years, beginning with SQL Server 6.5. During that time he has worked on various development and data warehouse projects in industries like the U.S. government, Department of Defense (DoD), telecommunication, entertainment, oil and gas, manufacturing, travel, and banking. Reeves has contributed Guidance and Mentoring Services, Architectural Guidance and Implementation, Analytic Dashboards on projects large and small, from half-day training courses to lengthy conversion and implementation projects. Unlike large consulting firms wishing to sell, Reeves makes individual business needs his top priority.

Peter Avenant is Director of Technology at Varigence Australia, an SSIS Developer, Certified Biml Trainer and data warehouse specialist. His background includes developing a metadata framework that integrates with BimlScript to create Kimball data warehouse. He is a contributor on BimlScript.com and have published multiple code samples and webinars to the Biml community. Peter was an early adopter of Biml and has given numerous community talks and training sessions on Biml in Australia and New Zealand. He has been working with SQL Server for over a decade, focusing primarily in ETL/SSIS, database development, reporting, and data quality.

Warwick Rudd is a SQL Server MVP, MCM – SQL 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Masters Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5 he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specializes in designing and implementing High Availability and Disaster Recoverable solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups and SQL Saturday events in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL Server stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Paul Schmidt has gained more than 15 years’ experience implementing business intelligence solutions. He combines his hands-on technical knowledge and experience of business intelligence and his project management experience to plan, design, build, and deploy successful Business Intelligence solutions from inception to completion. Paul is General Manager for Varigence in Australia.

Mastering Execution Plan Analysis with Paul White

Paul White is an international SQL Server technical consultant, specializing in performance tuning the SQL Server Core Engine. He lives in New Zealand and has worked with SQL Server for more than 15 years. Paul has been a SQL Server MVP since 2011, and regularly speaks at user groups, SQL Saturdays, the annual PASS Summit, and other international conferences.

Practical Power BI with Peter ter Braake

Peter ter Braake, SQL Server MVP and MCT, co-founder of the Dutch PASS Chapter and organizer of the Dutch SQL Saturday and SQL Rally Amsterdam, teaches SQL Server since 2002. Teaching is for Peter the perfect opportunity to share his SQL Server knowledge and his enthusiasm for the product. Since 2008 he works as an independent contractor giving him the opportunity to use his classroom experience in the real world and use his real world experience in the classroom.

Speaking at SQL Saturday

If you are interested in having the opportunity to present at SQL Saturday Melbourne, then submit your session abstract and bio here. You don't have to be experienced as we are all about giving new community speakers an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best.

This year we are also running a Speaker Idol competition for new speakers.  These will be 10 minute long sessions in front of a panel of experienced speakers who will provide feedback and judge the overall performance of each speaker.  There will be a fantastic prize for the winner - so click here to submit your topic (choose Lightning Talk as the Session Level) and your bio and watch for the line-up to be announced.   Depending on the number of entries, we may use a semi-final -> final format or it may just be a single presentation.

What's On in Melbourne around February?

If you are looking for a good reason (other than SQL Saturday) to come to Melbourne, then we have listed a few of the things happening around this time:

Australia Day Celebrations
Australian Open Tennis
Asian Cup Final Tournament
Star Trek in Concert
ICC Cricket World Cup
The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier

Recommended Hotel

We have organised a group rate at the Great Southern Hotel, 44 Spencer Street, Melbourne.

The hotel is only a few hundred metres from the Skybus terminus in Southern Cross Station and also the same to the train service to Caulfield.

The rates we have are as follows (based on a Std Queen room):

Thursday 5th Feb - AU$80.00
Friday 6th Feb - AU$110.00
Saturday 7th Feb - AU$110.00

To book, email the reservation manager Danny on reservations44s@greatsouthernhotel.com.au or Jessie on Jessie.zhi@greatsouthernhotel.com.au and quote "SQL Saturday".  You will need to provide your full address, phone number and the details of your credit card to hold the booking but you can pay upon arrival.

Public Transport to Monash University, Caulfield Campus (Location)

Free parking is limited around Caulfield Campus, so we encourage using public transport to get to the event.

By train and tram:
Caulfield Railway Station is adjacent to the campus. Four lines stop at the station: Cranbourne, Dandenong, Frankston and Pakenham.
No. 3  or 3a tram between Melbourne University and East Malvern will take you directly to the Caulfield campus.

By bus:
Bus Route 624 -- Kew, Auburn Railway Station, Caulfield Railway Station, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Oakleigh Railway Station.
Bus Route 900 -- Stud Park Shopping Centre, Waverley Park, Monash University Clayton campus, Huntingdale Station, Oakleigh Railway Station, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Monash University Caulfield campus, Caulfield Railway Station.

For those travelling to Melbourne for the event, you will need to purchase a Myki Card for use on all public transport.  Details can be found on the PTV website.

Community Celebration

In the SQL Server community, we like to have fun as well as learn more about the product. So, thanks to our generous sponsors, we will also be hosting an "after-party" at the Racecourse Hotel. If you'd like to come along for a post-event refreshment then make sure you check the box on your registration to "Attend the After Party".   We do ask however that you keep this option up to date with your plans.  You can edit your registration by signing into your PASS profile on the event home page then clicking on "[view profile]".

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Event news

Registrations for the Precon sessions closes on Sunday, 1st February at 23:30 (AEDT). There are still places available, but they need to be booked before Sunday. Read More

Recommended Hotel info is available on the event home page.  Scroll down to get the links and instructions. Read More

BI Over BeersOur sponsors are hosting this eventon Friday, 6th Feb.  See here for details and registrations. Read More


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PASS SQLSaturdays are local events organized by PASS community members around the world. PASS is a not-for-profit association for data professionals who leverage the Microsoft Data Platform, offering interactive learning built by community and guided by trusted data experts.

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