Jeff Pries

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Month: October 2013

SQL Saturday Roundup: #237 – Charlotte, NC

SQL Saturday Roundup: #237 – Charlotte, NC

Following the incredible PASS Summit 2013 in Charlotte, the Charlotte BI Group was gracious to host another edition of SQL Saturday – BI Edition.

As I was already in Charlotte for Summit (and would’ve drive to Charlotte for this event anyway if I hadn’t been at Summit) I took advantage of the opportunity to keep the week of connecting, learning, and sharing with the community for one last day.

This is the second year that CBIG has hosted a SQL Saturday BI Edition and it actually marks the first SQL Saturday that I’ve attended twice in a row (as I really started getting into SQL Saturday last year with Columbus, GA).

As the first SQL Saturday that I’ve attended two years in a row, I thought the event went very well.  There seemed to be a good number of attendees and a lot of big name speakers.  Many of the speakers from Summit stayed the extra day to present at SQL Saturday, though I was surprised that it didn’t seem there were as many attendees from Summit at SQL Saturday that I would have thought.  There were some though and it was fun to identify each other.  Lunch was an excellent BBQ with a number of sides and various lunch time presentations.  I’ve had a lot of BBQ these past couple days, but it was still great!

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PASS Summit 2013 Roundup — The Adventures of a First Timer

PASS Summit 2013 Roundup — The Adventures of a First Timer

Wow, what a ride.  For the past year, attending various SQL Saturday and other events, I’ve heard the whisperings of PASS Summit in sessions and hallways.  This past week, it finally arrived and at last I had the opportunity to attend my first PASS Summit.

The whispers couldn’t possibly prepare me for what a truly amazing and motivational experience it was!  Summit was a non-stop week of connecting, learning, and sharing combined with a lot of fun and #sqlfamily that can only be rivaled by future summits (since all of my fellow first timers which I spoke to are now also completely hooked on the event)

I registered for PASS Summit 2013 all the way back in December of 2012.  It’s a bit of a gamble that something won’t come up when you register nearly a year in advance, but by registering that early, you can get some pretty deep discounts on Early Bird registration.  Plus, since you’re now invested, you can build anticipation and look forward to the event for almost an entire year!  Early Bird Registration for 2014 goes until December 6th this year, so I’ll probably do the same again.

Monday– Prep!  I took the day off from work to get things done before heading out of town for the week.  I’d heard from multiple people that you don’t sleep during Summit, so I planned to head to bed early so I’d start the week well rested.  I finished packing and went to bed a little after 1 am.  Whoops, so much for that.

Tuesday – I got up bright and early to begin my drive from Duluth, GA to Charlotte.  My goal was to arrive in Charlotte just early enough to get parked and checked in in time for the First Timer’s “Get to Know Your Community” meeting.  I planned to hit a couple of notable geocaches along the way, making for a longer but leisurely drive.

Ultimately, I took a bit too long on the drive up and I missed the First Timers “Get to Know Your Community” session, but I made it just in time for the First Timers Orientation session.  The orientation session was great and I was very happy to see so many well-known vets (sporting their stylish propeller beanies) in the crowd supporting us first timers.

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Preparing for PASS Summit 2013 — My First Time!

Preparing for PASS Summit 2013 — My First Time!

Being a regular attendee of SQL Saturday events in the Southeast, I frequently hear murmurs of PASS Summit and what a great thing it is.

With a little bit of luck it turns out that this year, for the first time in years its being held outside its usual home in Seattle, WA in the not-too-distant city of Charlotte, NC.  Seems like a sign to me!

PASS Summit is a BIG conference!  As such, there are a lot of moving parts in order to get prepared.  The PASS Connect page offers a great “one-stop” link resource for many of the major items:

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The Office Hijinks Series – Part 4: The Baconing

The Office Hijinks Series – Part 4: The Baconing

In this weeks installment of The Office Hijinks Series, we travel back to August of 2011.  In this episode, Matt, our victim and also the CEO of the company was heading out of town for a week.

Also, as it turns out, Matt is a vegetarian…

So, how better to try to convert a vegetarian back to the fold?  A little baconing, methinks!

We covered the office with all sorts of bacon and bacon-related accessories.  Unfortunately, being a bit fashionable these days, tacky bacon items can be a bit pricey, so a lot was made by had through various crude methods.

The extra-large Mr. Bacon was the most fun to put together…he got to hang around the office for some time after the rest of the bacon departed.  Enjoy!

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