Fun times ahead. I have been appointed by Jonathan Allen (blog|twitter @Fatherjack) to help with the organisation of the speakers at SQL Saturday 194, to be held in Exeter on 8th-9th March 2013. This is only the second of these events to be held in the UK. Jonathan has been working hard recently on getting more SQL Server events in his ‘hood – it’s less than two years since he set up SQLSouthWest (the regular SQL Server user group meeting in Exeter), and now this!
The basic event format is familiar to those of you who have attended SQLBits in the past, but shorter – a Friday of full-day training sessions (payable, unfortunately), and a free Saturday of one hour sessions in a variety of streams.
The Friday pre-cons (the all-day training sessions) have been announced, and so my work begins. The pre-cons are:
- Denny Cherry (blog|twitter @mrdenny) on SQL Server Security. Denny’s book on the subject is available (amazon)
- Mladen Prajdic (blog|twitter @mladenprajdic) from SQL Traces to Extended Events. Mladen is the man behind the rather splendid SSMS Tools Pack, an add-in to provide lots of extra functionality in SQL Server Management Studio
- Dave Ballantyne (blog|twitter @DaveBally) and Dave Morrison (blog|twitter @TSQLNinja) on T-SQL and Internals. I’ve seen both these guys at various events before, and they’re good fun.
- Andre Kamman (blog|twitter) on PowerShell 3.0 for SQL Server Administrators & Developers (I remember him saying last year that there are DBAs who will be replaced by a collection of PowerShell scripts – I wonder what he’ll say this year?)
- Christian Bolton (blog|twitter @ChristianBolton) and Gavin Payne (blog|twitter @GavinPayneUK) on Mission Critical data platforms in Windows Server 2012 – these are the only two non-Microsoft-employee Microsoft Certified Architects in SQL Server in the UK. Should be good.
That’s quite a line-up – I want to go to more than one, whereas I doubt (given the speaker-wrangling) that I’ll be able to get to a full session at all.
We’re currently taking submissions for sessions for the Saturday, so if you’ve got an idea for a one hour talk (time to include Q&A, obviously), and would like to get up in front of an appreciative audience, then get cracking! If you’ve not submitted by the end of the year, you may be too late.
Registration for the event is also going well – I believe that we’ve already taken over 50 bookings. Space is limited, so if you want to be there, again – get cracking!