PASS, Stickers, and BaCon

There has been a lot of things going on within the #SQLCommunity lately. Largely based on decisions the PASS Board of Directors have made recently. Some folks are out right against some things, others are like “MEH” what ever this too shall pass and some are agreeing to see change but don’t exactly like what/how it is happening.

Last night while talking with friends about some of these happenings Kerry walked into the dinning room and picked up a stray PASS sticker. You see I have a bag that I carry to events that has a small stash of swag, mostly stickers and a few pins. Some how one little guy was left out so he was left on the staging table (dining room table acts like a holding area when I am planning travel).


What happened next took us by surprise. I am not sure what caused him to go pick up that 1 lonely sticker. The one on the left was the singleton found in the dinning room and the one on the right I retrieved from my bag.


As you can see there are clearly 2 different messages below the logo. The new sticker is something I picked up in Indy at their SQLSat, Karla had sent quite a few so I grabbed some to replenish my stack. Funny we started thinking about the name change announcement and decided to look at the BoD meeting minutes. Sure enough August 14, 2014, item #4 PASS Branding. That is weird these stickers are from an event on August 9. Seems like we were moving towards this change for a while now. Also notice in the meeting notes the $30,000 approval for speaker travel and expenses for BaCon 2015 and a $40,00 approval to create computer based learning session room for BaCon.

Why didn’t we notice before? I am sure it has something to do with seeing the logo and the “Connect. Share. Learn” and just not parsing the parts in between.

I am feeling pretty torn about this whole fiasco. I mean sure there are some different types of data people out there, but why do we need/want to put them into our community? Why wouldn’t we build a different arm of PASS for the BA folks? Why would you water down what this community has stood for and what is most important to them. Sure lots of DBAs are still mad about us BI types but that has worked out well.

I have a dear friend that is frequent attender of Analytic conferences. When I asked her what conferences she goes to she replied with “Well most of the industry conferences have added an Analytics track.”  I wasn’t surprised we’ve been friends a long time.  She also mentioned that there have been several Big Data conferences that were funded with grant money. If you are interested in what types of conferences someone deep into analytics goes to, this was her list.

So her normal conferences:
International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK)
International Conference on Education Data Mining (EDM2015)
IMS Global (focus on frameworks and standards)

Industry Specific:
Educause (annual meeting and ELI)
Sloan C


Evolution of Family

It always comes to me as a surprise that it is TSQL Tuesday again. I guess time just slips by so quickly these days. This month our wonderful host is Jeffrey Verheul [ B L O G  | TWITTER ]. The writing challenge of this month is to talk about #sqlfamily. If you haven’t heard about or figured out what this Tuesday stuff is all about drop me a line and I will not only sell you on the concept I will convince you to write your first post for next month.


This month I would like to give everyone the opportunity to write about SQL Family. . . . → Read More: Evolution of Family

Indianapolis here I come!

Well here we are middle of summer and I have been on a bit of a traveling break. Been home since early June and to be honest I have loved every moment of it. That being said I really miss my #SQLFamily.

We are headed to Indianapolis Indiana for #SQLSat 304. My friend Hope [ B L O G | TWITTER ] is putting together another great event and she’s even offered me an opportunity to speak. I will be presenting 45 Minutes to Your First SSRS Report. Also presenting is my dear friend Joseph D’Antoni [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and my lovely husband Kerry Tyler . . . → Read More: Indianapolis here I come!

Nom-Com 2014

I swore last year that I wouldn’t do this if I had to run a campaign to be on a committee. Well here we are, guess I got some explaining to do. But first let me remind you of last year

I wrote a series about my experience that basically ended up being 4 blog post(below).

Nom-Com Part 1 (Just getting started with the reading)

Nom-Com Part 2 (Discuss application ranking)

Nom-Com Part 3 (Details to what the NomCom was asked to do)

Nom-Com Part 4 (Summary and a request for changes to be made)


The committee last year didn’t have to run as only 3 people threw their . . . → Read More: Nom-Com 2014

The Fresh Prince (#SQLSat294)

Or guess what? I am going to PHILLY for #SQLSat294!

If you think I have lost my mind just listen.

So this wraps up the spring travel schedule and should leave us at home till Indianapolis in August. Neither of us have ever been to Philadelphia. This is probably the furthest East I have been. We will be arriving on Thursday as Kerry [ B L O G | TWITTER ] is planning on attending the Friday Pre-con Stacia [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and Joey [ B L O G | TWITTER ] are putting on, Analytics Without Limits: The Modern BI Architecture Story. That should . . . → Read More: The Fresh Prince (#SQLSat294)

Big Challenges in Data Modeling – Ethical Data Modeling

This Thursday, April 24th 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific I will be participating in a Dataversity webinar. This panel discussion is all about Ethics. The panel will consist of our moderator Karen Lopez [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and panelist Denny Cherry [ B L O G | TWITTER ], Kerry Tyler [ B L O G | TWITTER ], and Len Silverston [ B L O G | TWITTER ].

Details: You can tweet us questions and comments #BCDModeling (Big Challenges in Data Modeling).

This should be a fun and witty panel and I hope you can join us.

. . . → Read More: Big Challenges in Data Modeling – Ethical Data Modeling

Orange County, but not including choppers

I am speaking in CA!

At least I don’t think it will include custom choppers. <SMILE> Well it appears that my good friends in Orange County have invited me to speak at their SQLSaturday. This event is happing on April 26, 2014 at the Goldenwest College. This will be #SQLSat289, and that sounds confusing because I did #SQLSat295 just a short while ago. You see you can commit to (sign the contract) up to 180 days out but no later than 120 days. So it is possible to be later in the calendar year but earlier in the numbering schema. Side note we are not hear to discuss or debate . . . → Read More: Orange County, but not including choppers

Houston, you are clear to land.

In other news I am going to Houston, Texas. I am sure many folks are thinking “So what?” or “Who cares?” And guess what? That isn’t going to prevent me from telling you about it.

There are a few things that are going to make this trip different, special and somewhat stressful. I will be making my first solo trip, yup I have never flown alone. No where, not ever. To be honest I have only made a few driving trips alone. I believe that would be Michigan in the late 90s and several trips back and forth to Nashville during our transition period. So this will be what . . . → Read More: Houston, you are clear to land.

Ikea here we come or AKA I’m presenting in Atlanta.

You guys this travel schedule for Spring is CRAZY. We are headed to Atlanta for the second time but this time it looks like we are both presenting. Ikea isn’t in Nashville so we love the fact that we get to go there too! Last year on our journey to Ikea we got stopped on the interstate because President Obama was delivering a commencement speech.

We Kerry will be traveling down on Thursday afternoon hoping to get there in time for dinner with friends. Then Kerry will work all day on Friday and I will …. well I just don’t know yet. Maybe I can go to Ikea alone, no . . . → Read More: Ikea here we come or AKA I’m presenting in Atlanta.

Wrap Up SQL Saturday Las Vegas


The last activity done before leaving on a trip is to check the weather and pack. I had packed earlier but still double checked on Tuesday to be certain that I had the appropriate clothing. WRONG! I had packed all jeans only to discover that it was going to be 80 degrees during our visit. I removed all but one pair of jeans and replaced them with capri pants, only to get to Las Vegas where it was colder than Nashville. That is okay it did warm up eventually. What beautiful weather we did had.

Ok, now back to my summary. We arrived on Wednesday knowing that there were . . . → Read More: Wrap Up SQL Saturday Las Vegas