Power BI–Visualizing SQLSaturday Data

Inside SQLSaturday

This morning I was having a discussion with my husband about our SQLSaturday location. He is extremely concerned that moving the event further away from downtown Nashville would hurt attendance. I tried discussing it with him but he finally said “I’d like to see the data so we could know where everyone is coming from.” I said well I have all the data give me a minute. 10 minutes later I am Skyping him asking how to share with him the 2 Power BI maps I have made.

How did we get here? I ran the last 2 Nashville SQLSaturday events. Because I took a big leap in . . . → Read More: Power BI–Visualizing SQLSaturday Data

PASS Summit 2013, the summary


Location, Location, Location

Those are the 3 rules of real estate. But it was quite the conversation this year. I heard many things being discussed about why this was good or bad. First there was the disappointment that the registration numbers didn’t look that elevated for the surrounding area. But until everything is finalized that one remains neutral. One of my friends complained that the flight cost them nearly $400 each but a normal flight to Seattle was only $150. I said that my flights to Seattle are about $400-450 and the non-stop is seasonal so it sucks even more. This year we were able to drive which only . . . → Read More: PASS Summit 2013, the summary

6 months of Travel Plans


I decided it might be a good idea to let everyone know where we intend on being till the end of the year. I went ahead an included the last couple weeks just so I can keep track. I have always said we never go anywhere but when we do go it tends to all pile up back to back.

What Where When Status Notes SQLSAT #220 Atlanta, GA May 18 Complete MS Tech ED New Orleans, LA June 2-7 Complete Kokomo, IN June 12-15 Complete Stacia’s Birthday Napa, CA August 2 -5 Scheduled First non-SQL trip since 2009 SQLSAT #242 Indianapolis, IN August 11 Presenting Submitted 2 sessions . . . → Read More: 6 months of Travel Plans

AlwaysOn & High Availability

Always on and high availability, Enterprise & Standard edition. Well when I think about all of this the first thing that comes to mind is “Can’t we all get along?” That was one of my ex-husband’s favorite sayings, he might have/still does spend a fair amount of time not sober; however that isn’t what is relevant here.

There are changes on our forefront, probably something many of us don’t even know/care/think about until it impacts us. I am guessing; based on the information that I have gathered over the years most shops run on a reactive schedule and very few are running on a proactive plan and this is something . . . → Read More: AlwaysOn & High Availability

Count down to #summit – First Timer Info

Thursday and for me just 52 hours until I head to KBNA for my flight to Seattle. I know we are getting there a bit early but we got married at Summit last year (#sqlwedding) and wanted a few days to enjoy the city.

In these final hours I want to provide you with yet one more bulleted list, I really like bulleted list!

How to find people and stay connected? Twitter. If you haven’t gotten a twitter account yet now may be a good time. You’ll find people to follow really fast, most everyone who hands you a business card will have a twitter handle on it, most presenters . . . → Read More: Count down to #summit – First Timer Info

3 weeks to Summit, more first timer info

Another post for the first timers!!!

Wow can you believe we are 3 weeks out? I feel that I am just terribly behind; I mean I booked my flights just the other day.

Well I guess today I will start with some travel tips. There is light rail that runs from the airport to the downtown area. It is really cheap (like around $3). But there is walking involved. However we pack pretty heavy (2 laptops, 2 cameras, 4 cell phones and a pile of cables, cords and chargers) and after last year I am sure it will be even heavier as I didn’t bring enough pants. PANTS! I know, . . . → Read More: 3 weeks to Summit, more first timer info