This past saturday I attended a SQL Saturday held here in Atlanta. This was my first SQL Saturday event, and I loved it. In my day to day existence, I’m the only “Data guy” for the company that I work for, so fairly often I’m accused of being irrational in my desire to normalize, and make things “Right” for where we’ll be (hopefully) 6 years down the road. Getting to hang out with 500 (or so) of people that think the same way that I do, was an absolute breath of fresh air, all while getting to learn about subjects that I need to know more about in order to continue to professionally grow.
My morning started off at about 6am, the sessions were to start around 9am, so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get ready, and make it on time. The commute up to the event was non-eventful and took me about 1.5 hours to get there.
Throughout the course of the day I attended 5 hour long learning sessions, with a hour in the middle for lunch/networking, followed by about a hour at the “after-party”.
The sessions that I choose to go to were:
- Database Makeover: Renovate your Data Model – Given By Audrey Hammonds (@datachix2 on twitter)
- Top 10 Admin Mistakes on SQL Server – Given by Kevin Kleine (@kekline on twitter)
- Lunch — I found a table with a few guys sitting around, and we BS’d about work and stuff. Interestingly, one of those guys happened to be Audrey Hammonds’ husband. What a small world.
- Inside SQL Server Wait Types – Given by Bob Ward (@bobwardms on twitter)
- PowerShell: Are you checking out my profile? — Given by Nicholas Cain (@SirSql on twitter). This was the session that my volunteering got me to moderate. Me a moderator. HA!
- Stupid PowerShell Tricks – Given by Jim Christopher (@beefarino on twitter)
Afterwards I went and had a few beers with the other Volunteers, Speakers and Attendees. I could have done better with my networking, but primarily sat and talked with @SirSql, @Beefarino, John (Totally don’t remember his last name), with a few drop-ins by @SqlVariant. Enjoyed it, and hope to have a few more beers with @SirSql at the Summit.
My next few entries will be a breakdown of the sessions that I went to, as well as some take aways that I’ll be taking back to my day to day life.
Thanks to all who organized, spoke and sponsored this event.