Practical Azure #20 – SQL Reporting Services

One of the many values of the cloud is the ability to leverage services that on-premises would require non-trivial hardware and software configurations and to be able to tap into those services in a just-in-time and pay-as-you-go manner. SQL Reporting Service is just such a capability, offering a feature set commensurate with (and in some…

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SQL Saturday Rochester – May 11th

It’s time for the 2nd Annual SQL Saturday in Rochester, to be held at the Golisano Auditorium on the campus of RIT this coming Saturday, May 11th. Organized by the Rochester PASS group in partnership with the Professional Organization or SQL Server (PASS), this is the largest free (well, except for a modest $5 lunch…

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Big Data and Cloud at NESQL Group–January 17th

The New England SQL Server User Group, which meets monthly at the Microsoft Office at 1 Cambridge Center in Cambridge MA, will be starting off their 2013 slate of meetings with a special guest and a topic of particular relevance in the Boston area. Mark Souza, a General Manager in the Microsoft Data Platform Group,…

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SQL Saturday Providence – September 15

The historic first-ever SQL Saturday in Rhode Island will be held this coming Saturday in East Warwick at the campus of the New England Institute of Technology. Looking at the schedule there’s a number of local and not-so-local MVPs, Microsoft technologists, and SQL luminaries covering topics from beginner to advanced – a total of 35…

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SQL Saturday Double Header

One of the premier free, code-camp style events is SQL Saturday. Operating under the aegis of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), SQL Saturdays are organized by the local community with a focus on area speakers providing a variety of technical sessions on topics like SQL Server, business intelligence, and developing data focused applications. …

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Data Camp v2.0 – Call for Sessions Ends 12/31

Below is a reminder from Adam Machanic, organizer of New England Data Camp v2.0 (AKA SQL Saturday #34) – fast approaching on January 30th.  I’d like to second his encouragement for first time speakers…if you don’t have a New Year’s resolution set up yet – how about making one speaking at a Code or Data…

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Data Camp v2.0

Shake off the winter chill, and join your fellow data geeks for the second edition of Data Camp (aka SQL Saturday #34), being organized by Adam Machanic of the New England SQL Server User Group and Grant Fritchey of the Southern New England SQL Server User Group. New England Data Camp is a free training…

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SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 Released

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 is ready for download! There’s no significant new product features, consistent with the SQL Server teams commitment to focus on essential updates.  As such, SP1 provides a roll-up of Cumulative Updates 1 through 3 and some additional fixes.  It does, however, offer more significant improvements for installation and deployment…

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Roadshow Recap (Including Some Answers!)

On Monday, Chris, Bob, and I wrapped up the latest edition of the Northeast Roadshow in Waltham.  Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve crisscrossed the region a couple of times (ok, not exactly like the map below, but you get the idea).  In total, we visited five cities and had a chance to speak…

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’tis the Season…

… for Code Camps and other events that is.  Over the next three months there are several community-run events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire spanning developers and IT professionals.  Registration is open for all of these now; check out the specifics below and follow the links to sign up. Data Camp v1.0 – Waltham, MA,…

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