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Winter Weather Advisory: Possible Delays to Class Start 

Friday, February 27, 2015 11:48:00 AM Categories: Meeting Training
Happy snowy Friday!
 
If you have not paused to look out the window, it is beautiful and fluffy white in many parts of North Texas currently. 
 
We are under a Winter Weather Advisory until Saturday and road conditions are expected to get worse. 
 
We are taking a wait see approach on the class in the morning. 
 
We planned to start at 9 AM tomorrow and the following two Saturdays. 
It could be fine tomorrow, but there is a chance we may have to delay start until noon or worse. 
 
Please watch the web sites for weather postings BEFORE you make the trek to South West Fort Worth. 
 
Thanks and see you soon! 
The Folks of the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group

Three Saturdays of Class: Real World Data Warehouse Build : Feb 28th, March 7 th & 14th 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:10:00 PM Categories: Meeting Training

We're switching up the format for the first quarter of 2015. We're trading three monthly meetings for three full training days! 

Mike Hotek is donating more time to the local SQL Community by teaching the class. Other people are donating their time and efforts to facilitate space and the rest of the event. 

We're not charging for the class, but we are accepting donations to off set the monthly meeting costs.

We're here to be a part of a professional learning community, not to sell you something. But having said, that, please do sign up HERE as seating is limited. 

We'll be meeting three Saturdays in a row from 9 AM to 5 PM on Feb 28th, March 7 th & 14th. 

Be sure to thank Mark as we will be in our usual location for the class.

 

Class Description: 

You’ve seen plenty of theoretical articles, lots of demos of disconnected snippets of solutions.  We’re going to take all of these items plus a lot more and put them together into something useable and practical to build a real solution from start to finish. This class will provide the knowledge necessary to implement all of the processes you need to quickly, flexibly, and incrementally build out a data warehouse.  You don’t need weeks of contiguous blocks of time, you just need a few hours here and there, directed appropriately to have a large impact. In this class we will cover the following:

Team Foundation Server (TFS)

What it is, how you use it, and why you need it (or a tool like it)

Source code control

What it is, how to implement it, how to manage your source code, branching/merging

 Work items

Planning your work

Packaging into deliverable components (user stories)

Breaking down business deliverables into technical tasks (tasks)

Estimating work

Work flows

Data modeling

Building out a warehouse model

Source control

Data Dictionaries

Tagging

Automation macros

Basic ETL framework

Building your T-SQL layer

Merge procs

Watermark procs

Code generating the T-SQL layer

Unit testing

                     What is it, why you do it, how you do it

ETL workflows

Code generating the T-SQL layer

Code generating your SSIS packages using BIML

SSIS deployments

Parameters

Environments

References

Happy New Year - And Get Well Soon!  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 10:29:00 PM Categories: Announcement Meeting Training

Well wishes to our Mascot who is recovering. Let's all wish him a much better rest of the year.

We normally facilitate a small segment of time the third Wednesday of the month to get together and learn about SQL Server and related database technologies. 

We want to start out the first quarter of 2015 a little differently How about we trade you three Wednesday evening 1 hour sessions for 3 full day training classes? Would you take that trade? 

We are finalizing another round of Saturday classes. Back by popular demand, Mike Hotek is giving up more of his weekend time. 

The 3 days of topics coming the last Saturday in Feb and the first two Saturdays in March: 

Real World Data Warehouse Build

You’ve seen plenty of theoretical articles, lots of demos of disconnected snippets of solutions.  We’re going to take all of these items plus a lot more and put them together into something useable and practical to build a real solution from start to finish. This class will provide the knowledge necessary to implement all of the processes you need to quickly, flexibly, and incrementally build out a data warehouse.  You don’t need weeks of contiguous blocks of time, you just need a few hours here and there, directed appropriately to have a large impact. In this class we will cover the following:

Team Foundation Server (TFS)

What it is, how you use it, and why you need it (or a tool like it)

Source code control

What it is, how to implement it, how to manage your source code, branching/merging

 Work items

Planning your work

Packaging into deliverable components (user stories)

Breaking down business deliverables into technical tasks (tasks)

Estimating work

Work flows

Data modeling

Building out a warehouse model

Source control

Data Dictionaries

Tagging

Automation macros

Basic ETL framework

Building your T-SQL layer

Merge procs

Watermark procs

Code generating the T-SQL layer

Unit testing

                     What is it, why you do it, how you do it

ETL workflows

Code generating the T-SQL layer

Code generating your SSIS packages using Biml

SSIS deployments

Parameters

Environments

References

 

Oct 15 Meeting - Ryan Adams: AlwaysOn Live Deployment 

Monday, October 13, 2014 11:18:00 AM Categories: Meeting

Joyous tidings of autumnal coolness to you all. We are ecstatic to have Ryan Adams come out again and show us how to prevent harrowing tales of SQL outage. AlwaysOn has made database availability easier than ever. I encourage ALL of you to maintain your own learning labs, but if you don't want to spin up your Virtual library of lab machines at least check out the Microsoft labs: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs?id=J+avMPtWlXk. Search for "Exploring AlwaysOn Availability Groups in SQL Server 2014"

 

 

Abstract:

This session is 90% live demonstrations.  I'll walk you through a complete AlwaysOn deployment.  You will see firsthand how to install and configure an AlwaysOn Failover Cluster.  I'll also show you how to setup an AlwaysOn Availability Group across 5 nodes using both the GUI and T-SQL so you know why and when to use each method.  I'll finish up by showing how you can connect to a readable secondary.

 

Bio:

Ryan Adams is a SQL Server MVP and has worked for Verizon for 16 years. His primary focus is the SQL Server Engine, high availability, and disaster recovery. Previously he was a Senior Active Directory Architect and designed the company's worldwide Active Directory infrastructure.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the North Texas SQL Server User Group and is President of the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. He is also a PASS Regional Mentor and holds the following certifications: MCP MCSA MCSE MCDBA MCTS MCITP

 

See you there,

The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group

 

 Remember, we meet the third Wednesday of most months

September 2014 Meeting Cancelled 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 9:45:00 PM Categories: Meeting

Happy autumn everyone! We will not be facilitating any SQL fun this month, but we will be back in October with great stuff from Ryan Adams, so stay tuned. 

SQL Watchdog! 

Monday, August 18, 2014 5:42:00 PM

August 20 Meeting - Michael Bourgon presents SQL Watchdog!  Edit

Monday August 18, 2014 5:45:00 PM Categories: Meeting

 

 

Our own Baking DBA is going to wow us with his latest presentation!  Michael has presented for not only us in the past, but also at SQL Saturday 255 (Dallas), SQL Saturday 271 (Albuquerque), SQL Saturday 308 (Houston), and the PASS Database Administration VC.   Plus, he is going to be presenting at SQL Saturday Oklahoma City on August 23rd, at 2:45 PM. 

 

 

SQL Watchdog - find out instantly when SQL changes in production

Almost everyone's seen it happen - problems due to changes, be it code, index rebuilds, or even configuration. But what if you could look historically and see which changes were made, when, by whom, and from where? What if you could see it in realtime? It exists, it's built into SQL Server (yes, even standard edition) from 2005-2014, and it's easy to implement. Come learn what Event Notification is and why you'll want it in your environment. This is not theory! All code provided and is in production on hundreds of servers in multiple environments.

 

Michael Bourgon - Michael Bourgon is the Senior Production DBA for a large healthcare company. He's always looking for a better way to be a Lazy DBA - spending far too many hours automating processes in order to accomplish that.

 

 

 

July 16 Meeting - Andy Eggers: Applied Predictive Analytics 

Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:25:00 PM Categories: Meeting

Happy birfday to us, happy birfday to us!! Happy birfday dear FWTHSSSWWUuuUG…

 

Doesn't that acronym just roll off your tongue…and get lodged somewhere in your front teeth?

 

The Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group (FWSSUG) turns 8 BIG YEARS old this July!

 

And what could be more fun on your bday than talking about Predictive Analytics? Not just any old predictive analytics, either. We have our very own, over-the-top-excited-about-BI Andy Eggers on stage with his SQL Saturday talk on his real world solutions. Come do a birthday B.I. shot with us!

 

 

Applied Predictive Analytics

The session will take a common Business customer loyalty program problem from beginning to end results. We will cover a framework of analyzing the business problem identifying additional sources of data or business considerations. Then applying techniques to identify the potential customers and placing the business problem into an opportunity, which not only helps the customer but also benefits the company. The results of these efforts I was able to generate 40.1 million dollars of additional sales revenue, which translated into 18 million of Earnings before interest and taxes.

 

Andy Eggers failed to provide me a speaker bio, so I get to cut loose and make up another one!

Andy man is one of the officers of our local users group and about the most enthusiastic supporter of education for the SQL community. Andy always keeps us focused and driving toward education with pure intent. If you want to see this guy get passionately animated, let him start talking about his business intelligence initiatives or educating the community. 

June 18 Meeting - Mike Hotek: SQL Server 2014 In memory OLTP 

Monday, June 16, 2014 12:29:00 AM Categories: Meeting

Topic:  One of the new features in SQL Server 2014, In memory OLTP (Hekaton) can change the landscape for applications that need extremely high performance write activity.  In this session, we’ll do a deep dive into Hekaton from the implementation and development side to understand how an in memory OLTP table can work with your applications and the implications it has for application design.

 

Speaker Bio:

Mike Hotek has lectured, authored and consulted all over the world and is currently the Senior Business Intelligence Architect at CBRE. He is finishing up his 10th SQL Server book this month. He has enabled a huge variety of companies in numerous industries with SQL Server tools since before it was a Microsoft product (long time). 

 

See you there,

The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group

May 21 Meeting - Tim Costello - Source Code Control: Revision management for the data dude 

Monday, May 19, 2014 12:13:00 PM Categories: Meeting

The yellow laptop is back! This Wednesday is yellow Wednesday. Hmmm.... wonder if we can find yellow food again this time? One of our favorites is back to straighten us out on something developers always notice about most database folks. As a group, we are not great about basic source control. 

 

Abstract:  Ever wanted to see what has changed since the last time you looked, or work with someone else and realize you've both changed the same stored procedure?   Do you really enjoy searching through folder after folder of obscure .sql files to find the query you might or might not have saved last week?  There is a better way, and it doesn't have to be a hassle.  In this session we'll look at why you would want a revision management system and options (build or buy, free or fee) to implement one for yourself or your team. 

 

 

Speaker Bio:

Tim Costello is an MCITP, MCTS specializing in etl and data analytics for Interworks Inc. Tim is an international speaker that is always looking for opportunities to share his passion for SQL Server, Tableau and data visualization. Tim is active in the SQL community and leads a data visualization focused user group in the Dallas area.

Apr 16 2014 Ryan Adams: How Active Directory Affects SQL Server 

Monday, April 7, 2014 8:31:00 PM Categories: Meeting

If you have ever had a Kerberos or SSPI context error, then you won't want to miss this session.  SQL Server has a large surface area and Active Directory can influence a big part of it.  I will discuss AD DNS configuration, Group Policy Objects, Kerberos (of course), and how all of them affect your SQL Server.  By the end of the session you'll have a check list of things to discuss with your domain administrator when you return to work.

 

Ryan Adams has worked for Verizon for 16 years. His primary focus is the SQL Server Engine, high availability, and disaster recovery. Previously he was a Senior Active Directory Architect and designed the company's worldwide Active Directory infrastructure.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the North Texas SQL Server User Group and is President of the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. He also serves as a Regional Mentor for PASS and holds the following certifications: MCP MCSA MCSE MCDBA MCTS MCITP.

 

Big thanks to Ryan Adams for waking up the neighbors in Fort Worth. 

 

See you there!

 

 

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