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Archive for January 6th, 2010

PASSMN January 19, 2010 Monthly Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on January 6, 2010

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is coming up in a couple of weeks on Tuesday, January 19 from 3 to 5:30 at the local Microsoft office in Bloomington.  This month we will be looking at some new technologies – SQL Azure, SQL Server 2008 R2, and PowerPivot.  

In order to RSVP for the event you will need to login to the national PASS site and click on the RSVP link.  This month our sponsor for the event is Microsoft.

Sponsor: Microsoft

This month we are also going to be starting a new option to attend and watch the presentations by using Live Meeting, so if you are not available to attend the event in person you will also be able to connect remotely.  This will be our first time using this to kickoff the new year, so please be kind.  We have added some additional time in the agenda below just to accommodate for Live Meeting and any additional time for demos and questions with the new technologies.

PASSMN January 2010 Meeting – SQL Azure & SQL Server 2008 R2


  • 2:30-3:00 : Networking
  • 3:00-3:15 : Announcements
  • 3:15-3:25 : Sponsor introduction
  • 3:25-4:25 : SQL Azure (Sarita)
  • 4:25-4:30 : Break
  • 4:30-6:00 : SQL Server 2008 R2 (Jin & Lara)
  • 6:00 :  Swag Drawing


SQL Azure This session will answer some of the following questions about new state of the art technology SQL Azure from Microsoft

  • What is SQL Azure?
  • Why to use it?
  • How does it work?
  • How the pricing and licensing will work?
  • Role of DBAs, Developers with SQL Azure
  • Future of SQL Azure

About Sarita GargCurrently working at United Health Group as Senior Database Analyst Project DBA.  Responsible to provide Solution, Design, & Delivery of infrastructure build to integrate legacy systems and Merger & Acquisition systems into managed services.  Many years of experience in data and business processes related to super computing, finance, marketing, non-profit organization, student services, trucking, customer relation management (CRM), and travel at Royal Credit Union, Cray Research, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Carlson Wagonlit Travel of Carlson Companies.  Education Master’s in Industrial Psychology from University of Bombay, India, Bachelor’s in Business Administration from UW – Eau Claire, WI,  Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems from Chippewa Valley Technical College, WI, and CPPM (Certified Professional Project Manager) from University of St. Thomas.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Some of the details are still being flushed out on this presentations, but this will be covering the items below with some demos of these features.

  • Overview/Highlight of SQL Server 2008 R2 (new features)
  • PowerPivot – Excel Add-in, deployment to SharePoint, IT Management

About Jin ChoJin evangelizes on Business Intelligence capabilities for suite of Microsoft products.  Jin has proven ability to deliver Business intelligence solutions utilizing leading market BI technologies.  Prior to becoming a Microsoft employee, Jin spent 11 years at Allina Health System.  He managed the Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse team to lead an effort to provide clinical, financial, and operational BI solutions.  He was also responsible for implementing reporting and analytic environment for the Epic electronic medical record system.  Jin has bachelor degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota.

About Lara RubbelkeLara Rubbelke brings her passion for architecting, implementing and improving SQL Server solutions to the community as a Technology Specialist for Microsoft. Her expertise involves both OLTP and OLAP systems, data management, performance tuning, encryption, ETL, and the Business Intelligence lifecycle. She is an active board member of the local PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) chapter and regularly delivers technical presentations at local, regional and national conferences, user groups and webcasts. Lara authored the Microsoft whitepaper detailing SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition features and was a contributing author of "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development". Prior to joining Microsoft, Lara was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

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