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PASSMN August 17, 2010 Monthly Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on August 11, 2010

The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is on Tuesday, August 17.  This month we will be doing the 3rd annual ‘Ask the Experts Panel’.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, but I will be thinking about everyone while I am up north at the resort spending some quality time with my family.  One of the special giveaways this month will be a copy of the PASS Summit 2009 Conference DVDs!

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In order to RSVP for the event you will need to login to the national PASS site and click on the RSVP link.  The sponsor for this month’s meeting is Red Gate Software.

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PASSMN August 2010 Meeting – Ask the Experts Panel

Agenda:

3:00 –3:15 : Announcements
3:15 –3:25 : Sponsor
3:25 –5:00 : Ask The Experts Panel

5:00 –5:15 : Survey Collection and Giveaways

Presentation:

Ask the Experts Panel – After the popularity of last years “Ask the Experts”, we decided to bring back the forum this year. PASS members will have the opportunity to pose any burning questions they might have about SQL Server to our expert panel. We will round things out with a couple tips or tricks about SQL Server from each of our panel experts.

Lara Rubbelke brings her passion for architecting, implementing and improving SQL Server solutions to the community as a Data Platform Technology Specialist for Microsoft. This is a role that is a pre-sales role for SQL Server. Her expertise involves both OLTP and OLAP systems, data management, performance tuning, encryption, ETL, and the Business Intelligence lifecycle. Compliance and configuration management are near and dear to her heart. She is an active board member and advocate of the Minnesota chapter of PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) and regularly delivers technical presentations at local, regional and national conferences, user groups and webcasts. Notably, Lara has presented at Tech Ed, the PASS Summit, the Minneapolis SQL Server Launch, and delivered numerous webcasts on MSDN and TechNet. Lara authored a number of the Microsoft whitepapers and was a contributing author of “Expert SQL Server 2005 Development” (lead author Adam Machanic).

Jason Strate, Digineer Inc, is a database architect and administrator with over twelve years of experience. He is Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for SQL Server. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions. Jason is a SQL Server MCITP and participated in the development of Microsoft Certification exams for SQL Server 2008. Jason enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by presenting at technical conferences and user group meetings. Most recently, Jason has presented at the SSWUG Virtual Conferences, TechFuse, SQL Saturdays, and at PASSMN user group meetings. Jason is an active blogger with a focus on SQL Server and related technologies.

Eric Strom is a Database Consultant at RBA Consulting and is a member of the Minnesota PASS Board. He has been a SQL Server DBA since 2001 and specializes in performance tuning. Eric studied database theory at the University of Minnesota to earn a B.S. in Computer Science. He loves exchanging ideas with peers and is always looking for a good discussion.

Tim Plas is a Principal Consultant at Virteva, in Mpls MN. His current focus areas are operational-DBA services, storage, server virtualization, cloud computing, & providing level-3 escalation support for IT managed services. His SQL emphasis is on monitoring, management, and high availability.  Previous specialties in his 25+ years in the IT field have included Citrix/TS (app hosting), LAN’s / WAN’s / network security, DB architecture, systems architecture & design, app development, systems-level programming, & various IT mgmt roles. Tim has held a variety of MS certifications since 1994.

Stay tuned for information about our 2nd annual PASSMN SQL Summit 2010 that will be coming up in October.  We are actively wrapping up some details to leverage the SQL Saturday site and finalizing some of the arrangements for our location, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.  The event is currently planned to be held on Friday, October 29, so save the date.  We will be actively looking for speakers and sponsors to make this event fantastical.

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