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PASSMN July 19, 2011 Meeting

Posted by denglishbi on July 10, 2011

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The next Minnesota SQL Server User Group (PASSMN) meeting is coming up next week on Tuesday, July 19. This month there will be an ‘Ask the Experts Panel’ where some tips/tricks will be shown along with an assembled panel of local community members that will be available to answer questions.  These are great sessions to come to and ask those questions or discussion items that you are currently dealing with or thinking about implementing.  The other great thing about them is the great discussions that are generated amongst the attendees.  So if you are planning on coming to this, please have a few questions handy that you can ask, this is how you will get the most value out of a session like this.

Minnesota SQL Server Users Group

The sponsor for this event is Superior Consulting Services:



  • 3:00-3:15 : Registration / hospitality / networking
  • 3:15-3:30 : Announcements etc.
  • 3:30-4:45 : Ask the Experts Panel
  • 4:45-5:00 : Closing comments/prize giveaways

Ask the Experts Panel:

Lara Rubbelke brings her passion for architecting, implementing and improving SQL Server solutions to the community as a Community Principal Program Manager for Microsoft. 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 Microsoft whitepapers.

Dan English (Senior Business Intelligence Consultant, Superior Consulting Services) is a SQL Server MVP and has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 14 years and over 7 years with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 through 2008 R2 and is exploring ‘Denali’. Dan has screencasts and videos on Vimeo, is an avid blogger, and tweets. Dan was the Chair of the PASSMN user group the past two years and is now on the leadership team for the MN Microsoft BI user group.

Mark Vaillancourt is an information management with Digineer, a technology consulting firm based in Plymouth, MN. He has spent the past 4 years designing/implementing SQL Server solutions for clients in the Twin Cities area. Areas of interest include Reporting Services, Integration Services, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Improvised Comedy. He blogs at www.markvsql.com and is @markvsql on Twitter.

Bill Preachuk is a SQL Server MCTS and a local SQL Saturday presenter. He is employed by Emergent Networks in Burnsville as a DBA/Data Warehouse Designer/Data Developer. Bill has been in IT since 1991, and has actively used SQL Server and Transact-SQL since SQL Server 6.5 and Sybase version 10 (a version so terrifyingly bad that Sybase refuses to acknowledge its existence on their Wikipedia page). Bill came to the DBA camp via the way of T-SQL Development and SSIS/Informatica Data Warehouse Builder, and has a well-rounded set of SQL Server how-to knowledge.

Zach Mattson (@WIDBA) is currently the Database Administration team lead at the Patterson Companies in Mendota Heights, MN. He has over 11 years of database experience in development, architecture and administration. His main focus for the past year and a half has been developing solutions to monitor and automate the increasing amount of servers the team manages using Powershell. In addition, Zach has shared his Powershell knowledge with the IS community by publishing articles on SQLServerCentral.com and speaking at SQL Saturdays and other events on utilizing Powershell to monitor and administer SQL Server.

Jason Strate, SQL Server MVP, is a DBA with over twelve years of experience. His experience includes delivering both OLTP and OLAP solutions as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and HADR solutions. He is a SQL Server MCITP and participated in the development of Microsoft Certification exams for SQL Server 2008. Jason has presented at the SSWUG Virtual Conferences, TechFuse, SQL Saturday events, and at PASSMN user group meetings.

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