Group Announcements


September 2020 ONLINE User Group Meeting!

posted Aug 25, 2020, 10:44 AM by william assaf   [ updated Sep 9, 2020, 2:53 PM ]

We're back online! We'll be streaming on Youtube!

When: Wednesday, 9/9/2020

Agenda:

• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction

• 5:45 - 7:00: Presentations

• 7:00 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Speakers join via Teams, Attendees join via Youtube or Discord

Short Format Speakers

  1. William Assaf - New Azure Certifications for DBA's, Devs, Analysts
  2. Justin Obney - API Driven TypeScript CodeGen and whatnot
  3. Ryan Richard - Running PWA's in Stand-Alone Mode on Mobile Devices
  4. Anandi Subramanian- Data Analysis - Finding that needle in the haystack
  5. Andy Parkerson - Azure Functions and plugging holes in Azure Data Factory

March 2020 BRSSUG Meeting

posted Mar 2, 2020, 7:59 AM by Baton Rouge User Groups

When: Wednesday, 03/11/2020

Agenda:

• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction/Food and Drinks <-- Note our earlier start time!

• 5:45 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Technology Park- location info here

 

Our sponsor is Emergent Method - https://emergentmethod.com/

Emergent Method is a Louisiana-based management consulting firm focused on helping companies and organizations innovate, grow, improve their performance, and achieve their missions.

 

Main Presentation: Plan Stability through Plan Forcing with Query Store

Speaker: Erin Stellato

Erin Stellato is a SQL Server MVP and lives in Cleveland, OH. She has over 15 years of technology experience and has worked with SQL Server since 2003. Her areas of interest include statistics, performance tuning, Extended Events, and helping accidental/involuntary DBAs figure out how SQL Server works. Erin is an active member of the SQL Server community, has volunteered for PASS at the local and national level, and is a regular speaker at conferences like SQLintersection and the PASS Summit. Outside of time with family and friends, she enjoys running, spinning, movies, and all things chocolate.

February 2020 BRSSUG Meeting

posted Jan 31, 2020, 2:31 PM by Baton Rouge User Groups   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 7:11 AM by william assaf ]

When: Wednesday, 02/12/2020

Agenda:
• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction/Food and Drinks <-- Note our earlier start time!
• 5:45 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Technology Park- location info here

 

Our sponsor for this meeting is HEADSPRING - https://headspring.com/

 

Main Presentation: Crud, Another ETL Solution: Azure Data Factory

Speaker: Brandon Brockhoeft

Summary: Spending too much time building and maintaining your data analytics and data warehousing applications, but don’t want to invest in a pricey commercial solution with licensing entanglements? Azure Data Factory is an alternative to writing something completely custom that plugs into lots of services and can be tailored where needed. In this talk, you’ll learn how and why to leverage Azure Data Factory as the stepping stone for your organization’s ETL, ELT, and big data solutions. We’ll explore the distinguishing data and compute platforms that you’ll be able to use along with developer features like git source control and continuous delivery. You’ll even get to see a sample pipeline built in .NET and the Azure UI Designer that works with open data sources.

Bio: Brandon Brockhoeft is a career software engineer working primarily with Microsoft solutions with over 15 years of professional experience. He is an LSU alumnus and native of the Baton Rouge area. Brandon is employed as a Principal Consultant for Austin-based Headspring custom software consultancy. He has provided development and architecture technology solutions in the finance, state government, energy, and aerospace industries. Brandon’s functional expertise includes full-stack development, distributed architecture, real-time communication, DevOps and agile transformation, & mentoring.

January 2020 BRSSUG Meeting

posted Jan 2, 2020, 6:25 AM by Baton Rouge User Groups   [ updated Jan 14, 2020, 11:44 AM by william assaf ]

When: Wednesday, 01/08/2020

Agenda:
• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction/Food and Drinks <-- Note our earlier start time!
• 5:45 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Technology Parklocation info here


Sponsor - Our sponsor for this meeting is ANTARES - https://www.antaresnet.com/


Main Presentation: Azure SQL Database for the Production DBA

Have you been wondering what Azure SQL Database is and what it means for you as a production DBA? Azure SQL Database has become an Enterprise-worthy database platform that provides relational database-as-a-service. In this session you’ll get a grounding in the fundamentals of Azure SQL Database from a DBA perspective. First we’ll cover how to create an Azure SQL Database using the Azure Portal and an approach for sizing a new Azure SQL Database. Then we’ll cover some of the similarities and differences between on premises SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. Finally we will cover how monitoring and performance tuning Azure SQL Database differs from on premises SQL Server. If you’ve been considering Azure SQL Database for your organization, this session is for you!


Main Speaker:  Tim Radney, SQLSKILLS

Tim Radney is a SQL Server MVP. He has presented at PASS,
SQLintersection, SQL Saturdays, user groups and numerous
webinars. In addition Tim runs the Columbus GA SQL Users Group,
is a PASS Regional Mentor and was named a PASS Outstanding
Volunteer in 2012. He’s married with three children and has a
passion for electronics. He also farms chickens (for eggs), dwarf
Nigerian goats, and tilapias in his spare time.

December 2019 December Social

posted Dec 4, 2019, 10:15 AM by John Wells

It's December, so instead of our usual meeting we will be hosting a social at the Smiling Dog, the bar above the Londoner on Sherwood Forest Blvd. Just a time to get together, relax, and chat with some friends before the holidays.

We'll also be celebrating the season by encouraging all attendees to wear an ugly sweater!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

6:00 PM
 to 8:00 PM 

4215 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard · Baton Rouge

How to find us

Upstairs at the Londoner on Sherwood



November 2019 BRSSUG Meeting

posted Nov 3, 2019, 8:05 PM by Baton Rouge User Groups   [ updated Nov 8, 2019, 8:43 AM by william assaf ]


posted Oct 9, 2019, 5:15 PM by william assaf

When: Wednesday, 11/13/2019

Agenda:
• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction/Food and Drinks <-- Note our earlier start time!
• 5:45 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Technology Parklocation info here


Sponsor: Quest 


Main Presentation: What's New In SQLServer 2019


Main Speaker:  William Assaf, Sparkhound

William Assaf, MCSE, is a principal consultant and DBA Manager in Baton Rouge, LA.
Initially a .NET developer, and later into database administration and architecture,
William currently works with clients on SQL Server and Azure SQL platform optimization,
management, disaster recovery and high availability, and manages a crack multi-city
team of SQL DBA's at Sparkhound. William has written for Microsoft SQL Certification
exams since 2011 and was the lead author of "SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out"
by Microsoft Press, its second edition due out in 2019. William is a member of the
Baton Rouge User Groups Board, a regional mentor for PASS, and head of the annual
SQLSaturday Baton Rouge Planning Committee.

October 2019 BRSSUG Meeting

posted Oct 9, 2019, 3:15 PM by william assaf

When: Wednesday, 10/9/2019

Agenda:
• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction/Food and Drinks <-- Note our earlier start time!
• 5:45 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Technology Parklocation info here


Main Presentation: How to index, win friends, and influence people.

In this session, we'll discuss performance benefits of indexes and compare index types. If you're new to indexes in SQL Server or just in need of a refresher, this session should help.


Main Speaker:  Jonathan Jefferson, BCBS

Jonathan Jefferson is a SQL enthusiast and amateur DBA on occasion. I'm currently working to remove the amateur part.

September 2019 SQL Server User Group meeting

posted Sep 12, 2019, 7:39 AM by william assaf   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 1:26 PM ]

When: Wednesday, 09/11/2019

Agenda:
• 5:30 - 5:45: Introduction/Food and Drinks <-- Note our earlier start time!
• 5:45 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Technology Parklocation info here


Main Presentation: SQL Security Principals and Permissions 101

A ground-floor introduction to SQL Server permissions starting with the basics and moving into the security implications behinds stored procedures, views, database ownership, application connections, consolidated databases, application roles and much more. This session is perfect for junior DBAs, developers and system admins of on-prem and Azure-based SQL platforms.

 

Main Speaker:  William Assaf

William Assaf, MCSE, is a principal consultant and DBA Manager in Baton Rouge, LA. Initially a .NET developer, and later into database administration and architecture, William currently works with clients on SQL Server and Azure SQL platform optimization, management, disaster recovery and high availability, and manages a crack multi-city team of SQL DBA's at Sparkhound. William has written for Microsoft SQL Certification exams since 2011 and was the lead author of "SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out" by Microsoft Press, its second edition due out in 2019. William is a member of the Baton Rouge User Groups Board, a regional mentor for PASS, and former of the annual SQLSaturday Baton Rouge Planning Committee.


SQLSaturday Baton Rouge 2019

posted Jul 18, 2019, 10:58 AM by william assaf   [ updated Aug 15, 2019, 2:43 PM ]


SQLSATURDAY
Free training day for SQL Server, PowerBI, .NET, SharePoint and more!

SQLSaturday is a global event to bring Information Technology speakers and professionals together for a community-driven, community-attended free day of technical training. The Baton Rouge SQLSaturday event is sponsored by the Baton Rouge SQL Server and .NET User Groups, and will be our annual event on campus at LSU. We expect 600+ regional IT professionals and national speakers to join us. This free conference is open to the public and is perfect for students, CIO's, database administrators, developers, IT managers, server admins and job-seekers.

REGISTER HERE and VOLUNTEER HERE


When: Saturday, August 17, 2019. Attendee check-in will begin at 8:00 AM first sessions beginning at 9:15 AM. You MUST print your SpeedPASS and bring it with you! We will NOT be providing blank raffle tickets this year. If you do not print and bring your SpeedPASS, you will not be able to register for the Raffle!

But wait, there's more!

SQLSATURDAY PRE-CONS on FRIDAY

Kubernetes: Zero to Hero
with Anthony Nocentino

Modern application deployment needs to be fast and consistent to keep up with business objectives and Kubernetes is quickly becoming the standard for deploying container-based applications, fast. In this day-long session, we will start with an architectural overview of a Kubernetes cluster and how it manages application state. Then we will learn how to build a production-ready cluster. With our cluster up and running, we will learn how to interact with our cluster, common administrative tasks, then wrap up with how to deploy applications and SQL Server. At the end of the session, you will know how to set up a Kubernetes cluster, manage a cluster, deploy applications and databases, and how to keep everything up and running.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kubernetes-zero-to-hero-by-anthony-nocentino-tickets-61845012096


SQLSATURDAY KID'S STEM TRACK

For the second year, we have partnered with STEMupBR for an all-day STEM educational track for parents who are registered for SQLSaturday. PREREGISTRATION is REQUIRED and there is a small fee for the STEMupBR track for 4th-8th grade kids. Registration link: http://bit.ly/SQLYouth SOLD OUT!!

Baton Rouge User Groups Networking Night 2019

posted Jun 13, 2019, 9:55 AM by william assaf

What is Networking Night?

Instead of a regular user group meeting, Networking Night is open to everyone in the Baton Rouge IT community, for free! 

Many professional organizations have an annual meeting dedicated to career development and professional networking. Networking Night is a special User Group format where we will have several short-format talks, networking and career development, and an opportunity for Baton Rouge SQL Saturday sponsors to have an official presence to do recruiting, tech talks, career development, etc.  


We need speakers with 7-10 minute talks! Complete info and sign up to speak here!  


Who should attend? Everyone should attend free Networking Night! Starting in 2014, each year 50+ IT professionals including many newcomers attended this fun event! 

Looking for a job? Meet and greet, bring your resume

Hiring? Introduce yourself to folks in your needed the field 

Current Student? Talk to your future colleagues and managers

Happy at your job? Share your experience and wisdom and contribute to discussion


SQLSatBR SPONSORS: 

Are you a Gold or Platinum sponsor of SQLSaturday Baton Rouge 2019? Part of your sponsorship comes with an official presence at Networking Night! Please join us and fill out the speaker signup form.


Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Location: The Louisiana Technology Park - http://www.brssug.org/where


Agenda:

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Networking and Dinner

5:30 - 5:45 pm: Announcements

5:45 - 7:00 pm: Networking Nights Speakers


Also please register for SQLSaturday Baton Rouge today!

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