Group Announcements

March SQL Server User Group meeting


When: Wednesday, 03/13/2019

Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Tech Park 

Main Presentation:

Using Open Source Products to Collecting Performance Metrics

Ever had a manager standing over your shoulder, wanting to know why an instance is running slow or if it can handle additional workload? What information would you use to answer these questions? If only you knew what performance metrics to collect and had them for your existing instances to answer these questions.

In this session, we will discuss sp_whoisactive and Query Store. Then we will be combining three open source tools – Telegraf, InfluxDB, and Grafana – into an inexpensive system that collects performance metrics you can use to troubleshoot issues and answer important questions about your SQL Server instances, including your Linux SQL Server instances. We will learn what metrics to collect, how to use the tools to collect performance metrics and then we’ll put it all together in an interactive dashboard for easy visualization.

Attendees will see how easy it is to get good performance data and visualize in an interactive way and combine with other tools to troubleshoot issues. For an example, we will combine this solution with Query Store and/or sp_whoisactive to find a problem that occurred on a system and caused me to get my nap interrupted on a Saturday.


Main Speaker: Tracy Boggiano

Tracy is a Database Administrator for Broadvine. She has spent over 20 years in IT and has been using SQL Server since 1999 and is currently certified as a MCSE Data Platform. She has worked on SQL Server since 6.5. She has spoken at local user groups and numerous SQLSaturdays. She is currently a co-leader of a Special Interest Group for Advanced DBA topics. She also is currently leading bring Linux content into the various virtual PASS groups.

Tracy also tinkered with databases in middle school to keep her sports card collection organized. She blogs at databasesuperhero.com. Her passion outside of SQL Server is volunteering with foster children as their advocate in court through volunteerforgal.org.


February SQL Server User Group meeting

posted Jan 26, 2019, 7:49 PM by BRSSUG SQLPass BatonRouge   [ updated Jan 26, 2019, 8:07 PM ]

When: Wednesday, 02/13/2019

Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Alliance Safety Council

Main Presentation:

Performance Optimization with Azure SQL Database

The cloud is just using someone else's compute. You still need to care about and optimize for performance.  Just as a dropped call frustrates cellular customers, an app with data issues, high latency, connection timeouts will create the same frustration for users.  Do you want to catch the performance issues before your customers?  Do you want to automatically identify database issues and quickly drill down into details? Azure provides built in tools just to do that. 
In this session I will show you 4 of those tools.  You will learn how these tools can provide Performance overview of a database and recommendations that can improve workload performance.  Find top resource consuming queries, deeper insight into your databases resource (DTU) consumption and learn when to let Azure  automatically optimize your database. 
 
At the end of this session you will walk out knowing how to identify and tune Azure SQL database performance  issues with built in tools in Azure Portal.


Main Speaker: Taiob Ali

Taiob Ali, an accomplished technical leader with proven record of success. He has spent the last 13 years working with SQL Server and MongoDB platform both on premise and cloud. His experience includes three major business sectors: financial industry, e-commerce and healthcare. Taiob has hands on experience in managing large database projects including large data migration, complex process design, testing and deployment, performance tuning, long term capacity planning.

Taiob is currently working at “GMO LLC” as lead DBA. Focusing on automation, improving and streamlining operational workflow, plan and prepare for cloud migration. He is a regular speaker at local and virtual PASS chapters, SQL Saturdays and Azure conferences. This month's meeting is brought to you by Vinformatix - http://www.vinformatix.com/

January SQL Server User Group meeting

posted Jan 9, 2019, 6:20 AM by william assaf   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 6:22 AM ]


When: Wednesday, 01/09/2019

Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Location: Louisiana Tech Park 

Main Presentation:

Common SQL Server Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Making mistakes is natural, but learning from them and avoiding them in future takes effort. There's no substitute for experience or the shared wisdom of others to help you learn what mistakes to avoid. In this session, Tim will share with you a ton of what he's learned over the years from working and consulting at multiple Fortune-level companies. You'll hear about real-world environments he has worked on where there was a high impact from administrators making mistakes in how SQL Server was configured and administered. You'll learn many proven and accepted best practices for installing, configuring and supporting SQL Server to help your environment run as smoothly as possible and you'll leave with a checklist of items to take home to make sure your SQL Server environment is configured properly.

Main Speaker: Tim Radney, SQLskills.com - Principal Consultant

Tim 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.


November 2018 BRSSUG at Alliance Safety Council - Speaker Idol!

posted Nov 13, 2018, 9:23 AM by william assaf

Join us Wednesday, 11/14/2018 at the Alliance Safety Council for this month's user group! This month will be out speaker idol where we'll have 5 short form presentations by local speakers plus a demo presentation by this month's sponsor Quest Software!  

Speaker idol generally tends to be one of our more entertaining meetings of the year.  Come get a few nuggets of knowledge and get your final geek-friend fix before your holidays gets into full swing, as we won't be meeting again until January!

Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Contestant Topics:

  • Theming Bootstrap
  • Intro to Extended Events
  • Embedded PowerBI: What Good is Data if Nobody Sees it?
  • The Option Pattern: A pattern for eliminiating bugs like null-pointer exceptions, unhandled exceptions, and race conditions
  • The Vim text editor

All of our meetings are open to the public, open to students, folks looking to get into the field and those looking to move up! Please spread the word and come prepared to learn and share your knowledge and experience!

This month's meeting is brought to you by Quest Software!

 See you there!

October 2018 Meeting

posted Sep 24, 2018, 2:02 PM by Andy Parkerson

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
5:45 PM

Location: Louisiana Tech Park - Location Information

Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions


Main Presentation:

Advanced DAX - Mitchell Pearson

The data analysis expression (DAX) language is easy, most Power BI users learn DAX in days, if not hours! From there the analytical value of data models can be significantly improved with minimal effort by using simple DAX calculations. Eventually, every power bi user comes to the realization that there is much more to the DAX language than they could have ever imagined. 

Unfortunately, the gap between the basics of DAX and advanced applications of DAX is quite wide. In this session, you will start building the knowledge necessary to “bridge” that gap so that you can author, with confidence, DAX solutions that solve complex business problems.


Lightning Round:

Intro to Extended Events - John Wells

It's time to go all in on Extended Events! In this quick demo, I will go over Extended Events, show you how easy they are to set up and my favorite Event that makes capturing code simple! 


Bios:

Mitchell Pearson is a Business Intelligence Consultant and the Training Content manager for Pragmatic Works. Mitchell has experience developing enterprise level BI Solutions using the full suite of products offered by Microsoft (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS, & Power BI). Mitchell is very active in the community presenting at SQL Saturday events, PASS virtual chapters, the Power BI World Tour and giving free webinars for Pragmatic Works. Mitchell can also be found blogging at mitchellpearson.com.

Originally from Southern California, John Wells is enjoying the slower pace here in Louisiana. He continues his journey with PowerShell and Performance Tuning. If he is not at a SQLSaturday event or a LSU game, he is grilling something or killing some crawfish! Actually he smokes more than he grills, but when he says this people look at him funny.

September '18 BRSSUG + BRPBIUG Meeting

posted Sep 10, 2018, 10:18 AM by Andy Parkerson   [ updated Sep 10, 2018, 10:19 AM ]

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5:45 PM

Alliance Safety Council
10099 N Reiger Rd
Baton Rouge, la 70809 

Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: Introduction/Food and Drinks

• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations

• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions


This week we will be doing BBQ for dinner so please RSVP so that we get an accurate head count!


Main Presentations:

Building Component Based UIs with Asp.Net Core Razor Page - Bryan McCoy

Asp.Net Razor pages are the newest aspect of the Asp.Net toolbox. In this talk we will go over some of the basic features of Razor Pages as well as how to design and build components and component based UIs.


Introduction to PowerApps - Devin Knight

In this session, you’ll learn how to create your first application using PowerApp. PowerApps is part of the Power Platform from Microsoft and provides a business-friendly way of creating applications quickly that can integrate with the Microsoft Power BI and Flow platforms for visualizing and moving data. This technology is one of the hottest new offerings from Microsoft and included in your Office 365 subscription.


Lightning Round:

TBA


Bios:

Bryan McCoy is a Software Developer who primarily focuses on the web side of things. He has worked for the City of Baton Rouge, various consulting companies both locally and in Chicago, and now works for BCBSLA. By day he focuses on the Microsoft stack, but by night he loves all things Linux. He spends most of his time programming in C# and/or Javascript with frameworks such as Asp.Net Core, AngularJs, and React.

Devin Knight a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and the Training Director at Pragmatic Works. He is an author of seven SQL Server and Business Intelligence books and speaks at conferences like PASS Summit, PASS Business Analytics Conference, SQL Saturdays and Code Camps. He is also a contributing member to several PASS Virtual Chapters. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is the Vice President of the local Power BI User Group and SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

SQLSaturday Baton Rouge 2018!

posted Jul 23, 2018, 11:07 AM by william assaf   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 11:08 AM ]

Free training day for SQL Server, PowerBI, .NET 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. 



What
An all day FREE training event with SQL Server, Development and SharePoint related sessions spread out over multiple tracks of Business Intelligence, Database Administration, SQL Development, SharePoint, IT Pro and .NET development. 

When:

Saturday, August 11, 2018. Registration is now open, but it is filling up fast so reserve your spot now. 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!

Baton Rouge User Groups Networking Night 2018

posted Jun 15, 2018, 11:58 AM by william assaf   [ updated Jun 18, 2018, 11:12 AM ]

What is Networking Night?

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, evangelism, etc.  

We need speakers with 7-10 minute talks! Sign up to speak at the event here!  

Who should attend? Everyone should attend free Networking Night! Starting in 2014 and through 2017, each year 50+ IT professionals including many newcomers attended this fun event! 
SQLSatBR SPONSORS
Are you a Gold or Platinum sponsor of SQLSaturday Baton Rouge 2018? Part of your sponsorship comes with an official presence at Networking Night! Please join us and fill out the speaker signup form.

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

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Location: The Louisiana Technology Park - http://www.brssug.org/where

Agenda:
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Dinner
6:15 - 6:30 pm: Announcements
6:45 - 8:00 pm: Networking Nights Speakers
8:00 - 8:30 pm: Raffle and Giveaways

June '18 BRSSUG+BRPBIUG Meeting

posted May 17, 2018, 10:30 AM by william assaf   [ updated May 29, 2018, 11:07 AM by Andy Parkerson ]

When:  Jun 13, 2018 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM (CT) 

Location: LA Tech Park - Location Information

Sponsor: Lucid, LLC

Lucid, LLC


Agenda:
 
• 5:45 - 6:15: General Introduction/Food and Drinks
• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

Main Presentation:

Yoke Wanneevechasilp from Lucid, LLC

Main Topic:
Demo of a data mart from end-to-end using AWS Redshift as a database, ETLs in Python and Power BI as a front-end for data interaction and visualization 

Bio:
Yoke Wanneevechasilp is a Tech Lead in BI Engineering at Lucid. Yoke has experience working in numerous industries, including fiancial services, market research, construction, healthcare, technology, education, government and manufacturing. Her expertise has included project lifecycle management, data modeling, data integration, and enterprise BI solutions using Microsoft BI Stack (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), Power BI, Informatica PowerCenter, IDQ, MDM and Python. Yoke loves dogs, gardening, and beach volleyball.

Lightning Round:

Willow Sells from ShoppersChoice.com

Lightning Round Topic:

Google AMP pages for a faster mobile web

Bio:

Willow Sells is a full-stack developer at ShoppersChoice.com. She likes building things and solving problems. Her current position at ShoppersChoice requires her to play with everything from databases to SEO optimization. In her spare time, she builds circuits for fun projects, dances, and goes adventuring.

Baton Rouge User Groups Networking Night 2018

posted May 17, 2018, 9:57 AM by william assaf

What is Networking Night?

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, evangelism, etc.  

Sign up to speak at the event here!  

Who should attend? Everyone should attend free Networking Night! Starting in 2014 and through 2017, each year 50+ IT professionals including many newcomers attended this fun event! 
SQLSatBR SPONSORS
Are you a Gold or Platinum sponsor of SQLSaturday Baton Rouge 2018? Part of your sponsorship comes with an official presence at Networking Night! Please join us and fill out the speaker signup form.

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

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Location: The Louisiana Technology Park - http://www.brssug.org/where

Agenda:
5:45 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Dinner
6:15 - 6:30 pm: Announcements
6:45 - 8:00 pm: Networking Nights Speakers
8:00 - 8:30 pm: Raffle and Giveaways



May '18 BRSSUG+BRPBIUG Meeting at Alliance Safety Council

posted Apr 27, 2018, 8:16 AM by Andy Parkerson   [ updated May 16, 2018, 2:35 PM ]

Date: May 9, 2018

Location:

Alliance Safety Council
Alliance Safety Council
10099 Reiger Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Directions:
Turn onto North Reiger Rd between the McDonald's and Racetrack on Siegen Lane. We are located in the fancy building next door to Office Depot. Parking is directly in front of the building.

Entrance is the double glass doors in the front of the building under the awning and there will be signs pointing to where the meetings will take place.


Agenda:

• 5:45 - 6:15: General Introduction/Food and Drinks
• 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations
• 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

**NEWS: You can now order SQLSaturday Baton Rouge posters online! https://coastalthreads.com/sqlsaturdayposter/

Main Presentation:


SQL Server is often I/O bound - but why? Do you feel lost when talking to your storage administrator? Are your storage subsystems like a mysterious black box where your databases live but you can’t go visit? This session will get you up to speed with the fundamentals of storage subsystems for SQL Server. You will learn about the different types of storage that are available, and how to decide what type of storage to use for different workload types. You will also learn useful tips and techniques for configuring your storage for the best performance and reliability. We’ll cover methods to effectively measure and monitor your storage performance so that you will have valuable information and evidence available the next time you have to discuss IO performance with your storage administrator. Come to this session to learn how to analyze I/Os as well as options to reduce the bottlenecks.

Lightning Round:


In this lightning round, we will go over why it is important to choose your data types wisely. I will show a few different examples of data types, the difference in I/O and why Developers need to stop with the NVARCHAR(MAX) already.

Bios:


 

glenn Glenn BerryGlenn Berry is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills. He has worked as a SQL Server professional for many years in a variety of roles, most recently as Database Architect for Avalara in Parker, CO.

Glenn has been a SQL Server MVP since 2007, and has a whole collection of Microsoft certifications, including MCITP, MCDBA, MCSE, MCSD, MCAD, and MCTS, which proves he likes to take tests. His expertise includes DMVs, high availability, hardware selection and configuration, and performance tuning. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at University College – University of Denver, where has been teaching since 2000. He has completed the Master Teacher Program at University College.

Glenn is heavily involved in the SQL Server community, and is a frequent speaker at user groups, SQL Saturdays, and the PASS Community Summit. He is the author of the book SQL Server Hardware, and he wrote chapters for SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2 books.


 John Wells John Wells: Originally from Southern California, I am enjoying the slower pace here in Louisiana. I continue my journey with PowerShell and Performance Tuning. If I am not at a SQLSaturday event or a LSU game, I am grilling something or killing some crawfish! Actually I smoke more than grill, but when I say this people look at me funny.

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