Posting from my phone.
The more I use google+, (which is not very much) the more I like it. I set up a meeting in a Hangout last week and I really think it went well. Much better than chatting or a conference call.
I usually don’t like social networking, but so good so far.
I’m going to be scheduling more meetings in the coming weeks for a project. Maybe we’ll use some of the additional features that i have not played around with yet. I’ll keep updating.
I’m in the process of consolidating my personal and SQL blogs. It just didn’t make sense to have them separate, so I’ve set them to redirect to nealwaterstreet.com. I’ll move some posts that I think are still relevant over, but most if them will be left off.
I made the (very) early morning drive to Columbia for the SQLSaturday there. There was a good crowd, but not overcrowded. I think I saw the total number was 200. I attended the following presentations. All of the speakers did a good job with the material.
- DW-ETL: 10 Mistakes to Avoid by Rafael Salas
- Designing an SSIS Framework by Andy Leonard
- SQL Developer’s Intro to SSAS by Nathan Mourfield
- Handling Advanced Data Warehouse Scenarios in SSIS by John Welch
- Enterprise Data Mining for SQL Server Professionals by Mark Tabladillo
- “I See a Control Flow Tab. Now What?” by Andy Leonard
A quick few notes about my experience:
- I asked 3 people about OBIEE and none had heard of it. Since this is a Microsoft centric event that makes sense.
- I’ll never get up and drive to another event that is not local. From not on I’ll drive the day before and spend the night. Lots and lots of caffeine.
- I think Business Intelligence has grown dramatically in popularity over the last 12 to 24 months. All of the sessions I was in were well attended and there were a total of 3 BI tracks out of 8.
- The event was well organized and in a nice facility. I’ll attend again next time if I can.
- I learned a lot!