FWSSUG Meetings

No Meetings for the Holidays! 

--resuming in January 2017
Posted by altadmin Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:53:00 PM
Remember, we have no meetings for the Holiday Season: November and December 2016
We will resume our third Wednesday of the month meetings in January 2017.

In January, we'll have Latish Sehgal: Creator of SqlSmash, a productivity plugin for Sql Server Management Studio!
In April, we'll have Mike Byrd: Former rocket scientist and USAF Fighter Pilot turned SQL Server geek who has presented at over 17 SQL Saturdays last count!
And, more to be posted once confirmed.

Happy Holidays to you all!

~ Your FWSSUG Officers!

An introduction to the Azure Data Lake and U-SQL 

By Russ Loski
Posted by altadmin Monday, October 17, 2016 9:36:00 AM Categories: Announcement Meeting
Data is exploding across enterprises. Much of it is semi-structured junk. Or is it junk? What are you going to do with it until you can explore it? Microsoft’s Azure Data Lake is a cloud storage and analytical service for parking a variety of data. When you are ready to discover what is in those files you can spin up the resources you need and run ANSI SQL queries using the U-SQL language. You can join those files to other files and even to SQL Server on Azure in a single query.
After we look at how easy it is to set up a Data Lake we will develop some simple queries against files that I have already loaded into the data lake. We will run a query against a set of files with over 15 GB of data. We will look at the different SQL elements that we are all familiar with (grouping, where clauses) and note the similarities and glaring differences between U-SQL and T-SQL.

Bio: Russ Loski is a local SQL Server developer in the DFW area. He has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. His passion is finding ways to get information out of a variety of formats from SQL Server to comma delimited files. He is currently working as a contract ETL developer at Baylor Scott & White.

6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7 PM Presentation

DO-OVER! With a Projector! Thinking like a Hacker: A guide to Life, SQL, and Security 

by Brian Guarnieri
Posted by altadmin Monday, September 19, 2016 7:52:00 PM
Now that the projector is working, Brian will be able to show us his scripts and slides! It was great even without those last month, but will be better understood with them!
SO, once again, join Brian Guarnieri for colorful anecdotes on how to think like a hacker and use the hacker ethos to fix holes, and see holes you never thought might be there.
Hacking affects everyone and databases hold the keys to the kingdom. What is a business if not it’s data in the 21st Century?
Learn and understand interesting facts, social engineering, hacking, and how a little common sense can save you when your company hemorrhages data. Find out how users made a company a “classless society” one afternoon.

This is an open comedic look at a serious subject and audience participation is both wanted and encouraged. A sense of humor is highly suggested.

So, come join the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group for a comedic look at security, hacking, and how it effects your bottom line day to day.

Meet and Greet: 6:30 PM Presentation(interactive!) begins at 7 PM

Bio: Does anyone really know the world of Brian Guarnieri? Raised on Max Headroom, Tron, Weird Al, and Monty Python, he brings his dark sense of humor to the masses.
One part administrator, one part developer and one part security enthusiast. He’s a here to spread his collective last minute wings to bring the act of security and server hardening out of the depths of boredom.
Currently working for Robert Half Consulting as a SQL Server Administrator and part-time ETL engineer. He’s the guy poking around all those places in the dark so clients don’t have too.

Aug 17: Thinking like a Hacker: A guide to Life, SQL, and Security. 

by Brian Guarnieri
Posted by altadmin Friday, August 12, 2016 4:01:00 PM Categories: Meeting
This month, join Brian Guarnieri for colorful anecdotes on how to think like a hacker and use the hacker ethos to fix holes, and see holes you never thought might be there.
Hacking affects everyone and databases hold the keys to the kingdom. What is a business if not it’s data in the 21st Century?
Learn and understand interesting facts, social engineering, hacking, and how a little common sense can save you when your company hemorrhages data. Find out how users made a company a “classless society” one afternoon.

This is an open comedic look at a serious subject and audience participation is both wanted and encouraged. A sense of humor is highly suggested.

So, come join the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group for a comedic look at security, hacking, and how it effects your bottom line day to day.

Meet and Greet: 6:30 PM Presentation(interactive!) begins at 7 PM

Bio: Does anyone really know the world of Brian Guarnieri? Raised on Max Headroom, Tron, Weird Al, and Monty Python, he brings his dark sense of humor to the masses.
One part administrator, one part developer and one part security enthusiast. He’s a here to spread his collective last minute wings to bring the act of security and server hardening out of the depths of boredom.
Currently working for Robert Half Consulting as a SQL Server Administrator and part-time ETL engineer. He’s the guy poking around all those places in the dark so clients don’t have too.

Dynamic SSIS packages using C# and BIML: Paul LaGrone 

Happy Anniversary and Welcome back Paul!
Sunday, July 17, 2016 11:56:00 PM Categories: Announcement Meeting

For our tenth year anniversary as a Users Group, our original founder is making the journey all the way back from Florida to speak Wednesday night!

That's right, Paul LaGrone is BACK! He'll be showing us how to build Dynamic SSIS packages using C# and BIML.

Come say hi to Paul and have a little fun with BIML.

The Modern Data Warehouse in the Cloud with Azure 

Presented by Neal Hollingsworth
Posted by altadmin Sunday, June 12, 2016 3:01:00 PM Categories: Announcement Meeting
Topic: This presentation explains end to end, the Microsoft architectural and software solution for a data issue that faced Cook Children's that could be the solution for many other businesses, too. This is the newest way to handle non-relational data in an extremely efficient manner.
Bio: "I've worked with SQL Server for 12 years or more in many different roles. I'm kind of a jack of all trades; master of none. My current role is Senior Business Intelligence Analyst with Cook Children's."
- Neal Hollingsworth
LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/nhollingsworth20

6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7:00 - 8:00 Forum on Topics

MAY 18: Forum - FWSSUG 

Posted by altadmin Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:59:00 PM
As previously requested, tonight we will cover advantages of a Group PASS membership, and the PASS expectations for PASS groups. We'll also be setting up our plan for generating and training Junior DBAs, ETL Engineers, and BI developers for the Fort Worth employment market...so those of you who raised your hands on this, now's the time to speak freely! (Andy has more on getting "R" into our training lineup in his hip pocket for us, too.) 6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7:00 - 8:00 Forum on Topics

April 20: Intro to Agile Data Warehouse Design 

Speaker: Tim Costello
Sunday, April 17, 2016 10:45:00 PM Categories: Announcement Meeting
Can Data Warehouse Design be agile? You bet! In this session, we will explore the ways we can be more agile, collaborative, iterative and successful with our dimensional designs. Data Warehouse ... here we come! Tim Costello is a data enthusiast, data warehouse architect, Tableau trainer and occasionaly writes half way good SQL. (NOTE: That's Tim saying that! We here at FWSSUG know how great he truly is!!!) 6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7 PM FWSSUG Future Plans | 7:30 - 8:30 Presentation

March 16 Meeting Cancelled 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:37:00 AM Categories: Meeting
Our normal first quarter planning has been affected by several funerals we've had to deal with over the last few months. So we are very sorry to say that we must cancel tomorrow's FWSSUG meeting. We will re-group for APRIL's meeting. Thank you for understanding!

Feb 17 Meeting: Strategic Career Planning with Andy Eggers 

Monday, February 15, 2016 9:12:00 AM Categories: Meeting
Every year we are required to perform a job self-elevation as part of our jobs. So are you looking for a way to evaluate your current job skill sets, changing direction in your career, in job transition, looking for a new career path? Has your career path been shifted by other people’s decisions?  Then join us for a new way to perform some self-evaluation and outline a new career strategy.

Andy Eggers is one the pillars of the Fort Worth SQL Group and his dedication and passion for fostering professional and technical training for the community is unparalleled.

6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7 PM Presentation

See you there, The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group

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