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PASS Summit Birds of a Feather Lunch – Topics!

Update (10-21): Glenn Allen Berry just blogged about this and he mentioned something I forgot to tell you: at least one of the MVPs asked if they could give away a copy or two of their book. I don’t know if any one else will but one more reason to show up and find out. Though even without the books this is really an awesome way to meet other SQL Server people. Put some faces to names and get some twitter handles and e-mail addresses! “UNITE”

Topics are Finalized

Last week, I introduced the concept of this lunch to you when posting, “Eat Lunch with the MVPs”, well the back and forth with a handful of MVPs and the good (and patient!) folks at PASS HQ is just about done. We have our list of topics for tables!!


This is a lunch where the attendees can select a table of a topic that interests them. There will be an MVP (and I believe some tables will be staffed by a member of the SQL CAT team) at each table with 9 empty chairs. Pick a topic, get to lunch on time and get to your table. There will be conversation about the topic at the table, a chance to meet others with the same interest, exchange business cards, maybe play some twitter bingo and have a good time.

When I first went to PASS in 2006, the first lunch was a bit awkward at first. I didn’t know anyone, sat a table with some guy named Ward Pond (Blog, Twitter) and had a fun conversation. Worked out well but I was nervous (yeah, I’ll admit it) leading up to that conversation. This may help end some of those jitters and help build our great community at the same time.

This is not my idea. This is a GREAT idea and I applaud those who thought it up at PASS. I can’t take the credit, wish I could. Some folks had replied to me from last weeks post and on the coordination e-mails thanking me for thinking this up or coordinating it. I just saw a call for volunteers put out by Blythe Morrow (Twitter) who works for PASS and answered the call saying, “put me anywhere.” She asked me to help chase people down, go back and forth about topics and report back when done. That’s all I did, the hard part is being done by the people at PASS who work so hard to put this all on. Thank them when you see them!

Remember pick your tables early! Tom LaRock asked me what we were doing for security if any tables got overcrowded. I feared rowdy fans or stampedes. I first thought maybe we could contact a Motorcycle Club to handle security, but then I remembered the stories I heard about Altamont… I think we can use the honor system.

Let's keep our table selection clean, eh?
Let's keep our table selection clean, eh?

Enough already.. What are the topics??

Oh.. Yeah. The topics. These may not be final with any last minute tweaks. That being said the topics we have for now (we are all filled up with topics, by the way, great response from the MVPs. There were some others who were unable to make it but are standing by in case we have transportation issues)

32Bit/64Bit – What’s the difference? Jonathan Kehayias
Agile Development in BI John Welch
App Dev Smackdown Adam Machanic
Change Data Capture Pinal Dave
Chow down on corruption Paul Randal
Common T-SQL Programming Mistakes Plamen Ratchev
Data Mining Dejan Sarka
Data Warehousing Concepts James Rowland-Jones
Database Mirroring Glenn Berry
DBA Best Practices Satya Jayanty
DBA Dashboards Greg Larsen
DBA/Developer Team Development Grant Fritchey
Don’t be afraid of XML! Jacob Sebastian
Dynamic Management Views Jason Strate
Erland on Error Handling and Dynamic SQL Erland Sommarskog
Full Text Search and File Stream Robert Cain
Gemini’s impact on SSAS/Data Warehouse projects Vidas Matelis
Getting Started with T-SQL Kathi Kellenberger
Got Query Plan Reuse? Is it good? Andrew Kelly
Failover Clustering Christian Bolton
High Availability with Log Shipping Edwin Sarmiento
High Availability in Virtualized Environments Allan Hirt
High Availability in Virtualized Environments Ross Mistry
Is Business Intelligence an Oxymoron? Jessica Moss
IT Consulting – Notes from the field Joe Webb
Key Performance Indicators -Monitoring Your Business Andrew Karcher
Kimberly Tripp Covers Indexes (and lunch) Kimberly Tripp
Location Based BI With SQL Server 2008 Deepak Puri
Moving from Technologist to Manager Kevin Kline
Multi Server Management Chuck Heinzelman
Multiply Yourself with Central Management Servers Ken Simmons
Performance Analysis/Tuning Kevin Boles
Performance Tuning Analysis Services Chris Webb
Policy-Based Management Geoff Hiten
Powershell in SQL Server Sean McCown
What Is Professional Development for a SQL Professional? Arnie Rowland
Relational Database Design Louis Davidson
Security Kenneth Kelley
Social Networking: Geek DBA to Butterfly Jason Massie
SQL Azure Eduardo Castro
SQL Server Compact – The little database that could Erik Jensen
SQL Server Consolidation Peter Ward
SQL Server Reporting Services Andrea Benedetti
SQL Server Reporting Services on Analysis Services Grant Paisley
SSAS Calculation Measure Groups at Different Grains Greg Galloway
SSIS Scripts & Custom Objects Todd McDermid
Starting up your own MicroISV business Paul Nielsen
Storage Best Practices Denny Cherry
Table Partitioning Dan Guzman
Thinking in MDX Tomislav Piasevoli
Troubleshooting SSIS (even the oddball issues) Andy Leonard
Understanding Execution Plans Gail Shaw
Virtualization (cohosted) John Paul Cook
Virtualization (cohosted) Charley Hanania
Visual Studio Database edition & TFS: How are you using them? Rafael Salas
Why and How to Participate in the SQL Server Community Andy Warren

See You There!

I look forward to seeing you at PASS. I will probably blog once more about a couple things I plan on doing there and I think I may have made it onto the Twitter Bingo card, so I hope you look for me and catch my “passphrase”. Check out the scheduling tool setup for the Summit. Help plan your itinerary, I believe this lunch will be making it in there, if it hasn’t already:  http://www.softconference.com/pass/ScheduleBuilder.asp

Mike Walsh
Article by Mike Walsh
Mike loves mentoring clients on the right Systems or High Availability architectures because he enjoys those lightbulb moments and loves watching the right design and setup come together for a client. He started Straight Path in 2010 when he decided that after over a decade working with SQL Server in various roles, it was time to try and take his experience, passion, and knowledge to help clients of all shapes and sizes. Mike is a husband, father to four great children, and a Christian. He’s a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in his small town in New Hampshire, and when he isn’t playing with his family, solving SQL Server issues, or talking shop, it seems like he has plenty to do with his family running a small farm in NH raising Beef Cattle, Chickens, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Honeybees and who knows what other animals have been added!

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