Just a quick post here.
Yesterday there was a discussion around the notion of SQL Saturdays hitting a saturation point. Statements like that remind me of the guy who was the head of the patent office and said that there was nothing left to patent. I say that because I think that if we are in fact being successful with these events, as we expand the capabilities of DBAs DBDs and BIDs around the country, we will also expand what they want to learn next. Not to mention the value proposition that these people bring to the table at their jobs. Who knows, maybe I’m wrong and we’ll look back at this post 4 years from now and say “wow Aaron, that was a dumb prediction wasn’t it”.
In any event Andy Warren ( blog | twitter ) thought before we got too far into this discussion we should have a look at a map so that we’re all working from the same frame of reference. I’m currently working on some mapping stuff that you’ll find out more about later this week so I volunteered to whip up this map. It’s basic and shows all SQL Saturdays past and currently scheduled on the home page. If you click on the map it will take you to a larger version of it.
There looks to be a lot of open space there in the middle, plus I hear they do SQL in Canada (or at least organize events around it).
I think a city the size of Atlanta could easily handle 2 SQL Saturdays per year depending on size; and the greater L.A. area could probably handle 4 per year so long as they move it around. What do you guys and gals think?