SQL Saturday Atlanta Schedule Announced–May 18th, 2013

image This year I somehow forgot to say “No!” when I was asked to head up the selection process for SQL Saturday Atlanta.  Call me slow but I will not make that mistake ever again!  However, we did manage to accomplish several things this year. If memory serves (and don’t count on that), we hadn’t surveyed the user group for which sessions they wanted to see since SQL Saturday #41 back in 2010.  This year we were able to survey both the Atlanta MDF user group and the Atlanta B/I user group before making our final selections. We received 133 abstracts submissions this year but we didn’t want to make the people taking the survey to have to sift through all of those.  There were a good number of sessions that the team felt were no-brainers to be picked so we went ahead and removed most of those from the population before we sent out on the survey. I trust the content team (Kristy, Mike, Michael, the other Michael, & Stuart) who voted to select the initial list of speakers and trust them to have picked the entire schedule if we had gone down that route.  Surveying the user group however gave us the chance to calibrate our own judgment.  It also gave us someone not on the [all-volunteer] team to blame if attendees are unhappy with the sessions that were picked :-p (not that we’d do that). There were very few surprises in which sessions the community voted for.  The only thing that stood out was a few topics that just weren’t very highly ranked at all.

The upside

Not so much that we have a better idea what the community wants to see, we were actually pretty on-target, but now we have more confidence in our already well-formed opinions of what they community wants to see.

The downside

It took *a lot* of work to get the internal voting and then the survey pulled together.  This unfortunately led to a much longer than anticipated amount of time to get the full schedule selected and the speakers notified.  Absolutely no one on the team wanted it to take as long as it did.  In retrospect, it would have faster to immediately take the 133 sessions submitted and send all of them out on the survey; that would have reduced some but not all of the delay.   Unfortunately, we just had no way of knowing that at the time and I take full responsibility for not knowing what we didn’t know!  Thankfully, the team was able to overcome the challenges and pull everything together.  The silver lining is that we now have experience in surveying our groups and can do it much more quickly in the future.

Drumroll please…

Alright, enough about surveys and what-not.  Here is what YOU picked:

Start Time Advanced – Room: Advanced B/I 1 – Room: B/I 1 B/I 2 – Room: B/I 2 B/I 3 – Room: B/I 3 DBA 1 – Room: DBA 1 DBA 2 – Room: DBA 2 DBA 3 – Room: DBA 3 DBA 4 – Room: DBA 4 DBA 5 – Room: DBA 5 PowerShell – Room: PowerShell Zero Level – Room: Zero Level
09:00 AM Dan Holmes The Last Mile: Dynamically Created ObjectsLevel: Advanced Andy Leonard Using BIML as an SSIS Design Patterns EngineLevel: Advanced Melissa Coates So You Want To Be A Rockstar Report Developer?Level: Intermediate Yelena Pavlyuk Report Builder: Reports made Easy.Level: Beginner Aaron Nelson SQL Server Database Development with SSDTLevel: Intermediate David Klee Squeezing the Most Performance from your VMware-Based SQL ServerLevel: Advanced Jon Boulineau T-SQL: Beyond the BasicsLevel: Beginner Stuart Ainsworth Working with “Biggish Data”Level: Beginner Timothy McAliley A Walk Around the SQL Server 2012 Audit FeatureLevel: Intermediate Mike Robbins PowerShell Fundamentals for BeginnersLevel: Beginner Mike Walsh What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a DBALevel: Beginner
10:15 AM Chris Skorlinski Enhanced Phone InterrogationLevel: Intermediate Carlos Rodrigues Data Warehouse physical design – better practicesLevel: Intermediate Paul Waters Automating SSIS Development with BimlLevel: Beginner Teo Lachev Building Dashboards with the MS BI StackLevel: Intermediate Adam Machanic 5 Query Plan Culprits That Cause 95% of HeadachesLevel: Advanced Eddie Wuerch Page Latches for Mere MortalsLevel: Advanced Joseph D’Antoni Using Compression to Improve Database PerformanceLevel: Intermediate Tim Radney Know Backups and Know RecoveryLevel: Intermediate Ben Miller SQL Server TDELevel: Intermediate Thomas Stringer Managing Enterprise Environments with PowerShellLevel: Intermediate Geoff Hiten Smart Rats Leave FirstLevel: Beginner
01:00 PM Jeremy Carroll Software-Defined Storage: The Future of Storage?Level: Advanced Jason Thomas GeoSpatial Analytics Using Microsoft BILevel: Beginner Pam Shaw Tips & Tricks for dynamic SSRS ReportsLevel: Beginner Thomas LeBlanc Attributes & Hierarchies in Analysis Services 2012Level: Intermediate Adam Machanic 5 Query Plan Culprits That Cause 95% of HeadachesLevel: Advanced Denny Cherry Storage for the DBALevel: Advanced Eric Peterson High Availability with SQL Server 2012Level: Intermediate Steve Busby SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse 2012 Deep DiveLevel: Intermediate   Jim Christopher Taming Complex Tasks with the Psake ModuleLevel: Beginner Kevin Kline Team Leadership FundamentalsLevel: Beginner
02:30 PM Javier Guillen DAX Formulas: Evaluation ContextLevel: Advanced Justin Stephens BI – Practical Date CalculationsLevel: Advanced Leo Furlong Expanding Self-Service BI with Excel 2013Level: Beginner William E Pearson III Bridging the Chasm: BI Theory vs. PracticeLevel: Beginner Kevin Boles TSQL Road Less Traveled: APPLYLevel: Advanced Janis Griffin Looney Tuner? No, there IS a method to my madnessLevel: Intermediate Kat Meadows SQL Server Maintenance PlansLevel: Beginner Richie Rump New T-SQL features in SQL Server 2012Level: Intermediate   Ben Miller SMO Internals for High Performance PowerShellLevel: Advanced Audrey Hammonds Database Design for BeginnersLevel: Beginner
03:45 PM Wes Brown Storage Tuning Deep DiveLevel: Advanced Julie Smith Matching with Data Quality ServicesLevel: Beginner Mark Tabladillo Applied Enterprise Semantic MiningLevel: Intermediate Stacia Misner Troubleshooting MDX Query PerformanceLevel: Advanced Benjamin Nevarez Dive into the Query Optimizer-Undocumented InsightLevel: Advanced Kevin Boles TSQL Road Less Traveled: MERGELevel: Intermediate Louis Davidson Database Design FundamentalsLevel: Intermediate Denny Cherry Using SQL Server 2012s Always OnLevel: Intermediate   Jonathan Walz PowerScripting Live! (PowerShell podcast / BoF)Level: Beginner Robert Cain The Decoder Ring for Data Warehousing / BILevel: Beginner

I look forward to see you at SQL Saturday #220 in Atlanta and can’t wait to hear your feedback on the sessions you attend! 

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