We are so excited about SQL Saturday 242 on August 10 in Indianapolis, IN! Why? Well, glad you asked us. We’re going to be presenting our first-ever SQL Saturday Pre-Con, and are forever grateful to the wonderful organizers of this event for giving us this opportunity. We’ve done this training day here in Atlanta before, but there’s just something extra-special about being part of a SQL Saturday.
The Pre-Con is titled, From Here to BI: Data Warehousing from Start to Finish, and we think it is going to be a lot of fun. We’re most excited that we get to spend a day talking about topics that we love, including database design, ETL, and all the cool concepts and tools that go along with building a data warehouse and moving data around. Our goal is to show that SSIS isn’t scary, and neither is dimensional modeling. With practical examples and real-world scenarios, our audience will hopefully walk away with great ideas that they can take to their own teams on Monday morning.
We were discussing all of the reasons why we’re excited about Indy, so we decided that what we really needed was a list (we’re nothing if not organized). So, without further ado, our Top Ten Reasons Julie and Audrey are excited about presenting a Pre-Con at SQL Saturday 242:
10: David Letterman and Kurt Vonnegut are both Indianapolis natives. It happens that Julie has something of a crush on Dave. Audrey would have a crush on Kurt, but he died in 2007 so that’s kind of creepy. Let’s just say she’s an admirer.
9: Audrey gets to talk about Dimensional Modeling, which is one of her favorite topics. Rumor has it that she has a Ralph Kimball poster hanging in her closet, but no one’s been able to verify it yet.
8: Julie gets to talk about ETL Frameworks, a key design concept when moving data, especially in complex integration environments. The extra time allows her to dig into the topic and discuss best practices and lessons learned.
7: If the SQL Saturday organizers (Hope Foley (B|T), Eddie Wuerch (B|T)) are any indication, Indiana is populated by the coolest people on the planet, and we can’t wait to meet them. Plus, Audrey gets to finally mark Indiana off of her list of states to visit.
6: We get to discuss Master Data Services (MDS) and Data Quality Services (DQS), two products that we’re actually using at client sites and want to share with the world. Julie has been doing a lot of research and writing on DQS, so expect a great discussion about the tool!
5: Julie gets to preach the business key gospel to a whole new audience. By now, everyone in the South Eastern U.S. has heard her story, and it is time to take it to the Midwest. Audrey asks that someone in the audience suggest that business keys aren’t that important in ETL development. She promises that you’ll all be entertained by Julie’s response.
4: We get to hang out with Bill Pearson (B|T), who is presenting his own Pre-Con, called Practical Self-Service BI with PowerPivot for Excel. We contend that he has the best hair in the SQL Server community. Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself!
3: We hear there’s this thing in Indiana called a Tenderloin Sandwich. Deep fried pork loin on a bun? Sign these Southern Girls up!
2: We get to talk end-to-end development, which is almost impossible to do in a one-hour session. There are so many great topics to discuss, and we’re super excited that we get a full day to cover them!
1: And the number one reason we’re excited about SQL Saturday 242… Road Trip!
So there you have it, just 10 of the myriad reasons that we’re thrilled to present a Pre-Con at SQL Saturday 242. Sign up before July 12 to get the Early Bird price. Hope to see you there!
–Julie and Audrey