SQL Saturday #222 – Another successful endeavor

The second annual SQL Saturday held in Sacramento was another smashing success! With an updated venue and an international speaker list, attendees were given a full day of FREE training in everything SQL Server. Enabled by our sponsors’ generosity, the Sacramento SQL Server users group was able to host a fantastic event.

Gifts for this year's speakers, customized for Sacramento.

Gifts for this year’s speakers, customized for Sacramento.

Led by our user group president Mitch Bottel (B|T), the planning committee took the success of year one and began to navigate through the planning process, beginning in January. The Patrick Hayes Learning Center in Natomas, graciously donated by Sutter Health, was chosen to house the event. With plenty of conference rooms, wi-fi and a large break room, the facility was perfect for a SQL Saturday. We gave each of our platinum sponsors their “own” room, allowing them to host a lunch session and decorate as they saw fit.  Five tracks gave attendees a choice of subjects to choose from.

Sacramento was represented by local speakers Eric Freeman (B|T), Jon Amen (B|T), Angel Abundez (B|T) (we claim Angel even though he’s semi-Bay Area), Dilip Nayak (T), Mitch Bottel and yours truly, Dan Hess (B|T).  This was my first SQL Saturday as a presenter and I was lucky enough to have Steve Jones (B|T) sit in on my session and give me some great feedback.  Prior to the event he was giving me “the business” about how similar my session was to the talk he gave at our first SQL Saturday.  Good thing I didn’t hit his presentation last year!

It was great seeing my friends from last year, even if Cannonball didn’t make it.  Shout out to Mike Fal (B|T) and John Morehouse (B|T).  It was great meeting new friends also…David Klee (B|T) and Jim Murphy (B|T).  I wish I would have spent more time getting to know the other speakers but responsibilities of the planning committee kept me busy during the day.

A special thanks goes out to all of our volunteers, many of whom are a part of our user group.  The event’s success was directly related to your participation.

I’m looking forward to Sacramento’s third annual SQL Saturday next year!

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