Another year in the books, another amazingly successful event! SQL Saturday #540 in Sacramento was our 5th endeavor and was arguably our best effort. No law enforcement involvement, no fires or natural disasters and no one leaving dissatisfied.
This year boasted an international speaker lineup; it was great to meet Cathrine Wilhelmsen (B|T) from Norway. We had a good showing of first timer speakers to Sacramento, thanks to Simon Cho (B), Anthony Nocentino (B|T), Reeves Smith (B|T), Bill Fellows (B|T), Elizabeth Bock (B|T), Meagan Longoria (B|T), Sayed Saeed (B|T) and Tim Plas (B|T). Sacramento was well represented; shout out to Chris Anderson (B|T) for being a first time SQL Saturday speaker and contributor to the event. Dilip Nayak (T) and I did a tag team session on NoSQL and MongoDB that was well received, although buzzword bingo did not seem to go over as well this time. Pro tip: make sure to not get a session right after lunch, it will limit the amount of nodding heads in the audience.
Over 150 attendees were recorded, making this our second highest attendance level. While the number of sponsors was lower this year, the support that they gave enabled the event to be great success. Thanks to Tintri, DELL software, Microsoft, DesignMind, Plus Consulting, Idera, PASS, Devart, Robert Half and Sutter Health. With the temperature outside going into the triple digits (I think the high that day was 103 F), the feeling inside was a constant “78 and sunny”. Speaking with the team, we all agreed that this may have been our smoothest run event to date.
Thanks to all the speakers, sponsors and attendees. Please visit the Sacramento SQL Server user group LinkedIn page to give us any feedback.
See you next year!