Silicon Valley’s first SQLSaturday Silicon Valley in Mountain View on March 3rd was a huge success. It was a free event with over 450 SQL Server Silicon Valley and Business Intelligence professionals in attendance. There were over 100 volunteers, and we had an amazing group of speakers from all over the US and from as far away as the UK. We had Microsoft MVPs, authors, and members of the SQLCAT and SQL Server Product teams.
Because this event took place in the middle of the SQL Server 2012 Launch season, SQLSaturday #109 doubled as a launch event. We had six tracks, including a Launch Track, focused entirely on the new capabilities in SQL Server 2012. Database Administration, Development, Microsoft Business Intelligence, and the Cloud – Azure tracks were also very popular.
I made the introductions to a large audience in the main auditorium, and then turned things over to Microsoft’s Ross Mistry, who gave the keynote to discuss SQL Server Silicon Valley.
PASS was well represented, with Community Evangelist Karla Landrum helping us out, three Board Members, and president Bill Graziano.as well as past president Rushabh Mehta. New PASS board member Denise McInerney did a session on Transactions, and also hosted a Women in Technology panel discussion. PASS is the global community for data professionals who use the Microsoft data platform. It has chapters across California and the U.S., and well as dozens of chapters overseas. PASS offers SQL Server, BI, and BA training through international SQLRally conferences and free PASS SQLSaturday events.
Sponsors included Confio, Red Gate, Quest, QuickStart and DesignMind. They gave away some great prizes at the end of the day and we had a fun reception sponsored by Red Gate. Prizes included books, training, several Xboxes and Kindles, and even an iPad2. Our sponsors were fantastic! You can look for another Bay Area SQLSaturday in 2013.