Kentuckiana Mini-Tour

Having just finished leading the efforts on the very successful SQL Saturday Albuquerque, by all rights I should be taking this week off to recuperate.  Instead I’m starting a whirlwind “mini-tour” of Kentuckiana tomorrow, with three spots on which I’ll be presenting on SQL Server’s Machine Learning Services components.

Tuesday night I’ll be at Blue Stallion Brewing in Lexington, KY talking to the Lexington PASS group about how to leverage Python for statistical analysis in SQL Server 2017.  I’m looking forward to the unique experience of presenting with a pint glass in my hand rather than a bottle of water.  As long as I don’t try to use the pint glass like a laser pointer, I’ll be fine!  Register Here.

I don’t have any speaking engagements on Wednesday night, but will instead be heading up to Columbus, OH with my friend Matt Gordon [b|t] (who founded the Lexington PASS group) and his son to watch the Columbus Crew take on the Philadelphia Union.  As many of you know, I’m a devout soccer (real football) fan, and I’m really looking forward to visiting one of the most storied environments in US soccer.

Thursday is a double-header starting in Evansville, IN at 11:00 AM and Louisville, KY at 6:00 PM.  With a two-hour drive between them, not to mention the one-hour time difference, this will be an intense day.  It’s a good thing then that the session I’ll be presenting is the same for both groups!  Like the Lexington session I’ll be talking about statistical analysis, but this time I’ll be focusing on the R programming language, so the talk will be directly applicable to SQL 2016 as well as 2017.  Register Here for Evansville, IN.  Register Here for Louisville, KY.

If you live close to any of these three presentations, I’d love for you to come out so I can meet you and talk data and statistics with you!


I’m Speaking – December 2017

After a relatively light speaking schedule in November – just PASS Summit this year – I’ll be back with a vengeance in December.  I’ve got three sessions lined up, and all in venues in which I’ll be presenting for the first time!

I’ll be kicking the month off bright and early on Friday, December 1st with the winter edition of the GroupBy conference.  This is a virtual conference held over the first two Fridays in December, with ten sessions voted in by the community.  I was lucky enough to have my SQL Server R Services session selected this time around, and I hope to “see” you all there at 10:30 am EST (17:30 UTC).

I’ll be following that up with a trip to the nation’s capital the following week to present the same session at SQL Saturday Washington DC on Saturday, December 9th.  I was able to attend last year to see some great presentations, but this year the organizers have made the mistake of asking me to speak too!  I’m looking forward to following the excellent Kevin Feasel [b|t] once again as our sessions complement each other’s quite well.

For my final speaking slot of the year, I’ll be presenting virtually to the Orange County BIG PASS group headed up by my friend Mickey Stuewe [b|t].  I’ll be dusting off an older presentation on implementing row-based security through a single custom solution that works for both SSRS and SSAS.  If you’ll be in the Lake Forest area on Thursday, December 14th, please register on their Meetup group and join me for this one.

What a great way to close out another busy year!