A few weeks ago I was asked to take over the running of the Wellington SQL Server User Group by the original founder of the group. I had been wanting to get more involved in the local SQL community, and last year kicked that off by speaking at 3 different user groups and Tech Ed New Zealand. So I was pretty keen to take the reins – even though it’s going to add to an already hectic work life.
In case you’re wondering what this user group thing is; its the Wellington chapter of PASS, and we’re a volunteer group who organise monthly presentations or training sessions on topics related to Microsoft SQL Server – from database administration and development, to business intelligence and data mining.
I’ve been meeting with a handful of the other volunteers over the past 2 weeks to discuss new ideas, how to freshen things up, etc; and now the job begins of lining up speakers. We usually take a break over December & January, so the first scheduled meeting is the 3rd Thursday in February – which is approaching faster than I’d like (so if you’re keen to present on a topic related to SQL Server in some way, or database development in general, then please get in touch with me!).
Otherwise, if you live in or around Wellington, New Zealand, then please sign up for our mailing list and come along to our monthly sessions. I’m sure you’ll meet enough new people and learn enough new things to make it worth your while (plus there’s pizza and beer, so what’s not to like?). You can keep an eye on either our PASS or MS Communities websites for updates on speakers, dates, and venues.