The San Francisco SQL Server User Group

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Microsoft office at 835 Market Street.

The SF SQL Server User Group has been in existence for five years, although we are new to Meetup. We typically have 40+ attendees at our meetings. Meetings are free - please join us!

  • Network with other Developers and DBAs
  • Get the latest and greatest SQL Server news
  • Have your SQL Server questions answered by Microsoft insiders
  • Get the inside track on emerging technologies
  • Learn valuable information for career development
  • Enjoy dinner, drinks, and valuable software giveaways

6:30 to 7:00 pm – Introductions, food, networking 7:00 to 8:30 pm – Presentation and Q&A

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Past events

  • Relational Databases: Where Are My Primary Keys?

    Thu, 12 Sep 2013, 01:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker Ami Levin of SolidQJoin SQL Server guru Ami Levin as he revisits some of the fundamental design principals of relational databases: normalization rules, key selection, and the controversies associated with these issues from a practical perspective.Ami will discuss the benefits and challenges of using different types of keys - natural, surrogates, artificial, and others.

  • Intro to Relational Database Design & Entity-Relationship Diagrams

    Thu, 9 May 2013, 01:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker Mark Abramson of Forward ThoughtWith so many database-driven projects for consumer desktop software applications, websites and enterprise software systems, the database design plays a crucial role in the success of your project.Mark will cover the basics of designing and setting up a database schema. He'll define some common business scenarios, build out some tables, create relationships, and then demo usage, pitfalls, problems and design tradeoffs.

  • Speaker Ernest Hwang of Practice Fusion

    Thu, 11 Apr 2013, 01:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Ernest Hwang of Practice FusionDetails coming soon.

  • BAADD Annual Dinner Meeting - Trends in the Software Development Industry

    Thu, 8 Nov 2012, 02:30 - 05:30 in San Francisco, United States

    From Margaret Duddy, President - Bay Area Association of Database Developers...We cordially invite the Developer Community to come together and join us for dinner! Our theme will be "Trends in the Software Development Industry - Technological and Business Perspectives II".Please share a table and your perspectives about what lies ahead in our industry. We'll host a World Café session moderated by Ainsley Nies.

  • Ten Things Every SQL Server Developer Should Know

    Thu, 19 Jul 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Kevin Kline of QuestStereotypes abound for different types of people in the IT world. Developers think DBAs are control freaks.  DBAs think developers are unruly cowboys. How do we overcome these differences?  If you?re a developer, your best strategy is to manage your DBAs? anxieties and demonstrate your competence and credibility.  Attend this session to learn about 10 techniques that developers can apply to their code which will calm your DBAs? fears and earn their admiration.

  • Managing SSIS in SQL Server 2012

    Thu, 12 Apr 2012, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Brian Knight of Pragmatic WorksMicrosoft MVP Brian Knight will show you how to manage SSIS in SQL Server 2012. You’ll first see how the logging and auditing of your SSIS packages has changed in 2012. Then, you’ll learn how parameterization of packages has been overhauled to make a zero-touch deployment of your packages.In this demo-packed session, you’ll walk through the entire lifecycle of a package from deployment to longer-term management of the package.

  • Monitoring SQL Server on VMware

    Thu, 10 Nov 2011, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Dean Richards of Confio >SQL Server on VMware? Many of you have virtualized your application tier, and now are either virtualizing databases or planning to do so soon.We'll discuss the fundamentals of monitoring databases running in a VMware environment. Dean will explain which metrics are important and how you can get the data.The presentation will include a five-minute demo of IgniteVM, a tool that gives you visibility to SQL Server on VMware.

  • How to Accelerate Your SQL Server Data Warehouse Workloads

    Thu, 13 Oct 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Erik de la Iglesia, Chief Architect of GridIron Systems Inc.Data warehouse analysis drives business intelligence which allows organizations to run more efficiently and productively. The ability to store and analyze large volumes of information is a competitive advantage in today’s business environment.Flash storage capacity is not as important as the cost effective use of flash. Storage budgets don't allow for universal adoption of flash as a storage medium.

  • SQL Server Denali AlwaysOn

    Thu, 15 Sep 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Kevin Tsai of MicrosoftFrom the SQL Server AlwaysOn Team Blog:SQL Server AlwaysOn is the new high availability and disaster recovery solution for SQL Server.By using AlwaysOn, businesses can achieve increased application availability for their mission critical applications and get higher returns on their high availability investments through better utlization of hardware resources.

  • Object Relational Mapping: From Roll Your Own To State Of The Art

    Thu, 14 Apr 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Object relational mapping addresses the "impedance mismatch" between object-oriented software and relational persistent storage.  They can add many benefits to software development including faster development, reduced cost, fewer "plumbing" errors and more.ORMs have gained significant traction in the marketplace and have tremendous support in the industry.  They can also have steep learning curves, snarl performance and create headaches for DBAs.

  • Flash Storage For SQL Server - Is It Right For You?

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    You'll be surprised to learn how an enterprise flash storage device can dramatically accelerate your database, and make it more reliable.Sumeet Bansal of Fusion-io will show you how and define a "Dream Database Architecture (DDA)". You'll learn about relevant performance counters and SQL Profiler traces. Sumeet will also explore how High Availability is accomplished when moving from a shared architecture to a distributed architecture.You'll Learn

  • The Five Leverage Points for SQL Server Performance and Management

    Thu, 10 Feb 2011, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Rob Loranger of Embarcadero Technologies.During this lively conversation with real world examples, Rob will discuss the five leverage points every DBA and Developer needs to focus on to increase SQL Server Performance and Manageability.Rob will show how to get the most “bang for your buck” when looking to improve overall performance and productivity at every stage of the application development lifecycle.

  • Seven Deadly Sins of Database Design

    Thu, 10 Jun 2010, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Solomon Waters, Software Consulting Manager, Embarcadero TechnologiesThis session will focus on the seven most common mistakes software developers make while designing databases and how to correct them.Many things can lead to a poor database design, for example lack of experience, lack of skill, tight timelines, and lack of resources . Oftentimes the design of the database is an afterthought in the development process.

  • Architecting and Developing ETL for your Data Warehouse using SSIS

    Thu, 13 May 2010, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Elizabeth Diamond, Data Warehouse Architect, ETL Architect, and Microsoft BI ExpertThis session will focus on best practices and tips on how to design and develop a Data Warehouse using Microsoft SQL Server SSIS. Elizabeth will discuss how to use SQL Server 2008 as your data warehouse DB and SSIS as your ETL Tool.You Will Learn: *How to Architect an ETL for data warehouse and system integration *The components of the data warehouse and ETL strategies for each

  • Tuna Helper for SQL Server DBAs

    Thu, 15 Apr 2010, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Dean Richards of Confio SoftwareAre you a DBA or a developer who is sometimes faced with tuning poorly performing SQL statements?There is no way to learn everything you need to know about SQL tuning in an hour, but you can learn a solution when badly written SQLs are ruining database performance.

  • Get Down and Dirty with SQL Server Profiler

    Thu, 11 Mar 2010, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Ever felt that your SQL Server instance was trying to hide something from you? You know it's busy doing something, but it won’t tell you what. And your users are complaining about poor response...If only there was a tool you could use to find out just what was going on? Well there is! You can use the SQL Server Profiler tool to learn anything and everything you want to know about what's going on behind the scenes in SQL Server..You will learn how to

  • SQL Server R2: What's New?

    Thu, 11 Feb 2010, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Presented by: Phil Hummel of WinWire TechnologiesJoin us next week to get the inside scoop on SQL Server 2008 R2, formerly known as Kilimanjaro. Release of R2 is right around the corner. We covered PowerPivot in a recent meeting, and plan to cover other new features in upcoming meetings.Phil Hummel will tell us about several new capabilities in R2.You'll learn about: *Parallel Data Warehouse (Project Madison

  • SQL Server Storage Configuration for SharePoint

    Thu, 14 Jan 2010, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Burzin Patel, author and Solutions Architect at StorSimpleLearn about the Top Five SQL Server storage configuration best practices for SharePoint, including: *Disk sizing and configuration *Externalizing BLOB storage *Common maintenance tasks *Performance tuningBurzin will also talk about the dedicated SharePoint storage appliance he's presently working on at StorSimple.

  • Holiday Networking & User Vignettes

    Thu, 10 Dec 2009, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Next Wednesday we’ll combine a holiday networking event with some short, informal, presentations by a few of our frequent attendees. This should be a great way for us to close out a very successful year. You'll get to hear 3-4 short (10 minute) presentations on “How We're Using SQL Server Where I Work”. If you would like to fill one of these slots, please let me know and I will get you on our agenda. Are you looking for work?

  • Solid State Drives: SQL Server 2008 at the Speed of Light

    Thu, 12 Nov 2009, 02:30 - 04:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Sumeet Bansal is Fusion-io’s Principal Solutions Architect. Fusion-io is a producer of enterprise-class SSDs (Solid State Drives, as opposed to HDDs – Hard Disk Drives). Their silicon-based storage architecture known as ioMemory applies flash memory to large-scale enterprise storage products like Storage Area Networks. At this meeting, Sumeet will discuss a case study of the implementation of Fusion-io.

  • Service Dispatcher: The MySpace Implementation of Service Broker

    Thu, 15 Oct 2009, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Christa Stelzmuller , Chief Data Architect at MySpace Christa Stelzmuller has been with MySpace, headquartered out of Beverly Hills, since October, 2006. She came to MySpace from Yahoo! in Santa Monica, CA where she spent five years as an Engineering Manager and Data Architect for the Yahoo! Music team. She has been working on Microsoft SQL Server products since version 7.

  • Architecting a Data Warehouse: A Case Study

    Thu, 10 Sep 2009, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Elizabeth Diamond [b]of DesignMind[/b]More details about this meeting coming soon...

  • Designing a SQL Server 2008 High Availability Infrastructure

    Thu, 13 Aug 2009, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Ross Mistry, Convergent ComputingRoss Mistry, MVP, is a seasoned professional in the Silicon Valley with more than a decade of experience in the computer industry. As a principal consultant and partner with Convergent Computing (CCO), Ross designs and implements SQL Server solutions for Fortune 500 organizations with a global presence.

  • Taking Your Application Design to the Next Level with Data Mining

    Thu, 9 Jul 2009, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Peter Myers, Solid Quality MentorsDetails TBA

  • Currency Conversion

    Thu, 11 Jun 2009, 01:30 - 03:30 in San Francisco, United States

    Speaker: Christian Wade of EMC More details coming soon...

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