Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed - these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience - if you want your own exposure then come and do a 1 - 5 minute nugget in front of your peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
17.30 – 18:00 Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
18:00 – 18:30 Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.
It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.
18:30 - 19:30 - First look at SQL Server 2014 - Martin Bell
With SQL Server 2014 being released to manufacturing and available from 1st April we will take a first look at the new features and what's changed.
19:30 - 19:50 - Break
Time for pizza
19:50 - 20:50 - Session Two - PDW/APS open Q&A - Ryan Simpson
Satya Nadella announced APS on the 15th of April, based on PDW, which many people have heard of, but have yet to see – in this 60 minute session Ryan will be happy to answer any questions to help you understand this platform and its direction. Please be prepared to ask some questions. You can read me about APS here: http://www.microsoft.com/aps
Ryan Simpson is a Microsoft Technology Solution Profession for SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, now known as the Analytics Platform system. Ryan has been delivering and scaling data driven applications and Business Intelligence solutions for Microsoft customers, both on Premise and in the cloud, for 10 years: initially as a SQL Premier Field Engineer for 3 years, then as an Application Development Consultant for 6 Years. For the remaining period Ryan has focused on building the Parallel Data Warehouse business for Microsoft, along with Partners, in the UK, delivering into customers such as RBS.
20:50 - 21:00 - Feedback, Prize Draw and Close
Finally: Drinks down the pub