Posted by: Colin Smith
Free Training, SQL Saturday
SQL Saturday is now complete and in my mind it was a success. I was not able to attend the full event so I can not do a full review of the day but I can speak to the parts that I was able to attend. It was not much but it was fun.
I flew in to Orange County at 11:20AM and got a cab to take me to the event. The cab dropped me off outside of the campus on the side of the swap meet and that was crazy. It was very busy but fun to check it out as I was walking to the event. Once I got to the Campus I had a hard time finding the right building but that was not the fault of the organizers. That is just me and I get lost. I had a map with the location marked and just had a hard time finding it. Once I found it, I found that I arrived just in time for Lunch. I signed in got my badge and grabbed my lunch. It was a good lunch and I was not disappointing. Since I was speaking I did not have to pay for the lunch but I would have. After I ate I found the room that I was presenting in as I was presenting right after lunch. I went in, about an hour early, and got my stuff set up and started to just walk through the presentation one last time. Never did get very nervous this time and I am sure that is because I have done this presentation before.
As people strolled in I made sure to hand everyone a Powershell Sticker and a Business card. The business card that I handed out was for a drawing of sorts at the end for some PowerShell Plus Licenses. After all had come in and settled I had 27 in my session and all seemed to be interested in what I was talking about and that is always nice. I am looking forward to getting the feedback forms so I can see what people really thought.
After my session I attended one more session on Vitualization, this was done by Microsoft so it was Hyper-V Centric but not a sales pitch and I appreciated that. The content was great and it was a good session. Unfortunately that is all I was able to do and attend at the event but I did find out that just over 200 people showed up and I would say it was a great and successful event. Also all the food that was left over from lunch was donated to a local shelter for abused women and I really liked that. Just another great way the SQL Server Community gives back.
I would like to thank all that were involved in the event planning as they did a great job and from what I was able to see, everything ran very smooth. I would also like to thank all the sponsors because without you these events would not be possible. Also all the attendees for coming out and making the event a success. I hope that you all got something out of the event and especially my session if you attended.