I began the Tampa 2012 SQL Saturday with a Pre-Conference on Friday, March 9, 2012.: “Getting Started with PowerPivot & Other Microsoft BI Topics,” in which I debuted the first half of my new 8-hour PowerPivot course, combined with various BI topics of general interest to the SQL community. Beginning a short signup window with four registrants, the session attendence had risen to twenty-one attendees the 9th, consisting of representatives of many industries, including consulting, education, banking and healthcare.
The next morning, I had the first session of the SQL Saturday. I presented “Design and Implement BI Like Edison!” to a sizeable crowd. Sharing my years of research of Edison and his approaches, processes and habits is always an inspirational delight.
SQL Saturday # 103 in Curacao 0n February 25, 2012 was a great success. Karla Kay Landrum, Rob Volk, Tim Radney and I represented the USA well, I felt, for this well-attended event. Roy Ernest proved to be an impeccable host, and strains of “The Year of the Cat” haunted me throughout the short visit.
Paradise Lost, indeed…
On January 7, 2012 I attended my first SQL Saturday of 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I presented “PowerPivot for Excel 2010,” an overview of PowerPivot, for those unacquainted with, and interested in, some of the capabilities and risks of bringing the add-on into their organizations. Turnout was great, and the SQL Saturday “over the top,” as is always the case with the Colorado Springs events. Kudos to Chris Shaw and crew for pulling together yet another milestone!