PASS Summit 2012 Recordings Available

Did you attend PASS Summit and miss out on some sessions because there were so many or you were busy networking?  Good news!  The recordings are now available for free to watch streaming for all those who attended the conference now here.

If you weren’t an attendee you can still watch the sessions for a small price here.  Enjoy the great content!

Building Dynamic SSRS Reports with Analysis Services Recording and Code

Thanks to all who attended my webinar last Thursday on Building Dynamic Cube Reports.  You can find my code

Recording:

http://pragmaticworks.com/LearningCenter/FreeTrainingWebinars/WebinarDetails.aspx?ResourceId=470

Code:

http://sdrv.ms/RqxbcF

There are several reports in here that step you through the changes I made throughout the webinar.

Also, look for my upcoming SSRS Master Classes that will take you Reporting Services skills to the next level!

Upcoming Webinar: Building Dynamic SSRS Reports with Analysis Services

Join me next week for a really fun presentation on building Dynamic SSRS reports using Analysis Services cubes as a data source.  This webinar will demonstrate how you can use one of the underutilized features of Analysis Services called Dynamic Management Views.

Session details:

Designing Dynamic SSRS Reports using an Analysis Services Data Source

Instructor: Devin Knight

Date/Time: 10/25/2012 11:00 AM

Creating Reporting Services reports that use Analysis Services as a data source can frustrating. You designed a cube so it can be more flexible for users but Reporting Services is static by nature. This session will walk you through building dynamic datasets that will allow users to change the fields represented in a SSRS report. No longer will Reporting Services be a static reporting tool because your users will have the flexibility to change report metadata dynamically using parameters and Dynamic Management Views (DMV).

24 Hours of PASS Recordings Available

If you missed any of the great 24 hour of PASS sessions from September you can now watch the recordings. 

http://www.sqlpass.org/UserLogin.aspx?returnurl=%2fLearningCenter%2fSessionRecordings%2f24HoursFall2012.aspx

Details on my session can be found below:

Session 01 – Choosing the Right Reporting Platform
Presenters: Brian Knight, Devin Knight
Download presentation slides (PDF)

Why do you attend sessions? – Survey Results

Several weeks ago I posted a quick survey on my blog that asked how you choose a session to attend when you have so many options at conferences.  Thought I’d share the results of the survey today. 

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I don’t think there’s anything surprising about it.  Most people overwhelmingly responded that the number one reason they choose to attend a session is simply because they needed to learn the topic.

24 Hours of PASS

Tomorrow Brian Knight and I will kick off 24 hours of PASS with a session on Choosing a Microsoft Reporting Platform.  I hope you’re able to join use and indulge in the all day learnathon that PASS is putting on with great list of amazing speakers.

If you’ve never attended 24 hours of PASS I encourage you to check out as many sessions as possible!

From the PASS website:

24 Back-to-back Hours of Free SQL Server Training!
Get your learning on – indulge in free online SQL Server training with the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS Summit Preview event on September 20, 2012. Join SQL Server experts as they take to the virtual stage with in-depth sessions on the hottest SQL Server topics over 24 consecutive (and free!) technical webcasts. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll gain access to best SQL Server training, delivered to your computer.

Browse the sessions by schedule or track and register today, it’s free.

This 24 Hours of PASS event gives you a glimpse at the unmatched technical content PASS Summit 2012 has to offer across 190+ technical sessions, pre-conference seminars, and invaluable networking opportunities. Find out why you should attend and justify your attendance today. You won’t want to miss PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle, WA, Nov. 6-9.

Why do you attend sessions?

Many of you have attended sessions by technical speakers at conferences and mini-conferences like SQL Saturday, SQL Rally, 24 Hours of PASS, PASS Summit and many other non-PASS affiliated conference.

You all have different reasons for attending a particular session so I thought it would be interesting to take a poll on what your number one reason for attending a session is. Obviously, you may at times use all of these reasons but i’m curious what your top reason for choosing to attend a session is. Feel free to leave a comment if it appears I’ve left off (I didn’t want a 15 option poll) a big reason for you. I’ll reveal the results next month!

JSSUG Speaker Idol 2012

The Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG) has always encouraged new talent to be added to the pool of local speakers.  That’s why tomorrow we will be hosting an annual event called Speaker Idol (I know the name isn’t very original don’t kill me!), which is for anyone that’s interested in speaking at events like SQL Saturday but need a safe place to get started. 

The group of speakers we have participating are:

  • John Kauffman
  • Hari Reddy
  • Ryan Cox
  • TJ Brown
  • Anthony Coleman

Each speaker will do a 10-15 minute session on anything SQL Server related.  Instead of having the entire room provide feedback after each session, a panel of 3 experienced speakers will provide constructive feedback on what they could do to improve for next time.

The panel will score each speaker in the areas of:

Presentation

  • Content
  • Slides
  • Demo
  • Presentation flow
  • Clear beginning and end

Speaker

  • Speaker was well prepared
  • Effective use of time
  • Confidence presenting topic
  • Ability to answer questions

Just like any good 5 year old kids soccer league everyone gets a trophy here!  We’ll be giving away a set of PASS 2011 Summit DVDs with the winner getting their choice first between the set of sessions or pre-con DVDs.

Please come out tonight, August 15, 2012 and support this group of new speakers as many of them get their first experience in public speaking.  Event details can be found at www.JSSUG.com and you can RSVP here.

I’ll post a follow up tomorrow with pictures and results of our meeting.

If you’re interested in free training on professional speaking Pragmatic Works is offering free onsite training in August that you can find here http://www.tinyurl.com/speakertrainingaugust2012.

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