SQLAuthority News – MVP Open Day South Asia – Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 23, 2010 – Review Part Fun

MVP Open Day South Asia was held in Hyderabad from Jan 20, 2010 to Jan 23, 2010. This event was a fun-filled event as well as an educational one. The event was held at Microsoft IDC at Hyderabad, the largest Microsoft Development location after Redmond. I had great time meeting my friends and some of the renowned experts from all over the South Asia. The whole event started with networking with other MVPs as well as Product Group members.

Besides lots of learning and meeting experts, this event was filled with fun too. The best thing for me was that I went there with my family. I attended the event with my wife – Nupur and my four-month-old daughter Shaivi. Though I was busy meeting my fellow MVPs and Microsoft Experts, I still had quality time to spend with my family. This event was held at Ista Hotel, Hyderabad. Nupur really liked the Spa there. While we were at sessions, she had a great time herself. She even met a couple of film stars at the hotel.

Shaivi, my little one, had great time as well. It was her first tour out of my state. She had never traveled outside our city since she was born; it was also her first air journey. She was such a nice baby and never cried during her whole journey in flight. She was one of the most popular persons at the event and also the most photographed one. Needless to say, I was the one who took most of her photographs!

There were plenty of fun programs scheduled at the event. Every evening at dinner, we had networking and gathering of the MVPs. I think this was the best time of the day as after whole day of technical sessions and techno-talk, all the MVPs and Experts are in a very light mood to have fun. Not to mention that during the same time, we could share the best with them. There was an excellent theme party arranged on one of the nights. The theme was “Qawwali.” During this party, there were loads of singing and dancing – all the MVPs and experts had loads of fun. Allen, my friend from Nepal, helped me join the dancing party.

I must say that every time I meet Windows expert Vijay Raj, I just feel that I met my lost brother. He was the first one to remind me this year that I must visit the MVP Open Day event; and he was the first one to call me on the first day of MVP Open Day asking why I have yet not reached to the Hyderabad. Shaivi indeed had great time at the event as well as she got to see many new things and new people. Abhishek Kant gave her the first piano lessons of her life! I have wonderful photographs of Abhishek teaching her piano. Jacob is quite known for teaching me SQL, but I had learned few tips on how to handle young kid as well. Sanjay Shetty, one of the Regional Directors of MS India, was one of the guys who should not be missed. We had a great time together talking about the community. He even introduced us to few other community leaders.

Suprotim Agrawal and Minal Agrawal are the very first MVP couple of India. Suprotim is great a great person; he is not only an expert in Dotnet, but also very fluent with regard to the SQL Server. We talked about community, blogs and even making money! Minal and Nupur got along very well, and as far as I know, they were busy talking about recipes. I had great pleasure to meet one of the very senior DotNet MVPs. Hima Bindu Vejella, during the event. Hima is the community leader of the Hyderabad User Group; she impressed my family with her efficiency and very polite nature. She was kind enough to share some tips with us on how one can manage home and work efficiently.

Every night, we had late night sessions, where all the “geeks” talked about technology in an extremely light mood; we, in fact, had one of the best arguments on different search engines. On one night, we had a great time learning different SEO tricks from Amit Agrawal. Amit is a great guy and a very down-to-earth person. He openly participated and shared all the knowledge with us. He did not hesitate to answer any questions which we asked. He even gave us tips on how we can improve our blogging skills; Amit took personal interest in SQLAutohrity.com too. I must confess that after meeting him, my respect for him has increased.

I cannot end the review of my event if I forget to mention the video of the Vic. Vic, as usual, is very innovative and to the point. Geetesh Bajaj, who is hails from Hyderabad but the internationally known author of Powerpoint books was as usual very helpful. All the MVPs visited Golkunda Fort and had great fun at the Sound and Light Show. I must mention that I won a portable hard drive using my Karma Points. I enjoyed my interaction with the MVPs of Sri Lanka as well; I even managed to learn a few words from their local language.

I honestly would like to express my huge thanks to all the MVPs whom I met as well as Microsoft for organizing such a great event, where all the leaders of the community came together to meet the simple goal of helping the community.

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal, Nupur and Shaivi Dave at Theme Party, Hyderabad

Pinal, Nupur and Shaivi Dave at Theme Party, Hyderabad

Shaivi Dave and Abhishek Kant

Shaivi Dave and Abhishek Kant

Shaivi, Nupur, Pinal with Rushabh Mehta

Shaivi, Nupur, Pinal with Rushabh Mehta

Shaivi Dave

Shaivi Dave

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Suprotim and Minal Agrawal at Minal's birthday

Suprotim and Minal Agrawal at Minal’s birthday

Party Time at MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Party Time at MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Watching Pinal Flying Kytes

Watching Pinal Flying Kites

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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SQLAuthority News – MVP Open Day South Asia – Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 23, 2010 – Review Part Business

MVP Open Day South Asia was held in Hyderabad from Jan 20, 2010 to Jan 23, 2010. This event was a fun-filled as well as an educational event. This event was held at Microsoft IDC at Hyderabad – the largest Microsoft Development location after Redmond. I had a great time meeting my friends and some of the renowned experts from all over the South Asia. The whole event started with networking with other MVPs as well with Product Group members.

The reason many MVPs attended this event is that they were very keen to know the Product Team Members. We use many different Microsoft Products and a chance to meet the maker of the product is considered to be very important for any technology enthusiast. However, as soon as the euphoria of meeting the person is over, the next round starts about the rave and rants for the product. I think this is the best part of the event, which both parties appreciate the most.

We were blessed with an excellent Key Note session every day. The first day we had Technical Opening Session by SriniKoppolu (MD & VP) for MSIDC. He has made MS IDC possible in India – most of the credit goes to him. It was amazing to listen to a person like him; also, I must say that he is the owner of a very polite as well as down to earth personality. We also managed to click a group photograph with him. This session was followed by technical sessions by many different product group managers.

The second day, we had the Key Note by Rajiv Kumar, GM, MBD, MSIDC, and on the third day, the Key Note was delivered by Chandrasekar Gopalan, Director (Dev Support), GTSC. So many events occur at MS IDC; there is so much to learn from the top leadership of the Microsoft. The best part was the round table meeting with SQL Server Product Team at IDC. We were able to meet people who are behind SQL Server product. We were able to ask them our queries as well as learn few internal tricks from them. I really enjoyed the session on SQL Azure and SQL Server R2. Again, we all MVPs were not willing to leave the round table session wanting for more. Finally, Abhishek Kant managed to bring an end to the session when he saw that SQL Server Team was busy for almost 45 min after the completion of the session. Media session was one of the most interesting sessions where we all learned about how we can be part of media community.

This event had perfect ending for all the SQL Enthusiasts as SQL PASS President Rushabh Mehta himself attended the meeting on last day and addressed MVPs who are excited for SQL Server. He provided his vision for SQL PASS with South Asia as well globally. Rushabh answered so many questions for the community in the last one hour of his session, which mainly comprised of lots of questions and answers. The questions ranged from SQL events organization to SQL Awareness in the community. It was great to listen from PASS President himself about his global vision on SQL Server.

The credit for this successful event goes to SQL Server MVP Lead Abhishek Kant. This event was a very smoothly executed event, and there was not even a single boring incident. I must say that I have immensely enjoyed this event. There were lots of fun stuff at the event as well, and I will cover them in next series of this post.

Professionally, I am taking away a treasure of knowledge. Community is very important and it has no boundaries. Allen from Kathmandu, Nepal, is someone whom I respect for his continuous community efforts. I was very fortunate to learn new methods to help the community and learn tricks, where I can help more people with limited resources. I was able to talk with Jacob Sebastian for more than 6 hours during our journey and was also could enjoy the company of the greatest tech blogger of all the time, Mr. AmitAgrawal and we also discussed about his successful technical blog. Amit Agrawal is one of the most down-to-earth persons I have ever met in my life. Before I met him, I had already heard that he is very polite and helpful; so I was really eager to meet him. After the meeting, I realized that he is like an old friend to almost everyone he meets. Well, we will talk about him more in another blog post. If I could pick one person who is more excited about Windows Technology than MS itself, then it is Vijay Raj; it was great to meet him again. I was also very pleased to meet Hima Bindu Vejella from Hyderabad. Suprotim Agrawal and Minal Agrawal are great usual. Also, I enjoyed meeting many MVPs at this meeting.

In the next series, I will talk more about fun part of this event.

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Abhishek Kant, Pinal Dave

Abhishek Kant, Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Amit Agrawal (labnol)

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Amit Agrawal (labnol)

Abhishek Kant @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Abhishek Kant @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Jacob Sebastian, Pinal Dave

Jacob Sebastian, Pinal Dave

Rushabh Mehta @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Rushabh Mehta @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Vijay Raj (MSIGeek)

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Vijay Raj (MSIGeek)

Pianl Dave, Allen Bailochan Tuladhar

Pianl Dave, Allen Bailochan Tuladhar

Pinal Dave, Sanjay Shetty

Pinal Dave, Sanjay Shetty

Renuka Prasad, Pinal Dave

Renuka Prasad, Pinal Dave

SQLAuthority.com

SQLAuthority.com

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – New PASS President Rushabh Mehta

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. From local user groups and special interest groups (Virtual Chapters) to webcasts and the annual PASS Community Summit – the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world – PASS is dedicated to helping its members Connect, Share, and Learn.

Today was a big day as PASS announced the executive board members for the term starting on Jan 1, 2010. I would like to express my congratulations to all new executives of PASS. Please read official press note here.

The newly elected board members at executive positions are as following:

  • Rushabh Mehta – President
  • Bill Graziano – Executive Vice President, Finance
  • Rick Heiges – Vice President, Marketing

A little bit more details about executives.

Rushabh Mehta is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors’ global Business Intelligence Division and the Managing Director for Solid Quality India. Rushabh has worked with Microsoft SQL Server since 1998 and has designed and developed BI systems on the Microsoft platform since 2001, including a predictive analysis system, a health-care analysis solution, and a multi-terabyte financial decision support system. He has been the lead architect for many large-scale and complex BI solutions for clients such as Publix, Raymond James Financial, Jackson Hewitt, and Checkers. Rushabh has been an active volunteer with PASS since 2000 and has also served on the board  for a number of years. Rushabh is also a SQL Server MVP and a frequent speaker at large conferences and PASS Chapters around the world.

Bill Graziano is an active member of PASS since 2001, Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors, where he is responsible for the overall marketing for PASS and PASS Summit. Bill co-founded SQLTeam.com, a web site for SQL Server developers and database administrators. In addition to managing the site, he writes articles and helps users with their most vexing problems. An involved participant in the SQL Server community for seven years, Bill was recognized as a SQL Server MVP in 2004 and still holds that designation.

Rick Heiges is a Sr. Solutions Consultant with Scalability Experts working with customers on solutions within the SQL Server environment and educating users on SQL Server 2005 by speaking at user groups, conferences, labs, and road shows across the USA, Europe, and Africa. He holds an MBA and a M.S. in MIS as well as a B.S. in Computer Science. In addition, he also has attained MCTS:SQL2005 and MCITP:DBA certifications.

Not only are these three executives experts in their domain, but have been friends for many years. Here are few of their photos from their activities at old PASS events.

Rushabh and Bill
Rushabh and Rick
Kevin Kline, Rick and Rushabh

Many congratulations to all of you. SQL Server community has lots of expectation from you and we are confident that you will not only satisfy them but will go way beyond our imaginations.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

Image courtesy: Rick Heiges, Rushabh Mehta, SQL PASS

SQLAuthority News – Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch – SQL PASS Summit, Seattle, 2009

I received few emails regarding where can people meet me at SQL PASS event in Seattle. I am currently in Bellevue attending Itzik Ben-Gan’s class. I am immensely enjoying the class, and I shall post details about the class once it is over.

If you are attending SQL PASS and interested to meet me, I will be present at Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Lunch. I will be talking on the subject Change Data Capture (CDC). Please note that this lunch is for all of us; moreover, it is not necessary that I will be talking on only subject of Change Data Capture. In fact, I will talk about this subject for few minutes, and then we can discuss on any topic you want to know about. The table will have total of 10 seats (which includes my seating).

We can all have an effective small group conversation on SQL, SQL PASS, and the entire community. You are welcome to join me at lunch. Please read the complete details about the same here.

Thanks a lot Mike Walsh for organizing this event!

Please do join us for lunch!

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Community TechDays in Ahmedabad – A Successful Event – Oct 3, 2009

Community TechDays at Ahmedabad was a great successful event. In fact, this can be considered the biggest event held in Ahmedabad thus far along with community. This event was held by Microsoft and PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server). The goal of this event was to dive deep into the world of Microsoft technologies and get trained on the latest from Microsoft. Well, we could successfully achieve the same and build real connections with Microsoft experts and community members. I suggest you all to register at http://ahmedabad.sqlpass.org or http://gandhinagar.sqlpass.org for future notification of similar events.

This event was attended by more than 250+ attendees at any moment, and a total of 300+ attendees for the entire day. We were very fortunate to have such a large technical attendance during the long weekend. Another reason for the success of this event was the impressive line-up of prominent speakers. Ahmedabad, a “small” city in terms of technology, has proved two times in a row that we have much larger technology community than many other prominent cities in India, or in fact the world.

CTD Attendees

During the session, the hall was jam-packed and with no vacant seats. We are thankful to all those volunteers who offered their seats to the attendees. I am also proud of my UG members who have worked day and night to ensure that this event is a successful one. If you want to be part of UG, please leave a comment here or mail me.

The major attraction of this event was the sessions from Vinod Kumar – Microsoft Evangelist, who is known for his famous SQL site http://extremeexperts.com. UG members of Ahmedabad were looking forward for this session from a long time. The entire SQL Community knows Vinod for his top-notch SQL Sessions. However, while we were deciding the agenda, he suggested that as Jacob Sebastian and myself are local SQL Experts, we should conduct the SQL Session in Ahmedabad. Instead of conducting an SQL Session, he decided to conduct a session on Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Well, I must say that it was a great session! Vinod’s session, which was initially planned for 2 hours, had to be continued after the stipulated time because the attendees would not let him go. This excellent session, which went on for 3 hours, was very well received and none of the attendees moved from their seats. In fact, to end the session, Vinod had to promise everyone that he will be visiting Ahmedabad again.

Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar

The excellent morning session by Vinod was followed up by two back-to-back SQL sessions. The first Session was conducted by Pinal Dave (myself), and the subject was very well received. I had presented on the subject – ‘SQL Server – The Other Side of Index’; it was really interesting to explain this subject. Professionally, I have been working for SQL Server optimization and query tuning for a long time, and I have created this session from my real world experience. Quite often, I have seen developers with a wrong understanding of an Index and its utilization. I explained four major concepts of the Index in my session.

Pinal Dave
Pinal Dave at Community Tech Days

My session was followed by another most awaited session of the day, which was conducted by Jacob Sebastian, who is an SQL Server MVP and also my friend. He presented the session on a very unique subject. Jacob talked about ‘The Best Practices for Exception Handling and Defensive Programming in Microsoft SQL Server’. This session was the most interactive session of the day. If you have missed this session, then you have surely missed the most interesting session. Jacob talked about so many different myths of proper coding and transaction error handling. He also talked about different techniques that can defend the developer for future errors or improper coding.

Jacob Sebastian
Jacob Sebastian and Vinod Kumar

This session was followed by very active Prabhjot Singh Bakshi, an MCT. Prabhjot’s session was about .NET Framework 4.0. The .NET Framework 4.0 works side by side with the .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1. Applications that are based on the earlier versions of the .NET Framework will continue to run on that version. Only a subset of functionality is shared by all versions of the .NET Framework.

Prabhjot Singh Bakshi

Usually, for such events, the post-lunch sessions will have fewer crowds than those in morning sessions. Surprisingly, here we had a large number of SQL enthusiasts attending this event throughout the day. At the end of the session, we had more than 300+ attendees. There were many attendees who waited outside the hall in order to converse with the speakers. I am very much thankful to all the attendees who made this event a great success.

Pinal and Vinod Kumar
CTD Attendees

I also would like to thank two more people who were not present at the session, but without their continuous support and help, this event would not have materialized: Pradipta Sharma of Microsoft, who was in charge of this event, and Ashwin Kini, who coordinated this event with utmost dedication. Ashwin and Pradipta, thanks a lot for your support!

Overall, this was the biggest and brightest community event in the history of Ahmedabad.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index – Live Presentation in Ahmedabad

Community Tech Days are here Tomorrow in Ahmedabad on Oct 3, 2009. I will be presenting the session ‘SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index’. I will be available there whole day if you want to meet and discuss SQL. I will be starting my session with following cartoon. You will have to attend the session in person to see what I am going to cover in the session.

I suggest you do not miss session of Vinod Kumar and Jacob Sebastian. They are technology rock stars. You can read about them in following posts.

SQLAuthority News – Community Tech Days – Oct 3, 2009 – SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index

SQLAuthority News – Community Tech Days Oct 3, 2009 – Ahmedabad

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Community Tech Days – Oct 3, 2009 – SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index

Microsoft Community Tech Days are here! Dive deep into the world of Microsoft technologies at the Community TechDays and get trained on the latest from Microsoft.

Community Tech Days are coming to Ahmedabad on Oct 3, 2009. I will be presenting the session ‘SQL Server 2008 – The Other Side of Index’. I will be talking about the other side of Index where we will be thinking out of the typical way of creating Indexes. Take a look at the following common conversation.

Person 1: My Query is running slow.
Person 2: How about create an index on it?
Person 1: Good point!

Every time I listen to such conversations, I sense a lack of complete understanding on how the Index affects performance. I will be starting the session with the above mentioned conversation and will continue to explain how index and performance are related. We will not talk about the regular creation of index but will explore the different sides of Index. We will also discuss about common concepts that are related to index, such as deadlock, execution plan, indexed view, and few other issues. I assure you that this whole session will be a two-way interaction between the attendees and me.

Again, we will have a lot of interesting demos, examples and conversations. If you have not registered for this event, I suggest that you do the same right away.

Please note that there is no video recording of this event or live telecast. This event should be attended in person.

I am not only attending this event to deliver my tech session, but also to listen to two of my colleagues.

I am an avid listener of Vinod Kumar’s sessions and I make sure that I do not miss any of them. I always feel that he is capable of instilling his passion in all who listen. He is well known for his community site ExtremeExperts.com and also is the top evangelist from Microsoft. He will be presenting two excellent sessions. I am looking forward to listen both the sessions – Tips and Tricks with Office 2010 and Windows 7 – A Dream Operating System for IT Professionals.

Jacob Sebastian is an SQL Server MVP and also my friend. We work together on all the community-related aspects. We are leaders of Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group and Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group. Jacob is going to speak at PASS Global Summit in November 2009. He will be presenting an excellent session on the Best Practices for Exception Handling and Defensive Programming in Microsoft SQL Server.

I insist all of you to register for this event to make the maximum use of it. We can meet after the session and talk about some good SQL.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)