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SQLNorthEast is now Newcastle DPaC! — November 21, 2018

SQLNorthEast is now Newcastle DPaC!

Having recently gone past our 5th birthday, we have decided to make some changes for 2019. Myself and Mike (t) have been extremely busy this year and perhaps not dedicated as much time to SQLNorthEast as we would have liked and have therefore made a decision to bring in additional help with the organising so I would like to announce two new additions to the committee in Glen Leck (t)and Mark Steinberg (t) – I hope they know what they’re letting themselves in for ūüėČ

We are also in the process of re-branding the Usergroup from SQLNorthEast to Newcastle DPaC (Data Platform and Cloud) as we are not just SQL Server and cover most if not all areas of Microsoft’s Data Platform. The PASS website and associated details have also been amended and we have also setup a new Meetup which will be where our communications will be done from now on. Twitter has also been updated so please now use the handle¬†@DPaCNewc.

This means that if you wish to find out the latest news and about the next meetup then please join our Meetup and make sure you follow us on twitter otherwise you may miss out!

Feel free to join our Newcastle DPaC slack workspace.

Our next meetup will be on Tuesday November 27th with Craig Porteous (b|t) and Paul Broadwith (b|t)talking Git Fundamentals & PowerShell Standards Agency. Both sessions are fantastic and definitely not one to be missed!!

Our schedule will be changing slightly to accommodate our new Power BI Meetup so we will be running these on alternate months:

Power BI Jan 17th
DPaC Feb
Power BI Mar
DPaC Apr
Power BI May 28th
DPaC Jun
Power BI Jul
DPaC Aug
Power BI Sep
DPaC Oct
Power BI Nov
DPaC Dec

The month’s without a date are up for grabs so get in touch with Chris Taylor (b|t)¬†¬†or any of the other organisers if you wish to speak next year.

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SQLNorthEast Usergroup 2015 dates announced (preliminary) — January 13, 2015

SQLNorthEast Usergroup 2015 dates announced (preliminary)

Mike and I have been extremely busy over the Xmas period and we’ve finally sorted¬†dates for our 2015 instalment of the SQLNorthEast SQL Server UserGroup (@SQLNE) in Newcastle. The great news is that after much negotiation we have managed to get agreement in principal to use the same venue for our events which is fantastic news!

Please see www.sqlne.com for info on our next meeting and registration. Due to sqlpass website restrictions we cannot display all the dates for 2015 but a quick search on Eventbrite will give you the relevant details.

The dates are as follows:

Feb: Tue 10th (with Chris Adkin – double session)
March: Tue 24th (with Erin Stellato from SQLSkills and Peter Shaw)
April: Tue 28th (with Neil Hambly)
June: Tue 2nd (with Steve Powell)
July: Tue 7th (with Annette Allen)
Sept: Tue 8th (TBC)
Nov: Tue 24th (TBC)

As you can see we have already lined up a number of fantastic speakers including a special remote session from the world class sqlskills Principal Consultant Erin Stellato!

2014 was a great year for us and due to the success of our second SQLRelay we’re going to be sending out a survey to find a bit more information about the needs and wants of our delegates¬†to help us set our content for 2015. We have a very mixed bag of experience as well as SQL Server areas¬†so any help or ideas we can get is a great help. If you wish to complete this now then you can find¬†it at SurveyMonkey.

If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding how we can improve then please get in touch via email or twitter and we’ll endeavour to incorporate it.

SQL Server NorthEast – New Usergroup!! — November 19, 2013

SQL Server NorthEast – New Usergroup!!

SQLBits in Nottingham was where it all began. A short conversation on whether there were any plans for a SQL usergroup in Newcastle with Richard Douglas (@SQLRich) and whether there was scope for me to begin setting one up quickly moved onto conversations with Chris Testa-O’Neill (@ctesta_oneill )¬†and eventually Jonathan Allen (@fatherjack). This became quite a lengthy chat regarding the ins, outs, ups, downs of setting up such a thing.

This was back in May. Four months of venue hunting, speaker negotiations and marketing led to the first ever SQL Usergroup in Newcastle – #sqlnortheast ūüôā

The schedule was set up for Gavin Campbell and Neil Hambly to make their merry way up to the north east and give two fantastic sessions. So with venue sorted, speakers sorted, food sorted, attendees sorted, we were all set. Boooooom! Then the bombshell hits, a few days before the UG Neil anounces he can’t make it ūüė¶

With the first SQL UG in the north east hanging in the balance, up steps a very good friend of mine Chris McGowan (@ckwmcgowan), who was willing to make the trip from Manchester at such short notice and save the day! With 18 people regstered, this was about 17 more than I was expecting. With no initial indication as to the level of interest we could generate in the Northeast I was over the moon with the uptake. The integration between the group was phenominal and there was such a broad range of knowledge and skills ranging from hardcore sql internals DBA types to developers to Azure – made for great conversations.

So, September 3rd came along and surprisingly all seemed to be going well. Both speakers turned up on time, food turned up and most importantly 15 people turned up on the evening which was gobsmacking. All in all it turned out to be an extremely good evening / night. Few beers with everyone afterwards on the Quayside led to far too many beers with Chris and Gavin back at the hotel bar – wasn’t a pretty sight the next morning!

What an experience and from the excellent all round feedback received from the attendees, this is something that they hope will continue.

Michael Robson (@heymiky) and myself are currently trying to work out dates for next year and organise speakers. We’ve had a bit of a break from the UG due to taking on a leg of sqlrelay in Newcastle (November 25th) but we do have a “SQL on the Lash” evening session set up for December to end the year on a high.

I’ll be reporting back with the how it all goes with sqlrelay and with any further anouncements on dates for sqlnortheast UG in 2014.

Few pics from the session:


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