Azure Data Community Newsletter Sept/Oct 2022

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Share how you got started speaking by joining the effort, #NewStarNovember


The organizers of New Stars of Data want to hear from you! Blog about any story that you would like to tell around new speakers, no matter if it is about how you personally got into speaking, what your first experiences were like, which tools or help would have made it easier for you or if you want to tell us about a new speaker or session that inspired you. You mentored a new speaker? What went wrong?  What when right? We want to hear all about that!

To take part in this, just publish your story during the month of November and tweet about it using the hashtag #NewStarNovember!

If you do not have a blog and need help getting your story published, ping Ben Weissman ( / @bweissman) and we’ll work something out for you!

You can also find more information at!


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts


SQLBits Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee has been working on a variety of ways to make their event more diverse and accessible to anyone that wants to attend. This is a year round effort for committee members, meeting a couple of times a month to do everything we can to make SQLBits 2023 the most inclusive event to date – Diversity and Equity will naturally follow Inclusivity. 

Their main aim this year, is to do all the things we introduced at the last event, but better, and try to ensure that incremental improvements occur everywhere. SQLBits 2023 will have on-site childcare, a psychotherapist available at the event, a multi faith room, Bits Buddies, pronoun badges, as well as initiatives to encourage and expand the diversity of attendees and increase the inclusivity of the event. 

If you are able to spare an hour each month and would like to help, please contact them directly. They are particularly looking for new members from underrepresented groups in tech to enable us to deliver the most inclusive SQLBits in 2023. You can get in touch with us at, which you can also use for any feedback and suggestions that you may have. 


In-Person and Hybrid Events are coming back


SQL Argentina Community and the local Microsoft Subsidiary have resumed their in-person and hybrid events after the lock-down ended. On September 29th , they hosted a hybrid event  “Introduction to SQL Server 2022” and with 40 persons in the building and more than 100 connected via Teams. The idea is to do an additional event before the end of the year and continue thought the next one with the objective of growing the community. Our local community meetup and Telegram group continues growing in membership


The SQL Server 2022 Ground to Cloud Roadshow was a 3-day, engineering-led event organized  by Microsoft and community leaders in Chicago, Dallas, and Atlanta. Day One was a Microsoft Internal Readiness event of a hands-on SQL Server 2022 workshop.  Day Two was a hands-on 4-hour workshop on SQL Server Security Ground to Cloud with Buck Woody followed by 4 hours on Modernizing Database Storage Solutions focused session with Anthony Nocentino, in partnership with Pure Storage. In Chicago, Bob Ward and Buck Woody presented to 2 combined user groups: Chicago Suburban SQL Users Group and Chicago Data Professionals.  Day Three was a community event in partnership between Microsoft, North Texas SQL Server User Group and Atlanta Azure Data.  Both Data Saturdays had strong schedules with speakers from Microsoft, MVPs and the local community.  Learn more here Dallas and Atlanta.  Attendance for each event hit their targets.  There were lots of laughs, hugs and time spent catching up.  Each event was hosted in a Microsoft office with covid protocols in place which helped make attendees feel more at ease coming back in person.


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SQL Saturday Boston was held on October 8th, with two Friday pre-cons by Andy Leonard and Monica Rathbun, organized by the New England SQL Server User Group. The event was held in-person at the Microsoft offices in Burlington, MA, following the Microsoft Covid protocols. There were approximately 140 attendees, speakers, organizers, sponsors and volunteers in attendance at any point throughout the day. The “Next Gen Volunteers”, i.e. children of our regular volunteers, added a lot of enthusiasm throughout the day, especially at the closing raffle. A great day of learning was had by all and it was nice to be back in person. 


Upcoming Events

Azure Data Conference December 6-8 Las Vegas
Join Microsoft leaders Scott Guthrie & Rohan Kumar, the Azure Data Product Group, Data Platform MVPs & the community in-person to learn, network and celebrate the latest insights and the future of Microsoft technologies. Take a deep dive into the latest updates to SQL Server, Azure SQL & the Azure Data Platform. Discover real-world solutions and tips for productivity from Microsoft engineers and industry experts you know and trust like Bob Ward, Buck Woody, Ginger Grant, Drew Skwiers-Koballa, Patrick LeBlanc, Allan Hirt, Joey D’Antoni, and more!
Register today at!/ and save $100 using the discount code ADUG100.  This code is only available to new registrations.


SQL Server Live! 360 Nov 13-18 in Orlando, FL

SQL Server Live! we wants to help DBAs, analytics experts, systems administrators, and developers like you do more with your SQL Server and Microsoft/Azure Data Platform investments.  Learn how to improve performance, get insights from your data, step up security, and take advantage of new features across the platform. We will show attendees how to modernize SQL Server infrastructure, consider cloud migration and plan for SQL Server recovery and availability.

Register here


PASS Data Community Summit 2022 Nov 15-18 in Seattle, WA

Join one of the world’s largest gatherings of data professionals at this year’s hybrid PASS Data Community Summit. Whether you're attending online or in-person, this is your opportunity to connect, share, and learn with thousands of your peers and experts from the global data platform community.


Register at using the discount code Azure175 to save $175 off the full price for in-person registration.

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