After getting up at 5am, meeting one of our Administrators at work who was interested in seeing the BI presentations at 6am, and driving 2 hrs to Orlando, all that I can say is it was definitely worthwhile. Aside from the fact that I was presenting two sessions today at SQLSaturday, I loved attending the event itself, and getting to meet all the people that I either communicate with by email, or interact with online. I also got to chat with presenters from previous SQL Saturdays as well. Some people in attendance were:
- Joe Healy from Microsoft
- Steve Jones, who manages all content on SQLServerCentral.com
- Andy Warren who coordinates the SQL Saturday events
- Kendal Van Dyke who does an excellent presentation on XML in SQL Server
- Robert C Cain who does an excellent presentation on Full Text Search
There were many others as well. Some key sessions were Steve Jones The Modern Resume - Building Your Brand, and Kendal's XML Features in SQL 2005 which both drew over 30 attendees.