Now autumn is on us, well so it feels now that I leave the house in the dark, we are back on track and pushing forward the user group activities.

Check out the
Linked-In group we've set up, the idea is to foster discussions amongst UK SQL people, not just DBA's but anybody in the UK where they come into contact with SQL Server. There will be a prize of a free place to the SQLBits training day (thurs 30th Sept) and to the Friday conference day (1st Oct), the winner will be chosen from random from the LinkedIn group members at the Manchester user group on the 16th of this month.

Don't forget you can keep in touch with everybody using twitter tag #sqlfaq, for professional networking and a forum through the
linkedin group, through facebook for the social angle and of course through ug website for events and content.

Starting on the 23rd September we are starting Cuppa Corner Twitter sessions, the idea is this: between 11am and 2pm UK time we talk around a specific subject using twitter and the tag #sqlfaqcuppa, it will be a weekly connection, the person judged by us to have the best contribution will win a MSDN Ultimate subscription - more details on the site tomorrow.

Leeds and Manchester September meeting agenda is now in place, there is also an opportunity to win a MSDN Ultimate subscription which is worth £K's.

SQLBits (York 30th Sept) is very close now, registration is open (see
http://sqlbits.com) there are still places on the training days, check out the really excellant content and speaker line up - we have a discount code for UG members which is SQLFAQ20. Follow the progress on twitter with tag #sqlbits.

Leeds SQL UG - 15th Sep, Evening
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

XML Data in SQL Server - Anthony Brown
Managing SQL Server in a global economic meltdown - Iain Kick (Quest Software)


Manchester SQL UG - 16th Sep, Evening
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

Complex Event Processing (StreamInsight) - Allan Mitchell
Managing SQL Server in a global economic meltdown - Iain Kick (Quest Software)


Telford BCS (Shropshire) - 20th Sep, Evening
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

Introduction to Business Intelligence event: Data Warehousing, Cubes, Reporting Systems - Alex Whittles


Maidstone SQL UG - 22nd Sep, Evening
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

Analysis Services (Configuration, Best Practices) - Andrew Calvett
T-SQL Techniques - Dave Ballantyne


SQLBits Training Day - 30th Sept, York
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

Various full day seminars by leadings in the SQL Server space
See site for more info - for 20% discount use SQLFAQ20


SQLBits Conference Day - 1st Oct, York
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

Multiple tracks by leading figures in the SQL Server space
See site for more info - for 20% discount use SQLFAQ20


SQLBits Community Conference Day - 2nd Oct, York
Evening Meeting,
More info and register

Multiple tracks by leading figures in the SQL Server space


Many thanks,
Tony Rogerson, SQL Server MVP

UK SQL Server User Group
http://sqlserverfaq.com