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SQL Server Social No. 13

SQL Server Social

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM (AEDT)

SQL Server Social No. 13

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SQL Server Social: Australia's Premier SQL Server Networking event!


When:        2013/02/06   From 5:30pm - 9pm

Where:       The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Austrlalia

Cost:          Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.


SQL Server Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & infomration management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and havea  great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).  

Our Format


This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Server Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne. 

Door Prizes

From this month we will have a number of door prizes up for grabs through out the evening. You need to register and attend the event in order to have a chance of winning one of the following:

  • Pluralsight one-month subscription
  • Redgate books (various)
  • Redgate merchandise (various)

Presentation Jukebox

We will have a number of Pluralsight presentations available that attendees can select from, and have them play on a big screen for the whole group. Those that are interested can then watch the presentation, discuss the content and learn from one another, all while enjoying a drink and something to eat. 


Ask the Experts

Our Ask the Experts concept is working well. The feedback we have recived so far is hugely positive, so we will continue with this feature and will look to bring Industry Experts to you at each event.

Our experts will be on hand to answer your questions about various data topics, technologies & best practices. If you know of someone local who might fit the bill, then let us know who it is and we will do our level best to entice them to our event. 

Our Experts for the evening will include:

Jim McLeod

Jim McLeodJim McLeod is a Melbourne-based SQL Server consultant/database administrator with CGI.

Coming from a software development background, Jim chose to specialise in SQL Server in 2005, with a particular focus on database performance. Since then, Jim has worked with most aspects of SQL Server on databases of all sizes across a large number of industries.

Jim holds a number of SQL Server Microsoft certifications and is an MCT.  



Simon Selves 

Simon Selves

Simon is a GIS Masters Graduate with 14 years of Spatial Industry experience in both the UK and Australia, with strong expertise in the use of MapInfo and ESRI systems.

Simon specialises in Spatial Data Warehouse design and implementation using MS SQL Server 2008 R2 technology, Retail Network planning and analysis, Socio-demographic modelling and analysis for targeted marketing campaigns.






Darren Gosbell

Darren GosbellDarren Gosbell has over ten years of practical experience in building and implementing data warehousing and business intelligence solutions for some of Australia’s largest corporations. Darren has been awarded as a Microsoft MVP SQL Server since 2006 in recognition of his contribution to the community specially in the areas of Analysis Services and MDX.


Darren contributes to a number of open source projects including BIDS Helper, AS Stored Procedures, PowerSSAS and Dax Studio. Last year he was accredited as one of the first 11 Analysis Services Maestros.





Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have our wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, Avanade and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!



Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.


Avanade provides business technology solutions and managed services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft® technologies to help customers realize results. We have helped thousands of organizations in all industries improve their business, increasing business agility, employee productivity and customer loyalty. We are committed to helping our customers realize the best possible results on the Microsoft platform.


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See you there!




Have questions about SQL Server Social No. 13? Contact SQL Server Social

When & Where

The Royal Melbourne Hotel
629 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM (AEDT)

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