SQLSaturday Phoenix Edition

his is a tad overdue as work has been interfering with my personal life along with other things I like to do. After our initial attempt at launching SQLSaturday #47 here in Arizona which we regetfully had to postpone for specific reasons, we are excited to mention that we are back on the saddle and gearing up for our Feb. 19, 2011 launch. My partner in crime @coneybeer has been intertwining himself very nicely within the community and managed to land Chandler-Gilbert Community College after some discussions with the great folks at the City of Chandler. Chandler has proved to be very welcoming to technology and business so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Mr Coneybeer has been very vital and I owe him a lot of credit so be sure to thank him for all his efforts thus far, but you still haven’t seen anything yet. The guy is magical I tell you! His networking skills are definitely paying off and SQLSaturday #47 is reaping some benefits. Even though we are about four months away I just wanted to let everyone know that I appreciate Chris and everything he has done.

Arizona PASS Chapter President Pete Miller is also playing a crucial role and his efforts need to be highlighted. This guy knows everyone… I started to toss out names and he was like, “Yep I know them”. So I figured I would see how this worked in reverse and I started to throw his name around and almost got beat up. I am kidding… everyone knows and love Pete. Between the three of us and Pete’s extensive network and tight relationship with the local Microsoft folks and vendors SQLSaturday #47 will be a hit.

SQLSaturday #47 – Postponed!

As you have probably heard SQLSaturday #47 – Phoenix has been postponed. Though this decision was difficult to make, we felt it was in the best interest of the SQL community and the event. The summer season played a significant factor and from it we lost presenters and event goers. We began to receive emails, DM’s and such from registered participants that decided to withdraw due to the excessive heat and other planned summer activities, which is completely understandable. So without surprise we made a decision after meeting with the folks from PASS.

Our goal is to provide the best experience possible for everyone involved. So when the community spoke we listened and we will continue to listen. We take extreme pride in this event and we do not look at this postponement as a failure, but as a learning experience! Like John Powell said, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing”. Rest assured that we will not make the same mistake twice.

Please keep in mind that is merely a postponement… not a cancellation! We are still actively organizing SQLSaturday and will post more information about it as we cover more ground. As always we are available if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Feel free to drop us a line and we will gladly try to answer all inquires to the best of our abilities.

We still need your involvement and we will still need presenters, event goers, sponsors and volunteers. So take this time and think about the sessions you would like to see and the possible tracks you believe we should have. We are all ears and would love to hear from you.

Being the organizer responsible for sponsorship relations I want to take this opportunity to tell you that we appreciate you supporting SQLSaturday Phoenix. I also want you to know that if you wish for a refund I will do everything possible to expedite the process. I will make my rounds to touch-base with all sponsors, hopefully before you have to call me.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at SQLSaturday #47 – Phoenix!

–samson
samson[at]wetmatter.com | @sqlsamson