From my friends down south:

The March Richmond SQL Server Users Group meeting is Wednesday 12 Mar 2008. This is going to be a good one folks - Kevin Viers is a Business Intelligence guru for Microsoft. Register today! (... if you plan to attend, please.)


   Plus, Dominion Digital is springing for food from Moe's! Thanks Dominion Digital!

This Month's Meeting
Sponsored by:

Dominion Digital

Kevin Viers, Microsoft
presents What's New In SQL Server 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Social Time starts at 6:00 PM!
Location: Markel Plaza
4600 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060 [map]

Registration is not required for this event but if you plan to attend, please register so we'll know how many developers and database professionals to expect (feed). Thanks!

Abstract
Come see a preview of what is coming in SQL Server 2008. This session will be demo heavy and we will be able to get a preview of some of the exciting new features of 2008 including Policy Management Framework, Performance Data Collection, Resource Governor, Encryption, Backup Compression, Change Data Capture, New Report Designer, and more. If, like most, you have been too busy with your day job to take 2008 for a test drive then this is a great opportunity to get a firsthand look at the continued investment Microsoft is making to ensure that SQL Server 2008 is the first choice for enterprise class, mission critical database workloads.


About Kevin Viers
Kevin has been working in the IT field for the past 15 years primarily focused on database development and business intelligence technologies. In his current role as Data Platform Technology Specialist Kevin supports the large enterprise customer space in the Mid-Atlantic district where he provides technical sales support and evangelism to enable customers and partners to develop, deploy, and support solutions based on SQL Server and related technologies, including analytics and business intelligence. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kevin worked for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner working with customers to implement a variety of mission critical application and business intelligence workloads based on SQL Server technologies. During his time in the partner community Kevin served as a member of the Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner Advisory Council. Kevin has worked with SQL Server since SQL Server 6.0 and has been a contributing author on a number of texts including Microsoft SQL Server DBA Survival Guide, Microsoft SQL Server Unleashed, and Microsoft OLAP Unleashed. Kevin lives in Richmond wife and two sons.

Welcome our New Sponsor: Dominion Digital!


Dominion Digital

Thanks Platinum Sponsors!

MaconIT

MaconIT

UDig Technologies

Fahrenheit Technology

McClain Group II

McClain Group II

Synigent Technologies

Synigent Technologies

News

   Thanks McClain Group II for sponsoring February's meeting! We had a fantastic presenter and presentation, great food, and a record turnout!

   Brian Knight sent this link to his PowerPoint for those who are interested - thanks Brian!

   Joining the Richmond SQL Server Users Group is simple and free! Just send an email to join@richmondsql.org and you're added to the email list. That's all there is to it.

Richmond .Net Users Group March meeting is 3 Apr 2008. 

Richmond Code Camp 2008 is 26 Apr 2008! Registration is now open!

We welcome our newest Platinum Sponsor: Synigent Technologies!

Thanks to Andy Leonard for sending along the info, and since I probably don't do it nearly enough, thanks to all the great folks who sponsor Richmond SQL, Richmond .NET, and all of the other great user groups in Mid-Atlantic. It's too easy to take these sponsors for granted sometimes, and they are providing a really important service to the developer community. They help provide food and drinks, giveaways, meeting space, and help defray operating costs. So next time you see someone from one of the above user group sponsors, or one of the sponsors of a user group in your area, give 'em a big hand...they're an important part of our community.