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OPASS February 2013 Meeting with Bradley Ball

  • In-Person @ 4649 W. 1st ST. Sanford, Florida, United States (map)
  • 18:30 - 20:30 (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Language: English

The Orlando SQL user group (OPASS) meets the third Thursday of every month at Logan's Roadhouse in Sanford, FL. We feature a different speaker every month covering a variety of topics. This is a free event centered around Microsoft SQL server, where everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Come join us for free learning, networking, food, and fun.

Featured Presentation:

Inside the Query Optimizer

Bradley Ball, Data Platform Management Lead Pragmatic Works

When it comes to SQL Server one of the biggest request you hear is “How can I make my Query Run FASTER!?”. The answer understanding the first step in that process Is understanding the Query Optimizer. Understanding the Optimizer beings with knowing the Rules. The way our queries are written reflect directly on the output that we get. In this session we will look at the rules in SQL Server, write queries to show those rules in action, and walk out with a better understanding of how the Optimizer works.

About Bradley:
Bradley Ball is a MCITP 2005 & 2008 DBA with over 12 years of experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army, The Executive Office Of the President of the United States, & Publix Supermarkets. He is the Data Platform Management Lead for Pragmatic Works and a Microsoft VTSP. He has presented at many SQL Saturdays, for PASS SSUG’s, SQL Rally, DevConnections, SQL Live 360, & the PASS Summit 2011, 2012, 2013. He Blogs at

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OPASS/MagicPASS Joint Meeting October 2014 - Featuring MS General Manager Mark Souza

§  In-Person: Nova Southeastern University 4850 Millenia Blvd Orlando, FL 32839 (Map)

§  17:30 - 21:00 (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

§  Language: English


Special Meeting Location

This month we're conducing our meeting at Nova Southeastern University near Millenia Mall in Orlando.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm, our meeting will begin at 6:00 pm, and our speaker will begin the presentation at 6:45 and is expected to run until 9 pm. Light dinner will be provided.

Tonight's Topic - SQL Server vNext From Mark Souza, General Manager, Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Team at Microsoft (NDA Required!)

Because Mark will be talking about strategy and feature of the next version of SQL Server, attendees must agree to not disclose information from the presentation. No photos or recordings will be allowed during the meeting

Mark has spent 20+ years with Microsoft SQL Server team. He started the SQLCAT team in 2000 and today manages the SQL Server, Developer Division and Azure Core CAT teams called AzureCAT. Mark’s CAT teams have designed, built and deployed most of the largest applications running on SQL Server worldwide and many of the largest Microsoft Azure projects in production. Mark’s style is to take the discussion for the user group in the direction the audience wants to take it. He will come prepared to discuss the following and more:

  • Share some real world experiences with Big Data – APS, Hadoop, etc. and where MSFT is going?
  • Talk about what the cloud means to the SQL Server world. Is it real? Is it time? What is different?
  • Share new engineering methodologies: new release cadence, developing with scale and HA up front, thinking about low cost during development, etc.
  • Bring your own topics!

He promises you will learn something you already didn’t know.

Expect this to be a very technical and very interesting presentation and discussion. Because Mark will be talking about strategy and feature of the next version of SQL Server, attendees must agree to not disclose information from the presentation. No photos or records will be allowed during the meeting

About Mark Souza

Mark Souza

Mark Souza is a General Manager in the Microsoft Data Platform Group. He is responsible for all Customer/Partner interaction, Content and Community for the data platform products at Microsoft: Middleware, Database and Cloud. Using Customer Experiences he ensures the DPG division is building and shipping products that customers need to build enterprise class solutions. He is responsible for building the best, most vibrant technical community in the world. He also ensures that the Data Platform community has the highest quality content at their fingertips at the time they need it.

Mr. Souza has thirty years in the Information Technology business has consisted of database administration, end-user tool management, systems engineering database specialist/lead, client/server architect, Microsoft regional data technology specialist, SQL Server development customer advisory team and most recently general manager of customer, content and community. He has a Masters Degree in MIS from Marist College and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Lisa of 26 years and three beautiful children (Andrew 19, Megan 17 and Jennifer 15). He also enjoys reading, running, sports and attending Broadway shows in his spare time.

About oPASS/MagicPASS

oPASS and MagicPASS are both official Chapters of the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS). oPASS meets each month in the Lake Mary area and MagicPASS meets monthly in Celebration. The groups combine their efforts for special events, in particular SQLSaturday Orlando.

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 Meeting Time

We typically meet on the third Thursday of each month from 6 - 9 pm. 

 NEW Meeting Location

ITT Technical Institute

1400 South International Parkway
Lake Mary, FL 32746

We normally start with about 10 minutes of news and announcements.  We then have 10-15 minutes of networking.  Right before the food is served, we give our sponsor for the month a chance to present for 10-20 minutes.  At about 6:45 we start our feature presentation. Finally we end by raffling off any SWAG our sponsors have graciously supplied.


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