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July PASSMN Meeting Next Week (July 14)

Got that question about string theory that you just can’t seem to get answered?  Well, I don’t think the next PASSMN meeting will have your answer, but I bet it can answer some of your questions about indexes and other SQL Server related topics.

We are having the second annual Ask the Experts Panel discussion:


  • Lara Rubbelke, Microsoft

  • Sanjay Kaul, Microsoft

  • Dan English, Magenic

  • Jason Strate, Digineer

After the popularity of last year’s "Ask the Expert’s", we decided to bring back the forum this year.  PASS members will have the opportunity to pose any burning questions they might have about SQL Server to our expert panel.  We will round things out with a couple tips or tricks about SQL Server from each of our panel experts.

The Panel

Lara Rubbelke brings her passion for architecting, implementing and improving SQL Server solutions to the community as a Technology Specialist for Microsoft. Her expertise involves both OLTP and OLAP systems, data management, performance tuning, encryption, ETL, and the Business Intelligence lifecycle. She is an active board member of the local PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) chapter and regularly delivers technical presentations at local, regional and national conferences, user groups and webcasts. Lara authored the Microsoft whitepaper detailing SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition features and was a contributing author of "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development". Prior to joining Microsoft, Lara was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

Sanjay Kaul is a database professional with over 15 years of experience in various database technologies. In his current position as a SQL Server Technology Specialist, he spends his day as an ambassador for Microsoft – promoting, evangelizing, and assisting customer realize their potential using SQL Server Technologies, and evenings furthering his culinary skills.

Dan English – Dan is a Principal Consultant with Magenic and has been developing with Microsoft technologies for over 12 years and has over 5 years experience with Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. He has been working with SQL Server since version 6.5 and now with 2008 looking towards the Kilimanjaro release. Dan has screencasts of SQL Server 2008 and PerformancePoint Server on YouTube and Soapbox ( keyword search – Magenic) and is an avid blogger ( Dan is fully certified with MS SQL Server 2005 and 2008 Business Intelligence. He enjoys keeping in contact with the community at large responding to forum postings on the Microsoft forums and SQL Server Central areas. Dan is also part of the PASSMN 2009 Executive Board.

Jason Strate, Digineer Inc, has been a Database Architect for over ten years. His experiences include designing and implementing both OLAP and OLTP solutions involving clustering servers, database monitoring and tuning, analysis services, DTS/Integration Services, Reporting Services, and Notification Services. Jason is actively involved with the local PASS chapter (SQL Server User Group); he is currently serving on the Executive Board and has presented at monthly meetings. Jason contributed to Microsoft’s published white paper "Empowering Enterprise Solutions with SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition" and actively blogs about SQL Server and related technologies. Also this year, Jason participated in the development of Microsoft Certification exams for SQL Server 2008, presented at the SSWUG SQL Server Launch Event and is presenting in upcoming SSWUG SQL Server Conference.