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October 2014 WISSUG Meeting
Date: 14 Oct 2014
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Microsoft Office in Waukesha   (N19 W24133 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI  53188)
We need presenters.  There must be something useful in that head of yours – why not share it with the group? You might even discover you like it.   Check out Kendra Little’s post on speaking.
Take a deep breath and make the commitment. It won’t hurt. Promise.
Newsworthy items:
Attention WISSUG members – Please update your PASS profile and password!
PASS Virtual Chapters: Over two dozen virtual chapters, each focusing on a different area of SQL Server. Go to and click on the Join a Virtual Chapter button to view the list and just click to the chapters that interest you.
SQL Saturday: Is coming back to Madison in 2015. The tentative date is April 11th, 2015. Interested in presenting? Contact one of the WISSUG leaders for details.
No WISSUG meeting in November – see you at the PASS Summit in Seattle!
WISSUG Newsletter Changes
If you would like to continue to receive information about upcoming meetings and events for both WISSUG & PASS, please make sure you get registered with an account on SQLPASS. All communications about WISSUG will be sent via a mailing list to users registered as WISSUG members with
Here's how to make sure you can stay "in the know"!
2. If you've never registered with this site before, use the Register link in the upper right-hand corner to create your account.
3. If you already receive messages from PASS, login with your account information.
4. Once you're logged in, go to MyChapters and make sure to join WISSUG as a Local Chapter.
5. Make sure the Subscribe to Email Newsletter is checked.
LiveMeeting is being replaced with Lync
Microsoft is replacing LiveMeeting with Lync, so we will be using Lync for remote access to the presentations beginning with the April 8th 2014 meeting. Please see the links below if you need the (free) Lync client software.
October 2014 WISSUG meeting
Data Warehousing can be an intimidating topic – especially to the uninitiated. How do they work? Why are they needed? How is a Data Warehouse different from any other database? Are special tools required to work with a Data Warehouse? These and other questions will be addressed in Mike Shelton’s presentation on this topic.
Presentation Preview
SQL Server and Data Warehousing –  Presented by Mike Shelton
A data warehouse is used to integrate, aggregate, and store an organization’s historical data for reporting and analysis. SQL Server has many capabilities and features to support the relational data warehouse workload.
In this session we will discuss:
               The reasons for building a data warehouse
               The structure of a data warehouse
               The capabilities SQL Server provides specific to a data warehouse workload
We will also discuss emerging trends and technologies for reporting and analysis..
Mike Shelton is a Microsoft Data Platform Technical Specialist.
As Data Platform Technical Specialist at Microsoft Corporation, Mike works with customers to understand business and technical requirements to map Microsoft solutions and technologies to address these requirements. The solution areas Mike works with include data warehouse, reporting, dashboard deliver, multi-dimension data analysis, predictive analytics and Hadoop. Mike has been with Microsoft for the past 12 years working with data management and business intelligence technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft Mike worked as a database administrator.
WISSUG Meeting Agenda
* Networking with your peers: Got a problem? Got an answer? Share it!
* WiSSUG Business: Don’t just sit there – participate! Volunteer, present a topic, share your expertise (or your painful learning experience) with chapter members, suggest a topic for a presentation. The more people participate, the better the group becomes.
* Presentation by Mike Shelton
Lync Meeting Information
IMPORTANT: Lync requires an audio device to be connected on your computer to function properly. This is a known (and frustrating) issue with Lync. Some users have reported plugging in even a non-functional microphone has allowed Lync to work.   Some users have reported better results using Lync 2010. Let’s hope Microsoft addresses this issue soon!
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Audio Information - Computer Audio
To use computer audio, you need speakers and microphone, or a headset.

Lync 2013 downloads: 64-bit   32-bit  Other Lync downloads
Lync 2010 downloads:
Obligatory Legal Notice:
Microsoft Office Lync can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.
Upcoming WISSUG Meetings
11 Nov 2014 – No chapter meeting in November (see you at the PASS Summit!)
09 Dec 2014   TBD (insert your name here…)
PASS Summit 2014 
You ARE planning to attend the SQL Server 2014 PASS Summit in Seattle, right?
As long as you’re going, why not use this discount code and save a cool $150 off the registration fee? Enter this top-secret code when you register.
Discount code: USMIS36
Fine print: The Chapter discount code cannot be combined with any other PASS Summit 2014 discount and cannot be applied to an existing registration.
New WISSUG Sponsor! – Manning Press
We are pleased to welcome Manning Press as a WISSUG sponsor.
Manning has generously offered all WISSUG members a 36% discount on all their titles.
Simply enter UG367 in the Promotional Code box when checking out.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
WiSSUG sponsors are the best - Please support our sponsors with your patronage.


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