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SQLUG meeting with Akshai Mirchandani in Malmö

Welcome to our user group meeting with Akshai Mirchandani, from the Analysis Services (SSAS) product team and a key developer of the new SQL Server 2012 SSAS Tabular and SSAS Multidimensional engines, in Malmö on April 2. Akshai has also been involved in building content for the SSAS Maestros course and writing the Operations and Performance guides for Analysis Services.

Read more and sign up here:

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SQL Server 2012 launch events 2-4 April in Sweden

Now you have the chance in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö to meet experts who during a full day presents the news in SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure.

Click here for more information and registration.

The presentations will be in Swedish.


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User group meeting with Thomas Kejser in Malmö on Tuesday 21 February

I’m very happy to announce that we will have Thomas Kejser speaking at the Swedish SQL Server User Group in Malmö on Tuesday 21 February. Thomas works for the SQLCAT team with the most challenging SQL Server and data warehouses in the world. He’s been speaking at the top international conferences, including PASS SQLRally Nordic, and is holder of the world record on ETL processing.

Thomas will be speaking about scalable data warehousing on SQL Server. This is a presentation you really don’t want to miss!

This seminar is free. More information on the link below. Registration is mandatory (since number of seats is limited).

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PASS SQLRally Nordic getting sold out?

Yesterday we had an all-time-high of over 25 new registrations for PASS SQLRally Nordic. We only have space for 500 participants, so 20 days like that and we will be completely sold out…

“The mightiest SQL Server and Business Intelligence event in Midgaard”

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Congratulations to the winners of Challenge 2011

A very big congratulations to the winners of our national Swedish SQL Server developer championship 2011!

  1. Göran Rönnbäck, SQL Service
  2. Henrik Nilsson, Brummer & Partners
  3. Sergey Klimkevich, Memnon Networks

This was the second year this challenge has been held and the interest has been marvelous. The web site got over 5000 page views and we received around 100 challenge entries in total. Winning is really great honour since the competition is very strong.

You can see the competition problem and the entries on our web site (everything in Swedish).

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The real value of attending SQLRally

I stumbled upon this blog post by Mark Broadbent, who was a speaker at the recent SQLRally in Orlando, about the real value of attending SQLRally:

I cannot agree more! This is also what we consider the biggest value of SQLRally Nordic. Let me quote Mark:

”SQLRally…was it REALLY worth it?” and the answer is a resounding “OH YEAH!”

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PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011 is launched

Today is a very special day… It is the launch of PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011!

After a lot of hard work I’m very happy with the results so far – we have some of the best SQL Server/Business Intelligence speakers in the world, we have already five sponsors, we have booked the best conference center we could find, we have an attractive pricing, we organizers have a great teamwork and everybody will have a lot of fun!

Link to the event website: If you register by June 30, you will save 150 EURO off the onsite price.

Interested in speaking? We accept abstract submissions until July 31. More information on our website.

Don’t miss this event – it will be one of the greatest SQL Server and Business Intelligence events in the world!

Below is our press release:

World-Class Regional SQL Server Training Goes Global

May 13, 2011—Orlando, FL—
Fresh off the success of its inaugural PASS SQLRally 2011 event in Orlando this week, the Professional Association for SQL Server is taking its new regional technical training model global, with the announcement of PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011, Nov. 8-9, in Aronsborg, Sweden.

“PASS SQLRally regional events—organized and produced by local user-group chapters and dedicated volunteers—are designed to provide affordable, high-quality technical training and networking opportunities for Microsoft SQL Server professionals around the world,” said PASS President Rushabh Mehta. “With nearly 450 people taking advantage of our first SQLRally in Orlando, we’re excited to pass the torch to our Nordic members.”

Hundreds of IT professionals are expected to sharpen their SQL Server and business intelligence (BI) skills during PASS SQLRally Nordic’s 2 days of technical sessions across BI, DBA, and Developer tracks. “We are extremely pleased to be able to present such internationally known experts as Microsoft Corp.’s Mark Souza, Thomas Kejser, Stuart Ozer, Lubor Kollar, and Cihan Biyikoglu,” said SQL Server MVP and event co-founder Raoul Illyés, noting that regional professionals are invited to submit session abstracts until July 31. Attendees can save 150 euros during early-bird registration, which opened today with the launch of the event website:

PASS’s new SQLRally regional events fill the gap between its free 1-day PASS SQLSaturday training events and the annual PASS Summit, the world’s largest conference for the SQL Server community.

“PASS SQLRally brings database professionals together with industry experts in an intimate, casual learning environment that really encourages deep knowledge-sharing and networking,” noted Mark Souza, who heads up the Microsoft SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) and represents Microsoft on the PASS Board of Directors.

“PASS SQLRally Nordic is for professionals at all levels of expertise who want to learn best practices and troubleshooting tips for SQL Server, the Microsoft BI stack, and SQL Azure,” added SQLRally Nordic co-founder Johan Åhlén, chairman of the Swedish SQL Server User Group PASS chapter. “If you want to get the most from SQL Server, you don’t want to miss this event.”

Microsoft is co-organizer of PASS SQLRally Nordic. HP is Presenting Sponsor of the event, with Cornerstone, Quest Software, Red Gate Software, and SQL Service joining as early event sponsors. For a sponsorship prospectus, contact

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