Fairly easy to find and easy to get to, plenty of parking
Meeting space is high top tables, with room for a screen and there is a monitor already in the room too. Nice space
Food was pizza. Blah. Bar doesn’t have iced tea either!
The room set up had the one door just behind the speaker, maybe arrange different next time
Had a power cord running across the floor to the brand new projector, need tape or different location next time
Not much news in the PASS deck this month, should be more than just announcing upcoming events
Shawn plugged SQLSat Tampa pretty well
Would still like to see more on this – maybe show the schedule, route to the event, etc .
Attendees were asked about BAC. No one in the room going. Not surprising, even for Summit there would only be a couple. Still, it felt a little flat, to me anyway.
Attendance a whopping 32! That’s a really good crowd for January. I think there is a lot of interest in the big data MS tech, people still trying to figure out if/when it fits in to their business and skill set
Josh Luedeman presenting Get Up and Go: Big Data Automation Using HDInsight
Really good overview of the various Hadoop ecologies, good level set
Good walkthrough of Powershell script to provision HDInsight. Well commented and Josh hit the high points, I think that makes it a lot more approachable for someone who wants to download and try it afterward. I thought he also did pretty well at talking about what and why and not bogging down in syntax
I think would have been better if started with a really quick walk through of the UI, then transition to the automation piece
Good that he reiterated the ‘turn it off’ mentality that is key to managing spend on Azure
It still feels like that HDInsight advocates struggle to explain the uses cases/thresholds for when it makes sense. I’d like to see more explanations of real world projects and why they were a better fit in HDInsight (or whatever big data) SQL or whatever else
More about venue selection in an upcoming post (which is not a complaint about tonight, it was fine)