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SQL Saturday #274 Slovenia Recapitulation

Pure success!

I could simply stop here. However, I want to mention again everybody involved in this, and also some who were unfortunately missing.

First of all, PASS is the organization that defined SQL Saturdays. And apparently the idea worksSmile

I have to thank again to all of the speakers. Coming to share your amazing knowledge is something we really appreciate. The presentations were great, from the technical and other perspectives.

Of course, we could not do the event without sponsors. I am not going to enlist all of them again; I will just mention the host, pixi* labs, the company that hosted the event and who's  employees helped with all of the organization. In addition, I need to mention Vina Kukovec. Boštjan Kukovec, an old member of Slovenian SQL Server and Developers users group, organized free wine tasting after the event. And what a wine it is!

Finally, thanks to all attendees for coming. We had approximately 85% show up rate; only 15% or the registered attendees didn’t come. This is an incredible result, worldwide! And from the applause after the raffle, when we closed the vent (and started wine tasting), I conclude that the attendees were very satisfied as well.

I want to mention three people that wanted to come, but run out of luck this time. Peter Stegnar from pixi* labs was the one that immediately offered the venue, and permeated with his enthusiasm also other pixi* labs members. Due to family reasons he couldn’t join us to see the results of his help. Tobiasz Janusz Koprowski wanted to speak, organized his trip, looked forward to join us; however, just couple of days before the event he had to cancel because of some urgent work at customer’s site. And what to say about Kevin Boles? He really tried hard to come. Think of it, he was prepared to come from USA! he was already on the airport, when his flight got cancelled due to technical problems. We were in constant touch Friday evening. He managed to change the flight, went to the gate, but was not admitted to the plane. because there was only seven minutes left till take off. Catching next flights would not make any sense anymore, because he would come too late anyway. He really did the best he could do, he just didn’t have enough luck this time. Peter, Tobiasz, and Kevin, thank you for your enthusiasm, we seriously missed you, and we certainly hope we will meet on our next event!

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 1:49 PM by Dejan Sarka

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Simon Zupan said:

I would like to add that because two of the speakers cancelled in the last moment due to the unexpected events happened(already mentioned), there was hole in the schedule. Dejan and Milos jumped in unprepared, with substitute sessions and they did the great job. The most of the attendees even haven't noticed that something has changed in the schedule. Since this is also great contribution to the overall satisfaction I had to mention it.

The event was really awesome on all levels and I can't wait for the next one :)

December 23, 2013 7:52 AM

Boris Hristov said:

Dejan, now we are waiting for the photos, right? Where are we going to be able to see them?

December 23, 2013 9:24 AM

Dejan Sarka said:

Boris, yes, of course.

December 23, 2013 10:39 AM

Kennie Nybo Pontoppidan said:

Thanks for having me come as a speaker. I believe that everyone from the audience got something to take home. And that is enough for me. Great event, great venue, great people to meet and network with, great city. I will definitely come if you put together another event again.

Merry x-mas from Denmark,


December 23, 2013 11:32 AM

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About Dejan Sarka

Dejan Sarka, MCT and SQL Server MVP, is an independent consultant, trainer, and developer focusing on database & business intelligence applications. His specialties are advanced topics like data modeling, data mining, and data quality. He is the founder of the Slovenian SQL Server and .NET Users Group. Dejan Sarka is the main author or coauthor of fourteen books about databases and SQL Server. Dejan Sarka also developed and is developing many courses and seminars for SolidQ, Microsoft and Pluralsight. He is a regular speaker at many conferences worldwide for more than 15 years, including conferences like Microsoft TechEd, PASS Summit and others.

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