SQL Saturday #189 Costa Rica – Recap

Last Saturday was the SQL Saturday #189 Costa Rica event and what an awesome event! Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a great event; the organizers, the sponsors, the attendees and the speakers. Being well into April, it was quite a shock to come back to Minnesota and receive another 9 inches of snow. I should have stayed in Costa Rica a bit longer. 😀

Friday night the group went out to a restaurant called Mirador Tiquicia in Escazu. It was a bit of a drive and up a very steep hill, but it was worth it! At the top it had an amazing view of the entire city of San Jose. Here is a glimpse of the view with my wife and I.

city lights of san jose

For dinner we had a delicious buffet of traditaional Costa Rican food. Then, traditional Costa Rican dancers performed in the middle of the restaurant. What a great night!

Costa Rican dancers

On Saturday, it was time for the big event. There were 320 registered, and 257 who attended. The conference took place at the Aurola Holiday Inn in San Jose. Here you can see Eduardo Castro making the welcome announcements. In this picture he’s introducing the speakers for the day. I’m on the bottom of this slide.

sql saturday costa rica welcome

My 2 sessions were in the afternoon so I mingled and attended the morning sessions. Then it was off to lunch which was on an upper floor of the hotel. Again, we were treated to a nice view of San Jose and a great lunch. Here are some pictures of San Jose from the dinning area.

San Jose

San Jose

After a short break, it was then time to get to work. Here is me getting ready for my first session.

Getting ready for my sessions

I first presented on Master Data Services, and then on Data Quality Services. Thank you to everyone who attended my sessions and for being such a great crowd. The questions were good and hopefully everyone left knowing a bit more about MDS and DQS.

presenting on master data services

I had such a great time and met so many fun people; Eduardo Castro, Kenneth Ureña (Thanks for the coffee it was awesome!), Joaquin Zuñiga, Kevin Boles, Luis Carlos Diaz, Alex Vargas, Jesus Gil, Russell Fustino, and many others! Latin America has a great SQL Server community. Thank you for letting me be a part of this event. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend again next year!


Bienvenidos al SQL Saturday #189 – Costa Rica

SQL Saturday #189

I’m excited to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday #189 in beautiful Costa Rica! This event will be held on April 13th, 2013 at the Aurola Hotel Holiday Inn San Jose Downtown.
I will be presenting on the following two topics:

Master Data Services
Does your company have similar data in multiple locations? Not really sure which set of data is accurate? With MDS, Microsoft gives you the ability to have one accurate source of non-transactional data to use with your applications or send to other databases and ETL processes. Leverage data stewards to help manage the data repository to ensure it is up-to-date and accurate. In this session we will cover MDS from start to finish including installation, creating models/entities, working with data, using the Excel add-in, security, hierarchies, views, versions, and business rules. After this session, you should have a good understanding of what MDS does, how to use it, and how to get started with your own MDS project.

Data Quality Services
As the old adage goes, ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’ Stop spending hours manually cleansing your data, and start using DQS! DQS is the new data quality tool provided with SQL Server 2012. By leveraging knowledge bases, you can correct invalid data and improve the quality of your data.

In this session we will cover creating a knowledge base, data cleansing, data matching, and using 3rd party knowledge bases (Reference Data). We will talk about installation, show how to use the DQS tool, and how to integrate DQS into your SSIS packages. After this session you should have a good understanding of what DQS is, how to use it, and how to get started with your own Data Quality initiative.
Last November I was fortunate enough to meet several chapter members at the PASS Summit event in Seattle. I look forward to the opportunity to meet again in San Jose this April.

Check out the SQL Saturday #189 for more information.