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#SQLGLA 2017 - User group adventures

On the the 10th of November 2017 the Glasgow SQL server user group ran #SQLGLA.  This was a half day event, primarily for SQL server professionals in Scotland.  Although we did have some visitors for further afield.  Namely our four MVP speakers, William Durkin, Chrissy LeMaire, Andre Kamman and Rob Sewell.

Now the event is completed, we have gathered and compiled the feedback.  Now I feel that there is time to think about the event.  It's been a bit a rollercoaster ride, with the full complement of good bits and scary bits. Much of the thanks for making this entire event a success goes to my co-organiser Craig Porteous.  Without Craig this event would not have come off at all.

It would be fair to say that both Craig and myself had visions of very few people coming.  Other than the speakers, volunteers and ourselves.  People did come and as often happens at these, people you did not expect arrived and those we expected did not arrive.  All part of the learning curve.  My memories of the actual day are, we arrived at the venue, we all ran up and down stairs, realized what we had forgotten to bring, set up the venue ready for our guests.  People arrived, attendees, speakers, sponsors.  Speakers, spoke, people mingled, chatted, had tea, coffee, sandwiches, then drank beer, & wine.  We cleared up, said good bye.  Some people head off to the pub to continue the fun.  It was a fantastic day, all the objectives we had aimed for were achieved.

As we know these events do not run themselves.  There is a dedicated team of selfless people who make these events happen.  Craig Porteous my co-organiser put a massive amount of work into making this event happen.  Even more his selfless decision to have one more drink at the SQL Bits party meant he met William Durkin, and the conversation resulted in the event :-).  We were also very kindly blessed with two very enthusiastic and industrious volunteers Edith and Paul.  Who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time, and just did what needed to be done.

This event was a huge learning experience for Craig and myself.  This event combined with running the user group has taught me more than a few lessons.  Some of which we have learned, some I am sure we are still learning.  Now the event is over, and I have sometime to look back, I will blog about some of the lessons.  About running a user group and a larger event such as #SQLGLA.