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March SSUG meeting (new location!)

We invite you to join us for our March meeting sponsored by TekSystems on Wednesday, March 20th at Epicentral Coworking, featuring a presentation by Rick Lowe called Weird Stuff I Saw While ... Working With Heaps and a 101 session by Gabe Villa about Artificial Intelligence Architecture on AWS.

When: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Epicentral Coworking, 415 N Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO

What: We'll begin with networking and dinner from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. At 6:00, we'll have a few announcements and peer Q&A time followed by our presentations. After the presentations and some SWAG, we'll have some time for socializing and additional networking. The CSSUG will provide some drinks while you network.

Our Main Presentation: Rick Lowe

Weird Stuff He Saw While ... Working With Heaps

We've all been told at some point that heaps are usually bad for select, update, and delete performance. But how bad are they really? Can they also be problematic for workloads that are _mostly_ insert? Are they always recommended for ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) operations? Does it help to create non-clustered indexes on top of heaps? For this installment of Rick's "Weird Stuff" series we will take a closer look at why heaps can cause issues and maybe see a deadlock or two.

About Rick:
Rick is a Microsoft Certified Master with more than 15 years of experience working with SQL Server. He currently works as an independent performance DBA/Developer for clients across the USA and Canada. He started his career as a database developer, but over time became more and more interested in how the database engine operated ... eventually becoming more focused on operational and performance issues than code.

Rick will work with all things relational, but most enjoys helping smaller companies get better performance from MSSQL, as well as smoothing over relationships between DBA and development teams.

Our 101 session: Gabe Villa

Artificial Intelligence Architecture on AWS 101

Options are plenty for virtual assistants, or chat bots, to integrate to your business. Discovery the possibilities to leverage your SQL Server data or Machine Learning within your AWS infrastructure. I will demonstrate using serverless architecture and Alexa to hit your data or ML Models.

About Gabe:

Gabe is a skilled leader, architect, and technical expert focusing primarily on Microsoft technologies and is passionate about open-source technologies for integration, automation, and development. Gabriel’s versatility extends from systems, data and development and leverages hybrid/SaaS/Cloud integration, proven software engineering platforms, and best-of-breed data management and business intelligence solutions.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Gabriel lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and kids, where he is an Architect for RevGen Partners, volunteers in the tech community and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.

About TekSystems:
Whether it’s developing solutions that transform your business, helping you build an all-star team or finding the right fit for your professional ambitions, we’re in it with you. Let’s innovate and reinvent. Let’s own change, together.
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As always, you can check out any time for more information about upcoming meetings and other events.

Main Meeting:

Recurring: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Epicentral Coworking - 415 N Tejon
Description: This meeting starts with free food and networking. Then we have a quick 101 session followed by our main presentation. After the presentations and SWAG we'll have drinks courtesy of the club for after hours networking.

Lunch Meeting:

Recurring: 1st Friday of the month.
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Hacienda Colorado

Description: This is a monthly meeting for the group's members to get together outside of our normal meeting structure. A great chance to network with other members.

RSVP Required: We need to have an accurate count for the restaurant. Look for monthly emails or this webpage for the actual Meetup link.

Cost: ($10 - $15) Springs SQL does not cover the cost of lunch.

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