SQL Bang UG…Completed A Quarter…Sharing is fun, sharing is learning

430589_10151249803289029_384269882_n       I joined SQL Bangalore User Group (#SQLBangUG) as one of the first 4 members and till date I am part of this “knowledge Hub”, where sharing is fun while learning.

It was Saturday, November 24, 2012 when the first SQLBangUG was hosted at Microsoft Signature Building, Bangalore, India. Vinod Kumar delivered the key note for the event with his unique style of welcoming all and introduced the speakers while explaining the core  purpose of SQLBangalore User Group.


"Sharing is fun, sharing is learning"


I was lucky enough by getting a chance to present a session on SQL Server 2012 and would like to thank Vinod and Pinal for giving  me an opportunity to deliver a a session at such a big event. Being a learner and a student this forum is going to help me a lot.

The First UG meet sessions were

1: T-SQL Pitfalls  Speaker: Vinod Kumar M, MTC – Technology Architect
2: Top 5 SQL Server 2012 functions Speaker: Manas Ranjan Dash
3: Contained databases Speaker: Sudeepta Ganguly, Sr. Systems Engineer – Atos
4: Column Store Index in SQL Server 2012 Speaker: Pinal Dave, Evangelist – Pluralsight

Also we had two surprise session by International Speaker Lynn Langit, BigData and BI consulting & Raj Chaudhuri from Microsoft, Mumbai on Index and Big Data.



Photo courtesy: Sandip Pani

Pinal Dave from Pluralsight gave away one year free subscription coupon of Pluralsight courses to one of the lucky audience and also he gave couple of his books and monthly coupons of Pluralsight to other attendees.

Sahal blogged about this event and  this was written prior to the event which shows the excitement level of the participants and the enthusiasm to learn something new.


By December 18 the group had added 300 members to its list Smile


The Second UG Meet was on Saturday, December 22, 2012

The sessions were as follows

1. Better together: Excel + SQL for Database Developers By Kamlesh Rao
2. Basics of Backups with SQL Server By Balmukund Lakhani, Microsoft
3. Intro to Indexing – Basics rediscovered By Sourabh Agarwal, PFE – Microsoft
4. Knowing sp_server_diagnostics output By Amit Banerjee, PFE, Microsoft
5. Tips and Tricks Session By Vinod Kumar, MTC – Architect


Amit Banerjee wrote a blog about the event which is the fastest ever published blog on SQLBang UG http://troubleshootingsql.com/2012/12/22/sql-bangalore-ug-meet/

Also an excellent coverage by our Super Star Balmukund Lakhani in his blog http://sqlserver-help.com/2012/12/23/coverage-report-sql-server-bangalore-user-group-meeting-2-22-december-2012/


and we did it! Crossed 400 Mark on 1st Jan 2013 ~ Balmukund Lakhani


Also we wished our members on new year day with this unique poster



The Third UG Meet was on Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 which focused on EXCEL based visualizations

1: Tour of PowerPivot with Excel by Vinod Kumar

2: Advanced Excel Visualizations by S Anand

3: Introduction to PowerView with Excel by Selvakumar

4: Surprise SharePoint Session by Pinal Dave


SQL Bangalore se Balmukund Lakhani without Cameraman


We were forced to postpone the SQL user group meeting (scheduled for 23 Feb 2013) by a week due to some issues with the availability of speakers.

Great Discussion and Knowledge Sharing in FB page


In between all these sessions the FB page of SQLBang was fully occupied by members where they discussed some live issues and shared great knowledge about SQL Server and the trend is going on with a lot of enthusiasm.


Next UG meet on 2nd March 2013

So What are you waiting for… join the SQL Bangalore User Group and experience the power of sharing through learning and be a part of the next UG meet on 2nd March 2013

This UG meeting is about multi-dimensional concepts. This is completely different from the relational engine we are aware off. Register at here

1: Start your journey with Multidimensional using SSAS -by Sudhir Rawat (Microsoft)
2: Introduction to Cubes -by Deepthi Anantharam (Technology Evangelist)
3: SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services – Tabular Mode by Karan Gulati (Microsoft)

Smile Smile Smile Today the group has welcomed its 791th member Smile Smile Smile


What & where


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SQLBangalore/

Events Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SQLBangalore/events/

Twitter: @SQLBangalore

Twitter Hash Tag: #SQLBangUG

Download PPT from the Past sessions



SQL Bangalore UG se Manas Ranjan Dash

Till next “Keep Smiling”

Gift from SQL Server (Microsoft Corporation, Redmond)


Last year in December I participated in a unique contest by Microsoft SQL Server (FB page).

The contest page says…sqlserver_logo

Enter the New Year Cover Photo Challenge and help us ring in 2013 with a ‘Happy New Year’ themed message to the SQL Server community! Submit an image or photo of your own design that we can use as our SQL Server Facebook page cover photo in January, and if your entry is selected as one of our four winners, you will also receive a SQL Server Swag Set worth over $150!


On 29th of December 2012 I got  a mail from the Microsoft SQL Server team saying…

Hi there Manas,

Congratulations! You’ve been selected as a winner our New Year’s photo challenge!


They published the photo in their FB page and here is the link for the same SQL Server Cover Photo Challenge



On 18th February I received a parcel from USA where I found the following gift.




*** Sports Bottle, T shirt, SweatShirt, USB Flash Drive, USB Hub, Speaker

Thank you SQL Server and the team and special thanks to Katrina Munsell  Smile Smile Smile


Till next time “Keep Learning and Sharing”

“Be helpful, wh…

“Be helpful, when you see a person without a smile…
Give them one if yours ”
~Zig Ziglar