Wisconsin SQL Server User Group

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WISSUG March 2020 meeting

  • In-Person @ 833 E Michigan St Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (map)
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English

WISSUG - Mar 2020 Meeting

Date:   10 Mar 2020   (Second Tuesday of the month)

Time: 11:30 AM  (Central Time)

Location: Microsoft office (833 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI  53202)  8th floor.

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) details are available here.



The Microsoft office building management has requested that attendees be on a visitor list in order to be admitted to the office.  We are using Eventbrite to register (see below) for the meeting.  Please register by noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting date.  

You do *not* need to print the Eventbrite ticket.  There is no cost to attend the meeting.


Are you attending in-person?   Register to attend WISSUG meeting in-person


Upcoming events:


SQL Saturday Chicago (in Lisle, IL): Saturday, March 21st, 2020

(Session list / schedule TBA)


SQL Saturday Madison: Saturday, April 4th, 2020   (Pre-Cons announced!)

(Session list / schedule TBA)


SQL PASS Summit 2020:  Nov 10th – 13th, 2020 (Houston, TX)



Mar 2020 WISSUG meeting

Getting Started with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)    Presented by Ashley Day  (Talvant.com)

In this session, geared toward beginner level users, attendees will be introduced to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) as a tool for customized reporting.  We will first review the SSRS workspace in Visual Studio 2017 to familiarize users with the various components that can be used when building reports. 


We will then look at a few examples of reports to see some of those components in action, focusing on the usage of parameters and expressions to provide flexibility, before finally building a sample report together.  We will conclude by walking through the deployment process and discussing both basic and data-driven subscription options for automated report delivery.


This session is designed for users with little to no familiarity with SSRS who are looking for a baseline understanding of the tool, who want to begin working more with SSRS development, or who need to support SSRS in their current role but do not know where to begin.


Ashley Day (Talvant.com)           

Ashley found the world of data analytics and business intelligence after a supervisor saw her potential and introduced her to SQL and report writing.  Her analytical mindset and thirst for knowledge quickly turned that opportunity into a career, and she has spent the past five years working within the sphere of data management and business intelligence.


She has experience working with data from a number of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, benefits administration, and the financial sector.   


Ashley is very passionate about working with data and helping others gain access to the clean and reliable data

they need to make informed business decisions.


Join the meeting online.  Effective Feb 2020, we are using Zoom for our meetings.

Join the meeting here:  https://zoom.us/j/168545900


SQL Server Learning Resources


PASS Virtual Groups: Over two dozen (free) virtual groups, focusing on different areas of SQL Server, PowerShell, PowerBI and more.  Go to http://www.pass.org/ and click on the Community tab where you’ll find the Virtual Groups link.  Here are just some of the PASS Virtual Groups:


PASS Virtual Group

Link to Group

Application Development


Business Analytics


Business Intelligence 




Data Architecture


Data Science


Database Administration


DBA Fundamentals




High Availability and Disaster Recovery






Professional Development




Women in Technology




Check out the GroupBy site.

This is a free community-based training site organized by Brent Ozar. The SQL Server community (you) determines the content – thanks, Brent!  Submit, review, rate, vote for an abstract at the GroupBy site.



Upcoming WISSUG Meetings and events

14 Apr 2020  Introduction to Azure Managed Instances – Tim Radney (SQLSkills.com)

12 May 2020 – Windowing Functions in T-SQL – Kevin Wilke

09 Jun 2020 – TBD  [insert your name here!]


We need presenters!  Thinking about being a presenter?   Check out Kendra Little’s post on speaking.

Here’s a video of Kendra with her Top 5 Tips For Your First Presentation video.




WISSUG Group – Stay Informed

If you would like to continue to receive information about upcoming meetings and events for both WISSUG & PASS, please make sure you are registered with an account on SQLPASS.  All communications about WISSUG will be sent via a mailing list to users registered as WISSUG members with sqlpass.org.


Keep up to date:


1. Go to www.pass.org

2. If you've never registered with this site before, use the Sign Up For Free link in the upper right-hand corner to create your account.

3. If you already receive messages from PASS, login with your account information.

4. Once you're logged in, click the Community tab and choose Local Groups.  Enter Wisconsin in the Filter by Keyword box and click the Search button. Be sure to join WISSUG as a Local Group.

5. Make sure the Subscribe to Email Newsletter checkbox is checked.








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