SQL Server Communities - a Global Community
When SQLBits is not running, hundreds of local user groups (PASS refers to these as Chapters) around the world meet up to share knowledge around the Microsoft SQL Server and Data Platform technologies. Here is a list of some of the user group/chapters in the UK.
Newcastle SQL Server User Group
Leeds SQL Server User Group
Manchester PASS Chapter
Birmingham SQL Server User Group
Cardiff SQL Server User Group
Cambridgeshire SQL Server User Group
London PASS Chapter
Southampton User Group
SQL South West
There are bigger Data Platform events that take place all year round. Below is a summary of some of the bigger events that take place around the World.
PASS is the worlds' largest Data Platform conference that takes place in Seattle in October/November each year. Its' close proximity to Microsoft means that there is ample opportunity to network with those that develop the products directly. There is also the PASS Business Analytics Conference. Visit https://sqlpass.org/
PASS SQLSaturdays are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers.. Visit http://www.sqlsaturday.com/
Founded by SQLBits organiser Chris Testa-O'Neill and SQLServerFAQ founder Tony Rogerson, SQLRelay is an annual data event held in the UK. It’s a community organised series of day conferences held around the UK in a relay and provides free training on Microsoft’s data platform. Visit http://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/ for the latest information.
For the latest information on user group events throughout the year, visit SQLServerFAQ, all are welcome to events, whether you are new to SQL Server or an experienced SQL Server professional. These evening events take place across more than a dozen locations across the UK.