Welcome to the Hartford SQL User Group

This group has monthly meetings which include technical presentations from industry experts. The topics covered include a wide range of subjects surrounding the SQL Server suite of products. Meetings are always free. Starting in June of 2016 we will be meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month except August.

SQL Server 2016 Developer Edition will be FREE. Read this blog article for more information: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/03/31/microsoft-sql-server-developer-edition-is-now-free/



Next Meeting




December: R Services in SQL Server 2016

  • In-Person @ 29 South Main ST West Hartford , Connecticut, United States (map)
  • 17:30 - 20:00 (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Language: English

This session is intended as an Introduction to Advanced Analytics for SQL Server database administrators.  DBAs live in SQL, so what is R?  Why has Microsoft chosen to support R in SQL Server 2016?  Why is R important to Data Science teams and Advanced Analytics scenarios?  We've assembled a duo of Brian Berry's to explain, in DBA terms, why DBAs should care about R Services and how to prepare their database teams for the demands of Data Science.  The session will conclude with a simple walkthrough of R Services in SQL Server 2016, using a public dataset which is available for continued exploration after the session has concluded.



Brian Berry from BlumShapiro Consulting has over ten years of experience with information technology, software design and consulting. He is an integral member of the Technology Consulting Group.  Brian specializes in Business Intelligence and Data Integration solutions built upon Microsoft’s SQL Server database product. In addition, he has lead Data Governance and Master Data Management programs for a number of middle-market clients.  Brian is a frequent presenter at Microsoft-sponsored events, including trade shows and professional conferences.


Brian Berry from Applus+ Technologies has held various information technology positions in a career spanning over 30 years at companies ranging from large insurers to small financial advisory firms, and in industries ranging from financial services to the testing, inspection & certification industry of Applus+.  At Applus+ Brian handles requests for data collection, aggregation, analysis, and reporting often using Microsoft’s Power Query M language.  Additionally, Brian stays active in the financial services field, continuing work on financial econometrics modeling projects.   To supplement the EViews econometric modeling software he currently uses, he has been learning R, Microsoft’s R Services, and their value when coupled with SQL Server 2016.