On Saturday, November 5, 2011, SQL Saturday #96 will take place in Chevy Chase, MD. SQL Saturdays are free, all-day training events geared for professionals who use Microsoft's SQL Server. SQL Saturdays occur all over the world. Each event is split into many sessions with topics ranging from technical tricks to professional tips, best practices to upcoming features. The most amazing part of any SQL Saturday is the organizers and presenters are all volunteers.

I already described my amazement with Microsoft's BI Community; SQL Saturday #96 is just one of my examples. Although the volunteers organizing this event work and live in the Washington, DC area, the presenters come from far and wide. Some of those presenters are SQL Server MVPs (Most Valued Professionals) with well recognized names in the SQL Server world. Andy Leonard, Jessica Moss, Allan Hirt, Kevin Goff, Jeremy Kadlec, Thomas LaRock and Aaron Nelson are all SQL Server MVPs presenting at SQL Saturday #96.

Of course, not everyone presenting at SQL Saturday #96 is a SQL Server MVP. Enabling everyone to participate is part of the thriving Microsoft community. For example, I am presenting two sessions at SQL Saturday #96, I am not a MVP and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to the community from which I have drawn.

SQL Server #96 runs from 7:30AM until 5:30PM. The address is 5404 Wisconsin Ave Suite 700 Chevy Chase MD 20815. Topic and registration details are available here; attendance is free and encouraged. Many volunteers are already working hard to deliver successful education and networking opportunities.

My contributions to SQL Saturday #96 include presentations on Making Predictions with Microsoft Data Mining Tools at 8:30AM and Introduction to Analysis Services at 12:00PM. My CapTech colleague Jessica Moss presentsHow to Increase Development Productivity in SSRS at 2:30PM.

I look forward to seeing many old and new friends there.