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GroupBy is looking for a Podcast Sponsor!

As you may have heard, GroupBy is now run by a small group of SQL Family volunteers – Aaron Nelson, Daniel Hutmacher and Blythe Morrow. We’re having a pretty great time making this event happen and carrying the torch from Brent who started the event back in 2015.

There are really two pieces to the event – the first is the live virtual conference. It runs for 9 hours, has 8 sessions and attendees can come in and out as their session preferences dictates. It’s free-flowing and we like the unstructured framework. That won’t change this April.

The other part of the event is more involved. Brent is a speaker through-and-through, and when he built GroupBy he understood what speakers were looking for when they gave their time and knowledge to delivering great content for free. We give the 9-hour recording to a professional production company. They clean up the audio, cut the one recording into 8 session chunks, and then professionally transcribe the session. We post that session transcription and the recording on the GroupBy podcast, on our YouTube channel and on our blog. Everything is backlinked to the speaker, so we share in the SEO goodness.

As a result of this work, we’ve had a huge amount of organic success. The number don’t lie here:

  • Our podcasts have been downloaded 86,246 times on iOS and Android. 1300 on Spotify
  • People visit 25,000 times a month – most of that is through organic traffic to our blog
  • We have 2639 monthly YouTube subscribers
  • Attendee numbers range from 180-350 on the day of the conference

This is all amazing news for GroupBy, however, developing all of this professionally produced content is expensive. A human transcribes each recording and edits it for readability, and another human being puts everything in the right sequence to promote a session each week. We make sure every speaker has his/her spotlight on our channels.

So we’d like to open a sponsorship opportunity for an amount of $4000.00 – to cover the costs of this event.

You’ll work with the GroupBy marketing team to create a short, 15 second commercial that will either run at the beginning of the session or in the middle, at a natural break for the listener. We’ll repeat this on our blog and on Youtube – both in the transcription (for SEO and backlinking to your website) and in the recording. We’ll also mention you on our website and shower much praise in our social channels.

You can email for more information about reach and ROI.

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You Voted! Here’s the GroupBy April Lineup.

The votes are in! All speakers are confirmed and the schedule for the next GroupBy is below. We had one speaker unable to present, so Blythe snuck in with her professional development session. It was a great round of speakers and voting. Thank you to all who submitted!

*All times are Eastern (EDT)

Registration is free, and it’s open now. See you on April 11th!

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Vote Now to Pick the April 11 #GroupBy Conference Lineup

At GroupBy, your votes pick the conference lineup. Anybody can submit an abstract on any topic, and then the choice is yours.

The next conference is April 11, and the sessions are in!

Here are the sessions in the running for the April online conference. Tell us what you want to see by voting now – voting closes March 15th!

Which 5 sessions do you want to see in April?

  • PowerShell for the SQL DBA - by Ben Miller (11%, 237 Votes)
  • SQL Server Memory Internals & Troubleshooting - by Amit Bansal (8%, 173 Votes)
  • SQL Server Developer Tricks - by Amit Bansal (7%, 155 Votes)
  • Automate the Pain Away with SQL Server 2019 - by John Sterret (5%, 115 Votes)
  • Creating a SQL Server Test Lab On Your Workstation - by David Fowler (5%, 113 Votes)
  • Would you run production SQL Server on Docker? - by James Anderson (5%, 102 Votes)
  • Is the cloud cost effective? - by Steph Locke (4%, 89 Votes)
  • The extraordinary power of Python support in SQL Server - by Maria Zakourdaev (4%, 86 Votes)
  • Linux OS Fundamentals for the SQL Admin - by Anthony Nocentino (4%, 85 Votes)
  • We need DataOps – NOW - by Steph Locke (3%, 76 Votes)
  • Inside Kubernetes - An Architectural Deep Dive - by Anthony Nocentino (3%, 73 Votes)
  • How to write a kick a** anything - by Blythe Morrow (3%, 72 Votes)
  • Think Like A Certification Exam - by William Assaf (3%, 72 Votes)
  • Getting Started with Azure Data Factory - by Andy Leonard (3%, 66 Votes)
  • Getting Data Into Power BI - by Matt LeBlanc (3%, 62 Votes)
  • Why Power BI isn’t for You: Pitfalls and Limitations - by Eugene Meidinger (3%, 61 Votes)
  • Power BI Internals: Deep Dive - by Eugene Meidinger (3%, 56 Votes)
  • The Evolution of SQL Server – Azure SQL Managed Instances - by Javier Villegas (3%, 56 Votes)
  • Build your first bot – no code required! - by Steph Locke (2%, 52 Votes)
  • Marketing for SQL Consultants and Business Owners - by Blythe Morrow (2%, 49 Votes)
  • SQL Server and R for real-time predictions - by Steph Locke (2%, 45 Votes)
  • R for reporting - by Steph Locke (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Preparing your business for data science - by Steph Locke (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Just Enough Database Theory for Power BI - by Eugene Meidinger (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Power BI Newbie Hour: Panel Q/A - by Eugene Meidinger (2%, 43 Votes)
  • Polybase In Action - by Kevin Feasel (2%, 36 Votes)
  • An (Advanced) Introduction to DAX - by Eugene Meidinger (2%, 35 Votes)
  • Scrape Reddit for Testing Data using SQL Server & Python - by Rich Benner (1%, 32 Votes)
  • Solving Power BI pain points with R - by Steph Locke (1%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 484

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Speakers, start your submission! We’re happy to announce the next GroupBy will be on April 11th, 2019 and submissions are open today!

How GroupBy works

GroupBy is a free, community-driven online conference, and anyone can submit a session abstract! Those abstracts are then voted on, and the top-voted sessions are presented at a full-day webinar conference. The sessions are moderated by members of the SQL Server community, in order to help presenters out and to allow viewers to ask questions via Twitter or Slack. All of the sessions are recorded, transcribed and published so you can re-watch them on video or listen to them as podcasts later on.

Click here to submit a presentation.

The full timeline is below:

  • February 14th, 2019 speaker submissions open
  • February 28th, 2019 submissions close and voting begins!
  • March 15th, 2019 Voting closes
  • April 11th, 2019 GroupBy Conference begins at 8am EST

Submitted a presentation before?

You can keep your previous submission live for the community to vote on. It’s been a while, so we suggest you take a look at it and validate the content you want to present.

To review or edit your submission, you can sign onto the WordPress website. To remove your session from consideration this round, use the link to get to your session submission and change the Category to “Archived Abstracts”.

Important: If you haven’t opted-in, we’ll archive your session for you. We sent all previous presenters an email regarding marketing opt-in. If you didn’t received this email please contact us at

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GroupBy is Alive! Introducing the new GroupBy Organizing Committee

GroupBy has been in a bit of a transition over the last few months. In this blog post Brent Ozar outlined that the future of GroupBy was up in the air, so a few #SQLFamily volunteers opted to keep this going. It’s a great, free resource for community members to increase their skills and perfect their speaking chops. It’s free, and it’s amazing.

We’re happy to announce that GroupBy will remain a free, volunteer-run event, staffed with SQL Community volunteers.

Meet your new GroupBy organization committee:

Aaron NelsonLinkedin | Twitter | SQLVariant Blog
Aaron is a senior data architect with over 15 years of experience in Business Intelligence, database development, and performance tuning. He is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Microsoft MVP, and PASS volunteer. He speaks at PASS, local SQL user groups in Atlanta, and leads the PowerShell Virtual Chapter. He figured he didn’t have enough to do with all that, so he’s come to help grow speaker talent at GroupBy

Blythe Morrow LinkedIn | Twitter | Paper Sword
Blythe is a Data Platform Marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience in SQL Server. She owns Paper Sword B2B, a marketing agency that helps data companies tell their story and generate leads. She worked for PASS as the Community Manager years ago, and she just can’t let go of her #SQLFamily. She’s handling the marketing. She’s writing this right now. Hi.

Daniel Hutmacher LinkedIn | Twitter | Structured Concepts AB
Daniel is the GroupBy European connection. Based out of Stockholm Sweden, he runs Structured Concepts with 15 years of SQL Server, DW and ETL experience. He’s a SQL Server blogger, community speaker, SQL Saturday organizer and a Board member of the Swedish SQL Server User Group. Daniel wants to increase the European community involvement of GroupBy and is excited to help keep training globally accessible and free.

We’re working hard to get our feet underneath GroupBy and will have an announcement later this week with the date for the next event and when voting will open for the event. We want to thank Brent so much for giving this event back to the community. We’re going to work hard to do right by it.

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