Capital Area Central Texas User of SQL Server

PASS affiliated user group for Austin, TX

Contact us: Email: CACTUSS.SQL (at) (gmail) (dot) (com)

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Nov 2019 Tue 11/19/2019
Speaker: Kevin Boles
Topic: Common TSQL Mistakes
Speaker: Shawn Weisfeld
Topic: Quick Introduction to GitHub
Dec 2019 Tue 12/17/2019
Speaker: Jay Falck
Topic: Setting up a test lab with Hyper-V

Meeting Location


  • Meeting dates: 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Meeting starts: 5:30 pm with food and a QA session
  • Presentation: 6:00 pm and goes to 7:15 pm
  • Address
    • Quarry Oaks II
    • Microsoft Office
    • Suite 225
    • 10900 Stonelake Blvd.
    • Austin, TX 78759
      • * Free parking
      • * Coming from Braker, go right/straight at the traffic circle and it's the building on the left.
      • * The building is also across from the outdoor basketball court
      • * Not the building attached to the parking garage
      • * Inside the Microsoft office, go right, past the reception desk, to the far back and left
      • * If there is interest, there is sometimes an after-gathering at a local place to talk casually
    • Map:

Next Meeting




Cardinality Estimates in Microsoft SQL Server 2014

10801 North Mopac Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78759
Time: 18:00 - 20:30

Title: Cardinality Estimates in Microsoft SQL Server 2014
by: Thomas LaRock

Summary: SQL Server 2014 includes a new cardinality estimator. This feature allows for statistics to be updated more frequently than previous versions of SQL Server, resulting in better query performance. Attend this session and understand how, why, and when SQL Server uses statistics and how this new feature will help improve performance.

Speaker: Thomas LaRock, Head Geek SolarWinds:
Bio: Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft Certified Master, Data Platform MVP, VMware vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.

Special Notes:
Capital Area Central Texas Users of SQL Server (CACTUSS) is the SQL Server community in Austin, TX. We are a user group, but we are also so much more. We provide networking, learning opportunities, training and collaboration for SQL Server professionals in Austin. We hold two monthly meetings and we typically have 20 to 40 attendees at the north meeting and 5 to 15 attendees at the south meeting.

CACTUSS North Meeting Information:
The meeting starts at 6:00PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:30PM.

Embarcadero Technologies

10801 N Mo Pac Expy, 

Austin, TX

CACTUSS South Meeting Information:
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

Available Attachments:

Our monthly meetings are made possible by the generosity of these sponsors:

This month's sponsor:

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