Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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10 August 2006

Tag-team user group meeting

Today we had a user group meeting which consisted of six speakers, all giving 5-10 minutes on some SQL-related topic. Plus I gave a few small tips while people were swapping video cables and things like that.

It worked really well! Numbers were down, but I think everyone that came had a really fun time. The speakers were... Keith Zerna, Alex Sims, Roger Noble, Peter Kennedy, Dave Gardiner and Martin Cairney. Roger took the giveaway for his demonstration of SQL Prompt.

Some of the talks could easily have become full-length talks (some nearly did!), which gives me a lot of hope for 1/ using this format again, and 2/ finding speakers when I'm short of ideas.