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Big News, Part 2

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve been selected to present on Tools to Make Multi-Object Administration Easier at SQL Saturday 211 on April 13th. Many thanks to Ted Krueger (b|t) and the rest of the SQL Saturday Chicago folks. If you live in the Chicago area, I highly recommend registering. It is a free day of SQL Server training and is an excellent opportunity to meet other members of the SQL Server family.

At my first SQL Saturday in 2011, I was fortunate enough to attend Jes Borland’s presentation Make Your Voice Heard! This was the first time I realized I might have something to offer the community. Two years later, I’ve been blogging for a year and am 2 months away from my first and second SQL Saturday presentations. Thanks Jes!

Life Gets in the Way and Upcoming Posts

October 31, 2012 1 comment

As I’ve blogged before, Jes Borland (b|t) is the person who convinced me that I could write my own blog. When I told her I started she said, “Don’t get down on yourself if life gets in the way of posting.” Well, life has gotten in the way. I started a new job two weeks ago. After 13 years with my previous company, the last 5 as a DBA, it has been a big change. While I am tremendously grateful to my former colleagues for their help and support through the years, I am looking forward to the new challenge.

My new office is in the old Daily News Building, across the Chicago River from the Lyric Opera. The best part of the location is I can take the train to work, giving me an hour and a half of reading time every day. Here is the view from my train platform going home:

Madison Looking West

I will be posting about my experiences at my fourth PASS Summit next week. I’ve volunteered to host a group of first-time attendees and am really looking forward to it. If you are a first-timer, you can find some great information here.

If you are going to be in Seattle the Monday before the PASS Summit, I highly recommend registering for SQL in the City Seattle. I attended the event in Chicago and really enjoyed it. It is a free event sponsored by Redgate software. As a result, all of the presentations were Redgate-centric. However, each of the presenters I saw spoke about their topic (data and backup compression, maintenance, lifecycle management) from a general perspective and then drilled into Redgate Tools.

If you are attending the PASS Summit and see me, be sure and say hello. For all of the great technical content available, it is the strength of the community that keeps me coming back.

My Experience With the SQL Server Community – Standing On the Shoulders of Giants

April 14, 2012 Leave a comment

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. -Isaac Newton

I have been working as a SQL Server DBA since November of 2007. I have been involved in the SQL Server community since my first PASS conference in 2008. Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to read, see and meet some of the best DBAs in the world. Here is a short and incomplete list:

All of these people played a role in convincing me that I could write my own blog. More importantly, all of them show me new and cool things about SQL Server pretty much every day. The fact that DBAs of this caliber are giving back to the community is a constant source of inspiration.

Next week I will be attending the SQLSkills Immersion Event on internals. The opportunity to to spend a week learning from Paul Randal, Kimberly Tripp and Jonathan Kehayias is the most exciting professional opportunity I’ve ever had.

May 19th is SQL Saturday #119. I will be presenting to DeVry students on Creating Your First Database. It will be my first time presenting outside of work, and I am really excited about it.

It has been almost five years since I started working as a DBA. I’ve met some great people and learned a lot of cool stuff. I hope that I can repay one-tenth of what I’ve been given in the years to come.