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TSQL Tuesday #96: Folks Who Have Made a Difference

November 14, 2017 1 comment

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I started working as a SQL Server DBA in November of 2007. In November of 2010, I attended my second PASS Summit in Seattle. At the time I was working for a large insurance company, and our Microsoft sales rep had scheduled a dinner for my team at 6pm. The afternoon of the dinner, I went to see Paul Randal (b|t) do a 90-minute Spotlight Session called DBA Mythbusters scheduled until 6:15. About 15 minutes into Paul’s session, I texted my boss to let him know I would be late to dinner. The information Paul presented and the way in which he presented made me not want to miss a minute of the session. Walking out of the Convention Center that night, I remember thinking, “I want to do that! I want to teach people about SQL Server!”

The following March, I attended my first SQL Saturday in Chicago. For the session after lunch, I wanted to see Brent Ozar (b|t) present about SQL Server storage. By the time I got to the room for Brent’s presentation, it was SRO. Two doors down, Jes Borland (b|t) was giving a presentation called Make Your Voice Heard! In it, Jes provided advice on blogging, presenting, and leveraging social media to increase visibility within the community.

Attending Jes’s presentation introduced me to the force of nature known as Jes Borland. Her unbridled enthusiasm for the SQL community gave me the motivation to start teaching people about SQL Server. Within a year I started this blog and started presenting at PASS Local Chapters. I am blessed to have become friends with Jes. She continues to inspire me both professionally and personally.

In April of 2011, I attended SQL Skills Immersion Event on Performance Tuning and Optimization – Part 1, taught by Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp. Since then I have been fortunate to become friends with the two of them. Their involvement in the community never ceases to amaze me. To close I will share my favorite story about the strength of the SQL community.

I attended PASS Summit 2015 with a co-worker who was a first timer. At the Tuesday Welcome Reception, I saw Paul and Kimberly across the room. My colleague and walked over, and as we were waiting to say hello, Paul turned, looked at my colleagues badge and said, “Michael, first timer, how are you! I’m Paul Randal!” Paul welcoming nature and openness to new members of the community is something that I try and emulate on a daily basis.

I volunteer with PASS because I will never be able to give back as much as I’ve gotten. Paul and Jes are two individuals that have given me an enormous amount through the years and I thank them for it.

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SQL Milestones

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

The past few months have been full of firsts for me.

  • I started working at Apparatus February 17th. I wanted opportunities to learn new things, and I have not been disappointed.
  • Last night, I gave my fourth presentation of the year. With user groups lined up from now through August, I am on pace to meet my goal of averaging one presentation per month this year.
  • March marked the second anniversary of this blog. In that time, I’ve written 61 posts. While this is well short of my initial goal of a post a week, I’m hoping the constant learning opportunities at Apparatus will help me pick up the pace.
  • I hit 1,000 views on this blog for the first time in a month. I am really excited about this, but at the same time, it shows me how much room I have to grow.

It is just about four years since I attended my first SQL Saturday. Thanks to Jes Borland (b|t) for inspiring me to make my voice heard. And it’s just about three years since I attended SQL Skills’ Interals Immersion Event. Thanks to Paul Randal (b|t) and Kimberly Tripp (b|t) for giving me my first opportunity to present on SQL Server outside of work. Finally, I want to thank the members of the SQL community who have taught, helped, and inspired me. There are too many of you to mention, but you’ve made the past four years the most enjoyable and fulfilling of my life.

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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, Part 2 and Big News

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Life has gotten in the way of me posting here again, but it isn’t all bad.  I’ve been really busy at the new gig learning the environment and writing some interesting code.  I have a growing list of blog posts but need to find the time to get them written.

SQL Saturday Madison is coming up on April 6th and I just found out that my presentation, Interrogating the Transaction Log, has been accepted.  I am extremely excited and thank Ted Krueger (b|t) and the rest of the SQL Saturday Madison folks for the opportunity.

I started this blog a little less than a year ago and looking back, I am amazed at what I’ve accomplished. Presenting in public for the first, second and third time. Taking over the Chicago SQL Server User Group with Aaron Lowe (b|t). Starting a new job. And now my first SQL Saturday. It’s been a great time and here’s to it continuing.

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.