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PASS Summit and My SQL Family

Those who read this blog know that I’ve always been into the PASS Community, particularly about attending the PASS Summit. This is my third and I hope never to miss one.

I’ve written articles about why it’s worth paying your own way, how going is like finding a golden ticket and even like going on [...]

SQL Saturday Dallas and Pre-Cons

The North Texas SQL Server User Group recently announced our next SQL Saturday. SQL Saturday 163 will be another business intelligence centric event, with a limited number of attendees. The last time we had an event like this, it sold out in less than 12 hours, so I’d urge everyone to sign up right away.

I [...]

You are NOT a Junior DBA.

If you found your way to my blog, the chances are good that you consider yourself a Junior DBA. The chances are also good that you’re wrong. I can hear you saying right now, “Damn, you’re good, how do you know all that?” Well, I’m glad you asked.

Perceptions

I still remember my first SQL Server [...]

How to Ask for Help

Like many other technical bloggers, I receive requests for help on a regular basis. Since I’m constantly learning and evolving I approach others for help as well. A couple of years ago, I received an email from a new reader which began with:

Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an [...]

Come See Me Present Wednesday at the Fort Worth SSUG.

This Wednesday I’ll be presenting at the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group. Come see me present:

Data Warehousing – How to Convince “The Bobs”

I got a meeting with the Bobs in a couple of minutes…

Building your first Data Warehouse is a long, and often difficult process. How can you get your boss to [...]

Why I'm Paying my Own Way to PASS Summit 2010 and You Should Too.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about how thrilled I was to be going to PASS this year. Some of you may have gotten the impression from that article that I was given a Golden Ticket. I should have been more clear that I had bought a golden ticket, and not just for [...]

SQL Saturday Dallas #56 Re-Cap

Ryan, Vic, and yours truly.

SQL Saturday #56 BI Edition went off without a hitch last Saturday. Those who read this blog, probably remember the awesome experience I had at my first SQL Saturday.

Once again, everything went wonderfully. Our event was scaled back this time which translated into fewer hassles. Microsoft and Artis [...]

I've Got a Golden Ticket!

Hoping to find an everlasting Gob Stopper.

Last year I pined away reading all of the tweets from last year’s PASS.

It was cute, but I meant what I said. I made a promise to myself that I would go to PASS 2010. Well, last night I pulled the trigger and purchased my ticket to go [...]

My SQL Saturday Experience

Devin Knight, Wes Brown, and yours truly.

It’s 8:30am on SQL Saturday, and I feel like I’ve taken a two by four to the head. I’m standing outside the front of the building leading the registration team at the front tables, squinting in the sun, sweating profusely, and wondering why I feel so good about [...]

Five Reasons You Should Volunteer With Your Local SQL User Group and Host a SQL Saturday

I took the plunge this year and started volunteering for the North Texas SQL Server User Group. Originally I started attending because I wanted to learn more about SQL Server, but it didn’t take long before I realized that there was so much more to be gained from being there.

Why should you volunteer with [...]

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