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Branding Leaves a Mark

It’s All About the Brand

I apologize for being late to the Un-SQL party, but work related problems have kept me busy since the PASS Summit. The Summit had a profound effect on me and I’m still trying to process it all.

Never mistake motion for action. – Ernest Hemingway

Like my new friend […]

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 […]

Presenting Epiphanies

I Love Teaching

As I mentioned earlier this week, I really enjoyed Consona Connect 2010. I had two very important epiphanies while presenting at this event.

I know a LOT more about SQL Server than I did 3 years ago.

Don Rudo introduced me as a SQL server expert, and actually said, “Dave probably knows […]

Consona Connect 2010 Thoughts and Impressions

Using Excel/PowerPivot with M2M Presentation.

First, I want to take a moment to thank everyone at Consona for putting on a great convention this year. Having worked on SQL Saturday Events, I have an idea of how much work goes into it. I’d especially like to thank Devon Everage, who was largely responsible for […]

Why do I go to the Consona Connects?

Justice League – Looking for More Members

I received an e-mail from a reader recently regarding Consona Connect. She and I have met at a few of these events and she asked me the following question.

Every time I attend a Consona Connect I see you there. You always seem to know what is being […]

Brent Ozar Steals My Ideas.

Stop Stealing

Alright Brent, that’s it. I’m calling you out. Your recent post on Getting Things Done was the final straw.

I’m not just talking about Brent, I’m also pointing an accusing finger at Steve Jones, Buck Woody, Tim Mitchell, and Brian Knight.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read […]

Realizations From the Wait List

I’ve been volunteering with my local user group for awhile, and have been preaching community on this blog. One of the best ways to get involved, and learn for that matter, is to participate in SQL Saturdays.

On The Wait List

Recently we decided to host a second SQL Saturday Event later this year. It […]

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 […]

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 […]