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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Reflecting on Ten Years of SQLSaturday

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 10 years since we started the planning for the first event in Orlando. The success of the idea seems obvious now – surely the time was right for something to happen in our space. Back then though it was far from obvious.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 November 2016

Notes from our 3rd Student to IT Pro Seminar

Concurrent with SQLSaturday Orlando we ran our third student seminar. This is our way of giving back to the college that so kindly gives us free space for the event and of encouraging students to see IT as a great career choice.

  • Attendance was down last year, not good. This…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 November 2016

Notes From SQLSaturday Orlando 2016

This year we held our 10th SQLSaturday, a very nice milestone to hit. I’ll reflect in a separate post on the growth and future of the overall franchise – there’s a lot to think about – but I’ll mostly keep this post specific to the event itself.

This turned out… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 November 2016

Why we need a PASS Sponsor Portal

Major sponsors in our space get hundreds of emails from us each year, all asking for money. Those are all interesting and potentially valuable invitations, but the sheer volume can be overwhelming. Beyond that, sponsors struggle to find the ROI, from picking the swag that draws people to the table… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 November 2016

The PASS Global Alliance Program (GAP)

One of the topics I forgot to mention from the Roundtable was a swell of dissatisfaction with the GAP. Not all understood it, and it’s clearly not “global” from the perspective of the non North American events. I don’t know if GAP is a good idea or not, but it… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 November 2016

The ROI of SQLSaturday

Following up on my notes about the 2016 SQLSaturday Roundtable I wanted to write more about the ROI of SQLSaturday. I suppose there are many ways to measure it, but I think it boils down to two views:

  • How many people did we train/hours we deliver to our members? That’s…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2016

Notes from the 2016 SQLSaturday Roundtable Meeting

Each year PASS holds a meeting for SQLSaturday event leaders and key players on Tuesday morning. It’s a valuable meeting, though I have some criticisms about both format and content this year, more on that in a minute. Watching and listening, I appreciate more than ever that while it’s useful… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 November 2016

Thoughts on the 2016 PASS Summit

I’ll have several more posts this week on specific activities at the Summit, but wanted to start with how the trip went personally:

  • I flew out Monday instead of Sunday. Whether it just that or my pacing for the week, I wasn’t wiped out on Friday afternoon
  • I didn’t take…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2016

MVP No More

Back in September I received a call from my MVP lead that I wasn’t being renewed. Not a big surprise, though still a disappointment. The program has changed a lot since I joined in 2008 and today has much more focus on “data platform” than just SQL Server (where I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2016

Writing More This Month

I haven’t written much in a while, having had to put more time into both personal and professional obligations over the past year. I still don’t have a lot of time/energy for it, but I miss the effort – calming, cathartic, useful. I still want to do more long form… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2016

SQLDinner/Meetup Tonight at PASS Summit

If you’re at the PASS Summit and would like to meet some new people, come see us from 5:30 to 6:30! Take the convention center escalator to the first floor and turn left, you’ll see us and some volunteers. Here’s the plan:

  1. We’ll give you a large card and a…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 October 2016

How O’reilly Picks Sessions

Read this and wanted to share as we head to the PASS Summit next week: This is how we do it: Behind the curtain of the O’Reilly Security Conference CFP

 

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2016

Notes on Designing an After Hours Event for the PASS Summit

This year we’re trying out two ideas on Thursday night, a networking dinner (of a sort) and game night. I wanted to share some ideas on how and why we put these together.

  • We’ve long tried to encourage more after hours events with limited success. Of course not all events…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2016

PASS Summit 2016: Dinner, Dinner, Game

Part of making a week long trip to a big event like the PASS Summit successful is finding something to do in the evening that recharges you. PASS has a number of events listed for After Hours this year. Steve Jones and I are organizing three of them:

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2016

Making the Most of PASS Summit and Similar Events

Events like the PASS Summit aren’t just about education. They are a chance to meet new people, get some distance from the day to day problems of work (and life perhaps), and even have some fun. Done well attendees end the week tired and recharged.

How to do… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 October 2016

An Update on My 2012 Mac Air

Typically I want to get 3 years out of a laptop to amortize spending on a premium grade machine. I’m at 4 years on this one and while there is better hardware available now, so far it hasn’t been enough better to drive me to buy something new. I maxed… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 October 2016

SSC Editorial: Does Log Data Belong in a Table or a File?

I think the topic of whether log data belongs in a table or a file would be a great one for a debate format. I think its one of my better editorial efforts because most people will already have an opinion on which is correct/better and will be curious to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 October 2016

SSC Editorial: A Visit to Microsoft

A Visit to Microsoft was posted back in August and I just re-read it. Here’s a quote that might interest you:

As a working DBA I heard two things that seemed very positive (not counting the new features and improvements of course). One was that Microsoft sees the ability to…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 10 October 2016

Networking Dinner at the 2016 PASS Summit

Steve Jones & I are organizing our 7th annual networking dinner on Monday night, October 24th in Seattle. We’re changing the formula just a little this year in an effort to work better with the hosting restaurant – it’s hard to absorb 200 people showing up all at the same… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 October 2016

Notes about Postponing SQLSaturday Orlando Due to the Hurricane

We’ve been monitoring the weather all week, thinking that today was the day we had to decide. We didn’t want to be hyper-cautious and reschedule too early because of the impact on speakers and sponsors traveling to Orlando, nor did we want to want too long and risk them being… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 October 2016

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