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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 and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Notes From the September 16, 2015 Jacksonville SQL User Group Meeting

Forgot to post the next day and now missing details! Notes:

  • Rained the entire drive up (and back)
  • Not a bad drive for me, about 2 hours
  • You know it’s a strange day when you turn left at Wackos to get there
  • Location is a restaurant/bar/grill. Had to look twice,…

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0 comments, 105 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 September 2015

Thoughts on the 2015 PASS Election

We had a decent election this year. Thanks to all four candidates – Argenis Fernandez, Jen Stirrup, Ryan Adams, and Tim Ford – for participating, and congratulations to Jen, Ryan, and Tim for being elected. PASS surely can’t survive without volunteer leaders and it’s great to see that we continue… Read more

3 comments, 171 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 September 2015

SSC Editorial: The Counter Offer – Part 1/Part 2

Counter offers (and the related discussions) are an emotional topic. The comments on two of my editorials for SQLServerCentral (The Counter Offer – Part 1 and The Counter Offer – Part 2) show that.  The takeaway for me is that we are still torn about being loyal employees… Read more

0 comments, 158 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 September 2015

Recommendations, Endorsements, and More on the 2015 PASS Election

We have four good candidates this year, of which two are incumbents. I was asked by Argenis and Tim to provide references for their applications and I was glad to do so – both meet the requirements in my view to be candidates based on their contributions to PASS.

I’m… Read more

4 comments, 192 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 September 2015

Improving Networking at PASS Events–Part 1

This week I’m spending some drive time thinking about how we might improve networking at SQLSaturday and that led to me thinking about the general state of networking within PASS. Some early thoughts on networking in general:

  • It’s not enough to put people in a room and say “network”
  • It’s…

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2 comments, 579 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 September 2015

An Evening of Networking at the 2015 PASS Summit on October 26, 2015 (Monday)

Going to be in Seattle on Monday night (Oct 26th) and want to see old friends and make some new ones? Here’s the registration link for our networking dinner/party. The location should be settled sometime in the next few days. Turns out Monday night is football night in Seattle and… Read more

1 comments, 196 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 2 September 2015

SSC Editorial: The Problem Solver

The Problem Solver. Ever scoffed at personality types? Surely none of us are just one thing, but often we are mostly one thing, or at least one thing that is easily identified as being a big part of who we are. Writing this I was thinking about two things… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 August 2015

Does SQLSaturday Increase Chapter Attendance?

One of the big goals for SQLSaturday was for it to be a membership drive. It’s worked hugely well in some ways; we’ve added tremendously to the number of PASS members, grown the size of the Chapter mailing lists (for those that held a SQLSat), and introduced a lot of… Read more

10 comments, 156 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 August 2015

SSC Editorial: Annual Security Compliance Training

Compliance training, never a fun topic and I think that is too bad. A combination of companies checking the box, lacking imagination, and being stuck with rules that require doing it annually. Do we really need to review the employee manual if it hasn’t changed since last time? Or… Read more

0 comments, 160 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 26 August 2015

SQLSaturday & The Speaker Wait List

When a new SQLSaturday event is launched an email is sent to all the speakers who have opted in to notifications for the region, basically saying “we hope you’ll speak at our event”. It’s lightweight and useful, and generally the only ‘send to all speakers’ message for that event, but… Read more

0 comments, 158 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 August 2015

Notes From The August 13, 2015 Spacecoast SQL Meeting

  • Meeting is held at Sonny’s BBQ, they have a long room (used to be outside seating) that works pretty well for a small group. Plus the food is good!
  • Presented the basics of avoiding, detecting, and repairing corruption
  • 11 attendees. Was worried for a few minutes, almost everyone came in…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 August 2015

Notes From the August 12, 2015 oPASS and MagicPASS Meeting

  • Meeting held at Nova Southeastern here in Orlando
  • Arrived early to meet David Pless, good thing we were early – couldn’t get the display to duplicate, some kind of problem with the projector set up. Finally had to set things up so he could sit facing the screen for the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 August 2015

A Quote from Spock

My mom gave me a book about Leonard Nimoy  recently and we talked later about the impact his life had on others and his role in the rebooted Star Trek. One more reason to love my Mom, she loves Trek! We talked about how having Spock (Spock Prime!) show up… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 August 2015

oPASS & MagicPASS Meeting Tonight

David Pless is presenting:

Query Store is a new feature in SQL Server 2016, and is also available in Azure SQL Database V12. Query Store is designed to help with query performance troubleshooting by making it easier to identify poorly performing statements and finding scenarios where performance regresses. In this… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 August 2015

Farewell Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie was the DJ of Mix 105 here in Orlando for an astounding 24 years and that’s been the main station I listen to for about the same amount of time. Curiously I don’t know who was there before Scott. You know how it works, you scan stations until… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 August 2015

Using Kickstarter to Save Neil Armstrongs Spacesuit

Ran across this while visiting the Air & Space Museum over the summer, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to conserve and digitize the suit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. I donated a dollar and I see they’ve already passed the funding goal of $500k.  It… Read more

0 comments, 320 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 5 August 2015

SSC Editorial: How to Keep Up with SQL Server

How to Keep Up With SQL Server ran as the editorial of the day on July 31st. Modest amount of comments, but in particular I made a note to come back to the topic of early adopters vs being stuck with a late/never adopting employee. Both are interesting scenarios.

Imagine… Read more

0 comments, 180 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 4 August 2015

SSC Editorial: Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work?

Would You Pay to Wear Jeans at Work turned out to be popular piece when posted a couple weeks back. The premise is that some companies allow a relaxed dress code in return for a donation to a specified charity.  I’ve opted in at times and not at others to… Read more

0 comments, 203 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2015

SQLSaturday Orlando 2015–Classes on Thursday and Friday for Even More Learning

We have a solid tradition here in Orlando of offering some all day classes the Thursday and Friday before SQLSaturday. It started way back at #1 when we brought Joe Celko to town! It’s a way to give our local community the chance to do some deeper learning at a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 July 2015

SSC Editorial: Is the Golden Age of Information Technology Almost Over?

Posted last week, Is the Golden Age of Information Technology Almost Over? generated some interesting comments. It’s tough to write about potential changes without saying the sky is following, but it does make a good opinion piece!

I was discussing it with Steve Jones after it was published and he… Read more

0 comments, 166 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2015

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