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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.

Kalen Delaney Joins The SQLSaturday Advisory Council

Last but certainly not least we’ve just announced Kalen Delaney as a member of the Advisory Council. Now that we have our four members selected we’ll start sharing with them our ideas and goals for the next year to see what looks good and what doesn’t!

Comments

Posted by Steve Jones on 25 August 2009

A great addition and this is a little exciting now. I'm anxious to see what they think of our direction.

Posted by edwisdahl on 25 August 2009

I'm just curious, have the new board members been involved with any of the past SQL Saturday events?  I certainly would not question adding the current members to anything SQL related, I think we can all agree that they are some of the most respected names in the field; but what was your selection criteria for the board?  I would have thought you would have wanted people who had previously been working with the organization.   Perhaps I am incorrect, and Buck, Andy, Kevin and Kalen have all reached out and interacted by helping with the planning, selection, organization or some other aspect of the events and have just been doing so quietly.  

In any case, hope everything works for the best.  I know I'm sure looking forward to more SQL Saturday events in the future.

Posted by Andy Warren on 25 August 2009

Eric, we wanted a mix. Buck has been to SQLSaturday as has Kevin, and Kevin in paticular has provided some great feedback. Andy and Kalen have not - yet! - but Andy has great experience with the Richard Code Camp. All have been involved with PASS and can help us chart a path that compliments PASS without perhaps falling into some of the same pitfalls.

Please don't think that we won't be involving others as well. Event leaders play a huge part in the success of SQLSaturday and we don't do enough to recognize & celebrate that yet, and they are the best evangelists we can hope for, so we need input from them too - much of it tactical.

The same is true for speakers, we need to focus on growing speakers and doing more to help our existing set of speakers be more successful.

As I said in the beginning picking people was hard, lots of good people in the business. We'll see how this works and if it doesn't, we can quickly change course!

Posted by BuckWoody on 25 August 2009

Eric - yup - I've spoken at three SQL Saturdays so far, and have two more on the schedule. They're a great event - and I love the format.

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