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

Archives: May 2010

Book Review: The Yankee Years

The Yankee Years by Joe Torre ($12 @ Amazon) was a gift, and I enjoyed it more than expected. When it first came out there was a lot of hoopla about it being an expose, and while I guess there is some of that, to me it wasn’t the point… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 May 2010

Follow Up On My Keynote Survey

Here are the results of the survey, 75% in favor of a non-technical keynote, with a less than stellar sampling of 32 votes!

Thought twtpoll worked pretty well, haven’t compared to others, but very easy to use and I like the automatically tweet at the end reminding you that the…

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2 comments, 606 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 May 2010

Does The Job Matter To You?

Last week I wrote an editorial for SQLServerCentral titled Does The Job Matter To You?, asking how much the type of work mattered – what if you could do something you really wanted to and make the same money?

As usual the comments (90 or so as I write… Read more

1 comments, 542 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 May 2010

PASS Update #33 (SQLSaturday Transfer)

I’ve just finished handing over the source code for all the SQLSaturday related items after finishing up a couple minor bugs in the admin tools. Along with the just completed transfer of the domain, that finishes up all the tasks we had identified to get the hand off done.

The… Read more

0 comments, 482 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 24 May 2010

Book Review: Currencies That Buy Credibility

I ordered a copy of Currencies That Buy Credibility ($14 @ Amazon) after a comment from author Tom Wanek on Twitter about a post I had written on The Checklist Manifesto. Saw that Tom had a web site and book on marketing, did the impulse buy.

My really short… Read more

0 comments, 530 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 May 2010

PASS Update #32 (Spring Event & May 2010 Minutes)

If you download the May 2010 minutes of the Board meeting (login required) you’ll see that we devoted an entire meeting to trying to figure out the format of the ‘spring event’. For those of you just joining in the background on that is that we were already lightly discussing… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 May 2010

Preparing for SQLSaturday #49

We’re still in the early stages so the pace is comfortably slow. We’ve got about 30 sessions in already (plenty of room for more), a few people interested in submitting an abstract for our $99 pre-con, and Jack Corbett toiling away on sponsors and marketing.

That gives me time to… Read more

0 comments, 510 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 20 May 2010

Unofficial Poll on 2010 PASS Summit Keynote Speaker

I’ve blogged on this before, here and here, and ended up chatting about it on Twitter (see, I do use it sometimes) and Adam Machanic asked about a poll to gauge the interest, so I’ve launched one at http://twtpoll.com/3×3fq4. Hope you’ll vote!

Don’t know if we can afford… Read more

2 comments, 661 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 May 2010

oPASS June 2010 Meeting Date Change

Normally we meet on the second Tuesday of the month, but in June we’re going to have to push the meeting to June 15th due to our own perfect storm of events. Jack Corbett was already schedule to be out of town that week, and then I totally goofed and… Read more

1 comments, 558 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 May 2010

Vote for The Keynote by Dr. DeWitt

You can choose from how query optimization works and why it’s so hard, or how relational engines and MapReduce can work together. Expect that neither will be about writing select queries!


He’s a great speaker, and I’m pleased he is returning this year. That said, I’m still campaigning for… Read more

1 comments, 645 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 May 2010

Reporting on TechEd

Last week I blogged about attending TechEd 2010 on a press pass, and since then I’ve been trying to come up with a strategy for the event. Here’s what I have so far to write about:

  • Details of local travel. Airport, train/bus/taxi system, costs. Good to have for ‘next’…

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4 comments, 548 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 19 May 2010

Rules to Live By: Be Worthy of Trust

I struggled with the title for this one. One of the thoughts I had was that I believe in being a man of my word. If I can say I’m going to do something, I most likely will, and if I shake hands on it, for me that’s as binding… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 May 2010

LiveMeeting is Still Harder Than Live Meetings!

On Thursday I presented ‘Building a Comprehensive Professional Development Plan’ to the PASS Professional Development Chapter (#PASSProfDev on Twitter) via LiveMeeting. It was my first time giving it to a real audience, rehearsed several times trying to get the pace and content reasonably set – first time presentations always hard,… Read more

3 comments, 710 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 May 2010

Thoughts on Leadership

A friend is moving into a leadership role for the first time and we talked some about making that transition. Here’s a guy with tons of skills and life experience, taking on a new challenge and totally out of his comfort zone, what advice to offer? Here’s my try at… Read more

3 comments, 943 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 14 May 2010

Upgrading to SQL 2008 R2

Had this on my list todo list, upgrade my laptop that just had plain old SQL 2008 on it. The first part of the install went smooth until it got to the rule checks and then an error related to :

Luckily I wasn’t the first person to get the… Read more

1 comments, 600 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 13 May 2010

Attending TechEd 2010

It’s been a couple years since I’ve attended and always found Teched to be a great event, more content than you can possibly consume and first class treatment (or as close as you can get with 10k or so attendees). Didn’t plan to go this year as I’ve been trying… Read more

2 comments, 1,195 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 12 May 2010

Minutes of the April 2010 PASS Board Meeting Published

This was a phone meeting on April 8th, 2010, that covered:

  • Possibility of an online track at the 2010 PASS Summit
  • Discussion of changes to by-laws (term limits and others)
  • Possible formats of Spring 2011 event (East coast)

You can read the full minutes here (login required):


We have… Read more

1 comments, 682 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2010

Minutes of the February 2010 Board Meeting Posted

Strangely we’ve had the March minutes up for many weeks, but just now getting the February minutes posted. This was the meeting where we discussed the 2011 Summit location. There was a second meeting in February that covered SQLSaturday and adding additional staff.

I urge you to read… Read more

1 comments, 594 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2010

Notes from the May 6th, 2010 oPASS Meeting

We moved to Thursday this month to line things up so that Dean Richards from Confio could do a presentation to our group and then head to Jacksonville for SQLSaturday #38. Attendance was good, about 30, for the presentation on wait state analysis. Jack started the meeting off with the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 May 2010

SQLSaturday Summit at the PASS Summit

Now that we’ve moved SQLSaturday to PASS and we’re seeing some really nice growth in the number of events, I think it makes sense to gather all the thinkers, doers, and dreamers that got us this far and figure out where to go next. With that in mind, I’ve asked… Read more

3 comments, 488 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 May 2010

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