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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: July 2012

Last Call For Speakers for SQLSaturday Orlando

Our call for speakers for SQLSaturday #151 in Orlando closes on July 31, 2012. We’ve got room for a handful more of speakers. I just saw Eddie Wuerch send in some abstracts, who else will come to Orlando?

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 July 2012

PASS Is Hiring Another Evangelist–Could It Be You?

Just about a year ago PASS hired Karla Landrum to fill the vacancy of the Community Evangelist and that marked in my view a sea change for the organization – it was the first time we had someone in that role that was passionate about community and was part of… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 July 2012

Why You Should Speak at SQLSaturday (Or Any Other Free Event)

I talk to people about career planning and professional development quite a bit. It’s common to find them wanting to grow, but unsure of how, and more unsure of what is worthwhile. One of the things I recommend most often is to give a presentation at one of the community… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 July 2012

Tampa IT Pro Camp Coming on September 22,2012

The Tampa IT Pro Camp will be held September 22 at New Horizons in Tampa (different location than last time). It’s the weekend before SQLSaturday Orlando, so I’m just going down for the day (and breaking my no back to back weekend rule for the first time this year). I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 July 2012

Fortune Cookie Marketing

I took a break from work today to look in on an informal event a friend was hosting at his office. It was designed to get his team closer to his customers within the business, do some on site immediate assistance, and in general try to make sure they knew… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 25 July 2012

Should We Customize the SQLSaturday Hashtag on Twitter?

The question was posed on Twitter recently (or perhaps more along the lines of “why can’t we”), suggesting that our current/default hashtags of something like #sqlsat151 might be more useful and more marketing friendly as #sqlsatorl or #sqlsatorlando. I thought I’d share some thoughts in longer form than Twitter allows,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 July 2012

Presentations That Exceed The Allotted Time

Back in February I did a presentation for MagicPASS that ran long, maybe 30 minutes over the time allotted. It annoyed me to be so far off, but overall the group seemed ok with continuing and so we did. I thought about it some then, but it wasn’t until I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 20 July 2012

Stacia Misner and Kevin Kline Doing All Day Sessions for SQLSaturday #151

If there is anything better than a SQLSaturday it’s a SQLSaturday with a choice of great pre-con speakers. This year we’re pleased to have Stacia Misner and Kevin Kline presenting all day sessions on Friday September 28th. Spend the day with either of them for $99. Ask the boss, even… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 July 2012

Notes from the July 2012 MagicPASS Meeting

Quick notes from the MagicPASS meeting:

  • Kendal Van Dyke still the king when it comes to explaining what’s going on with community, SQL, and even Windows 8 (if only he still blogged!)
  • Dinner was macaroni and cheese with ham, salad, and chocolate cookies. No same old pizza here!
  • Jose Chincilla

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 July 2012

The Mentoring Experiment–New Call for Mentees

With both Steve Jones and I done with our summer break, we’re ready to continue with several experiments we’ve been thinking on for a while, and to do that, we need mentees! See this post for details.

Want to be a mentor? Fill out the short application and we’ll have… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 July 2012

Should Apps Use a Dedicated Port?

Most applications connect on whatever the default port is, typically 1433 for SQL, though it’s common to change that to something non-standard as part of security efforts – making it just a different port that all SQL traffic uses.

From a pure SQL perspective that’s fine. We can usually identify… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 July 2012

Attending SQLSaturday #164 in Cleveland

I’ll be back on the road again in August, heading up to Cleveland for SQLSaturday #164. It’s my first time in Cleveland and I’m looking forward to seeing a new city and meeting some new people.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 July 2012

I’ll Be Presenting at the PASS Summit 2012

I’m a little late posting this, but I had two sessions accepted out of four I submitted. I’ll be doing Building Your Professional Development Plan which is a tweak of the session I’ve done the last few years (and which gets very good comments!) and a brand new one, Learn… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2012

Speaker Selection for SQLSaturday Orlando-The Monday List

Nine more speakers we’re pleased to say will be joining us for a fabulous SQLSaturday in Orlando!

Timothy McAliley

Juan Soto

Erika Bakse

Jose Rivera

Tom Brenneman

Kevin Kline

Craig Purnell

David Eichner

Luis Figueroa









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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2012

SQLSaturday Site Wish List

Overall I find the site to be useful and responsive, but sometimes I see small things that I wish were different, or wish were there, so I’m sharing the ones I’ve noticed lately – maybe they’ll make it on to the backlog!

  • Schedule Page. Before the ‘real’ schedule is built…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 July 2012

Speaker Selection for SQLSaturday Orlando–More!

More speakers from Florida! Scott Klein lives in Seattle now, but we still consider him an honorary Floridian according to Rule 7, section B of the Orlando speaker selection guidelines. You’ll note we also have two speakers who have elected to conceal their faces on LinkedIn, we don’t know yet… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 July 2012

Link List for July 12, 2012

Here are a few things I’ve found/had sent to me recently you may find interesting:

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Posted in SQLAndy on 12 July 2012

Group Think (or Groupthink)

I’ve thought about writing on this topic a couple times and was reminded of it again when I read a great post called Group Think and Risky Shift. It’s worth reading, twice.

Let’s start with a definition, borrowed from Wikipedia:

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within groups…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 July 2012

Speaker Selection for SQLSaturday Orlando-Group #5

Three more added to the stellar slate of speakers for SQLSaturday Orlando, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Ira Whiteside

Devin Knight

Jonathon Moorman

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 July 2012

Speaker Selection for SQLSaturday Orlando-Group #4

We’ve selected 10 speakers so far, today we bring it to a fabulous bakers dozen with three more – all based in Florida.

Anthony Sammartino

Jason Hofferle

Richie Rump

We’ve also added Kevin Kline and Craig Purnell to the list of speakers that have submitted abstracts – the selection committee…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 July 2012

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