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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.

Wrapping Up 2012

Looking back at 2012 I feel like I’ve written less than I planned to, and in some ways done less than I had planned, yet it was a year of tremendous growth for me and not a lost year by any measure. Less travel has been good, if hard to pass up so many great events. Some quick personal highlights for me:

  • In March I delivered – barely, but delivered – a huge project that I had been working on for 9 months where the rules changed every single day. It was a tremendous learning experience and I think helped me integrate some lessons from my time on the PASS Board and working with Don Gabor on my networking skills.
  • In May I went to the 2nd annual and perhaps last US SQLRally. It was good to see a team take the template that Jack Corbett and Kendal Van Dyke and I tried to build in year one and run with it.
  • In July I spent a week on vacation in DC, doing what I saw a lot of fathers doing, teaching kids about being American while having fun.
  • September was the sixth annual SQLSaturday here in Orlando, 7 tracks of goodness, and time to reflect that all I had to do on this one was build the schedule, the rest of the team handled the rest of the work. Six!
  • November was the PASS Summit, a great event with just not enough time to talk to all the people I wanted to talk to, and the networking dinner that Steve Jones and I coordinate with more than 200 people talking shop and life.

And of course work on The Mentoring Experiment. It’s been slow by design and by choice,because the lessons I need to learn are,for now at least, complex. Still not sure of the final destination, but it has been and is worthwhile.

I also look back at the decision to leave the PASS Board at the end of 2011 and see that it was a good decision. Hard to know when you make a decision, good to look back and see that it was. That’s not a knock on PASS then or now, it was just time for a change.

Later this week – next year! – I’ll make a list of some great topics I plan to write about and my guestimated travel plan, and a few of the goals I’d like to accomplish for Q1.

I wish all of you a great New Years Eve and look forward to spending time with you in 2013.


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