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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: October 2013

I’m Attending SQLSaturday #248 in Tampa on Nov 9, 2013

I’ll be heading back to Tampa on November 9, 2013 for the BI Edition of SQLSaturday. I’ll be presenting PCI for the SQL DBA and trying to tailor it a little to the BI crowd – mostly around using a lot of caution about expanding the PCI scope when… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 October 2013

Interview With Rick Bolesta of the PASS Board of Directors

Rick Bolesta and Neil Buchwalter of CA technologies are leaving the Board at the end of 2013. CA and Microsoft were the two ‘founding’ organizations when PASS was chartered and each has had two seats on the PASS Board since then. I caught up with Rick during the 2013 PASS…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 October 2013

Startup Weekend Orlando

Startup Weekend comes to Orlando on Nov 22-24, 2013. I haven’t been (and not sure I will make this one) but it looks interesting – starts with pitching ideas and then goes through building out a plan in the course of a weekend.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2013

Notes from the Oct 23, 2013 oPASS Meeting

I drove up to Sanford after work on Thursday for the oPASS meeting to see Mark Kromer present Big Data and SQL Server in the Real World. It was interesting, even intriguing. Definitely worth looking at the deck. He had a couple of interesting tips too. One was that… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 October 2013

PASS Summit 2014-Networking Dinner & After Hours

Yes, it is early, but I’ve set up the invitation for the fifth annual Monday Night Networking Dinner at the 2014 PASS Summit. Thinking it is one task done, or at least started. I still have to decide on the restaurant.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013-The Entire List of Posts

This year I went with numbers instead of “Monday” or “Day 1”. I think I like it better. Easier to post multiple times if I want to, no glaring gap if I miss a day (I didn’t!). Should have tagged them as “Summit 2013” instead of just PASS, a reminder… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013-Almost Final Thoughts

I’m home in Orlando, reveling in not being jet lagged for once. A great traveler I am not. I was on the Board back when the decision was made to go to Charlotte. It was a decision that came with a certain amount of fear – what if things go… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 21 October 2013

PASS Summit Report #16 (Mentoring)

A couple years back Steve Jones and I started The Mentoring Experiment. Our first experiments to see how effective non-local mentoring would be. Could we make it work, would people try it? They did try, and it worked, sort of. Mentoring is hard, distance makes it harder. Local is better… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013-Blogger Interview With PASS Officers

On Thursday the PASS bloggers were given the chance to meet with the PASS officers and I participated along with Tim Mitchell and Mark Vaillancourt. I went in not sure what to expect but I had prepared questions just in case. I’ll write about the results first, then I have… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #15

Slower day today, fewer notes!

  • Most of my morning spent on mentoring and some networking
  • Lunch today was Birds of a Feather, as always I really really like that, it drives a lot of great conversations
  • I sat at the Election/Governance table. Only one person joined while I was there,…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013–Board Q&A

PASS Board Q&A just starting. Session is being recorded – transcript will be published, no decision on whether recording will be published. About 35 people in the audience (I think most ever?). Adam Jorgensen moderating.

[This is a very rough transcript, I know I didn’t catch everything and it’s not… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013-Board Q&A Today at

The PASS Board of Directors will be available for questions from the members from 12:30 to 1:45 in Ballroom C. It’s a good chance to ask a question or just hear what the various Board members think about the direction of PASS. I’ll be there with a couple questions, I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #14

More quick notes, it was a busy day:

  • I saw down with PASS Board Rick Bolesta after the keynote to discuss his fifteen years of service. I’ll be publishing that interview sometime next week.
  • Lunch today was ok, not as good as yesterday.
  • I had a chance to interview the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #13

Incoming President Thomas LaRock up. 3000 viewers of PASS TV yesterday. Adam Jorgensen the the new VP of Finance and Denise McInerny is the new VP of Marketing.

Talking about expanding into the BA Conference. Changed the mission statement to say data professionals. Next BA Conference is in San Jose… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #12

Waiting on the second day keynote to begin.

Douglas McDowell going over funding sources for PASS – primarily the Summit, but $100k from the BA Conference. Not clear if the slide/pie chart is correct, the BA funding seems larger than I’d have expected. Discussing the transformation of the budget process,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #11

Today flew by. I posted earlier about my visit with Dr. DeWitt and it’s late, so bullets for the rest of the news for today.

  • Bagels at Einsteins are good. Not that I didn’t expect them to be, just confirming!
  • I watched part of Windows Azure Deep Dive by Mark…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 17 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #10 (Dr DeWitt)

I was lucky/thrilled to get to spend a few minutes chatting with Dr. DeWitt this afternoon (and thanks to PASS for the opportunity!). I’m struggling to decide what and how to write, feeling a bit awestruck.

I walked away thinking that in person he’s just a quieter version of the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #9

PowerBi contest – www.facebook.com/microsoftbi. Aligns with the BA conference next year.

I’m amused thinking about PowerBi being Powered By Microsoft.

I still need coffee. This confirms for me that I need an assistant at the Summit. Carry my bag, remind me to drink water every 30 minutes, take notes… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #8

Still at the opening day keynote, waiting for next demo to start.

I think the PASS water bottles are the most useful thing we’ve got as attendees in a while – using mine now.

Glenn Berry commented on Twitter that they don’t have clients on stage this year, just referenced.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #7

Waiting on Microsoft keynote to begin. Hoping for excitement!

SQL 2012 has had fastest adoption rate. No arguing it’s good, wonder why adopted faster than earlier upgrades? Things to ask.

Only talking about things today that are available or ‘soon will be’. I get the point, but ‘soon’ is a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2013

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