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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

PASS Summit 2013 Report #6

I’m starting the official ‘day one’ at the bloggers table with Tim Mitchell and Colin Stasiuk. We’re at a side table from the rest of the bloggers – possibly a promotion, more likely just the random layout, but I have power, a table, and an aisle seat, so no complaints!… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #5

I took a quick break at 5:30 to drop off my bag at the hotel and head back to attend the Opening Night party. This was maybe the best I’ve seen, mostly because there was room to go outside and still be ‘in’ the party. Weather in Charlotte very very… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 October 2013

PASS Summit Report #4

One of the items that came up for discussion at the Chapter meeting today was the privacy policy for SQLSaturday. I’m going to sum up my understanding here, the fully policy may be more nuanced than that so take with a grain of salt:

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 October 2013

PASS Summit Report #3

Started today with breakfast with the family after packing up all their clothes and stuffed animals for the trip home. Got them on their way about 9:30 and enjoyed a cool morning walk over to the Convention Center for the 10:15 SQLSaturday Roundtable meeting.

The Charlotte Convention Center is nice.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 October 2013

PASS Summit Report #2

Weather a bit cloudy today, a little rain and a little cool – not Seattle, but not Orlando either! Breakfast at the Hampton reminded me that I should break out the waffle maker at home more often – pancakes always seems easier. Left the hotel mid morning with my kids… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Report #1

Yesterday we drove up from Charleston where I had attended SQLSaturday #227. It’s not a bad drive, about three hours. The trees are different than Florida (more real trees and not palmetto) and we definitely noticed the hills, so much that we loaded an app on the phone just to… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 October 2013

Networking Dinner at the 2013 PASS Summit–Tonight!

Tonight for the fourth year Steve Jones and I are hosting an informal networking dinner. We’ll be at Buffalo Wild Wings this year near the Convention Center from 6 to 9 pm (I drove by yesterday, location looks really good). An added bonus this year is that beginning at…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 October 2013

Notes from SQLSaturday #227 in Charleston

My first time in Charleston! Quick notes:

  • Made the drive with the family in 7 hours, not bad, and easily the least stressful long driving trip we’ve done – kids getting older does help!
  • Nice low key dinner Friday night at the Noisy Oyster
  • Wingate hotel right next to Charleston…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 13 October 2013

Renewed As MVP for 2013

Last Tuesday I received the email confirming that I will be an MVP for another year. Nice news to get. As I wrote last year there is no precise formula for becoming an MVP – it involves some mix of knowledge and influence. If you aspire to be an MVP… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 October 2013

Wrapping Up The 2013 PASS Election-Part 3

Today I’ll continue with my notes and thoughts on the 2013 election process and a good place to start is by returning to the role of the NomCom. As I discussed in Part 2 and as you might expect the committee exists to nominate candidates to the Board to be… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 6 October 2013

Wrapping Up The PASS 2013 Election–Part 2

I watched the election this year with interest and the advantage of having seen PASS elections from a number of different viewpoints:

  • Candidate for election and re-election
  • Board member
  • Author of endorsements for candidates
  • Author of letters of recommendations for candidates
  • Member of the Election Review Committee that designed most…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 5 October 2013

Farewell Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy died yesterday. I’ve been reading his books for a long time and I think I’ve read them all more than once. It was good entertainment for sure, it was fun to watch characters evolve and to watch his writing evolve, and it was interesting to see him translate… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 3 October 2013

Wrapping Up the 2013 PASS Election–Part 1

Yesterday the results were announced, with Jen Stirrup, Tim Ford, and Amy Lewis winning seats for the two year term that starts in January. Congratulations!

I’d also like to say how much I appreciate the effort put into the election by Allen Kinsel, Neil Hambly, Richard Douglas, and Ami… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 3 October 2013

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