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SQLAndy

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 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 16

As you can see my third attempt on Fiverr didn’t work out great. I asked for something bold/high contrast and this doesn’t quite get there, at least in a fashion I want to use. The name is mangled and the date seems more important than the “what”. The one thing… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 31 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 15

After doing some local exploring of the idea of delivering certificates of completion I don’t think it’s enough of a win for marketing to pursue right now. I think it would be worth doing, especially if a cross-PASS transcript was maintained, but it doesn’t seem like it will be the… Read more

2 comments, 177 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 May 2014

Notes From The May 2014 MagicPASS Meeting

Quick notes:

  • About a dozen people attended, attributed to the combination of having the meeting on a different than usual night mainly, but possibly also to a topic (credit card security) not as compelling as some
  • I delivered two presentations (usually the first one is a video from the Summit)…

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0 comments, 223 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 May 2014

The End of the Mentoring Experiment

Back in April 2011 Steve Jones and I launched The Mentoring Experiment. We had some ideas and some goals, but truly it was an experiment to see what we might do to drive more mentoring and mentoring relationships. We had some success at the experiments we tried, but in the… Read more

2 comments, 164 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 May 2014

We’re Giving Away SQLSaturday Orlando Vans!

We’re in full marketing mode here in Orlando, looking for ways to grow attendance for our next SQLSaturday coming up on September 27, 2014. What better way to spark some interest than an over the top post about giving every attendee a free SQLSaturday van? I found this design on… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 May 2014

Speaking at MagicPASS Tonight

I’m back at MagicPASS tonight, delivering two presentations – one about credit card security using SQL Server and one about learning plans, both are topics I’m enthusiastic about. It’s a great venue, if you’re in the area hope you can make it.

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 14

Quick notes today:

  • Event team likes first flyer (retro) better than the second one (doesn’t have enough why, doesn’t use space well). Both can be tweaked. I’m going to order two more. One to try to get a yet different take on the event, one to trial a seminar flyer…

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0 comments, 110 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 May 2014

PASS 2014 NomCom Candidates Announced

Eleven candidates for the nomcom this year, details at http://www.sqlpass.org/Elections.aspx. The NomCom campaign will open on June 2 and close on June 6, 2014. Balloting will open on June 3 and close on June 6, 2014. Which does make it a little strange – the names are public, but… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 May 2014

How Much Value Would a SQLSaturday Certificate of Completion Have?

Note: Posted May 27, 2014, additions posted May 28, 2014 further down.

I think it’s been discussed a time or two, but the idea of issuing certificates of completion for SQLSaturday came up as an idea on how to increase value/attendance at SQLSaturday Orlando this year. The basic idea is… Read more

4 comments, 176 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 13

Here is the second of the two flyers I ordered from fiverr.com (see the first one here). The center image is from the event site and is of our venue, Seminole State College. It’s clean, but I think the images don’t add a lot of value. Appreciate any feedback… Read more

0 comments, 136 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 27 May 2014

Get User In Reporting Services-Question of the Day

Get User In Reporting Services is my newest question to be published at SQLServerCentral.com as a “Question of the Day”. Interestingly so far 71% of people are getting one of the three correct answers, but 84% are also picking the same wrong answer. Can you figure it out?

 

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Posted in SQLAndy on 27 May 2014

It’s Time to End Password Reuse

Last week Ebay announced that some accounts were compromised, including passwords with as yet unstated encryption. Those who aren’t tech savvy here “encryption” and think “well, then I’m ok”. Maybe yes, may no. The problem is that if they break the encryption they will immediately try to plug that password… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 26 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 12

Meetup.com did refund my $19, good!

Team oPASS added SQLSaturday #318 to their calendar, you can see it here, or here’s a part of it:

 

 

My previous post has the first flyer design, sent that out for feedback, and saw the second one was stalled waiting for… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 11

Just received the first flyer design – thoughts?

 

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 May 2014

Wishing For Error Messages That Are Good Search Terms

Here’s a SQL error you might get:

not able to access the database “SomeDB” under the current security context.

If you don’t know what the error means (and none of us will understand all the errors we see), you copy/paste it into the search engine of your choice and hope… Read more

0 comments, 134 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 23 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 10

My experiment with Meetup.com hasn’t worked out well so far. I set up the event site and sent it around to the group for discussion, but the next day I had an email from Meetup stating that the event didn’t meet their guidelines because it was a one time event.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 May 2014

Writing A Question Of the Day–More Notes

One of the things I’m trying to do now is include a link to a blog(ger) in the explanation. That might be because they wrote something that inspired me to write a question (such as http://www.statisticsparser.com/) or because they wrote something that adds value to the topic, something over… Read more

0 comments, 95 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 May 2014

An Sp_addrolemember Gotcha

Over the past few months there have been a handful of times when I had to fix a security problem by granting connect to the user. It wasn’t a big deal so I put it on the ‘figure out later’ list. Today it happened again and I had some time,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 May 2014

Submitted My Application For the 2014 PASS Nominating Committee

I just finished up the short and not very painful application to be a candidate for the NomCom this year.  Hoping there is a lot of competition for the seats, a good NomCom selection process is a great way to kick off election season.

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0 comments, 107 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 May 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 9

I’ve heard more than once that Meetup.com is a good way to reach new people so we’re looking at how to use it effectively and that’s not clear yet. The challenge is that Meetup feels like the destination rather than a pointer to the final event site. That makes sense… Read more

3 comments, 123 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 21 May 2014

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