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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: July 2014

How To Get The Boss To Pay For Training

How do you get the boss to pay for training? In my experience you have to:

  • Ask. The boss isn’t sitting around thinking of ways to make your life better
  • Align. Ask for training that is relevant, or show how it is relevant if not obvious
  • Persist. Even if you…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 24 July 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 25

Just the chart today. We’re considerably ahead of previous year registrations for the same number of weeks out. I’m looking at that number every day now!

 

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Posted in SQLAndy on 23 July 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 24

We’re at 180 registered so far and we haven’t published the schedule yet! So far so good. We’re on track to have the schedule live at 60 days out, maybe a little bit sooner. For those not attending you don’t get to see our marketing messages, so I’m including screenshots… Read more

2 comments, 100 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 22 July 2014

SQLSaturday Orlando–A Message From Last Year Revisited

I was doing some work on the marketing for SQLSaturday Orlando and looked back at the messages we sent last year, and in one those messages I found this under the heading of “Invite a Friend”:

“New to SQL Server? Not new, but never been to one of these events…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 18 July 2014

SSC Editorial: What Is the Hardest Feature to Learn About SQL Server?

I wrote What Is the Hardest Feature to Learn About SQL Server? not really knowing what answer to expect. So far no one topic has risen to the top of the list in the discussion. What about you, have you found some part of SQL really hard to learn?

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2 comments, 162 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 18 July 2014

SSC Editorial: Access Disdain

Contrary to the title (by design), Access Disdain is about not automatically hating Access (or it’s users). Clearly Access has limitations, but so do most apps that we give to “average” users and the more industrious ones build stuff because that’s the tool they have (when all you have is… Read more

2 comments, 109 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 17 July 2014

SQL Speakers–Will You Accept The Chapter Challenge?

Most SQLSaturday’s do ok when it comes to finding speakers, the results of an incredible speaker mailing list and a lot of reasons for speakers to participate – I’d say a combination of a chance to learn in addition to presenting, the chance to spend time with other speakers,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2014

Presentation to the Baltimore SQL Group on July 15, 2014

I did an online presentation about PCI and Credit Card Security for BSSUG last night and it went pretty well, with one minor pain point – at very points in the presentation I was hearing myself on about a 1 second (or it seemed) delay. I was using my phone… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 23

Here’s the latest update on our registrations. We’re still ahead of all our previous events, that’s good, and we’re 2 weeks (or less) from announcing our schedule and I expect that to mark the beginning of the standard spike upward. Looking at this I realize that I don’t know what… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 16 July 2014

Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 22

  • Had our second planning meeting, still trying to complete the email template and realized we had not clearly defined two tasks for this week; finish the template and send out the first promo for the seminars. Easy to get it jumbled on a call, should have caught it in the…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 15 July 2014

SSC Editorial: Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug

If you work with colleagues that aren’t as interested in growing and learning as you are, I hope you’ll read Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug. It’s both a how-to and a caution against pushing too hard. It’s an interesting topic, I’ll be curious to see the tone… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2014

Some Ideas for Meeting Sponsors

Most PASS Chapter meetings are supported by sponsors who either provide money which is often used for food and drink, or sometimes bringing the food, or picking up the check at a nearby restaurant for the “after” event. In return sponsors get a mention in the meeting opening and if… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 July 2014

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 July 2014

Notes from the July 2014 ONETUG Meeting

  • Rained as I left (early) for the meeting, confirming again why I always leave early – stuff happens (in Orlando, rain = commute time * 1.5 or more)
  • New location for ONETUG in the Orlando Public Library downtown, public parking garage directly across the street ($2/hour)
  • Meeting was on the…

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2 comments, 94 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 11 July 2014

SSIS Column Export-Question of the Day

An SSIS question! How’s that for a change of pace? SSIS Column Export is, as you might well surmise, about the export column transform. I used it recently to export a kazillion or so images and thought it would be a nice, middle of the road question. Give it a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 July 2014

A Few More Thoughts on Summit Session Selection & Growing Speakers

Last week ended up better than expected when PASS decided to release feedback to speakers (selected or not) who requested it. I imagine many did and the feedback on the feedback was surprisingly good – and that is good. That’s a good step and I hope it will be become… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 July 2014

Editorial: Cloud Skills

Cloud Skills is the editorial today, thinking about the changes we see in the boxed product versus the cloud and asking – which way do we go if we want to stay relevant, not just now, but in five years. Is our path safe and sure? Or is there a… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 July 2014

Project Moriarty

This past weekend I started writing notes for what I’m calling Project Moriarty, what I hope will be five questions in a row that have to be solved individually, but then based on information in the questions and correct answers will lead those that complete the challenge to solve the… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 July 2014

Feedback on My Abstracts

Here’s the raw feedback from my submissions for the Summit. To those who wrote the feedback for me (and all the rest), I say nicely done. As much as I’d wish for still more feedback, this is useful. The only complaint I have is about “contractions” being a rule that… Read more

1 comments, 153 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 3 July 2014

The Selection Process

According to this post from Amy Lewis (PASS Board of Directors) there were 943 abstracts submitted for the 2014 PASS Summit by 335 speakers competing for 144 slots on the schedule. An abundance of riches to be sure, but it also marks a time of expectation, exultation, disappointment, and even… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 2 July 2014

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