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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

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan–Part 27

Notes:

  • Email with the schedule went out this week, nice bump in registrations – we’re at 229 today
  • Mailed the list twice (bad) because the bulk loaded list is a subset of the attendee list (need to get the criteria for each list)
  • More emphasis on Twitter this week, trying…

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0 comments, 95 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 30 July 2014

The Growth Of SQLSaturday

A recent Connector showed the following stats for SQLSaturday for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 and mentioned 86 events completed:

 

Impressive numbers to be sure, but are we adding events?   Kendal Van Dyke sent me this projection he did while on the Board of Directors:

 

That… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2014

Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 26

More notes:

  • In hindsight it’s easy to see we should have worked on the email template first, then the flyers. Email is our #1 way of communicating and it’s important to try to get as much out of it as possible.
  • My original vision was to show the seminars as…

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0 comments, 165 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 28 July 2014

A Question From The NomCom

One of the many things we’re discussing going into the 2014 PASS election is what the planned two official campaign events should be. I asked on Twitter yesterday and got some good comments, still looking for more. Last year was (I think) the first year PASS hosted live events, one… Read more

2 comments, 117 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 25 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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1 comments, 7,058 reads

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, 166 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, 187 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, 127 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

7 comments, 160 reads

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

Free Ebooks From Microsoft

2 comments, 269 reads

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, 111 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

0 comments, 132 reads

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

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