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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: November 2016

Reflecting on Ten Years of SQLSaturday

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 10 years since we started the planning for the first event in Orlando. The success of the idea seems obvious now – surely the time was right for something to happen in our space. Back then though it was far from obvious.… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 30 November 2016

Notes from our 3rd Student to IT Pro Seminar

Concurrent with SQLSaturday Orlando we ran our third student seminar. This is our way of giving back to the college that so kindly gives us free space for the event and of encouraging students to see IT as a great career choice.

  • Attendance was down last year, not good. This…

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0 comments, 688 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 29 November 2016

Notes From SQLSaturday Orlando 2016

This year we held our 10th SQLSaturday, a very nice milestone to hit. I’ll reflect in a separate post on the growth and future of the overall franchise – there’s a lot to think about – but I’ll mostly keep this post specific to the event itself.

This turned out… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 28 November 2016

Why we need a PASS Sponsor Portal

Major sponsors in our space get hundreds of emails from us each year, all asking for money. Those are all interesting and potentially valuable invitations, but the sheer volume can be overwhelming. Beyond that, sponsors struggle to find the ROI, from picking the swag that draws people to the table… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 11 November 2016

The PASS Global Alliance Program (GAP)

One of the topics I forgot to mention from the Roundtable was a swell of dissatisfaction with the GAP. Not all understood it, and it’s clearly not “global” from the perspective of the non North American events. I don’t know if GAP is a good idea or not, but it… Read more

2 comments, 372 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 10 November 2016

The ROI of SQLSaturday

Following up on my notes about the 2016 SQLSaturday Roundtable I wanted to write more about the ROI of SQLSaturday. I suppose there are many ways to measure it, but I think it boils down to two views:

  • How many people did we train/hours we deliver to our members? That’s…

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10 comments, 466 reads

Posted in SQLAndy on 9 November 2016

Notes from the 2016 SQLSaturday Roundtable Meeting

Each year PASS holds a meeting for SQLSaturday event leaders and key players on Tuesday morning. It’s a valuable meeting, though I have some criticisms about both format and content this year, more on that in a minute. Watching and listening, I appreciate more than ever that while it’s useful… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 8 November 2016

Thoughts on the 2016 PASS Summit

I’ll have several more posts this week on specific activities at the Summit, but wanted to start with how the trip went personally:

  • I flew out Monday instead of Sunday. Whether it just that or my pacing for the week, I wasn’t wiped out on Friday afternoon
  • I didn’t take…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2016

MVP No More

Back in September I received a call from my MVP lead that I wasn’t being renewed. Not a big surprise, though still a disappointment. The program has changed a lot since I joined in 2008 and today has much more focus on “data platform” than just SQL Server (where I… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2016

Writing More This Month

I haven’t written much in a while, having had to put more time into both personal and professional obligations over the past year. I still don’t have a lot of time/energy for it, but I miss the effort – calming, cathartic, useful. I still want to do more long form… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 7 November 2016