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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 2017

Monday Night Networking Dinner 2017

It’s on! Free registration at EventBrite.

I wrote last month about not being able to make it to Seattle on Monday to help organize the annual Networking Dinner. Good news though, Lisa Bohm has volunteered to organize the event this year. It will be held at Yard House,… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 29 October 2017

SQLSaturday Orlando 2017 Notes – Part 3

This year we held our fourth Student to IT Pro Seminar for the students at Seminole State College. It runs from 9 am to 1130, concurrent with SQLSaturday but in a different building. Here is the schedule from this year:

Time Description
 8:30 to 9:00  Check-in & Informal Networking

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2017

SQLSaturday Orlando 2017 Notes – Part 2

SQLSaturday is really three sites. The public facing one (www) plus one for event admins and one for HQ to do overall admin. Most of the notes in this post apply to the site for event admins. These are all from my perspective which is biased in a few ways;… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 22 October 2017

SQLSaturday Orlando 2017 Notes – Part 1

Part 1 will be about things we did (or didn’t) do and some lessons learned. In Part 2 I will share some thoughts on the SQLSaturday tools/web site. Part 3 isn’t really about SQLSaturday, rather our student seminar that we run concurrently. I’ll get to Part 2 and 3 as… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 19 October 2017

Non Profit Umbrella Org – Good Idea?

Note: Published too soon, so lots of edits from the first version. Sorry for any confusion.

I had a question from my earlier post about SQLOrlando with regards to setting up an umbrella organization, basically asking “instead of each Chapter doing all this work, why not have one org?”. Great… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 October 2017

More Notes on Non Profit Status

Following up on my post about forming a non profit here in Orlando, here are some notes that might help you get through the process a little faster:

  1. In the corporate filing for the state, use the IRS recommended language: Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and…

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Posted in SQLAndy on 14 October 2017

SpeedPASS Download Naming Convention

This was the first time in a long time that I managed the check-in process of SQLSaturday Orlando and was surprised/dismayed to see that when I unzipped the download the filenames were all named with a less than helpful format; b9d73479-5a04-42a3-9f11-a56af7b56beb.pdf. The goal was to be able to quickly find… Read more

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Posted in SQLAndy on 9 October 2017