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John Sansom - SQL Server DBA in the UK

John Sansom (@SQLBrit) is a Technology Lead with the database team at Expedia, Inc. providing consulting services and support for one of the worlds largest SQL Server environments. Awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award (MCC) John can be found regularly blogging about Being a DBA and Professional Development over at www.johnsansom.com.

Seven Reasons You Should Attend SQLBits 7

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SQLBits is Europe’s Largest SQL Server Event

That’s right, just take a moment to let that point hit home. If you are only able to attend one SQL Server event in Europe this year, this is the one you are going to want to choose!

Maybe the PASS Summit 2010 is not a practical option for you, no problem, get yourself registered for SQLBits – The 7 Wonders of SQL and give yourself the opportunity to learn from top SQL Server speakers.

Three days packed full of SQL Server content to wet the appetite of data professionals from all backgrounds. Whether you’re a DBA, Developer, Report Author, Analyst or just starting out on your SQL Server journey, there is something for everyone at SQLBits.

You Can Vote for the Sessions You Want to See

Not content with merely offering you a huge variety of sessions, those clever folks running SQLBits are giving you the chance to vote on the sessions you want to see. Just head on over to the site, register, and login to vote.

It’s a 3 Day SQL Server Packed Extravaganza

SQLBits 7 is a unique conference offering delivered over the course of 3 days, meaning you can dedicate some serious time to your professional development.

  • Thursday – Pre-Conference Sessions – for £350 – Want to really immerse yourself in your chosen topic? Pre-Con sessions provide the opportunity spend a full day focussing on a certain area.
  • Friday – Deep-Dive Conference Sessions – for £225 – Get stuck in to advanced sessions from a number of different speakers.
  • Saturday – Free Public Conference – A day packed full of whole variety of SQL Server sessions.

Whether you are after regular sessions or really want to get deep into a particular subject, you have the choice to do all of them.

Meet SQL Server Professionals Just Like You

A problem shared is still your problem right :-) but we can certainly help you with it. Attending SQLBits is a fantastic opportunity to meet other data professionals just like you. You’ll be amazed at how many people understand what you are going through and have had to overcome the very same issues.

If your the sole DBA in your shop it can be lonely place at times with no one to turn to. Trust me, we’ve all been there and are here to help. The camaraderie you will experience is quite something and I cannot begin to describe for you just how awesome the SQL Server community is. Attending an event such as this is the perfect opportunity to experience it first hand.

You Can Attend at the Weekend

Can’t get time away from the office? No problem, SQLBits offers a unique conference format over a three day period, with the Saturday lineup being a free Public Conference, ensuring the event is as accessible to as many SQL Server professionals as possible.

Trouble getting away for the weekend? Why not take your partner or family away for the weekend weekend with you!

You Can Get FREE SQL Server Training

Did I mention that you can get FREE SQL Server training. I’m sure you don’t need me to explain just how awesome an opportunity this is. Enough said. See you there!

To Be Inspired

Attending will gives you the opportunity to meet with great SQL Server minds, learn new skills, get your SQL Server questions answered, find solutions to problems in your environment and develop new ideas . You will return to work on Monday bursting with new ideas, zeal and vigour.

Heading to SQLBits 7?

Of course you are! Share your thoughts and plans for the event by using the comments section below. It’s going to be the great event and I want to make sure I catch up with as many of you as I can. See you there!

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