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Meet The SQLRally Precon Presenters

By Kendal Van Dyke, 2011/04/18

SQLRally_BadgeThere's just a few more weeks to go until the inaugural PASS SQLRally (May 11-13) in Orlando and there are still seats available for the Pre-conference seminars. Attendance is capped at 100 people per room and we're just a few seats shy of selling out both the BI and DBA tracks.

All of our precon presenters are well known within the SQL industry, most have written at least one book, and almost all are SQL Server MVPs. $199 for a full-day deep dive session on any of the four tracks we're running is a bargain (and it includes coffee, tea, and a boxed lunch - bonus!). Also, keep in mind that you don't have to register for the entire 3 day conference if all you're interested in is a one day precon.

If you're still on the fence, take a minute to read the bios of each of our speakers below. If you haven't already asked the boss for the money to go, check out our ROI justification page for tips. At worst, the answer is no, at which point I'd still consider taking a day off work and paying out of my own pocket to go given that similar training classes around the country cost a lot more.

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Business Intelligence Workshop

Patrick LeBlanc, Devin Knight, Mike Davis, & Adam Jorgensen

Patrick LeBlanc
Patrick LeBlanc, SQL Server MVP and author, is currently a Business Intelligence Architect for Pragmatic Works. He has worked as a SQL Server DBA for the past 9 years. His experience includes working in the Educational, Advertising, Mortgage, Medical and Financial Industries. He is also the founder of TSQLScripts.com, SQLLunch.com and the President of the Baton Rouge Area SQL Server User Group. Patrick is a regular speaker at various SQL Server community events, including SQL Saturday’s, User Groups and the SQL Lunch. Patrick is also a regular speaker for at various Microsoft events in the US.

Devin Knight
Devin is a Senior BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting.  Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the books Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and Knight's Microsoft Business Intelligence 24-Hour Trainer.  Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group.  Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is the Vice President of the local users’ group (JSSUG).

Adam Jorgensen
Adam Jorgensen, MBA, MCITP: BI, MCDBA is the President of Pragmatic Works Consulting, and has been delivering SQL Server and Business Intelligence Solutions for over a decade.  His passion is finding new and innovative avenues for clients and the community to embrace business intelligence and lower barriers to implementation. Adam is a regional mentor and member of the regional mentor committee for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) and a Virtual Technology Specialist for Microsoft. He is also an active member of the South Florida SQL Server User Group (SFSSUG) and is a co-founder of BIDN.com (Business Intelligence Developer Network). Adam co-hosts SQLLunch.com and is also a co-chair of the SQLPASS Virtual Chapter for Business Intelligence and serves on other groups and boards. He regularly speaks in person and virtually at industry group events, major conferences, Code Camps, and SQL Saturday. He has co-authored white papers and books on business intelligence and business topics.

Mike Davis
Mike Davis is a Senior BI consultant and Trainer at Pragmatic Works. He was an author on the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Mike is an experienced speaker and has presented at many events such as several SQL Server User Groups across the US, Code Camps, SQL Server Launches, and SQL Saturday events. Mike is an active member at his local user group (JSSUG) in Jacksonville, FL.

 

Query Performance Tuning, Start to Finish

Grant Fritchey

Grant Fritchey, Microsoft SQL Server MVP 2009-2011, works for an industry-leading engineering and insurance company as a principal DBA. Grant has performed development of large-scale applications in languages such as Visual Basic, C#, and Java, and has worked with SQL Server since version 6.0. Grant spends a lot of time involved in the SQL Server community, including speaking, blogging, and he is an active participant in the SQLServerCentral.Com forums. He is the author of several books including SQL Server Execution Plans (Simple Talk Publishing, 2008) and SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled (Apress, 2008).

 

Maximize Your SQL Server 2008 Coding Skills

Plamen Ratchev

Plamen is a SQL Server MVP and founder of Tangra, specializing in relational database applications analysis, implementation and tuning. His particular interest is in design patterns, performance and SQL code optimization. He consults and teaches on best practices and writing SQL code with style.

 

Leadership and Team Management Skills for the Database Professional

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline is Technical Strategy Manager for SQL Server Solutions at Quest Software. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, Kevin is a founding board member and past president of the international Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). He has written or co-written several books including SQL in a Nutshell (O'Reilly & Associates), SQL Server MVP Deep Dives (Manning), Pro SQL Server 2008 Database Design and Optimization (APress) and Database Benchmarking: Practical Methods for Oracle & SQL Server (Rampant). Kevin is a columnist for SQL Server Magazine and Database Trends & Applications Magazine. Kevin is a popular blogger and top-rated speaker at conferences worldwide such as Microsoft TechEd, the PASS Community Summit, Microsoft IT Forum, DevTeach, and SQL Connections, and has been active in IT for over 20 years.

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