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Nebraska SQL from @DBA_ANDY

I'm a forty-something Microsoft SQL Server DBA of 12+ years, a devoted husband, and a father of two young boys (with another coming soon!). I have been a DBA at a university, at a major bank, at a healthcare system, and I now work as a consultant with customers across the United States.

Going to PASS 2012!

As I have previously written about in this space, I have recently moved to House of Brick Technologies.  Part of the draw for me to make this move was their emphasis on professional development and training; the owners of House of Brick acknowledge that part of being a good Technical Consultant (my new job title) is keeping current on the technologies we work with *and* learning about new technologies that are on the way.  We are a mainly a database on VM's consulting company, and they hired me as a SQL Server DBA with the intent to teach me VMWare.  Lo and behold, the week after Thanksgiving I am headed to a VSphere 5.0 Boot Camp training class in San Francisco.

I have attended PASS Summits in the past (although not for several years for financial reasons) and I always have discarded the emails that come in October/November that say "Save Big on Next Year if You Register Now!" because I knew the companies I worked for would not consider spending money this year for training that was 11-12 months away in the next fiscal year.

...but a few days ago I stopped and considered...I wonder...

A quick question to my boss and -BOOM- we signed two of our team (including me!) up at the $1395 discount rate for the summit plus two pre-cons (that ends today!)

I often fall back on my first boss at the University of Nebraska (at least he was my first real IT boss) and his strategies for business and dealing with employees at all levels of the chain; one of his favorite things to say was "If you don't ask, you won't get anything."

...and he was right.  All of you reading - if you haven't already asked - do so - the worst they can do is say no....but maybe they'll say yes!  {-:

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