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Speaking Engagements

It only seems like a couple of weeks ago since I wrote a post about new years resolutions which you can read here, scary thing is it’s almost time to think up some new ones. Whilst some of my goals for the year have slipped I’m glad to say that I have exceeded on a number of my community goals.

One of my goals was to go to at least one user group a quarter on top of going to SQLBits. I’m glad to say that I’m on target with this having attended groups at Southampton, Surrey and Maidenhead with another planned event in Maidenhead on 6th December which brings me nicely up to my quota. Another one of my community goals was to present some Nuggets at a User Group. Thanks go to Mark Pryce-Maher leader of the Southampton UG who allowed me to come down and do a few minutes I also gave the same nugget during the Lightening Talk Sessions at SQLBits in October and another nugget at Microsoft’s London office as part of SQL Relay – tick, another one completed.

All good so far, so what’s all this about exceeding expectations I hear you cry? Since joining Quest 3 months ago I have been able to secure a meeting room that I can use at Quest from which to start my very own SQL User Group which I blogged about here. If you are interested in coming along to an event or even speaking at one then please register your interest at http://www.sqlserverfaq.com/default.aspx?EVTCTAG=Maidenhead. Starting the Maidenhead group has given me a real insight into how much effort the organisers of events are putting in around the globe, I’ve been very lucky to have the support of the other UK SQL Server User Group leaders and we’re all working hard to organise not only our own events but also the second National SQL Relay event in May 2012. I’ll post more about it when we’re allowed to speak more publicly.

As the blog title is called “Speaking Engagements” I should really list what is coming up in the next few months. Last week saw the first of four SQL Server webcasts that I am presenting for Quest software which should be up on the On Demand section of the Quest website any day now. You can find details about the other webcasts and user groups I’m presenting at in the near future below:

  • 15/11/2011 – Live Webcast: Harness the Power of SQL Optimisation – Register here.
  • 22/11/2011 – Live Webcast: Deliver, Manage and Control Optimal Database Performance  – Register here.
  • 29/11/2011 – Live Webcast: Don’t get Burnt by these Disaster Recovery Myths – Register here.
  • 12/01/2012 – Surrey User Group (Plan Guides) – Register here.
  • 07/02/2012 – Maidenhead User Group (Session TBC) – Register here.

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a SQL Server Professional working in the UK where he recently worked as a DBA in women's clothing, not literally he hastens to add! He is certified in SQL Server 2008, runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group Pass Chapter and is on the organising committee for SQL Relay. In his spare time plays the trumpet in local symphony orchestras.

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