If you’re not a member of the Professional Association of SQL Server users, PASS, why not? No, I’m sorry. I meant to say, If you’re not a member of PASS, you may not have heard about the change between special interest groups and the new Virtual Chapters. What used to be the SIG’s has been repurposed, rebuilt and, let’s say it, reborn, as Virtual Chapters. There’s a whole new energy and all new web sites with content and presentations and more free training than you can shake a stick at. There are great opportunities to begin networking, and we all know how important that is as a means of career building. It’s like having a really vibrant, active, useful user’s group available 24/7. Get on over and check out the offerings and get involved. You learn more and grow more by actively participating and the PASS Virtual Chapters are a great place to do it.
I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).