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A recent blog by Jack Corbett (No Training Budget Still No Excuse, followed up by SSC’s Steve Jones here) hit the nail on the head with respect to taking charge of one’s own career.  I won’t belabor the point by repeating their words here, but the message is that everyone has access to quality SQL Server training even if your training budget is a goose egg.

Jack’s article pointed out a number of organizations and websites that offer free SQL Server educational resources, and I was pleased to find one asset on his list that I had never used.  I’ll add on a few Microsoft BI resources that I’ve discovered in my travels:

http://www.learnmicrosoftbi.com – A website with dozens of videos on Microsoft BI, mostly on SQL Server Analysis Services

http://www.sqldts.com/ and http://www.sqlis.com/ – Sister websites with resources for SQL Server DTS and SSIS, respectively

Pragmatic Works webinars – Brian Knight and company have published several of on-demand webinars for business intelligence professionals

SQL Lunch – This event is just emerging, but will start in September and offer semi-weekly lunchtime webcasts on a variety of topics (follow Patrick LeBlanc’s blog for more details on this one).

MSSQLTips.com – A SQL Server resource site, which, among other offerings, sends out a SQL Server Tip Of The Day each weekday via e-mail.

Microsoft Podcasts – Not just for SQL Server, there are Microsoft podcasts and other resources for almost every Microsoft technology.  If you spend any time commuting, burn some of these to CD and learn on the road!

The Midnight DBA – According to their own description, husband and wife DBA team Sean and Jen McCown put the kids to bed and stay up late making videos.  [OK, they’re SQL Server videos – stop snickering.]  There’s a wide variety of content here, and is well worth a visit.

Twitter – OK, this one is reaching just a bit.  I add this because there is a fair number of SQL Server pros on Twitter, many of whom are more than willing to offer advice, share upcoming events (webcasts and such) and “tweet” interesting information.  SQLServerPedia has a good index page listing many of the SQL folks who use Twitter.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


Posted by Steve Jones on 21 September 2009

Nice list, good resources that help you learn without a lot of $$$.

Posted by Dugi on 22 September 2009

Thank you for the info!

Posted by Lee on 22 September 2009

Good info. Just got my SQL Connections trip nixed yesterday...I'll need the list :\

Posted by battery_acid_h on 25 September 2009

Great stuff! This certainly beats the trawling bleary eyed through the internet.

Posted by wayne.benz on 30 September 2009

Thanks for the info, the training budget here has been a goose egg for a while

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