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Neil Burton
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My company has finally opened its vast wallet and provided a tiny training budget. Exactly how much is open to question but I think I'd be extremely lucky to get more than £1000 and should feel grateful for £500. That being said, there is a course I've found that covers everything that I'd want it to cover in the BI side of SQL Server 2008, for just North of £2000, that my boss didn't reject outright because it was so comprehensive. I've been looking online and there are hundreds of courses out there and the choice seems a bit daunting. What I'd like to know is, is there anybody to avoid and on the other hand is there anybody to go to above all others?
There are a lot of organisations asking for large amounts of money to provide training. I'm concerned that I might persuade the company to write fat cheque to a organisation who could essentially put a pile of books and a laptop, with a link to this site, on the table, say 'there's your course' then go to the pub. I'm in the Manchester area but I'm prepared to travel within reason ie Leeds\Liverpool and of course the online option is open.


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there's always a pluralsight subscription, if they'd be on board for paying for it. not sure it covers all you're wanting, but it does have a BI section, plus other SQL server topics.

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The last class my company paid to send me to was essentially a workstation in a quiet room, a one-month supscription to CBTNuggets, and a VM to play around on.

Since your company doesn't want to pony up enough to send you to a class, you might look into having that budget get you a subscrition to CBTNuggets. I found their videos to be clear and eaiser to follow than dry Microsoft training guides, and more watchable than the free videos on youtube. As you watch the videos, implement what they are describing on a VM or test instance.

I worried this sounds like spam for cbtnuggets but I honestly have no connection to them other than what I described above. If you have some training money available but not enough for all the intructor-taught classes you're interested in, this is a very good option.
Tony Sweet
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Find a SQL Saturday (Or SQL Saturday BI Edition) in your area and go to those! Best way to get good training at really low prices.

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After weeks of wrangling and negotiation the company has finally splashed out and agreed that I can have the course that I originally requested. Although I can't, because I missed it, then I missed the next one so they're sending me to London for five days. It's with QA.com who are the company's named provider. Thanks to those who replied.


On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
—Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher

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