Ladies and gentlemen, we have a list of the finalists! Head on over to vote now.
Gail Shaw - Gail Shaw's SQL Server Howlers
David Peter Hansen - When does SQL Server partition split move data?
Aaron Bertrand - Readable Secondaries on a Budget
Rob Sewell - PowerShell Snippets A Great Learning Tool
Pinal Dave - http://blog.sqlauthority.com/
Paul Randal - http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/
Thomas LaRock - http://thomaslarock.com
Brent Ozar - www.brentozar.com/blog
Koen Verbeeck - http://blogs.lessthandot.com/index.php/author/koenverbeeck/
Rimma Nehme, PASS Summit 2014, Keynote on cloud
Mladen Prajdic - SQL Server and Application Security for Developers - PASS Summit 2014
Steph Locke - Introduction to R (SQL Relay & SQLBits)
Niko Neugebauer – ETL Patterns with Clustered Columnstore – PASS Summit 2014
Alex Whittles - Using PowerPivot and DAX to predict and win Fantasy F1 (SQLRelay)
Luan Moreno Medeiros Maciel
Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration - Adam Jorgensen, Bradley Ball, Steven Wort, Ross LoForte, Brian Knight
SQL Server Internals: In-Memory OLTP Inside the SQL Server 2014 Hekaton Engine – Kalen Delaney
SQL Server 2014 Query Tuning & Optimization by Benjamin Nevarez
SQL Server Query Performance Tuning 4th Edition by Grant Fritchey
SQL Server Source Control Basics by Rob Sheldon, Rob Richardson, and Tony Davis
CentralDB – CrazyDBA
Scanning errorlog – Allen White http://sqlblog.com/blogs/allen_white/archive/2012/09/25/scanning-the-error-log-with-powershell.aspx
Growing Log Files - Mike Fal http://www.mikefal.net/2014/12/04/growing-log-files-responsibly/
DBCC Memory Status – Tim Chapman http://blogs.msdn.com/b/timchapman/archive/2012/08/16/how-to-parse-dbcc-memorystatus-via-powershell.aspx
SQLPSX - Chad Miller, Mike Shepard, Laerte Junior, Steve Murawski, Bernd Kriszio, Max Trinidad http://sqlpsx.codeplex.com/
James Rowland Jones, SteamPunk (second from the left) http://ozar.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Costumes-2.jpg
Andrea Allred, Princess https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1tSY4cCAAA8pJn.jpg:large
Bob Pusateri, a Village Person - http://asylumphotography.smugmug.com/PassPictures/Pass-Summit-2014/45772217_rHhcPM#!i=3701215092&k=5PkcdvX&lb=1&s=A
Argenis Fernadez -Rainbow Unicorn https://twitter.com/SQLSnark/status/530782685938319362/photo/1
Steve Jones - Rainbow legwarmers http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Images/24462.png
The winner of each category will not only receive their own CUSTOM trophy (ho ho yes, we go the extra mile), but there is a prize to each winner as well. So, what will our winners win?
Best Free PowerShell Script - In honor of you making your script free, we’re giving you money. Well, the closest thing to money, an amazon gift certificate
Best User Group – Everyone who attends the next meeting gets a book from our library!
Best New Book about SQL – Even writers sometimes like to read, so we’ll send you a new book of your choice.
Best Outfit – We’d like to help with your outfit, if there’s an accessory we can add, we’ll get it for you (within reason).
Article that saved my bacon – Bacon jam.
Beyond the call of duty – a Backpack of Holding or Handbag of Holding, whichever you prefer.
Best Twitter Account – A very special T-Shirt
Best Presentation at a Conference – A sparkling new remote
Best New Community Voice – A free license of a Red Gate tool
Blog of the Year – Some Etip gloves, so you can keep writing even when the heat goes off!
Person you’d most like to have as a Mentor – Let’s face it, being Fantasy-Mentor level famous is hard, so you probably like a drink now and again. So the prize is a nice corkscrew set. If nothing else, it’s good for a re-gift.