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Upcoming Presentation Schedule

In less than two weeks, I’ll be flying down to sunny Orlando to speak at the upcoming SQL Saturday #151 there. I am really excited to be coming back to Orlando again for a 2nd year. I have a lot of friends through the #sqlfamily and #sqlpass communities in the Orlando area and am looking forward to seeing everyone again. There’s also the fact that SQL Saturday was invented in Orlando that also gives it a special appeal to me at least. My wife Julie is going to sit out this year due to time constraints.

The following weekend we’ll be heading over to Pittsburgh, PA to speak and volunteer at the 1st ever SQL Saturday there (#171 Pittsburgh). The event is being organized by Gina Walters, the leader of the Pittsburgh PASS chapter and my good friend John Sterrett (who recently moved to Texas) among others. The event is at La Roche college on the northside. I was there in June for the Pittsburgh Techfest and I can tell you the food is incredible! Hopefully they are going to use the cafeteria again for SQL Saturday.

I’m really excited about Pittsburgh because over half of the speakers are close friends of mine and I have a feeling it’s going to be kind of like a family reunion. Hope you can make it.

 

 
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Going to the PASS Summit? Don’t forget to fill out an absentee ballot!

Published on September 12, 2012 by in PASS

Exercise your right to Vote

For US Citizens, Tuesday November 6th is our national election day.  This is actually the day that we kickoff the PASS Summit with the opening reception (usually around 6PM). That means for many of you who may be travelling, or in Pre-cons, you won’t be able to vote.

So go run, don’t walk over to your local election bureau and see about getting an absentee ballot to exercise your right to vote.

 
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Countdown to SQL Saturday Cleveland

Published on August 10, 2012 by in Uncategorized

We are exactly 1 week out from SQL Saturday #164 Cleveland.  It was really thrown together at the last minute. So we are lucky to be where we are at this point.

I am totally confident in the team and in our ability to execute on the event with success.

It has become clear to me over the past couple of weeks that the planning of this event has largely been a non event. Why? Because the team that is handling the planning and execution of the event is mostly comprised of SQL Saturday veterans who know what is important and what is not.

We are quietly optimistic that the event will be a success. We are proud and honored to host the 2nd SQL Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 
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Steel Mill Liquidation

Published on August 8, 2012 by in Personal

For those of you who know me, you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for the steel industry. Maybe it’s because that was my first real job, working for a steel company. So I have been following with a heavy heart, the demise of RG Steel. I won’t go into the business angles and the overcapacity of the steel industry. That’s for the analysts.

Today, the remnants of 2 proud and world class mills were sold to liquidators.  The Warren mill, formerly known as WCI Steel, formerly known as Republic Steel etc etc. went for $17 million. Wow. That’s barely pennies on the dollar.  Sparrow’s Point, MD (formerly Bethlehem Steel, among others) built the girders for the Golden Gate bridge 75 years ago and is one of the largest steel mills in the world. Sparrow’s was sold to another liquidator, Hilco for around $72 million. This, coupled with the sale of the former Wheeling-Pitt mill in Mingo Junction, OH last week to a Buffalo industrial gutting operation for $20 million is a sign that the US steel industry just got a bad sucker punch.

My bet is that Sparrows Point and Mingo are going to get broken up and the machines and furnaces hauled off to 3rd world countries (anyone want to guess where?) Mingo was clearly targeted for it’s brand new electric furnace worth over $100 million.  Warren may still survive, having been in a niche market for years. But that fact that it’s now owned by a liquidator is very, very ominous. We’ll see.

Please take a minute and say a prayer for the jobs of those American Steel Workers and their families that hang in the balance right now.

 

 
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Tools to promote your SQL Saturday #2

This is the second post in a series on tip and tricks on how to promote your SQL Saturday and/or your local user group events.

LinkedIn Events

 

In the first post of the series, I described the use of Community Megaphone to promote your SQL Saturday or user group event. Another tool in your promotion toolkit is the LinkedIn Event. “What’s that” you ask? You might notice that some of your contacts have calendars on their LinkedIn profiles. These are associated with LinkedIn events. An event is a publicly created appointment that anyone can declare they are attending. The end game is to promote the in-person event to as many people as possible and promote networking associated with the event. The other side effect that most people don’t realize is that by keeping your calendar “fresh” it also keeps your profile “fresh”.

LinkedIn events are very easy to create. By default, when you create an event, a notification goes out via your network update feed to all of your contacts. So in order to get maximum exposure, I suggest that whoever on your SQL Saturday planning team has the strongest LinkedIn profile create the event. You can also pay LinkedIn to promote the event via advertisements, profile keywords, geography etc, however I have never done this.

 
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Road Trip: WVPASS, SQL Saturday Louisville and Indianapolis

I am preparing for a little road trip. Starting this Thursday 7/19 I will be visiting my friends down at the Wheeling, WV chapter of PASS. My good friend John Sterrett (blog | twitter) is the leader of WVPASS and he asked me if I would like to speak at the user group meeting. I readily accepted and am really looking forward to taking the “Upgrade Roadmap: Let’s Delve into SQL Server 2012″ on the road again. This is the same presentation I delivered at SQLRally,  and SQL Saturday #119 Chicago. It had good reviews at SQLRally and I have tweaked it a little since then.

Friday morning, I am back on the road on the way to Louisville, KY for SQL Saturday #122. This will be my first trip to Louisville and I am really excited. Unfortunately, my beautiful wife Julie Purnell (twitter | project365) will be unable to be my driver like she usually is. So I’ll be flying driving solo.

My presentation topic in Louisville will be “Professional Networking for IT Pros”. This is something that has grown over the past 3 years for me and I have been speaking on it since January of this year. I really see a need for networking skills in the IT community and I have made it my goal to help everyone with it in any way I can. So if you want to learn about networking , stop in and check out my session.

On Friday, July 27, I’ll hit the road again for SQL Saturday #126 Indianapolis. This will be the 2nd trip for a SQL Saturday in Indy. Julie and I had such a great time last year we had to come back again this year.  Everyone was very friendly and made us feel welcome. We can’t wait to get back to Indy. In fact, Julie will be flying in Friday night just so that she attend the event.  I will be presenting on Professional Networking for IT Pros, same as in Louisville.

Hope to see you at any of the above events.

 

 

 
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Tips to promote your SQL Saturday #1

This is the first post in a series on tip and tricks on how to promote your SQL Saturday and/or  your local user group events.

SQL Saturday Cleveland on the Megaphone

 

There are lots of ways to promote your SQL Saturday. Today we will focus on one that is rising in popularity:

Community Megaphone

This site was developed by Microsoft Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie (aka DEvHammer).  The site welcomes submissions of any and all IT Pro/Developer/IT Community events. A login is not needed to submit an event.  Events may not be immediately available for viewing. I suspect that is to prevent spam. Usually they are up on the site in a day or so. There is also an API that can be used to access the site as a webservice. You do need to register to have that option available. For more information take a look at the About page. I highly recommend the site for community event promotion.

 

 
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AITP Mobile ITCON – Cleveland

Published on July 7, 2012 by in Events

My friends over at the Akron AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) are putting on a one day conference focused on mobile computing. It will be held Saturday August 11th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Independence. The current sessions are listed here. They are currently looking for a keynote speaker as well as sponsors. If you know anyone who is involved with mobile development, administration, or apps please send this information on to them. This is the first ever event of it’s kind in the Cleveland area and should be a great day of learning and networking.

 
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Pittsburgh Techfest

Published on June 12, 2012 by in Presenting, Speaking
Pittsburgh Techfest

Pittsburgh Techfest

Last weekend I spoke at the 1st ever Pittsburgh Techfest. My topic was SQL Server 101 for IT Pros. Basically a survival guide for non-DBAs. The session went well with lots of good questions. Thanks to all who attended.  Below please find the link to the slide deck:

 

SQL Server 101 for IT Pros_Techfest

 

 
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SQL Saturday 119 Chicago

Published on May 17, 2012 by in SQL Saturday

I am honored to and excited to be returning to Chicago for the 2nd year in a row to present at SQL Saturday 119.  I’ll be presenting my Upgrade Roadmap: Let’s Delve into SQL 2012. It was very well received at SQLRally and I really think there’s a lot of value there. Hope you can attend.

On Friday 5/18 I will be attending the SQLFriends luncheon organized by Aaron Lowe (Blog | Twitter) and hosted by Ted Krueger (blog | twitter). I really can’t wait to meet some of the great #sqlfamily in ChicagoLand. After that I hope to get some work done on the SQL Saturday 164 sponsorship plans and PASS Program Committee work before the speaker dinner.

 

 
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