Category Archives: Professional Development

Speaking at SQL Saturday Nashville

I am excited and honored to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Nashville on January 12, 2019.

I’ve been to Nashville before, in fact I was just there last June for Music City Tech, and am super excited to be going back.

I will be presenting my Profiling Your Data session.  If you’re in area and haven’t registered yet, there are still seats available, you can register here.

Feel free to stop by and say, “Hi”, I’d love to see you.

Speaking at SQL Saturday Oregon

I am so excited and honored that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Oregon on November 3, 2018.

I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session at 10:15 am.  I am so excited to be presenting to a kind of “home town” crowd.  I lived in the Willamette Valley for a while when I was a kid and even graduated from High School out there. 

If you’re in the Portland area on November 3, 2018, stop by and say hello, I’d love to see you!

Things To Know About SQL Saturday Charlotte #806

Did you know that SQL Saturday Charlotte is just a few weeks away on October 20, 2018?  This will be the seventh year for SQL Saturday Charlotte.  Here are a few things we think you should know.

What’s New

Venue

After being at the same venue for the last six years, we decided to switch to a new venue this year.  We will be at the Central Piedmont Community College – Harris Campus, located at 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28208.  This is on the opposite side of town from our previous venue and very close to the airport.

Pre-Cons

We have not one, not two, but THREE pre-cons to choose from this year!  Whether you are in the DBA or BI realm, there’s something for you!  Check them out, but register soon as seats are limited.

Devin Knight & Mitchell Pearson

Kevin Kline

Kevin Feasal

Technology Workshops for Kids

We are offering two workshops for kids.  A morning session for kids aged 7-10 and an afternoon session for kids aged 11-13.

Morning Session – Kids aged 7-10

Afternoon Session – Kids aged 11-13

Organizing Crew

We have had some excellent volunteers in the past.  So excellent in fact, that we decided to add them to our organizing team.  Please welcome Brad Llewelyn (B | T) who is acting as our PM.  He’s doing a great job, considering it’s akin to herding cats.

Recommended/Discounted Hotel

We have worked hard so you can save some green by finding hotel that is close to the venue and the airport.  Use this link to get a discounted rate of $119 per night.

What’s The Same

Organizing Crew

For the last seven years, our core organizing crew has been made up of the (mostly) same great #SQLFamily members.  Because of this we are able to provide a  great experience for attendees, speakers and sponsors.

Our Commitment

We work hard to select the sessions that will provide the best range and depth of learning for our attendees at the same time helping first time speakers get their start.

We hope to see you this year at SQL Saturday Charlotte on October 20, 2018.  If you haven’t registered yet, do so soon, our new venue is smaller and we will have a registration cap this year.

Moving On To New Adventures

I am pleased to announce that as of September 10, 2018, I will be part of the SQL Data Partners team!

I started my career at a consulting company in Denver, CO right out of college and loved the challenges that it brought.  After a long hiatus from consulting, I’m headed back to my professional roots and couldn’t be happier.

I will be working with Carlos Chacon (In | T), Managing Partner & Bill Lund (In | T) and I can’t wait to get started.  If you aren’t familiar with Carlos, you should be.  He has a great Podcast and runs an excellent conference called SQL Trail.

Here’s to new adventures.

Power BI World Tour Is Coming to Charlotte

If you haven’t heard, Power BI is doing a world tour, eight cities in four months and Charlotte, NC is one of those stops.  The Power BI World Tour is coming to Charlotte on August 27, 2018, and I will be speaking at this event!

I will be presenting my What is Power BI? session on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  The Power BI World Tour is hosted by the local Power BI User Group (PUG) which means you will be getting premium Power BI content by local industry experts.  There’s still time to register, but hurry as seats are limited.

Hope to see you soon in Charlotte!

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SQL Server Management Studio Tips & Tricks From Dr Greg Low

It’s been a bit slow in the US this week due to the American 4th of July holiday, but it’s been especially so for me since I work for a manufacturing company.  Our plants typically shut down for the entire week allowing us to do any major infrastructure work that requires more down time that is typically available in our weekly maintenance windows.

This year we didn’t really have a lot on the schedule, so I’m using my “free” time to play catch up on all my technical reading.  There are so many things on my “to read” list but one I’ve been really excited to read was Dr Greg Low’s (B | T) SQL Server Management Studio Tips & Tricks ebook.  I must say I wasn’t disappointed.  I’ve been working with SQL Server for 20 years now and didn’t really think I could learn that much, but Greg has some great nuggets that will help save valuable time when I’m elbows deep in T-SQL code.

If you haven’t read his ebook (which is completely free!) I highly recommend it.  Especially if you spend any amount of time in SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio).

I’m Speaking At SQL Saturday Baton Rouge!

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge (#749) on August 11, 2018. I will be presenting two sessions, Data Types Do Matter and What is Power BI?

One of the reasons that I’m so excited to speak in Baton Rouge, is because I met William Assaf (B | T) a couple of years ago when he came to speak for us at SQL Saturday Charlotte. He’s super nice and while chatting I discovered that he was the event organizer for SQL Saturday Baton Rouge. It was before I started speaking and I was just picking his brain a bit on organizing a SQL Saturday. He had some really great ideas that I thought sounded interesting. This is the tenth year for SQL Saturday Baton Rouge. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

The second reason I’m so excited about speaking in Baton Rouge is the food! I’ve only ever driven through Louisiana, never had the opportunity to stop and enjoy it. This time I will have plenty of opportunities to do just that, but most importantly eat. My list of foods to try include étouffée, boudin and jambalaya to name just a few. Then I’ll top it off with some beignets. I may need to swim a few extra laps before I go (and after I return)!