Farewell TechEd

Microsoft announced last week the name of its new all in one conference that would take the place of several other items, one of which is TechEd.  There is still one last chance to attend a TechEd, Europe conference but it starts on October 28 and it in Barcelona Spain. MS Ignite will happen May 2015 in Chicago. But honestly that isn’t what I wanted to talk about.

For the last 2 years I have attended TechEd and represented PASS at their booth on the vendor floor. 2013 was spectacular! Our booth saw a lot of traffic. People coming by asking technical questions, learning about SQLSaturday and finding local chapters. There was a lot of #SQLFamily there. This year 2014 was different. There were fewer #SQLFamily and most of the MVPs were holding down the MS Expert booth. We didn’t get the same foot traffic as last year. One thing that we noticed was last year MS had used the old Pass logo and this year they used the new one. See what you think 2014 is on the left and 2013 right. When I look at this I see one distinct difference the removal of “Professional Association for SQL Server”. If you walked by and saw PASS and didn’t know what it was you might not be inclined to stop.



Why I am sad to see TechEd come to an end.

Reason 1 is just pure history. Over the years Kerry has attended the conference and I just went along as a trailing spouse. I wonder how many #SQLFamily were there and we didn’t even know them yet. I am not certain that a larger conference will be any better. Houston (2014) was sold out. Our hotel was a 40 minute bus ride away depending on traffic. That isn’t fun. With that big of an audience how to you cater topics of interest to everyone? It will be interesting to see how this evolves over time but who am I to judge I am not losing anything here ….or am I?

Speaker Idol

Reason 2. I didn’t make a big deal out of this and maybe I should have. This year I had the honor of participating in Speaker Idol. I was invited to do a 5 minute technical presentation where I would be publically judged directly afterwards. Why would anyone want to do this? Mark Minasi was a judge that there is enough of a good reason. Feedback about your presenting style from seasoned professionals. The prize? You get a session at TechEd next year.

My dear friend Karen Lopez [  Twitter  |  BLOG  ] did this the year before and although she didn’t win she was able to get a speaking spot this year. She is actually the one that got me on the list. She’s a great friend who knows a lot and just how valuable this experience would be.

So I guess I am sad to see TechEd come to an end because I will never know what it is like to speak at TechEd. I can tell you more about my experience later, this post reserved for being sad to say good bye.

SQLSaturday Schedule printing, now made easier.

I have been playing with Power BI items lately and have found some really good uses and some really big shortcomings. But today while I was playing with something an idea popped into my head. As a SQLSaturday organizer I found creating the schedule for print was a PITA. I have seen people just print the screen, which makes blowing it up to poster size a bit of a mess. I had to cut and paste, fix, format and it ends up a hot mess like below so I think I ended up just typing it.

So let me give you a better option. This is so easy I . . . → Read More: SQLSaturday Schedule printing, now made easier.

I’m not that kind of smart

AKA: Why I haven’t gotten certified.

I have never really been one to worry about how many acronyms you could tag after your name. And to be quite honest it never really mattered to me how big those letters actually were, because at the end of the day you put your pants on the same way I do every single morning. But that isn’t what I want to post about.

I have been asked before why I don’t spend some of this current free time working on getting certified. All this time I have deferred the question and made up excuses I really never thought it through until recently. Last . . . → Read More: I’m not that kind of smart

Countdown to PASS Summit 2014

Just in case you needed a gentle reminder.


Time till 1st meeting (Volunteer Meeting Room 2AB)



Time till Summit Kick-Off (Welcome Reception)

PASS, Stickers, and BaCon

There has been a lot of things going on within the #SQLCommunity lately. Largely based on decisions the PASS Board of Directors have made recently. Some folks are out right against some things, others are like “MEH” what ever this too shall pass and some are agreeing to see change but don’t exactly like what/how it is happening.

Last night while talking with friends about some of these happenings Kerry walked into the dinning room and picked up a stray PASS sticker. You see I have a bag that I carry to events that has a small stash of swag, mostly stickers and a few pins. Some how one little . . . → Read More: PASS, Stickers, and BaCon

Evolution of Family

It always comes to me as a surprise that it is TSQL Tuesday again. I guess time just slips by so quickly these days. This month our wonderful host is Jeffrey Verheul [ B L O G | TWITTER ]. The writing challenge of this month is to talk about #sqlfamily. If you haven’t heard about or figured out what this Tuesday stuff is all about drop me a line and I will not only sell you on the concept I will convince you to write your first post for next month.


This month I would like to give everyone the opportunity to write about SQL Family. The . . . → Read More: Evolution of Family

Indianapolis here I come!

Well here we are middle of summer and I have been on a bit of a traveling break. Been home since early June and to be honest I have loved every moment of it. That being said I really miss my #SQLFamily.

We are headed to Indianapolis Indiana for #SQLSat 304. My friend Hope [ B L O G | TWITTER ] is putting together another great event and she’s even offered me an opportunity to speak. I will be presenting 45 Minutes to Your First SSRS Report. Also presenting is my dear friend Joseph D’Antoni [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and my lovely husband Kerry Tyler . . . → Read More: Indianapolis here I come!

Nom-Com 2014

I swore last year that I wouldn’t do this if I had to run a campaign to be on a committee. Well here we are, guess I got some explaining to do. But first let me remind you of last year

I wrote a series about my experience that basically ended up being 4 blog post(below).

Nom-Com Part 1 (Just getting started with the reading)

Nom-Com Part 2 (Discuss application ranking)

Nom-Com Part 3 (Details to what the NomCom was asked to do)

Nom-Com Part 4 (Summary and a request for changes to be made)


The committee last year didn’t have to run as only 3 people threw their . . . → Read More: Nom-Com 2014

The Fresh Prince (#SQLSat294)

Or guess what? I am going to PHILLY for #SQLSat294!

If you think I have lost my mind just listen.

So this wraps up the spring travel schedule and should leave us at home till Indianapolis in August. Neither of us have ever been to Philadelphia. This is probably the furthest East I have been. We will be arriving on Thursday as Kerry [ B L O G | TWITTER ] is planning on attending the Friday Pre-con Stacia [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and Joey [ B L O G | TWITTER ] are putting on, Analytics Without Limits: The Modern BI Architecture Story. That should . . . → Read More: The Fresh Prince (#SQLSat294)

Big Challenges in Data Modeling – Ethical Data Modeling

This Thursday, April 24th 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific I will be participating in a Dataversity webinar. This panel discussion is all about Ethics. The panel will consist of our moderator Karen Lopez [ B L O G | TWITTER ] and panelist Denny Cherry [ B L O G | TWITTER ], Kerry Tyler [ B L O G | TWITTER ], and Len Silverston [ B L O G | TWITTER ].

Details: http://www.dataversity.net/apr-24-webinar-ethical-data-modeling/ You can tweet us questions and comments #BCDModeling (Big Challenges in Data Modeling).

This should be a fun and witty panel and I hope you can join us.

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