Out and Acing again

Quick Update

Well if you haven’t heard I had to have surgery on my knee. It appears that I had a pretty messy meniscus and on 3/19 I had it cleaned up. The first week wasn’t fun and finding out that it might take 4-6 months before I’m back to 100% normal didn’t make this process any easier. It looks like I’ll do a few more PT sessions next week before heading out of town. But I am feeling pretty confident in my abilities and have come to terms with the things that I can’t. On the left is one of the before photos, those threads and rough edges are . . . → Read More: Out and Acing again

Adventures of being an Idera Ace

Well I’m not sure I can tell you how excited I am about this next adventure as an Idera Ace. This #SQLSaturday is one I’ve wanted to be at for some time but could never get it into our schedule. For this trip I will be heading close to home but not quite home.

Hopefully you can join me in CHICAGO! While I have made several visits to Chicago, I’m pleased as punch to finally making it to #SQLSatChicago. This event always waitlist early and has a great turnout. I feel very honored to be selected to be apart of this wonderful event. If you are a speaker . . . → Read More: Adventures of being an Idera Ace

Where am I Acing to next?

TAMPA!

I’ll never be able to express how grateful I am for the opportunity and for the supplement to my travel budget that Idera Software has given me. Thanks Idera for making me an ACE! Hopefully soon I will get go work on some technical post but today I am here to talk about my next trip. #SQLSatTampa.

This is a new adventure for Kerry and I and we are super excited to hang out with a few of our dearest friends while we are there. Nothing like a little dose of #SQLFamily right before my birthday! We are heading down a day or two early and catching some sunshine, . . . → Read More: Where am I Acing to next?

Acing in Cleveland

Acing in Cleveland, what’s that mean?

I am very excited to announce that during PASS Summit last year, I was awarded the honor of Idera Ace. Idera has placed a great amount of confidence in me in that they are allowing to represent them at community events. They have given me access to some great tools, some awesome Idera swag and are even giving me a little travel money to help me reach more people.

On to the other reason for this post: HELLO CLEVELAND! Yes, I am returning to the great city. I couldn’t remember when the last visit was so of course I had to look it . . . → Read More: Acing in Cleveland

First Time Speakers #SQLSatNash

SQLSat Nashville is chaired by yours truly and there are a few things I want everyone to know about this event.

2018 will be the 5th year I’ve been at the helm of this event and every year we’ve worked to help community members. We have offered Pre-Cons to seasoned speakers that wanted to try longer teaching sessions. Last year we hooked first-time SQLSaturday speakers up with mentors to help them.

For 2018 we are again offering first-time speakers mentors and opportunities to update abstracts after the CFS ends. This will give you a little more time to finesse your submission after working with your mentor. We’ve had several folks . . . → Read More: First Time Speakers #SQLSatNash

Disaster Recovery for Speakers

I have seen a few comments and remarks being thrown around about speakers doing a bad job because a demo failed or a machined crashed when getting plugged into a display adapter. I wonder why these IT professionals making said remarks still have day jobs, I mean clearly they are 100% awesome and everything always works. Surely they have more important things to do. PFFFT!

So I recently blogged about melting down and losing a machine. I had my slides & my data all backed up on OneDrive or still in email. So there was really only getting everything together and having the NEW MACHINE ready to present. That only . . . → Read More: Disaster Recovery for Speakers

Indianapolis, United States

Well here we are it’s August already. I have been slow to start on SQLSaturday events and have IMO missed some great ones. Hopefully next year will come easier.

I am traveling to my home state of Indiana to present at #SQLSatIndy on August 12. I will be doing my new presentation “Reduce your DBA (& DEV) task list by using Microsoft BI tools” just before lunch. I am evolving this session as I go along, trying to incorporate ideas the class comes up with.

Hope and John do an awesome job for this event. This year they have brought back their beginner track. This track is open to anyone . . . → Read More: Indianapolis, United States

Melting Down

I am here to tell you that it is okay to have a melt down and it’s okay to talk about it. I also want to let you know that if you ever find yourself in this position and need a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen that I am here for you.

As some of you may know flying isn’t always easy for me, I get anxiety. I do a good job of handling it but some days anxiety is a cruel beast that wins and completely makes no sense at all. Last week I was home alone all week, this is the first time I’ve stayed . . . → Read More: Melting Down

Columbus, United States here I come

Yes folks for the second year in a row I will be traveling to COLUMBUS OHIO for #SQLSat653. I am really excited to be visiting them again this year.

If this is your first visit to Columbus I have to recommend you visit the zoo. It is an awesome zoo with a lot of walking but most of it is shaded by natural walkways. Do it!

If you are new here SQLSaturday is a one day free training event for data professionals. These events are organized by volunteers and the speakers pay their own way. It is a great opportunity to get a day full of free #sqllearning and . . . → Read More: Columbus, United States here I come

Chattanooga here I come!

I am so honored to be speaking at SQLSaturday Chattanooga again this year. This is going to be a great trip! Sadly it is my first speaking event this year, we were a little side tracked with other things. We will be traveling from Arrington with Dean, Stacia, Tess, Cricket and Mimi. In a shocking twist we are not leaving early but we are staying late! Yup not leaving till Monday morning. We need to figure something out to do Sunday, but I am sure we will manage.

So what am I presenting on? Uh….well it’s a new session. Much like my 45 minutes till your first SSRS report, this . . . → Read More: Chattanooga here I come!