All about that Ace, that Ace

Well, after taking the month of July off from travel you’d think I would be well rested and ready to roll again. Rested yes! Ready to roll is debatable. I just love summer and I love being at home with my pups and my very busy garden. This has been a crazy bountiful growing season. But enough about that.

So where I am off to this month? Indianapolis! Indiana is home to us and we enjoy going back for a quick visit and supporting the local community. Indy was our first user group experience. So on 8/11 if you want to get some free #SQLLearning join us at #SQLSatIndy

SSRS; . . . → Read More: All about that Ace, that Ace

Houston, this ACE is clear to land.

So excited to be heading to Houston once again! In 2014 I was in Houston for both SQLSaturday and TechEd. It’s really about time I make it back there for their awesome event. I’m looking forward to hanging out with this guy and hopefully learn a bit more about island time.

So what am I presenting on this time? 45 Min to build your first SSRS report. This session has gained popularity again, I am attributing that to the fact that no one really presents SSRS anymore it’s all about the new shiny (Power BI). If you’ve never used SSRS this session is for you. I try to give . . . → Read More: Houston, this ACE is clear to land.

An ACE in Pensacola

I am super excited to be heading to Pensacola for #SQLSat734. It’s approximately a 6 hour drive, so we hope make it into town mid-afternoon on Thursday. While we are staying at this same hotel, I’m positive my view will not be as great. 😉

Last year I surprised everyone who knows me. You see I’ve never been a big fan of seafood. But I arrived on like Wednesday and ate seafood at every opportunity. There were so many fun places I can’t wait to revisit some of them.

I will be presenting “Introduction to Business Intelligence” with my husband Kerry Tyler [ B | T ]. This session . . . → Read More: An ACE in Pensacola

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

Inside SQLSaturday – The Schedule

So in the previous post we discovered how each SQLSaturday gets sessions for their event; if you missed reading that, the short answer is that it is all up to the speakers in the #SQLCommunity. Now we are going to figure out how schedules are made.

How many sessions do we choose?

Well, some events select every speaker and just build out a schedule from there. Some events use a different method; this is the most common way: # of predicted attendees /number of seats in a room = # of rooms needed, and then # of rooms * # of time slots = # of sessions needed. The second . . . → Read More: Inside SQLSaturday – The Schedule

Inside SQLSaturday – Who and How

So it has become obvious over the years that attendees are pretty much in the dark when it comes to the inner workings of a SQLSaturday event. I am going to work on this series again only this time for attendees. We’ve started the process of organizing SQLSatNash 2018 so it’s a good time to write as we go through the process. Today I want to fill in the blanks of WHO and HOW.

WHO?

Have you ever wondered who organizes a SQLSaturday event? How they got that job? Well every event has a different who and there is no one from Pass directly involved with an event. Pass provides . . . → Read More: Inside SQLSaturday – Who and How

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