Full day of training in Dublin!

UPDATE! Unfortunately SQL Saturday Dublin has been cancelled. This event will be re-scheduled at a later date.

 

Hot on the heels of the news of my training day at SQLSaturday Exeter, I am announcing another training day. This time I will be presenting a day of SQL Replication and Cloud Data Management on the Friday before SQLSaturday Dublin in June 2015.

I presented a session on Replication Troubleshooting at SQLSaturday Dublin last year and ran out of time with the one hour session and could have gone into more depth. After seeing the interest of Replication in the Irish SQL Server community, I submitted a proposal to the organisers of the Dublin event and the rest is history!

This will be a day taking a deeper look into the inner workings of SQL Server Replication, followed by an introduction into how you can move data between your on-premises database servers and the Microsoft Azure platform.

You can take a look at the details of the training day and register for a seat here: Deep Dive into SQL Replication and Cloud Connected Data Movement

I really enjoyed SQLSaturday Dublin last year and I am looking forward to another visit in June.

See you there!

SQLSaturday Exeter – Third time a charm!

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SQLSaturday Exeter 2015 – I’m there!

I have the great pleasure of announcing that I will be presenting at SQLSaturday Exeter 2015 in April 2015.

SQLSaturday Exeter is an extra special event for me. Not only is it a fantastically well run event, it is also the first conference that I ever presented at, way back in 2013. I had never spoken to a larger audience before and was a little nervous of speaking. However, once my session was over, I had found a new area for me to improve on and now love presenting on SQL Server. Since then, I have spoken at a variety of conferences and user groups around Europe and (hopefully) improved my presentation skills.

This time around, I have been asked to present a new topic: “Stories from the Trenches: Upgrading SQL with Minimal Downtime“, where I plan on showing how to use the high availability features of SQL Server to help perform upgrades whilst keeping downtime to a minimum.

But wait, there’s more!

As is the tradition of the organisers of SQLSaturday Exeter, they like to mix things up a bit and also try new speakers out (hence my chance back in 2013). This has lead them to also choose me to present a pre-conference training day session!

Check out the full list of speakers/sessions in this video created by the SQLSaturday Exeter team:

 

Being chosen for a pre-conference training day is another first for me and I am excited/scared/humbled/ecstatic to have been chosen to do this – many thanks to the SQLSaturday Exeter organisers, you brave fools!! :)

I will be presenting “SQL Server: An Introduction” and as the title suggests, this will be an introductory day, covering a set of basic information on SQL server. It is designed for accidental/occasional DBAs that have been using SQL Server for <12 months.

You can find a full description/abstract for my training day here: SQL Server: An Introduction

The training days are full day training sessions on one topic, priced at £150 per attendee (early bird rate).

The full list of available sessions is here: SQLSaturday Exeter Training Day – if you don’t fancy my session, there are 7 other sessions to choose from. I dare you to not find a session that could be useful to you! :)

See you in April!

I’m off to prepare my sessions and look forward to seeing you in Exeter in April.

SQLHangout #28: From DBA To Consultant

As usual, work/life got in the way, so I’m a little late blogging about this, but:

I recently had the pleasure of re-joining Boris Hristov (b | t) for one of his SQLHangouts together with Matan Yungman (b | t). We spoke for about half an hour on our experiences in moving from DBA work to Consulting.

All three of us made the move to consulting in the last year and we had a great time comparing notes on how our daily work has changed. There are some topics that surprised us all and some that we are seeing from the other side of the table.

Take a look at our episode and also check out the other Hangouts that Boris has hosted, there are some really interesting topics from a wide range of SQL Server professionals.

Speaking at SQLKonferenz, Darmstadt

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Ich spreche auf das größte SQL Server Konferenz im deutschsprachigem Raum, SQL Konferenz in Darmstadt in Februar!

Obwohl ich seit 13 Jahren in Deutschland lebe ist das nur das zweite Mal, dass ich als Sprecher in Deutschland auftrete. Ich kann zwar Deutsch (fast) fließend sprechen, bin dennoch mehr aufgeregt als wenn ich auf Englisch vortragen muss.

Meine Session heißt “Real World SQL 2012 -> SQL 2014: Migration einer AlwaysOn FCI/AAG Umgebung” und soll anhand eines Kundenprojektes, die tatsächlichen Überlegungen, Schritte und Stolpersteine aufführen, die zu einer Systemmigration gehören.

SQL Konferenz ist ein Konferenz über zwei Tage mit einem “Pre-Conference” Tag davor, wo einzelnen Themen etwas tiefer erläutert werden können. Schaut einfach in die Agenda rein um alle Sessions zu sehen. Es sind wirklich erfahrene und sehr gute Deutsche wie auch internationale Sprecher angemeldet.

Zudem, gibt es ein “Early Bird” Rabatt. Damit kann man €150 sparen wenn man sich bis Heiligabend anmgeldet, also schenkt euch ein frühes Weihnachtsgeschenk und registriert euch heute!

Wir sehen uns dann in Darmstadt in Februar :)


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I have been chosen to speak at the largest SQL Server conference in the German speaking world, SQL Konferenz!

Although I have been in Germany for 13 years now, this is only the second time that I have had the opportunity to speak at a conference here. It is also the first time that I have been listed to speak in German (eek)!! I am fluent in German, using it on a daily basis, but this is still making me more nervous than speaking in English.

I will be presenting a new session this time, based on a real customer implementation of a system migration/upgrade from SQL 2012 to SQL 2014, including the addition of AlwaysOn Availability Groups. I thought it would be nice to offer a look at how a real-world project of this kind has actually been done, rather than sticking to the theory.

SQL Konferenz is a two-day conference with an additional pre-conference day with deep-dive, day-long sessions on a few different subjects. Check out the agenda to see what sessions are on offer – there are 40 sessions on the two conference days, with plenty of extremely good national and international speakers.

Also, there is an “Early Bird” offer available which can save you €150 on the standard registration price. This offer is only available until Christmas Eve, so go and treat yourself to an early Christmas present and register now!

So if you are planning your training for next year and would like to visit Germany, combine the two and come and visit SQL Konferenz.

Wir sehen uns dort :)

Speaking at SQLSaturday 356 Slovenia

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I have been selected to speak at one of my favourite SQLSaturdays – in Ljubljana. I will be presenting my session “Replication: What, How, Why” which I have presented before at a few other events.

As I understand it, the event is actually full up. This means two things:

  1. You are registered and will be attending: Yay for you, please make sure you do attend. If you can’t attend, please make sure to de-register so that other people may have the chance to attend instead.
  2. You are not registered and would like to come: Put your name on the waiting list and hope that you can attend.

I’m really looking forward to coming to Ljubljana again, it is one of my favourite cities and is especially beautiful in the winter.

If you can make it to SQLSaturday Slovenia, come and say “Hi”. I’ll only be on a flying visit, landing in Slovenia on Saturday and leaving again on Sunday, but I intend to enjoy myself for the brief time I’m there.

See you in 9 days!

Speaking at SQL Server Days 2014 in Belgium

I’m Speaking at SQL Server Days 2014 in Belgium

Back in the spring I met two Belgian guys when I spoke at SQL Saturday Exeter, those guys were Pieter Vanhove ( b | t ) and Steve Verschaeve ( b | t ) and they told me about a conference that they are involved in: SQL Server Days

This annual conference is one of the larger SQL Server conferences in Europe, with over 300 attendees and has a whole host of world class speakers providing full day pre-con sessions and the standard 60 minute sessions.

Over a beer (or three) Pieter and Steve convinced me that this conference is one of the “must attend” conferences, so when their call for speakers was announced I submitted a couple of sessions.

A few weeks ago, the first (pre-con) speakers were announced. I saw the names and realised that Pieter and Steve meant business – the pre-con line-up is extremely good. Some of the biggest names in the SQL Server community are in attendance and there are subjects to account for anyone’s taste.

After seeing the pre-con speaker names I wasn’t going to hold my breath on being chosen to speak. However, last night I got the confirmation that my session “Consolidation – Resistence is Futile” has made the list!

I look forward to visiting Belgium for the first time (I’ve driven through Belgium often enough, but never stopped) and have been promised that Belgian beer is the best in the world…… we’ll see……

So if you are thinking of attending, make sure to book soon, The early bird offer (expires 15.07) will give you a discount and the site says that the first 100 registrations are eligible for a buy two get one free offer.

So don’t wait, get registered now and I’ll see you there at the end of September.

SQLHangout 21 with Boris Hristov – SQL Community: Why Bother?

SQLHangout 21 with Boris Hristov – SQL Community: Why Bother?

I met up with Boris Hristov ( b | t ) online again last night to talk with him on his regular webcast SQLHangouts.  We talked for about half an hour about the topic “SQL Community: Why Bother?”

This was the second time that I have spoken with Boris in the SQLHangout format after our first talk back in January and I really enjoyed it again.  We chatted a bit about how getting involved in the community is really easy and also really important.  You can get personal gratification from helping people out (it really feels good to help solve problems), but you are also investing in your career at the same time.

One point that I tried to squeeze in at the end of the talk was involvement in the community at a non-technical level.  This is an area that is full of “unsung heroes” and I always try and make a point of at least saying thanks to the group of people who do all the work behind the scenes.  Booking locations, arranging schedules, liaising with speakers, cleaning/setting up rooms etc. These people do a lot of work that just doesn’t get seen.  Having helped out as a non-speaking volunteer with a couple of events, I know that there is a *lot* of leg-work involved in making an event run smoothly.  So even though I only give them a small shout out, I really appreciate their commitment and support and if you don’t know how to get involved in your part of the SQL (or any) community, start out with volunteering.  There is always something you can do, and it is a very nice starting point.

Thanks to everyone that takes part in the SQL Community, it is a really strong group of people and gets stronger each day.

My call to action here is: Get involved, go and speak with your local UG and see how you can help. Register for your nearest SQL Saturday and tick the box as a volunteer and offer to do anything you can think of to help them out. Submit sessions to your UG or a SQL Saturday, then present – it is a really fun and exciting experience and can lead to greater things. Whatever you decide on doing, just get involved!

Thanks again to Boris for inviting me to his webcast, I’m more than happy to join you again in the future.

So, enough of my waffling on! Here is the recording of SQLHangout 21: