Category Archives: Speaking

Speaking at SQLSaturday #269 in Exeter

I received some great news last night; I have been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday #269 in Exeter on the 22nd of March.

I will be presenting my session “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is futile” where I will be going over some details and stumbling blocks when trying to approach a consolidation project.

This is a return to my speaking roots – I gave my first ever public speaking session at last year’s SQL Saturday in Exeter.  I enjoyed myself so much that I went on to speak a further 4 times last year and have been bitten by the speaking bug,

I am really looking forward to coming back to Exeter – the hosts Jonathan Allen ( t | b ) and his wife Annette ( t ) have been good friends and mentors to me over the past few years, so seeing them is always good.  Speaking at SQL Saturdays is really fun and I really enjoy getting to meet people in the community and discussing all things SQL, so if you spot me there, come and have a chat.

If you want some really good free training (not forgetting the pre-con day the day before!) and would like to see a bit of the South-West of the UK, head on down to SQL Saturday #269 in Exeter on the 21st and 22nd of March., going by last year’s event you will *not* be disappointed!

I hope to see you there!

I am an award nominee!

Just a quick post while I’m on my way to speak at SQL Saturday 274 in Slovenia.

I received an email telling me that I have been nominated for the Tribal Awards in the category “Best New Community Voice”.  I am thrilled to have been nominated and am listed along with some really good “community voices”.

To make sure that there is plenty of participation, there is a chance for voters (you lot!) to win a $50 amazon voucher, by placing your vote via twitter using the hashtag #TribalAwards.

You can also vote on multiple categories via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TribalAwardsVoting – after voting you can get a bunch of free stuff from red-gate too.

So please stop by the link above and cast your votes for the different categories, making sure to click my name (“William Durkin”) to ensure I get the award 😀

Cheers

William

SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile: Remote presentation for SQL Southwest, 21st November 2013

I am booked to speak at the SQL Southwest User Group in the UK on the 21st of November at some time from 18:00 (GMT) onwards.

This will be a new session on SQL Server consolidation titled “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile!”.  The session will cover the reasons for and against consolidation and hopefully help you to understand how consolidation can be performed in your environment. Due to the subject there won’t be many demos (if at all) and it will be more of a high-level discussion.

The session will be run remotely using a yet to be decided medium (GoToMeeting, WebEx or something similar), which will be a first for me.  A suitable link or login details will be made available via the SQL Southwest website and I will tweet the details ahead of time too.  I have been informed that there will be some sort of question/answer capability which will also be communicated in advance and during the session.

I hope to see you there!

2 MVPs & 1 DBA – See me speak in Dublin

2 MVPs & 1 DBA

You live in or around Dublin and don’t have any plans for Friday the 29th of November? (or maybe you want to go but haven’t managed to get there yet)

Then get yourself down to the Microsoft Auditorium in Dublin for a FREE 4 hour “Half Day Conference” starring Mladen Prajdić ( b | t ), André Kamman ( b | t ) (2 MVPs) and myself (DBA).

Registration for the event: Register

We’ll most likely be speaking on (session voting is still in progress):

  • Extended Events (Mladen)
  • Building a monitoring system with Powershell Remoting (André)
  • SQL Server Consolidation (Me)

The conference will run from 14:00 until 18:00 with an open end in terms of discussions. We may get kicked out of the Microsoft building, but we can continue talking over a pint afterwards.

I look forward to seeing you in Dublin!

P.S. Its for FREE!

See me speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter

I'm Speaking at SQL Saturday 194

After a long time and plenty of prodding by a few SQL People I have finally submitted and been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter on the 9th of March.

My talk: Database Replication – What, How and Why will be about SQL Server Replication (surprise, surprise). I’ll be trying to explain the ins and outs of how replication works inside SQL Server and go into what components make up replication. I will finish up explaining when/why you would use replication.

I chose this topic because I work with replication on a daily basis and it seems to be a rare topic at conferences.  The reasoning for that could be that a) no-one uses replication or b) no-one wants to talk about it.  Either way, I was chosen and that means I am now knuckling down and trying to patch together a semi-coherent presentation on the topic.

Luckily I have a few people that are going to be there offering moral support (I hope). I am also on the volunteer team so that I can busy myself before my session to hopefully keep my nerves in check.

If you haven’t already booked and you are able to make it down to Exeter, take a look at the schedule and I am sure you’ll be convinced that it would be a good use of your time. Just look at the speaker line-up, some of the biggest and best names from around the world will be speaking, so please register and come and see some excellent content…… for free!

SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter