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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.

Emsland SQL Server User Group

I have lived in the Emsland for over a decade and have missed visiting a user group that whole time.  The nearest one to me is about 90 minutes drive away, so was not really a viable option.

After starting to speak at conferences last year, I understand the need for local user groups. This is where people can meet more regularly than at conferences, where they can find like minded people who also live nearby (some conferences are on entirely different continents, which is cool, but makes it difficult to keep in touch).

With that in mind, I have decided that it is about time that the North West of Germany, or rather the Emsland, should have its own SQL Server User Group.

We are rushing the start a little, because I want to take advantage of having Jonathan Allen ( b | t ) over for a visit in June.

Our first meeting will be on the 19.06 starting at 17:30 (CST) at the IT Emsland in Lingen. Jonathan will be presenting his session “Extended Events – Not so tricky as you might think” (in English) and I will be presenting my session “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistence is Futile” (English or German).

If you want to attend (or attend future meetings), please let me know. We have a contact formular setup or you can get in touch with my via Twitter or email (william_durkin at live dot com).

I look forward to how this turns out.

See you there!

SQL Hangout with Boris Hristov

I spoke at SQL Saturday in Slovenia just before Christmas and had a great time.  Whilst I was there I made a new SQL friend – Boris Hristov ( t | b ) a SQL Server expert from Bulgaria. He attended my session on SQL Server consolidation and joined in to an interesting discussion towards the end of the session.

After Christmas, Boris got in touch with me and asked if I would like to be a guest on his regular SQL Server Hangout “show” and talk with him about consolidating SQL Servers. I liked the sound of that, so we met up on G+ and had a pretty informal/unplanned chat about our experiences with consolidation and what we think needs special attention.

Boris said he will be posting more details about the Hangout on his blog, but in the mean time, here is the recording:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFbnOXPKLYI

Please make sure to check out the other Hangouts in the series, as Boris has managed to record some really interesting topics with experts from all over the world.

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!

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!