Presenting at PASS Data Community Summit 2021!

Presenting at PASS Data Community Summit 2021!

It's that time of year again - the air is cold and that means it's once again time for PASS Summit. It really doesn't feel like a year has passed! While the pandemic once again means that the summit will be virtual, I'm still looking forward to the opportunities to present and (virtually) meet up with old friends and hopefully make some new ones too! Session I'm proud as punch of my new session this year, entitled Recovering With Minimal Impact - Advanced Database Restore Methods. Here's the abstract: For mission-critical databases, backups are only half the battle – restores…
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I’m Speaking at Data Community Weekender Europe!

I am extremely honored to be speaking at a new online conference - the very first Data Community Weekender Europe! Data Community Weekender Europe was created to address the need for an online data platform conference since so many in-person events around the world have been cancelled as of late. It's taking place on Saturday 2nd May 2020. The organizers have put together an amazing schedule consisting of experts from all over the world, and it's going to be awesome! My Session I'll be presenting a session entitled Dipping Your Toes Into Azure Data Lake: What's a Data Lake? This…
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I’m Speaking at Data Platform Discovery Day!

I'm always honored to be chosen to present at events, but I'm especially happy to be speaking at the first ever Data Platform Discovery Day! Data Platform Discovery Day is "A free one-day virtual conference introducing you to the Microsoft Data Platform", and it's new this year. It's actually 2 days, consisting of 10 sessions, each 50 minutes long. There's a U.S. edition taking place on April 29, and a European edition on April 30. Anyone can attend or speak at either edition, the only real difference is time zone convenience. My Session I'll be presenting a classic session entitled…
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Chicago SQL Association – Now With A New Logo!

A while back I wrote about starting a not-for-profit, detailing the genesis of the Chicago SQL Association. This organization allows us to better manage the finances of our user groups and our SQL Saturday event. That post has proven quite popular, so I can only assume it has been helpful to others looking to set up their own legal entities. With that in mind, I would like to share our recent experience of getting a new logo designed. Why Our original (and now former) logo was designed by...me. Over a period of about two hours. I am not a graphic…
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I’m a Microsoft MVP!

I’m a Microsoft MVP!

The Friday before I left for PASS Summit, I was shocked and surprised to find out that I had been presented the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Data Platform. My shock was genuine, as this was just about the last thing I was expecting. And then the congratulations and other kind words started rolling in from tons of #sqlfamily and other corners of the internet. My Twitter and Facebook exploded. I didn't get very much done that day. PASS Summit was also an even more incredible experience than usual as I had so many people congratulating me in…
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