Speaking at Chicago Suburban SQL Server User Group!

Next week I am happy to be presenting for the Chicago Suburban SQL Server User Group, which meets in Downers Grove, IL. I will be delivering my session Locks, Blocks, and Snapshots: Maximizing Database Concurrency. This takes a look at SQL Server’s available isolation levels, what they are, how they differ, and why the default setting of “read committed” may not be appropriate for your workload. It should not only be helpful, but lots of fun as well. I hope you can join us! The meeting is on Tuesday, April 17, and you can register and find further details here!
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Speaking at SQL Saturday Madison 2018!

I'm very pleased to be returning to Wisconsin in April to speak at SQL Saturday Madison 2018! This has always been one of my favorite events. Not only is it close to home, but it's in a wonderful location and full of great friends. Thank you so much to the organizing committee for all of the hard work you do! This year I will be presenting Locks, Blocks, and Snapshots: Maximizing Database Concurrency. This light-hearted and informative session will take a look at SQL Server's available isolation levels, what they are, how they differ, and why the default setting of…
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I’m speaking at SQLBits!

I'm so proud to be speaking at SQLBits - Europe's largest SQL Server conference! It took me several years of abstract submission before I was accepted to speak at PASS Summit. Once I spoke there, I set my sights on presenting internationally. After some more attempts, I now have the amazing opportunity to present in London and deliver not one but TWO sessions! They are: VLDBs: Lessons Learned Whoever coined the term "one size fits all" was not a DBA. Very large databases (VLDBs) have different needs from their smaller counterparts, and the techniques for effectively managing them need to…
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24 Hours of PASS: Data Security and Quality Wrapup

Thank you to all who attended my session on "Passive Security for Hostile Environments" back on the 3rd of this month. I consider it an honor to be part of such a wonderful lineup. I just received my evaluations and comments, and am very happy to report that the results were extremely positive. Thank you very much to the people who took the time to rate my presentation and offer feedback, which I will include below. I was also very surprised to hear that my session had 193 attendees, which puts it in the top five in terms of attendance…
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Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Data Security and Quality

I'm extremely proud to be speaking at the upcoming 24 Hours of PASS: Data Security and Data Quality webinar on May 3-4 2017. For years now I've been wanting to present for 24 Hours of PASS, and I'm very excited and grateful for the opportunity! If you're not familiar, 24 Hours of PASS is a series of 24 free webcasts delivered over 24 hours. My presentation, "Passive Security for Hostile Environments" is on May 3rd at 15:00 GMT! Here's the abstract: Ideal database security settings usually exist in books, but rarely in reality. Is your CIO a member of the sysadmin…
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