Presenting at SQL Saturday Portland Oregon!

I'm very proud to once again be speaking at SQL Saturday in Portland, Oregon, coming up on November 3! Portland is one of my favorite cities and has long been one of my favorite SQL Saturday events. It also a wonderful way to ease in to a great week at PASS Summit, and the start point of the SQLTrain, both of which I mentioned in my PASS Summit Tips! As always, Portland's organizers have a top-notch schedule lined up, with an awesome array of speakers. My presentation is entitled “Select Stars: A SQL DBA’s Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB”. I’ve been…
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Speaking at SQL Saturday Boston 2018!

Speaking at SQL Saturday Boston 2018!

I'm very happy to be returning to Boston this weekend to speak at SQL Saturday Boston 2018. I last attended a few years ago and have been wanting to get back there ever since, so I'm happy the cards fell into place this time around! The organizers in Boston have put together an amazing schedule for the day that I'm really proud to be a part of. Check it out - they really have some top talent arranged on a wide variety of topics. As for myself, I'll be presenting a classic session that I feel will always be relevant: backup…
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Speaking at SQL Saturday Oslo 2018!

Speaking at SQL Saturday Oslo 2018!

I always feel honored when chosen to present at a SQL Saturday event. Being selected is never a guarantee, especially these days when organizers seemingly have more speakers and abstracts to pick from than ever before. But I am just over-the-moon happy to share that I was picked to speak at SQL Saturday in Oslo, Norway coming up on September 1. Norway has been on my list of places to visit for years, and I really can't wait. Thank you so much to the SQL Saturday Oslo organizing team for putting together an amazing schedule and for allowing me to be a…
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Starting a SQL Saturday Not-For-Profit

Starting a SQL Saturday Not-For-Profit

If you've been a SQL Saturday organizer for a few years, you might remember that prior to March of 2014, PASS handled much of the finances. All money collected from sponsors and meal fees went into a trust account managed by PASS which was earmarked for that specific event. Organizers then requested their funds from PASS. I completely understand why PASS would want to get out of doing this. PASS handles a lot of things, and to be honest, playing the role of banker for events organized and managed by volunteers doesn't need to be a part of that. While…
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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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