Jan 282019

We have just under two months to go until SQL Saturday Chicago 2019!

This year we received 148 abstracts from 63 different speakers, and we are very pleased to announce our schedule. Thank you to all who submitted!

I hope to see you on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Benedictine University in Lisle for what will be a wonderful day of free training, networking, and career development. (Lunch is available for $15.)

We have once again broken our previous record for registration (set last year), and are now at capacity. But fear not! There are still ways you can attend:

Join our waiting list, as spots may open up. As the date nears, people often find they are unable to attend and then cancel their registration. As this occurs, people will be moved off the waiting list in the order that they joined. REGISTER HERE for our waiting list.

Register for a pre-conference session and be guaranteed a spot. We are offering 5 full-day pre-conference sessions on Friday, March 22.
These in-depth workshops are being conducted by experts in their respective fields. Pre-conference registration includes lunch. Additionally, pre-conference attendees can bypass the SQL Saturday waiting list and are guaranteed a spot. You can find out more information and register for pre-conference sessions at the links below:

I hope to see you here in March!

Jan 232019

I am very proud and happy to be a Friend of Redgate for a sixth year!

If you’re not familiar with the Friends of Redgate program, we work with the Redgate development and product teams to provide feedback on existing products, new tools, and feature enhancements. You can also find us doing things like speaking at events, writing articles on Redgate tools, and participating on the Redgate forums. Last year, I even got to present at SQL in the City Summit in Chicago as a result of being in this program.

Redgate is a wonderful organization to be associated with. Not only do they make great tools and publish some very helpful books, but they’re also extremely community-oriented. They sponsor many functions such as user group meetings and SQL Saturdays, and also put on their own events, such as SQL in the City Streamed and SQL in the City Summit.

Thank you so much, Redgate. I’m looking forward to another awesome year!

Jan 142019

I’m very happy to be taking part in a panel for the PASS HA/DR Virtual Group!

Topic: Ask Me Anything about SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery

Panel: David Klee, Ed Leighton-Dick, Anthony Nocentino, Bob Pusateri

Date/Time: Tuesday 15 January 2019, 18:00 UTC

Register Here

Over the past year, our meetings have had LOTS of questions that typically cause us to go well beyond our scheduled hour. This time, we’re dedicating an entire meeting to them! Bring whatever questions you might have about HA/DR features, architectures and anything else!

I really hope to see you there!

Jan 072019

The SQL Saturday Chicago 2019 team is very happy to announce this year’s pre-conference sessions! We received many submissions this year, and are pleased to offer the following:

Pre-conference sessions will take place on Friday, 22 March 2019. You can find out details about each session, pricing, and register by using the above links.

If you haven’t already registered for SQL Saturday Chicago, which takes place on Saturday, 23 March 2019, registration is open! As has been the case in previous years, in the event that registration fills and we go to a wait list, registering for a pre-conference session will allow you to bypass the wait list!

Stay tuned for more SQL Saturday Chicago updates – we hope to announce our general session schedule shortly!

Jan 032019

I was very fortunate to attend my first SQLBits last year, and wow was it an amazing time! Not just because it was in London either (though that was great too!) but because it is a tremendously well-organized conference with some incredible sessions and opportunities to network.

This year I not only get to return, but am honored to be presenting a pre-conference session with David Klee!

Sound great already? Register here!

SQLBits has many excellent pre-conference choices this year, but I think you will find ours particularly useful because we’re focused on cloud infrastructure. Infrastructure still matters, and yes it matters in the cloud too! Poor infrastructure choices can lead to poor performance, but in the cloud they can also lead to a much higher bill! Here’s the abstract:

While your on-premises infrastructure is likely maintained by another team, in the cloud this responsibility falls on you. Whether your organisation is just planning for the cloud, all-in, or leveraging a hybrid architecture, this course is designed to ramp you up on maximizing your investment in the cloud components that you utilize. Infrastructure skills are essential when managing your environment in the cloud. Knowledge is power; key items such as firewalls and connectivity, storage presentation and performance, baselining, and even platform selection are all necessary areas of concern. Capacity management is also crucial, as the old ways of “throwing hardware” at a performance problem will translate into a larger bill each month. Attend this session to learn how to efficiently manage cloud resources, set yourself apart from your peers, improve the performance of your mission-critical workloads,and potentially save your employer money!

We really hope to see you there!