Today I got my annual email from PASS HQ to vote for the Board of Director elections. I always like to vote for who I think can add value to my favorite IT organization.
Today, I am happy and proud to vote for a new candidate who I know will be a great leader for PASS. I have known Ryan Adams for years. I remember meeting him for the first time at the 1st BI SQL Saturday in Dallas. It’s amazing how much stuff Ryan has accomplished since that day as a volunteer for PASS.
The reason why I am voting for Ryan is because he has already done the work I would expect from a PASS Board of Director. He is the example for what a Regional Mentor should be. I would know as I was his co-RM. Ryan took loose requirements where very little is required and make sure his region is successful. Ryan also manages the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter and created the Performance Palooza that keeps growing every year. In his free time, he also helps out with the Dallas SQL Saturdays and is also on the board of directors for the Dallas User Group.
I look forward to seeing Ryan on the Board of Directors. It’s amazing how much he gives to the community without ever expecting anything back!
Check out the annual Performance Palooza hosted by the Performance Virtual Chapter on July 23rd, 2015. This is a virtual online event open to the public and it’s absolutely free. We’ll have 8 back to back sessions with start times from 10am to 5pm Central Time.
I am honored to be selected to speak and kick off the event. I think you will love the other sessions too. Check them all out below.
In January we the Austin SQL Server User Group had a blast putting on SQL Saturday #361. We had so much fun we wanted to do it again on January 30th 2016. We are currently looking for both regular speakers and also pre-con speakers. If you would be interested in speaking the call for abstracts is open until November 15th.
If you are interested in giving an all-day paid session on Friday, January 29th 2016 please send your abstracts and marketing plans to promote the event to sqlsaturday461 @ sqlsaturday.com. We plan to have selected pre-cons announced by the end of July.
Being that today is my birthday I thought I would share a nice gift to everyone who follows my blog. Below is a free link to a recorded video of one of my latest presentations that goes over multiple SQL Server developer anti-patterns I see repeated over and over again in the field. Most of these are patterns that any IT professionals can identify and fix just by identifying the pattern and changing the pattern to another one shown in the video that is optimizer friendly. I promise no brain surgery is required 😉
Make Your SQL Server Queries Go Faster
I hope you enjoy the hour long video on making your SQL Server queries go faster!
If you want to play along feel free to download the sample scripts. If you want to learn more about being a proactive performance tuner check out my root cause performance analysis blog series which includes my What Is Running Script, Disk Latency, Wait Stats monitor processes and more..
I was honored this morning to see that I was selected by Grant Fritchey ( blog | twitter) as the Speaker of the Month for May 2015. It feels great to be
May 2015 Speaker of the Month
acknowledged by your peers. Some people might think I am crazy to spend my own money on travel to deliver 30 SQL Server sessions over the past year and they might be right. With that said, every time I attend SQL Saturdays, Virtual Chapters, and User Group meetings I always learn something. I am blessed to be in a community that gives me the opportunity to connect, share and learn.
The following are some upcoming speaking engagements. If you are attending any of these events I look forward to seeing you.
Kansas City Developers Conference
Austin SQL Server User Group
SQL Saturday Pittsburgh (Assuming I get Selected)
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This week I had the pleasure to join Mark Moore my local SQL Server TSP in Austin to deliver two separate events in Austin and San Antonio to help get people up to speed on some of the Self-Service BI tools included in the Microsoft stack. I had a great time connecting, sharing and learning with new friends.
The following are some links I wanted to share on PowerBI and PowerPivot that I talked about during my session.
PowerPivot for DBAs (Slide Deck) -> http://johnsterrett.com/presentations/powerpivot-for-dbas/
Dallas BI Edition SQL Saturday on May 2nd ->https://www.sqlsaturday.com/396/eventhome.aspx
Channel 9 PowerPivot Free Videos -> https://channel9.msdn.com/Search?term=PowerPivot#ch9Search
Channel 9 PowerBI Free Videos -> https://channel9.msdn.com/Search?term=PowerBI#ch9Search&lang-en=en
SQLPASS Virtual Chapters -> http://www.sqlpass.org/PASSChapters/VirtualChapters.aspx
Business Analytics Virtual Chapter -> http://bavc.sqlpass.org/
Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter -> http://bi.sqlpass.org/
Austin SQL Server User Group -> http://cactuss.org/
San Antonio SQL Server User Group -> http://www.salssa.com/
I am a Outstanding PASS Volunteer!
It is an honor to receive the Outstanding PASS Volunteer Award for February 2015. It means a lot to be nominated for this award from my peers. My single goal last year was to bring SQL Saturday back to Austin. On January 31st 2015 we had a great day that allowed 280 people the chance to connect, share and learn. It would have never happened without these key individuals who spent a lot of time helping make the SQL Saturday happen. Thank you Steve Ormrod, Richard Heim, Mike Burek, Jim Murphy and AJ Mendo.