This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at SQL Saturday Houston. I enjoyed catching up with some friends while I also took the time to make some new ones as well.
This year I gave two different sessions. The first one in the morning was Azure Databases for DBA’s. The second one was Why Did My Plan Change, Intro to Query Store.
This was the first time I presented my Azure Databases for DBA’s talk at a conference. I got some great feedback and it was a lot of fun. I ended up using videos for the demos to make sure they would fit within the timeline of the presentation. Running the High Availability and Disaster Recovery Virtual Chapter I am always thinking of backup strategies this even includes my own demos 😉
At the end of the day I gave my “Why Did My Plan Change: Intro to Query Store” presentation. I was able to tell some real-world stories about lessons learned while monitoring plan changes and explain how upgrades can greatly improve performance when you find the few queries that run slower after an upgrade and fix them.
THE CAR THAT WOULDN’T START
Leaving the event I though I was on my way to the after party when I realized my 1990 Volvo wouldn’t start. Some people would be upset and frustrated but looking back a few days later, I was blessed. Let me explain. Instead of being stranded by myself Jamey Johnston stayed to help. He made sure I would be okay. The bonus in this for me was that I was able to chat with Jamey and get to know him better. He is an amazing guy. I wish we had a lot more people like Jamey in our SQL Server Community!