Last year I made a difficult decision to leave an organization that I had been part of for 8 years. I had developed very close relationships with so many people and I still care very much about the success of the organization, but I needed make the change for my continued growth.
As a direct result of that decision this year has become a significant building year for me, and to continue that growth I have submitted my first abstract to speak at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit this October in Seattle, Washington.
There are a number of reasons that a person would want to speak at a large conference like this, but the major factors for me are:
– The opportunity to grow as a speaker
– To share a technology I am passionate about
The opportunity to grow as a speaker
I spoke at my first technology event back in 2007 at the Tampa Code Camp. Since then I have had the privilege of speaking at Code Camps, SQL Saturdays, and most recently at the first ever IT Camp in Tampa. I love being able to help others by sharing my knowledge and always appreciate the chance to learn from them too. The next logical seemed is to submit for a larger event, and given my love of SQL Server, where else would I go but to PASS.
To share a technology I am passionate about
Anybody that knows me will tell you that I am a geek to the core. I love technology, but even more than that, I love using technology to solve problems. The purpose of technology is to make a task or process faster, easier, and less prone to error. That thought process works not just for the users we support, but for us as well. I am always looking for ways save time and make common tasks easier.
That pursuit has led me to my latest project, a streamlined deployment engine for SQL Server that is written in PowerShell. This process is currently being used in my organization and has already saved us hundreds of hours by reducing the time it takes to stand up a new SQL Server instance to 20 minutes. This includes everything from configuring MSDTC and verifying drive access, installing SQL Server, and then deploying all of our standard objects like databases, stored procedures, and agent jobs.
I feel so strongly that this process can help others that I have turned it into a CodePlex project for the entire community to use. I have found that public speaking is easier for me when I am passionate about the subject matter, and I have been so excited about this project that it seemed like the perfect session to submit to PASS.
As I work towards my first release of the project I will post articles explaining what it does, how it works, and how it can be easily customized for your organization. I will also continue to speak about at various events including the following:
If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please join me at any of the above events. If you are a member of PASS, please log on by the end of the day on May 20th and vote for my session in the Summit survey. And, if you are not a member of PASS, please consider joining.