Upcoming Events for Fall 2012

I will be attending the following events in the upcoming months:

Tampa IT Pro Camp – Saturday, September 22nd 2012 in Tampa, Florida

At this event I’ll be presenting my “Intro to SQL Server for IT Professionals” session.

Oracle OpenWorld – Sunday, September 30th – October 4th 2012 in San Francisco, California

I’ll be an attendee as well as participating as a panel member in the Real-World Operational Reporting with Oracle GoldenGate: Customer Panel 

Oregon SQL Saturday #172 – Saturday, November 3rd 2012 in Portland, Oregon

I’m still waiting for the schedule to be announced before I know if I’ll be speaking, but I will definitely be attending.

PASS Summit 2012 – Tuesday, November 6th – 9th 2012 in Seattle, Washington

This will be my 5th consecutive PASS Summit and my first year as an alumni mentor.  This is the premier conference for SQL Server and an event that I look forward to all year.

Olympia SQL Saturday #166 – Saturday, November 10th 2012 in Olympia, Washington

I’m still waiting for the schedule to be announced for this event as well, but I will definitely be attending.

An event that has unfortunately fallen off of my list, but still needs to be mentioned –

Orlando SQL Saturday #151 – Saturday, September 29th 2012 in Orlando, Florida 

This was the original SQL Saturday event and never disappoints.  I’m really sorry that I’m going to miss this year’s event, but will all of the upcoming travel I need to spend some quality time with my wife.

This fall is going to be very busy, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

My Shot At The Majors…

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.

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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.

What’s Next?

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:

SQL Saturday #77 – June 4th – Pensacola, Florida

The Orlando PASS User Group Meeting – June 14th – Orlando, Florida

The PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter Meeting – June 15th – Webcast

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.