The Power of User Groups

Fascination has always been with me when thinking of developing local talent. It has helped me immensely in my career both as an attendee, presenter, chapter leader, and more. One can glean immense value from becoming involved in a local UG (user group), whether by the connections made in networking, friendships formed, or learning something …

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Is ROI for Vendors Worth the SQL Saturday Investment?

Piggy backing onto the recent SQL Saturday post here in Louisville, I wanted to take a more in-depth look, from my perspective, on how vendors all fit into these events. Having the opportunity to work alongside these vendors has been both a learning experience for myself along with forming new bonds along the way. Louisville …

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Are SQL Saturday’s Worth It?

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be a part of Louisville’s (for those local the ‘ville) SQL Saturday event held at Indiana Wesleyan. Most of you who end up on this site are probably familiar with it, but for those that aren’t familiar with SQL Saturday events you can check out their site here. Now to …

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Community Involvement–Why Wait?

Everyone has a story; some stories are similar while some stories are vastly different. People always make the statement that you shouldn’t “assume” because if you do….well then you know what happens! I will go out on a limb and gather to say that many fall into the category I did when it comes to …

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Q and A With SQL MVP Chris Shaw

This has been a long time in the making, back in 2011 I attended a session at PASS Summit by SQL MVP Chris Shaw (B|T). Little did I know that he would become one of my mentors, good friend, and someone I'm truly thankful for. I approached Chris awhile back if he would be interested …

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Impact Player Series – Part 1

I wanted to start this series in regards to impact players that go above and beyond in the SQL Community. Coming from a sports background this resonates well with me and by the end of the year will have a 12 person roster. I get asked a lot when I go to events, conferences, talks, …

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SQL Sentry Plan Explorer – Don’t Leave Home Without It

If you've been around me long enough then you realize that I am a Red Gate fanatic. With that said I've grown accustomed to another utility called SQL Sentry Plan Explorer by SQL Sentry. I’m a big Aaron Bertrand (B|T) fan and he is the one that first introduced me to this utility via his …

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