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  • Wearing Four Hats at SQLBits 2017

    I know there are lots of great blog posts already out there from great people sharing their experiences from SQLBits. However, I hope none of them can offer an account quite as unique as mine from this years event. Why? Well, most people go to SQLBits as attendee’s to learn, network and socialise. This certainly applies to me. But ‘attendee’ was just 1 of my 4 hats (roles) at SQLBits 2017. In this post I’d like to…

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  • SQL in Seattle – My PASS Summit 2016

    This year was my first time at the PASS summit in Seattle. I’d of course been to plenty of other community events and conferences, but this was the big one! Spanning 3x days with 15x tracks to choose from in 4x rounds of sessions per day. Excluding precons. Really words don’t do the event or the venue justice. It’s massive. You basically need to see it for yourself. Which leads to the question, why write a blog post about it?…

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  • My SQL Relay 2016

    In 2015 I attended a SQL Relay day in Birmingham, as a humble attendee with a colleague. I sat on the edge of my seat in every session soaking up all I could from the speakers. I remember being in awe of these technical rock stars that gave their knowledge to the community. A community that was strongly bonded and recognised by many sponsors. In 2016 the humble attendee was long gone. I was now heavily involved supporting operational…

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  • SQL Battleships

    When Battleships Met SQL Server, like Bailys meeting Coffee, but better. Do you have an equal love of the classic two player board game Battleship and also SQL Server database development? If the answer is yes (which it obviously should be) then this is the blog post for you! The next question that I’m more than happy to answer for you is; how can I combine these 2x loves?… Well my friend, please continue reading to find out. So, let’s…

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  • My Introduction to the SQL Server Community

    Once I was blind, but now I see! In the early part of 2015 (I think) a work colleague and friend suggested that on Thursday evening I attend the SQL Server Midlands User Group. The event was completely new to me, I’d never before ventured outside my professional comfort zone, or even had any appreciation that there was such a gathering about SQL Server locally. Anyway, I registered and got some more details. The event was currently ran…

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  • PASS Summit and MVP Summit 2015

    I’m currently sitting in Seattle-Tacoma airport waiting for BA048 to take me home, and coming to terms with what an amazing couple of weeks I’ve been fortunate to have. The PASS Summit I had the honour of being selected to speak at the PASS Summit last week, the biggest SQL Server conference in the World, with I believe in the region of 5,500 attendees. I’ve been a regular speaker at lots of the European events (SQL Bits, SQL…

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  • New Azure User Group in Birmingham

    We’re launching a new Azure user group in Birmingham, UK! The first session is on Thursday 16th April, 6.30pm at the MAC (Midlands Art Centre) next to Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The first session will feature two of the most prominent Azure MVPs in the UK; Richard Conway (Blog | Twitter) and Andy Cross (Blog | Twitter). With Cloud based solutions becoming ever more prevalent, focusing on providing free Azure training and information for the…

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  • Why you should start presenting at conferences

    Have you presented a session at a user group or a conference? No? then read on to find out why you need to change that. Many of the readers of this blog will be active members of the SQL Server community, reading/writing blogs themselves, going to conferences or user groups, partitipating in webinars, etc. We’re fortunate in the UK to have the most active SQL Server community in the World. Yes there are physically more user groups and…

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  • SQL Relay Interview

    A while back Richard Douglas interviewed me regarding my role as Chair of the SQL Relay 2013 conferences. You can read the resulting interview here! There’s only two weeks to go before the Relay starts in Glasgow, before travelling onto Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Cardiff, Reading and London. There are some spaces left at a few of the events, but register quick to make sure you don’t miss out! We’ve got Microsoft’s SQL…

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  • SQL Relay 2013

    SQL Relay 2013 is only a month away! If you’ve not signed up yet to SQL Relay 2013 then you’d better get in there quick, as 2 of the 8 events are already full… What is SQL Relay? A series of 8 SQL Server conferences around the UK, held between 17th June and 27th June. They are FREE to attend (thanks to the generous sponsors!), and each contains a full day of technical talks covering different aspects of SQL Server. Who’s…

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