Most SQLSaturday’s do ok when it comes to finding speakers, the results of an incredible speaker mailing list and a lot of reasons for speakers to participate – I’d say a combination of a chance to learn in addition to presenting, the chance to spend time with other speakers, and the sheer fun of going […]Read more "SQL Speakers–Will You Accept The Chapter Challenge?"
I did an online presentation about PCI and Credit Card Security for BSSUG last night and it went pretty well, with one minor pain point – at very points in the presentation I was hearing myself on about a 1 second (or it seemed) delay. I was using my phone and a Bluetooth headset and […]Read more "Presentation to the Baltimore SQL Group on July 15, 2014"
Here’s the latest update on our registrations. We’re still ahead of all our previous events, that’s good, and we’re 2 weeks (or less) from announcing our schedule and I expect that to mark the beginning of the standard spike upward. Looking at this I realize that I don’t know what caused the nice bump at […]Read more "Building The SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 23"
Had our second planning meeting, still trying to complete the email template and realized we had not clearly defined two tasks for this week; finish the template and send out the first promo for the seminars. Easy to get it jumbled on a call, should have caught it in the notes. Not a huge thing. […]Read more "Building the SQLSaturday Orlando Marketing Plan-Part 22"
If you work with colleagues that aren’t as interested in growing and learning as you are, I hope you’ll read Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug. It’s both a how-to and a caution against pushing too hard. It’s an interesting topic, I’ll be curious to see the tone of the discussion that develops.Read more "SSC Editorial: Infect Your Colleagues with the Learning Bug"
Most PASS Chapter meetings are supported by sponsors who either provide money which is often used for food and drink, or sometimes bringing the food, or picking up the check at a nearby restaurant for the “after” event. In return sponsors get a mention in the meeting opening and if they are in town, a […]Read more "Some Ideas for Meeting Sponsors"
Probably you’ve heard about it already, but a quick post just in case – you can download a 100 or so ebooks from Microsoft – for free, no registration required. Here’s the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-ever-including-windows-8-1-windows-8-windows-7-office-2013-office-365-office-2010-sharepoint-2013-dynamics-crm-powershell-exchange-server-lync-2013-system-center-azure-cloud-sql.aspx.Read more "Free Ebooks From Microsoft"
Rained as I left (early) for the meeting, confirming again why I always leave early – stuff happens (in Orlando, rain = commute time * 1.5 or more) New location for ONETUG in the Orlando Public Library downtown, public parking garage directly across the street ($2/hour) Meeting was on the 2nd floor in the new […]Read more "Notes from the July 2014 ONETUG Meeting"
An SSIS question! How’s that for a change of pace? SSIS Column Export is, as you might well surmise, about the export column transform. I used it recently to export a kazillion or so images and thought it would be a nice, middle of the road question. Give it a try.Read more "SSIS Column Export-Question of the Day"
Last week ended up better than expected when PASS decided to release feedback to speakers (selected or not) who requested it. I imagine many did and the feedback on the feedback was surprisingly good – and that is good. That’s a good step and I hope it will be become standard to deliver that feedback […]Read more "A Few More Thoughts on Summit Session Selection & Growing Speakers"