If you haven’t read it yet you should take the time to read the follow up by Amazon following a serious outage of their web services. It’s a good note, decent amount of details and not defensive, which is the best you can do when something goes wrong on a grand scale. It’s interesting to […]Read more "Thoughts on the Amazon Outage"
I received the email this week that I won’t be getting a place on the schedule for SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa on January 15, 2011, nor will the other chapter leaders from Florida. The event team received a lot of abstracts and even with limiting each speaker to one, there still wasn’t enough room for […]Read more "SQLSaturday #62–Too Many Speakers"
The call for speakers is open through December 15, 2010, and I hope many of you will take the chance to throw a session or two into the SQLRally hat. Whether you get picked or not for the final program, it’s fun to be in the game, to enjoy the wait and the voting and […]Read more "SQLRally Call for Speakers Closes December 15, 2010"
Consider this one a thinking out loud post more than most. We’ve had an explosion of speakers in the SQL Server world over the past three years, and more arriving every day. That’s an unbelievably good thing for our community and our profession for a lot of reasons. Almost all do a passable or better […]Read more "Begining Thoughts on a PASS Speaker Certification"
I saw this post (please do read it) about introducing speakers and it reminded me that I wanted to write about it too. At the July oPASS meeting I did the introduction for Kendal Van Dyke, and it just felt like the right thing to do. We’ve been a little lax about it, and in […]Read more "Introducing Speakers"
Continuing on from Part 2, I want to continue this time with two points I left open last time: How to qualify who gets help in terms of funding to speak Whether there is really a speaker shortage I want to start with the second point. Is there a shortage of speakers? The honest answer […]Read more "Growing the Pool of SQL Speakers – Part 3"
About a week ago I wrote Part 1, and got some interesting feedback (which I appreciate). Today I want to try to think about some of those comments and try to evolve the idea some. I want to defend my ideas a little, but not sink into defensiveness. I definitely expect my own thinking to […]Read more "Growing the Pool of SQL Speakers – Part 2"
Yesterday I had the Adversity Index, today it’s the Power Grid from MediaIte. It attempts to score the power of reporters and writers, media owners, etc, by using a lot of different data points; number of TV minutes, number of Twitter followers, etc. Here’s the view as I write this: Being mildly competitive, I have […]Read more "The Power Grid (No, Not THAT Power)"
In a nutshell, I’m interested in growing and diversifying the pool of speakers that focus on SQL Server. You might ask why, is there a shortage? The answer to that is…in some areas. For example, when Greg Larsen set up SQLSaturday #11 in Tacoma we really struggled to find speakers. But that’s not all of […]Read more "Growing the Pool of SQL Server Speakers"