SQL Server Training Calendar

It is no secret that I like training.  Some would say that I train on SQL Server topics excessively, but the more I train the more I realize I have more to learn.  I’m often asked by new and veteran SQL Server professionals where they can get quality training.   There is a wealth of […]

Speaking at SQL Saturday 131 in Phoenix

On Saturday 4/28 I will be speaking at SQL Saturday in Phoenix, AZ.  SQL Saturday is a unique free  training event for SQL Server professionals and offers several hours of high-quality training on just about any topic associated with databases. I have two sessions:  9 Habits to Secure a Stellar Performance Review and 5 SSIS […]

Introduction to Scrum for Database Professionals

Chances are, if you work in IT you’ve heard someone evangelizing Scrum and Agile software development.  There are 3 topics that software developers shouldn’t talk about at cocktail parties: religion, politics and which method they use to manage software projects.  Most developers each have a strong opinion of what works and what doesn’t.  So what […]

Free training! Register for 24 Hours of PASS today!

In two weeks the SQL Server community will come together for a unique training event, 24 Hours of PASS.  This event is put on by the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and features 24 one-hour training sessions.   And best of all, these sessions are completely free. I’m a huge advocate of 24 Hours of […]

SQL Saturday 108 in Redmond, WA

Note: This post was originally published on my old blog site, hansql.wordpress.com. I have the good fortune of being able to present at SQL Saturday 108 in Redmond, WA tomorrow.  This is my first SQL Saturday session, and I’m very excited to present on this topic. My session is titled “5 SSIS Tips to Take […]

Presentation: Partitioning For the Win!

Note: This post was originally published on my old blog site, hansql.wordpress.com. Last night I had the pleasure of presenting at the Arizona SQL Server User Group meeting.  I was called in to present at the last minute, and I gave a session titled “Partitioning For the Win! An Introduction to SQL Server Partitioning“.  Here’s […]

Re-Post: Where to Find Training

Note: This post was originally published on my old blog site, hansql.wordpress.com. Another one of those questions I’m often asked is how someone can start learning about SQL Server.  There are many options, and I’m going to share some of my favorites with you. Some colleges teach SQL Server courses, so you could always take […]

Re-blog: Meme Monday: SQL Family

Note: This post was originally published on my old blog site, hansql.wordpress.com. Today’s Meme Monday theme is the warm-and-fuzzy topic of #SQLFamily, and I’ve already read some wonderful posts chock full of happiness.  There’s a good reason for this: The SQL Server community has earned the title #SQLFamily by being the most open, inviting, and […]

Re-blog: Meme Monday – 11 words or less

There’s a phenomenon sweeping through the SQL Twitterverse today called Meme Monday.  It’s the brainchild of Thomas LaRock, a.k.a. SQLRockstar (Blog | Twitter).  I like where this idea is going; visions of Xzibit are dancing through my head (ooh, idea: let’s make “Yo Dawg” the next Meme Monday). This Monday’s meme is to “Write a […]

Re-blog: DBA Preschool 2: Choosing Your Calling

Note: This post was originally published on my old blog site, hansql.wordpress.com. I’m often asked how one should choose what aspect of SQL Server they should focus on when starting out. Essentially, they’re trying to decide what job role they should prepare for. There’s a lot of variety offered by SQL Server, and there are […]