Can you believe that it has been 6 and a half years since I started collecting community training events on a calendar on this site?   I think it is time we take things to the next level.

Community training has been key to my career as a data professional.   You see, when I started working on applications I was thrown in at the deep end.  I’d spent several years cutting my teeth on code as a web developer, doing some work with Microsoft Access and SQL Server along the way.  And then one day I found out that my department’s high-priced database consultant was moving on to a new business venture.  I immediate went to my director’s desk and told her I wanted to do his workload, instead of her hiring a replacement consultant.   Two weeks later I had the job title Senior Database Administrator and no real idea what I was doing.  I was thrown in at the deep end of the pool, and had to learn to swim.

I turned to the giants in the world of SQL Server, who were just giving away the best training I’d ever seen.  People like Brent Ozar, Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp, and Kendra Little, these folks were making the community better one web presentation at a time.   There isn’t another technology community out there that’s had such an open library of free information.  The SQL Server community has been good to me, and that’s why I started collecting those training events into a calendar on my site.

A month ago I officially move the calendar to SQLTrainingCalendar.com, and I am thrilled with the results so far!  I am collecting all of the SQL Server events I can find.  Most are free, and but I’ve included the best of the paid events as well.  I try to avoid the webinars that are just sponsors showing off their latest applications, but I list sponsors on all training events to show our gratitude for their help.

So please jump over to SQLTrainingCalendar.com and find some events to join!  If you have an event you’d like listed, please use the Contact Form to let me know and I’ll do my best to get it added.  Learn well, my friends!