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I Do Not Choose To Run

In just a few weeks' time I will travel to Vancouver to attend a PASS Board of Directors meeting. During that meeting the Board will hold our biennial officer elections. I wanted to take a brief moment of your time today to discuss these elections.I...

Enterprise Data World 2015 Recap

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend Enterprise Data World in Washington DC. I was not just at EDW as an attendee, I was also presenting two sessions. Since it was my first EDW that meant I had no idea what to expect either as an...

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What I’m Bringing To PASS Summit 2014

Tomorrow I fly West to Seattle, heading to the Microsoft MVP Summit for Sunday and Monday followed by the PASS Summit on Tuesday through Friday. I usually try to write some type of Summit preview post but time was short this year. Instead I decided...

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12 Tips for Being a Valued Speaker

I've been speaking to groups of people for over 20 years now. Whether it was a classroom, a sports team, a project meeting, a webinar, or a conference I've done them all. Over the years I've learned a handful of tips and tricks. With the...

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SQares

Last weekend some friends of mine (Jason Strate (blog | @stratesql), Tracy McKibben (blog | @RealSQLGuy)) jumped into a lake as part of a charity fundraiser. They even gave the event a hashtag: #SQLPlungeBut that's not why I am writing this today.Throughout the year I will see members of...

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The Accidental Architect

Most readers of this blog are likely to be familiar with the term accidental DBA. It is meant to describe someone that ended up in the role of database administration by pure chance. They simply happened to be in the right place at the right time...