Pragmatic Tools Week: BIxPress

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Much like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor had his themed weeks, we’re going to do something similar. This week we salute: (play fanfare music here) the Pragmatic Works BI toolset. Today we’re going to talk about BIxPress. I’ve previously posted on BIxPress and how it helps DBAs out, but the heart of this product is really […]

SQLSaturday 31 Chicago: Recap

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Last weekend I had the distinguished pleasure of attending Chicago’s very first SQLSaturday event. Before I begin my recap I’d like to again give a HUGE thanks the organizers of the event: Wendy Pastrick (Blog | Twitter), Aaron Lowe (Blog | Twitter) and Ted Krueger (Blog | Twitter) as well as all of the awesome […]

SQLSaturday #21 – Orlando: Recap

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I’d like to preface my recap with a huge thanks to Kendal Van Dyke (Blog | Twitter) for being such a gracious host and letting me stay with him last weekend for the event. Kendal is a great guy, DBA and father and I really appreciated his invitation. My SQLSaturday adventure started Friday as I […]

OPASS User Group Meeting: Review

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Well last night I presented my Policy Based Management presentation for the Orlando SQL PASS User Group aka OPASS. The meeting was held at the End-to-End Training (now called SQLShare.com) offices which is a nice facility ran by Andy Warren (Blog | LinkedIn). The meeting started off with a short bit of networking where Andy […]

24 Hours of SQL PASS – Review

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So the inaugural event for 24 Hours of SQL PASS has come and gone. In its wake its left hundreds of eager minds reeling from absolutely amazing content overload, bleary and blood-shot eyes around the globe and one worn-down rock star. First off the staff at PASS and all of the presenters deserve a standing […]

SQL Saturday #16 – Recap

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Last Saturday was the SQL Saturday event at Devry University in Miramar, Florida. First off I have to say it was a great event with over 400 attendees! It was also my very first SQL Saturday speaking event. The speaker evaluations haven’t come back yet but I have a feeling I’ll definitely should have some […]

Spacecoast SQL User Group Meeting: Review

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After writing up my review for my presentation at OPASS I realized I hadn’t done one for my visit to Melbourne for the Spacecoast SQL User Group! A thousand apologies Bonnie and crew! I arrived early in Melbourne so I spent some quality time at Starbucks for a bit before the meeting which gave me […]

Recap: Performance Tuning and Query Optimization

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Tonight was our monthly SQL Server User Group meeting and our featured presenter this evening was Plamen Ratchev (Blog) presenting on performance tuning and query optimization. First off, he has an awesome accent. I think he’s of Croatian descent from what he mentioned but he rolls his R’s something fierce. I should’ve had him say […]

Pre vs iPhone: Reviews…Sorta

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Well the last few days has been pretty active in the cell phone industry. On Saturday we had the debut of the Palm Pre, the supposed “iPhone killer” that was supposed to bring Palm back from the dead and Sprint out of its 3rd place slot in the mobile industry. Monday we had the annual […]