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  • PASS Program Committee - Comments and Action

    Once again, I am serving on the PASS Program Committee this year for the App Dev Track.  As we are about to start the reviewing process, I had some thoughts that I wanted to share.  Last year, we had approximately 200 abstracts to review.  It should be a similar volume this year.  For me, abstracts usually go into three piles - ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on March 30, 2015
  • After Ten Years...

    Life goes on and sometimes it is just time to move on.  I am no longer with Scalability Experts.  Looking back at all of the time that I spent with them, I realize how fortunate that I was to be part of it. I am writing this because I wanted to thank Scalability Experts for supporting me in my involvement in the SQL Server ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on March 27, 2015
  • If Your Name Were a Verb

    Like my maternal grandfather, Buck Mayhew, did for his grandchildren; my friend Brian Kelley (blog | @kbriankelley) gives his children nicknames. A member of an SSIS team where I once worked was known for his tendency to rewrite SSIS packages. Any package, partially complete, assigned to him would be summarily replaced. It didn’t matter how ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 25, 2015
  • Social Media and Me

    Earlier this month, I decided to take a break from Twitter and Facebook. A couple of you noticed (I’m ok, Mom. Really!) so I decided to share this post. I continue to post updates about articles, blog posts, and presentations at LinkedIn, and I’m (obviously) still blogging. I encourage everyone interested in the goings-on at Linchpin People to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 26, 2015
  • Self-Awareness – Feedback

    Self-awareness is an important trait. I believe it is especially important for consultants. For each of us, there is some gap between reality and what we perceive. I believe one measure of humility (or pride) is this self-awareness delta. I also believe we can narrow this gap by engaging in exercises in intentional awareness. Which exercises? ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 23, 2015
  • Four SQL MVPs at LobsterPot – including three in Australia

    Today LobsterPot Solutions sets a new first. We are the only company to ever employ three current Australian SQL MVPs, giving us four awardees in total. Congratulations to Martin Cairney who joins Julie Koesmarno (AUS), Ted Krueger (USA) and me (AUS) as recipients of this prestigious award. This demonstrates LobsterPot's ongoing commitment to the ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on January 1, 2015
  • Will 2015 be a big year for the SQL community?

    In Australia, almost certainly yes. Australia recently saw two Azure data centres open, meaning that customers can now consider hosting data in Azure without worrying about it going overseas. Whether you’re considering SQL Database or having an Azure VM with SQL on it, the story has vastly improved here in Australia, and conversations will go ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on December 8, 2014
  • Some Thoughts on Event Speaker Selection

    I write this from the perspective of experience. I’ve helped organize dozens of events over the past ten years. Feel free to take the parts of this advice that help and discard the parts that don’t. Enjoy! Planning an event is hard work. If you’ve never volunteered to help your local User Group or SQL Saturday, I encourage you to get involved. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 26, 2014
  • Learning through others

    This PASS Summit was a different experience for me – I wasn’t speaking. I’ve presented at three of the five PASS Summits I’ve been to, where the previous one I’d not spoken at was 2012, while I was a PASS Director (and had been told I shouldn’t submit talks – advice that I’d ignored in 2013). I have to admit that I really missed presenting, both ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 11, 2014
  • Keep Your Eyes to the Skies

    Recently, a partner of Scalability  Experts asked me to write a blog relating to the Day 1 Keynote of PASS Summit 2014.  Here is a link to the post.    http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/keeping-your-eyes-on-the-skies-a-partners-view-on-sql-server-and-ucs   Enjoy! 
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on November 6, 2014
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