Leadership Training Possibility

Professional Development
I know a few people in the SQL Server community who have been involved in Scouting. A couple of them have taken or helped lead Scoutings leadership training program known as Wood Badge. It's an amazing program. I won't even attempt to tell you what Wood Badge¬†has done for me and what it does for Scouting. Suffice to say, Wood Badge helped to make me a better person and in return, I helped make Scouting better. What's this have to do with SQL Server? Not much really. But, what does it have to do with you and your career? Tons. It was pointed out to me that there's an Oracle users group that actually runs a leadership program. You can read about it here. It strikes me that, maybe this…
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Article Ideas, specifically on SQL Server 2008

Misc, SQL Server 2008
I'm trying to come up with some ideas for an article (or six) on SQL Server 2008. I know I'm getting about 40 views a day on this blog. That must translate to about 20 users (the statistics on this site aren't clear, so I'm guessing). Do any of you have any good questions about new functionality in SQL Server 2008? I've been thinking about looking at sparse columns and filtered indexes or maybe the spatial data types. Those are the topics I'm most excited about as a database developer and designer. If I think about it in terms of being an admin, policy management, the data collector, and those types of new functionality are very interesting. I'm not even sure what's new in the BI space. So, if you're…
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