PASS SQL Rally 2011 Evaluations

PASS, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, TSQL
  In keeping with the all my other major speaking engagements, I’m posting the results of my pre-con and session evals at the first-ever SQL Rally. I’m posting this really late and I apologize. The good news, I did a fill-in when someone cancelled and I was placed in the Grab Bag category where I had the highest rated session although it was a far cry from the actual highest rated sessions from the whole Rally. There is no bad news. Query Performance Tuning: Start to Finish I was pretty happy with this considering it’s my first, public, all day training class. I’m even happier with the feedback. I received some excellent constructive criticism that I will attempt to take into account when I present in the future (including at…
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SQL Rally

PASS
The first ever SQL Rally was held just last week. It was an excellent time. The event was organized and run by PASS. Which means, in  effect, it was a like a mini-Summit. I’m struggling a bit to come up with the words to describe what the event was like. It was so much more than a long SQL Saturday, but describing it, as I just did, as a mini-Summit mischaracterizes it as well. I guess it must be it’s own critter. Let me just tell you what went on, maybe that will help. The event was held at a very nice hotel, the Marriott World in Orlando, Florida. The Rally proper was two days long, but there was a set of pre-conference seminars held the previous day, making the…
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SQL Rally

PASS, SQLServerPedia Syndication
The Rally is next week. It’s not too late to register. This is going to be a very solid event with excellent opportunities for learning and networking. If you’re on the fence about going, don’t be. You should attend. I even have a few (somewhere near 10) slots open in my pre-conference seminar, Query Performance Tuning: Start to Finish. I’ve been working on hard on this presentation and showing pieces of it to various user groups around the country. The reception so far has been very good. If you want a seven hour brain dump on the ins and outs of performance tuning your queries, I strongly recommend it. Since there are still openings, you can get in, but I’d act quickly. Not because they’re all likely to fill, but…
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Performance Tuning: Start to Finish

PASS, SQLServerPedia Syndication
The very first ever SQL Rally is taking place in a little less than four weeks in Orlando Florida. It’s going to be quite the event. There will be two full days of sessions on any number of topics. But before that all starts, there’s going to be a set of full day pre-conference seminars. These too are on a number of topics, but I’m hoping to draw your attention to just one, mine. I’ve put together a seven hour session on query performance tuning. I’ve tried to make it as complete as I possibly can. I’m going to cover the whole process from collecting data on your machines to identify where problems may be, to understanding the optimizer so you know how things work, to reading execution plans so…
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SQL Rally

PASS
I believe I’ve been far too quiet about this event. In May, in Orlando Florida, there will be a two day SQL Server conference called SQL Rally put on by PASS. This is a somewhat unique event since the sessions have all been chosen by the community. That’s right, a series of votes was held online (and if you missed it, you weren’t paying attention) so that all of you were able to decide which sessions you’d most like to see. I’m bringing this up because, now, it’s up to you to register and go. Did I mention the pre-con? No? Well, there will be a one-day pre-conference seminar. There are multiple sessions of excellent material at the pre-con. These were also voted on by the community. One of them…
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Get Out The Vote

PASS
It's actually kind of cool that SQL Rally voting for the pre-conference seminars and voting in the real(ish) world in the USA are coinciding. I'm in the running for the pre-con AND I'm volunteering for an actual election campaign for the first time ever. Volunteering for the campaign is hard work. We're walking around neighborhoods dropping off literature, which is actually enjoyable. We have to cold call people, and if you've never done it, it's rather hard to describe. I did telemarketing for about 9 months in my youth, so I had a sense of what was coming. I wasn't prepared for some of the more interesting suggestions (anatomically impossible suggestions) that I was going to receive, but there you go. Luckily, to try to get out the vote for SQL…
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SQL Rally: Performance Tuning Abstract

PASS
I get the call, you get the call, everyone gets the call. "Hey, my app/procedure/query/report is running slow." Now what do you do? You go to my full day session at SQL Rally, that's what. Assuming you vote for it. I didn't post the abstract I submitted for the SQL Rally before because I thought that it would be redudant. However, since it's not right off the voting page (unless they updated it since I voted), if you're interested, here's what I thought I would do for a day. If it sounds good to you, please go here and vote for it. One of the most common problems encountered in SQL Server is the slow running query. Once a query is identified as performing poorly, DBAs and developers frequently don’t understand how…
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SQL Saturday in New England

PASS, SQLServerPedia Syndication
Adam Machanic (blog|twitter) has put on a SQL Saturday/Data camp event in New England for the last two years. I've helped him both years. It's been very successful. In January we had over 300 attendees, making it one of the larger SQL Saturday events. But, with a single exception (thank you Tim Ford (blog|twitter)), we've only had local speakers. Mind you, we're somewhat lucky with speakers here in New England and have several MVPs and others who are truly excellent when presenting. I'm taking over from Adam to lead the effort for this year, and due to my schedule we're moving the event to the spring sometime. We were thinking about maybe making it the the weekend before SQL Rally. But, I've got a question for all of you who present at SQL Saturday events.…
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