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  • re: Developing New Speakers

    Boris, like it or not, conferences need numerical rating systems to rank speaker feedback. It doesn't do a lot for the speaker, but it allows the event to rank the sessions. Microsoft lives, eats and breathes by the numerical ratings at their Tech Ed conferences, and the various platform areas are pitted against each other based on these ratings. ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on July 17, 2014
  • re: Developing New Speakers

    Brent, thanks. I've also gotten dinged at a SQL Saturday because the original speaker scheduled for the time slot cancelled, and I was asked to fill in, and an attendee rated me poorly because I wasn't the original speaker scheduled. Those kinds of issues, plus addressing ratings based on expectations that aren't aligned with session goals, are ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on July 17, 2014
  • Developing New Speakers

    There's a lot of discussion about the process of bringing new speakers to a level that allows them to be ready and able to present at major conferences like the PASS Summit.&nbsp; Andy Warren (@sqlandy) wrote a blog post about a speaker challenge and Brent Ozar (@BrentO) wrote about Speaker 47.&nbsp; Erin Stellato (@erinstellato) responded to An ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on July 17, 2014
  • Why Your Abstract Wasn't Selected

    We're anxiously waiting to hear from PASS which sessions were selected for the 2014 Summit in November.&nbsp; It's a big job to go through the hundreds of submissions and pick the sessions that will appeal to the people who will be paying over $1,000 to attend this annual event.&nbsp; As I am also waiting to hear the results, I saw this article ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on May 22, 2014
  • Just an Ack Will Do

    In the 1980s one of my principal responsibilities was enabling communications between retail point-of-sale systems and the host computer where we processed those transactions. Communications protocols were many and varied, and I had to figure out their nuances and get the registers to talk to the hosts.&nbsp; Success was most often achieved when, ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on April 17, 2014
  • [Speaking] SQL Saturday #295 - Las Vegas

    On Saturday I'll be presenting one of my favorite sessions, Manage SQLServer Efficiently w/PowerShell Remoting, at the Las Vegas SQL Saturday.&nbsp; Here's the abstract:You have more and more servers to manage and less time to accomplish everything. You're writing scripts to automate those tasks but they still take time to run. PowerShell ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on April 2, 2014
  • re: Reliably Dropping a Database in a T-SQL Script is Too Hard

    In SMO there's a Server object method called KillAllProcesses('AdventureWorks'), where you specify the database name inside the parentheses. &nbsp;If you capture the T-SQL executed when that method is called it returns the following query: SELECT DISTINCT request_session_id FROM master.sys.dm_tran_locks WHERE resource_type = 'DATABASE' AND ...
    Posted to The Bit Bucket (Greg Low): IDisposable (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on January 5, 2014
  • re: Script and Migrate Agent Jobs between Servers using PowerShell

    Iqbal, here's an article I recently wrote that'll help you.
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on December 28, 2013
  • The 2013 PASS Summit - Day 2

    Good morning! It's Day 2 of the PASS Summit 2013 and it should be a busy one.Douglas McDowell, EVP Finance of PASS opened up the keynote to welcome people and talked about the financial status of the organization. Last year's Business Analytics Conference left the organization $100,000 ahead, and he went on to show the overall financial health, ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on October 17, 2013
  • Speaking - Automate Your ETL Infrastructure with SSIS and PowerShell

    Today at 4:45PM EDT I'm presenting a new session using PowerShell to auto-generate SSIS packages via the BIML language.&nbsp; The really cool thing is that this session will be live broadcast on PASS TV! You can view the session by clicking on this link. &nbsp;If you have questions for me during the session, you can send them to me via Twitter ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on October 16, 2013
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