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  • 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
  • Attending the PASS Summit

    The PASS Summit is an annual gathering of SQL Server professionals and others interested in learning more about SQL Server. Folks come from all over. Here’s a few suggestions for getting more out of your PASS Summit experience. “What if I’m Not There?” Not everyone can attend the PASS Summit. You can still enjoy a taste of the activities via ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 4, 2014
  • Less than a month away...

    The PASS Summit for 2014 is nearly upon us, and the MVP Summit is immediately prior, in the same week and the same city. This is my first MVP Summit since early 2008. I’ve been invited every year, but I simply haven’t prioritised it. I’ve been awarded MVP status every year since 2006 (just received my ninth award), but in 2009 and 2010 I attended ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 8, 2014
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