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  • Presenting Using Biml as a Design Patterns Engine to Midlands PASS 9 Jan 2014!

    I am honored to present Using Biml as a Design Patterns Engine to the Midlands PASS Chapter Thursday 9 Jan 2014! Summary: Business Intelligence Markup Language provides a powerful solution for creating and managing SSIS Design Patterns. Andy Leonard, one of the authors of SSIS Design Patterns, demonstrates the flexibility of BIML in this ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 29, 2013
  • Looking Back at PASS Summit 2013 - Location

    Now that it has been a few weeks since the Summit, I wanted to look back at the location ''experiment''. Convention Center - It seemed to work well for the conference.  There were quite a few areas in the area where you could sit down and get some work down or have a discussion.  For the larger welcome reception the first night, I ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on November 4, 2013
  • Webcast: What to Expect at the PASS Summit 2013 - Oct 3, 2013 @ 12:30pm EDT

    It has been confirmed that I will be delivering a webcast on ''What to Expect at the PASS SUmmit 2013'' on Oct 3, 2013 at 12:30pm ET.  Here is the link to register for the event. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7411380526146008833 This is targeted at First Time Attendees of the summit, but all are welcome to join.  This ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 30, 2013
  • What to Expect at the PASS Summit 2013

    Next week, I am tentatively planning a webcast on Oct 3, 2013 @ 12:30pm ET as I have done over the past couple of years aimed at First Time Attendees.  Once I get things confirmed, I will post a link for registration.  I updated my PPT Deck with the new information and realized that most of the message and events / timings are ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 26, 2013
  • PASS Elections: Why I’m leaving the board

    It’s PASS Election time, and this year, there are no serving board members on the ballot. Two years ago, Adam Jorgensen, Denise McInerney and I were elected to the PASS board, serving two-year terms. Since then, Adam and Denise have both been elected as Vice-Presidents of PASS, and will remain on the board in that role. Of the previous VPs, ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on September 24, 2013
  • PASS - Regional Seats First

    After thinking about how to cast my votes for the PASS Election, I thought about the process and how one could get confused (and even upset) if the process for seating successful candidates was not already laid out.  I found this on the PASS Elections site which proved to be helpful.  The scenario that I thought of was the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 24, 2013
  • PASS Candidates Announced and Campaign Time Has Begun

    Today was the official announcement of the Candidates and the official start of the Campaign.  PASS Campaigns sure have changed a lot since I originally ran for a seat (and lost) in 2002.  The process has changed to become more rigorous in the Nomination stage.  This is a very good thing because in my view, there are no bad choices ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 23, 2013
  • On the Demise of the MCM Certification

    Recently, Microsoft decided to retire some expert-level certifications. Among them, the highest SQL Server certification: the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). There are several good posts on the topic, most notably: Death of the MCM Program (Paul Randal) We can handle the truth (Joe Sack) Microsoft Certified Masters: What Problem ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 23, 2013
  • Current Thoughts on Interviewing and Hiring Conundrums

    For many organizations, data is the lifeblood that keeps them in business. If the data becomes imperiled, the very existence of the organization is threatened. The folks entrusted with managing the data are often the most critical to the long term success of the organization. Think about it. Great developers are creative, inventive, solve business ...
    Posted to Arnie Rowland (Weblog) by ArnieRowland on September 21, 2013
  • Looking Back at the Keynote for SQLSat #250

    The organizers of SQL Saturday #250 in Pittsburgh did a great job at putting on their second SQL Saturday.  Well Done! I volunteered to perform a keynote for this event.  I blogged about developing it here.   I had practiced and tweaked the dellivery about 10 times before Saturday.  I was told that the time available ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 17, 2013
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