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  • PASS Summit 2011 - What you can expect at the Conference - Part 6

    Now that I have covered just about all of the ''official'' Summit activities, it is time for a blog post about ''After Hours'' activities. There is a webpage that lists some of the activities that we are currently aware of.  You can find that page here. Monday Night Networking Dinner - Last year, Andy Warren and Steve Jones started a ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 16, 2011
  • PASS Summit 2011 - What you can expect at the Conference - Part 5

    One of the most valuable parts of the entire Summit experience is the networking that goes on. In this post, I will go over some of the opportunities for you to network with others.  Once again, this post will not focus on ''after hours'' activities which will come later. Badge and Ribbons - Once you get to the Summit and pick up your ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 16, 2011
  • PASS Summit 2011 - What you can expect at the Conference - Part 4

    The Summit is much more than just geat content from excellent speakers.  There is a great deal of other stuff going on at the Summit to really enhance your experience.  In this post, I will not focus on the ''after hours'' events. Do you want to get your hands dirty with Denali?  Perhaps you downloaded the latest Denali bits, but ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 15, 2011
  • PASS Summit 2011 - What you can expect at the Conference - Part 3

    Another question that you may have is ''What about food?  What meals are included?  Should I budget for meals?'' Breakfast:  A Continental Breakfast will be served from 7-8am in the Meal Hall on the 4th floor across from Registration Wed - Fri Lunch: This meal is usually more substantial.  It is often quite good.  Your ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 14, 2011
  • PASS Summit 2011 - What you can expect at the Conference - Part 2

    One of the things that you should do is map out your ''Learning Itinerary'' before coming to the summit. It probably will change once you get onsite, but having a plan will save you time and perhaps some frustration.  You can go to the Summit website and start to build your schedule. When you arrive at registration to get your badge and ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 12, 2011
  • PASS Summit 2011 - What you can expect at the Conference - Part 1

    This is the first in series of blog posts about getting ready for the PASS Summit 2011.  Why am I doing this?  I am preparing for my webcast on Sep 20 @ 1pm ET (Details to come) about this subject.  I thought that I'd get this information out in a blog format as well. Even before the Conference Begins, there are some great ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 9, 2011
  • Setting up for PASS Summit Orientation

    I am in the process of finalizing a date (week of Sep 19) for a LiveMeeting event that will focus on the upcoming PASS Community Summit. It will be primarily targeted at the first-timers to the Summit, but everyone will be welcome to join.  There will be event information forthcoming on the PASS website - www.sqlpass.org. Here is a ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on August 31, 2011
  • Untapped Benefit?

    Are you using your benefits to further your SQL Server skills? The other day, the company I work for (Scalability Experts) had a benefits meeting where open enrollment for insurance and other similar things were discussed.  Since we are a small company, we outsource HR/Payroll/Benefits and I discovered a new benefit that I was unaware of ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 28, 2011
  • What is the "Right Stuff" of a successful DBA?

    When discussing ''How did you become a DBA'' with almost anyone, it was an accident.  Nobody seems to go to school to become a DBA.  Most DBAs that I know either were developers for a while and they took over the admin duties of the database server, or they were a system administrator and were tasked with taking charge of a database ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on June 3, 2011
  • SQL Tweeps Everywhere!

    I recently got back from a little vacation.  While I was driving, I'd say to my wife ''Hey, I have a friend who lives near here.  They are known as @SomeTwitterHandle.'' as we were driving through the area.  I thought how great it was to be able to think of my many friends on twitter as I was passing by.  I live in High Point, ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on April 24, 2011
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