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  • 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
  • SQL Saturday 277–Richmond Precons Are 21 Mar 2014!

    SQL Saturday #277 is going to be held 22 Mar 2014 in Richmond Virginia! There will be three day-long pre-conference sessions on Friday 21 Mar: Performance Tuning and Troubleshooting Like a Pro by Robert L. Davis (@sqlsoldier) Murder They Wrote by Wayne Sheffield (@DBAWayne) and Jason Brimhall (@sqlrnnr) SSIS Design Patterns by me ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 5, 2014
  • Why I Love the PASS Summit

    Introduction I was chatting with my friend and business partner Brian Moran (@briancmoran) about PASS and shared how the PASS Summit 2004 was a turning point in my database professional career. Brian agreed with me that this is a compelling account of the good that can come from PASS and the SQL Server Community, and suggested I post this story. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 15, 2011
  • SQLRally Nordic!

    As announced here and at the inaugural SQLRally by Andy Warren (Blog | @sqlAndy), you can unleash your inner Viking at SQLRally Nordic 8-9 Nov 2011 in Stockholm! Interested? Register today! :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 13, 2011
  • Be Heard–Let PASS Know Your Preferred Sessions!

    When PASS gets community right, I like to point it out. Allowing folks to vote on the sessions they would like to see is the right thing to do. You can provide your feedback here. You can also filter sessions by category (for example, Pre-Conference Sessions). Nice work. Kudos PASS! :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 10, 2011
  • The PASS Elections Review Committee Needs Your Feedback

    Introduction  PASS has had an ERC (Elections Review Committee) forum running for a few months now. There's been surprisingly little feedback, though lots of reads. Here's what it looks like tonight: That's 1,662 views and 37 replies by my count. Not very many replies... Jump In! Now's the time to let PASS know what you think about ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 25, 2011
  • What Should PASS Be?

    Introduction As he does so well, Andy Warren (Blog | @sqlAndy) has issued a challenge to the community: What Should PASS Be? I'm sure lots of people have responded already, but I've been struck by two: Grant Fritchey's (Blog | @GFritchey) What Should PASS Be? and Robert Matthew Cook's (Blog | @sqlmashup) [blog] What Should PASS Be? ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 22, 2011
  • PASS Summit Location Redux

    Introduction To quote Ronald Reagan, ''There you go again.'' The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is considering locations for future PASS Summits. The apparent answer is: You Can Have The Summit Anywhere You Want... ... as long as it's in Seattle. PASS conducted a survey on this about a year ago, and I commented on the results ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 3, 2011
  • PASS Goals and the SQL Server Community

    Introduction I was honored to sit at the blogger's table during the keynote sessions at the PASS Summit 2010! Our official job was to promote the Summit keynotes via social media and our blogs. Our unofficial job was to pick on each other. Rob's response? ''Realised is spelled with an 's', not a 'z'.'' Goals Are Good In the kickoff session ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 22, 2010
  • Draft SQLRally Pre-Conference Seminar Proposal

      Introduction Andy Waren (Blog | @sqlAndy), Jack Corbett (Blog | @unclebiguns), and Kendall Van Dyke (Blog | @SQLDBA) have been busy. They're working on SQLRally - a regional PASS event scheduled for May 2011 in Orlando. Andy does a good job explaining the thinking behind the event in his 31 Aug 2010 post: Positioning SQLRally in the PASS ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 2, 2010
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