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  • New Challenges Ahead!

    I just joined the team at DB Best Technologies as a Principal Solutions Architect.  Check out their website at www.DBBest.com.  DB Best is probably best known for providing the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) tool and associated support for it.  The SSMA tool was just recently updated to provide support for migrations ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on April 1, 2015
  • PASS Program Committee - Comments and Action

    Once again, I am serving on the PASS Program Committee this year for the App Dev Track.  As we are about to start the reviewing process, I had some thoughts that I wanted to share.  Last year, we had approximately 200 abstracts to review.  It should be a similar volume this year.  For me, abstracts usually go into three piles - ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on March 30, 2015
  • After Ten Years...

    Life goes on and sometimes it is just time to move on.  I am no longer with Scalability Experts.  Looking back at all of the time that I spent with them, I realize how fortunate that I was to be part of it. I am writing this because I wanted to thank Scalability Experts for supporting me in my involvement in the SQL Server ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on March 27, 2015
  • 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
  • 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 - 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
  • 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
  • Developing a Keynote for SQL Saturday #250

    I volunteered to help out and present a keynote at SQL Saturday #250.  It worked out that they couldn't find anyone better.  :-)  I am really looking forward to it and hope that I do not disappoint. The time available is about 40 minutes so it can't get too technical. Although I have been a part of 2 keynotes at the PASS Summit, I ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 11, 2013
  • PASS Election Time is Here (Almost)

    According to the PASS Election Timeline, the PASS BoD will take up the issue of approving the slate of candidates to be presented to the community for voting.  These candidates have taken a big step in putting themselves out there for election.  They have gone through the application process and the interview process by the NomCom to be ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 10, 2013
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