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  • 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
  • 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
  • Presenting A Day of SSIS 2012 (Precon) at SQL Saturday Dallas

    I am honored to present a day-long preconference before SQL Saturday 255 (Dallas) entitled A Day of SSIS 2012. Please register here. I’m excited to visit the Dallas area! Here’s some information about the precon – I hope to see you there! Training Description A Day of SSIS was developed by Andy Leonard to train technology professionals in the ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 28, 2013
  • One, Two, Three: SQL Saturday in Italy!

    As a friend of mine tells ''The first time that something happens is a fortuity, the second time that it happens again is a probability and the third one is a certainty!'' Therefore, this year, SQL Saturday in Italy is a certainty! From October to December in Italy there will be three SQL Saturday events! The first one: October 8th 2013, ...
    Posted to Sergio Govoni (Weblog) by Sergio Govoni on August 20, 2013
  • I'm speaking at SQL Saturday #250 in Pittsburgh!

    On September 14, 2013, I will be speaking at the 2nd SQL Saturday event to be held in Pittsburgh.  I spoke at the last SQL Saturday event last year which was a blast.  This year, I will be presenting a session entitled ''Really Basic Perfmon''.  It is designed for the person who has heard about Perfmon before, but never really got ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on August 19, 2013
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