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Catch my keynote at Chicago Code Camp 2017!

I have a notebook for my Ideas, and Dreams, and Goals. Here’s one of my Ideas. I watched a very inspiring keynote at That Conference, and I decided I wanted to be the person at the front of the room, giving a keynote, inspiring the audience. Achievement unlocked: on Saturday, April 29, 2017, I’ll be […]


You Are Responsible for Telling Your Story

As I’m writing this, it’s January, and I see a steady stream of “working on my annual review” tweets. You want something. (We all do.) It could be a raise or a promotion at your current job, a new job, or a board position at a non-profit you love. How do you get that something? […]


I’m talking SQL Server, Azure, and Extended Events at SQLintersection

I’ll be in Las Vegas October 24-28, 2016 for SQLintersection, part of the DEVintersection conference series! Why attend DEVintersection? It “brings your favorite Microsoft leaders, engineers and industry experts together to educate, network, and share their expertise with you. Just this year, ASP.NET Core, SQL Server 2016, Visual Studio 2015, Windows 10 and SharePoint 2016 […]


Learn more about Azure + SQL Server at SQLSaturday Minnesota

I’m excited to cross the Mississippi River again this autumn to present at SQLSaturday #557 Minnesota 2016. First, I’ll be giving a full-day pre-conference session, “Get Started With SQL Server in Azure”, on Friday, September 30. Tickets are only $110, include lunch, and you’ll get to hear me talk about What you need to know about […]


Announcing SQL Saturday Minnesota #557 Pre-Conference Seminars!

Before we know it, October will be upon us and it will be time for another SQL Saturday Minnesota!  If you have not yet registered for this free day of training on Saturday October 1st, please visit the site and sign up now! Since no SQL Saturday Minnesota would be complete without a full slate of pre-cons, PASSMN and the organizers of SQL […]


Help me kick off Wausau PASS!

When I started attending Wisconsin SQL Server Users Group in 2009, that was the only PASS chapter in Wisconsin. Since then, we’ve expanded to include MADPASS, FoxPASS, Western WI PASS, and Microsoft BI Professionals – WI. These chapters have provided hundreds of hours of free training for hundreds of data professionals in the last few […]


What I Learned on SQL Cruise 2016

1. Tim and Amy Ford put a lot of hard work into making this event run. They do a great job. Everyone learns, shares, has fun, relaxes, and did I mention learns? 2. Jason Hall from SQL Sentry taught his class Tempdb Parasites, and I learned about temp table caching. This is amazing! SQL Sentry […]


Learn about SQL Server in Azure in Madison, WI

You: curious about Azure, wondering if it’s right for your organization. You run some SQL Server databases, but don’t know if you would use a VM in Azure, or should jump into an Azure SQL Database. You know there are some differences and complexities, but aren’t sure how to work with them. Me: ready to […]


5 Questions with Derik Hammer

It was October 2013, and I was in Charlotte, NC. I’d attended Red Gate’s SQL in the City event during the day, and was heading over to register for PASS Summit. I started chatting with one of the SQL in the City attendees. He was a DBA familiar with Red Gate’s tools and events, but […]


Prepare to Set Sail on SQL Cruise Caribbean 2016

Here in the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin, winter is setting in – this weekend, temperatures didn’t rise above freezing, and snow fell in some parts of the state. I have my cold-weather running gear out – fleece-lined tights, wind-proof jacket, hats, mittens, and trail shoes – and my snowshoes are hanging in the garage. For […]

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