I have been a PASS summit attendee for 13 years now. This year is my 14th. Every year is different – some years are better than others, some make you feel it wasn’t as good as usual. This year was an odd experience for me. Quite a number of my friends were not attending for… Continue reading PASS Summit 2017 – the best ever
I am still trying to get up to speed on blogging after a gap. Today I managed to push myself to write some R code and test it, and it worked. Am getting there, although need more work to turn it into a blog post. So, here is another on the lines of professional development.… Continue reading What is networking, really?
This will be year #9 of sql saturdays in Louisville. Every year (starting with 3rd or 4th), it has been a tradition to do ‘precons’ on Fridays. For those who don’t know – Precons are day long paid trainings by an expert in the subject, held on the friday before the event. We have heard… Continue reading SQL Saturday Louisville precon – interview Andy Leonard
A casual twitter-conversation with Karla Landrum and some other peeps led me down memory lane on older events. Our SQL Saturday at Louisville will be 9 years old this year. We were event #23, in 2009. SQL Saturdays started two years before, in 2007. Our first event was held at a training center – 2 tracks,… Continue reading SQL Saturdays – down memory lane
As some readers may know, I am a regular attendee on SQL Cruise s for 8 years now. SQLCruise is a training(&-vacation for some) event organized by Tim Ford(b | t ) and Amy Ford (t) that happens twice a year. I went on the first one on Alaska 8 years ago – and I… Continue reading SQL Cruise 2017 – Western Carribean – my experience
2016 is going to be a special year in my life. There was an article on Oscar awards a while ago – on reasons why the oscar is the most watched awards ceremony around the world. No, it is not just because of movie stars. Everyone, secretly or publicly – longs for their ‘oscar’ moment.… Continue reading PASSion Award and what it means to me
This is a story of my 11-year association with PASS, and the many ways it helped me grow as a person and in my career. And the many ways I saw other people grow. Summit #1 – 2006: Gaylord,TX: I was a visa holding dba-developer at a small shop. The Microsoft marketing person who came… Continue reading 11 years of PASS Summit
I was riding the elevator up from lunch today, at work. I am relatively new at my job and do not know several people at my workplace – yet. I live in a small town, and quite a lot of them know me as someone active in the local community. I am very used to… Continue reading Why SQL Cruise?
We’ve been doing SQLSaturdays for eight years at Louisville now. We’ve had a quite a wide range of budgets depending on the year – a good year (our highest was 2013) and lowest, the first year we started, 2009. As main organizer, handling the dollars and making sure I spend them right has been an interesting, learning experience… Continue reading Budgeting for SQL Saturdays
“Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.” Tom Wilson SQL Saturday 403 marks 8 contiguous years of SQL Saturdays in Louisville – which I have had the pleasure of running. I have learnt many, many lessons during these 8 years –… Continue reading From #23 to #403 – 8 years of SQL Saturday