One of my personal and professional goals this year is to engage more with the SQL Server community. To that end I have answered (and asked) a few questions on Twitter via the #sqlhelp hash tag and written several blog posts.
Where I have concentrated a lot more effort, however, is speaking engagements. I have had the great pleasure of presenting at SQL Server User Groups in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Hampton Roads, and SQL Saturdays in Richmond, Houston, and Louisville.
Participating in these events as an attendee and a speaker is a wonderful experience. Presenting forces me to dig deep into a variety of topics and work on my presentation skills. More importantly, I meet many wonderful organizers, speakers, attendees, and volunteers, who are all committed to building a community. Perhaps most satisfying is the opportunity to develop friendships with great #SQLFamily folks like Chris Yates (b|t), Monica Rathbun (b|t), and John Morehouse (b|t) that I hope will flourish in the coming years.
Looking forward, I've been selected to speak at a few more events this year.
September 26: SQL Saturday #431 in Spartanburg, SC
This is my first opportunity to present two sessions. One in the Professional Development track (Building Your Yellow Brick Road: Directing Your Path to a Successful Career), and another in the Enterprise Database Administration track (SQL Server Performance Fundamentals: Building and Maintaining a Solid Foundation).
October 17: SQL Saturday #452 in Charlotte, NC
A home town gig! Charlotte boasts a vibrant and growing SQL Server community as evidenced by the huge number of sessions being offered. I'm honored to be presenting my Directing Your Path to a Successful Career session. SQL Sentry is well represented at this event by seasoned speakers Scott Fallen (b|t), Jason Hall (b|t), and Allen White (b|t). We'll have a vendor table as well, so be sure to stop by, and get up to date on our products.
October 26 – 29: SQLintersection in Las Vegas, NV
This is a huge step up for me, presenting at a major SQL Server conference alongside industry super stars like Paul Randal (b|t), Kimberly Tripp (b|t), Brent Ozar (b|t), and Bob Ward (t). My session offers a practical guide to SQL Server data compression. SQL Sentry will of course have a booth in the exhibit area as well.
This all adds up to a busy and exciting fall. If you attend one of these events, please introduce yourself. I would love to meet you.