Tag Archives: SQL Server

Presenting to Chicago SQL Server User Group – October 9, 2014

I am honored to preview one of my sessions for PASS Summit 2014 –  A Tale of Two Joins: Merge vs. Hash to the Chicago  SQL Server Users Group at the Microsoft Technology Center, 200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60601.

It is a true honor to present in front of my own user group

Microsoft Technology Center
Microsoft Technology Center

where I learned so much in the last 7 years.

Look forward to see everyone there!

 

Speaking at PASS Summit 2013 in Charlotte, NC

Speaking at the PASS Summit last year was  the highlight of my career. I was picked to present a single regular session and  I got some good feedback.

This year I’m thrilled  to announce that I’ll be speaking for the second time in a row at PASS Summit 2013 in Charlotte, NC

I’ll be presenting my favorite  and most popular deck ,“Anatomy of a join” as a Regular Session.

I am extremely honored to be selected to speak a PASS Summit 2013, the greatest SQL Server conference of the year where I will join more than  150 of the industry’s leading speakers while having the unique chance to meet over 5000 database professionals from 57 countries. I would like to thank the PASS  Program Committee and Speaker review team for their support and for selecting my session for the second time .

I hope to see you in October at the PASS Summit and hope you can make it to my session or just come by and say hi at one of the other events.

Presenting session: Anatomy of a Join at SQL Saturday #242 in Indianapolis

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be presenting for the third time at SQL Saturday in Indianapolis my Internals session “Anatomy of a Join” on Saturday August 10, 2013

source: Tripadvisor

Location is:
Indiana Wesleyan University North
3777 Priority Way South Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat242 and see what others are doing.

Hope to see you there!

T-SQL Tuesday #41 – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

This post might come a bit late but this is in response to  Bob Pusateri‘s T-SQL Tuesday topic  about presenting. T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blogging event, with a different community host each month.

So, how did I come to present and loving it?

“a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

After getting my graduate degree I stayed as an  Assistant Professor at Politechnica University of Timisoara, my Alma Mater, teaching seminars and labs on Programming  101 (Turbo Pascal … oh my!) and Relational databases labs while being the resident Oracle DBA at the Software Engineering department. 3 years later, I switched to a full time job as Oracle DBA and later  moved to a different continent with a different language and being an ESL speaker I did not think I would be speaking at public events… until 2 years ago at SQL Skills Immersion Events in Chicago (with Bob Pusateri!! our blog host). On the fourth day of the IE 1 class I volunteered to present a slide deck on SSD technology . I was extremely embarrassed as I felt like I was not in the same league as the rest of the presenters, but everything went so well that it made me reconsider my thoughts. As a matter of fact it made me submit a couple sessions for SQL Saturday #82 in Indianapolis and this was the beginning of my public speaking adventure. Later that year I actually presented 2 sessions in a day at SQL Saturday #96 in Washington, DC and the feedback was excellent.

 Starting on a journey as a speaker that has been incredibly rewarding and even though most of the time I paid for it out of my own pocket, the knowledge and the friends that I made on this journey were worth every effort. Last year two of my goals came true: attending PASS Summit for the first time and presenting my session titled “Optimizing SQL Server I/O with Solid State Drives ” at PASS Summit 2012. To put things  in perspective, 2012 has proved to  be truly amazing: Being mentored by Joe Sack blog|@josephsack from  SQLskills, attending my third  SQLskills Immersion Event – IE3, speaking at 6 SQLSaturday events in Madison WI, Chicago IL, Indianapolis IN, Iowa City IA, Kalamazoo MI and Minneapolis MN. I was extremely honored to be selected to speak a PASS Summit 2012, the greatest SQL Server conference of the year where I was joined by more than  150 of the industry’s leading speakers while having the unique chance to meet over 5000 database professionals.

My friend Paul Timmerman mentioned  in his post that last year I inspired him  to  start presenting. I am deeply honored to grow the community and inspire others to start speaking at community events the same way as I was inspired by Brent Ozar, Jes Borland, Paul Randal, Joe Sack and many other folks that are now part of my #SQLfamily

…and it all started 2 years ago with a session that was not supposed to last more than 15 minutes.

This week I will be attending my 4th SQL Saturday in Chicago, second time as a speaker,  hope you can make it to my session or just come by and say hi.

 

Presenting session: Anatomy of a Join at SQL Saturday #211 in Chicago

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be presenting for the second time at SQL Saturday  in Chicago  my Internals  session “Anatomy of a Join” on Saturday April 13, 2013!Chicago

Location is:
Devry Addison Campus
1221 N. Swift Rd, Addison, IL 60101

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat211 and see what others are doing.

Hope to see you there!

My road to PASS Summit 2012

It’s been a while since I decided to give back to the SQL Server community  and start speaking at community events. I started on a journey as a speaker that has been incredibly rewarding and even though most of the time I paid for it out of my own pocket, the knowledge and the friends that I made on this journey were worth every effort. Next week two of my dreams will come true: attending PASS Summit for the first time and presenting my session titled “Optimizing SQL Server I/O with Solid State Drives ” at PASS on Friday, November 09, 2012, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM in 302-TCC.
To put things  in perspective, this year has proved to  be truly amazing: Being mentored by Joe Sack blog|@josephsack from  SQLskills, attending my third  SQLskills Immersion Event – IE3, speaking at 6 SQLSaturday events in Madison WI, Chicago IL, Indianapolis IN, Iowa City IA, Kalamazoo MI and Minneapolis MN. On a personal note I have completed the Pewaukee triathlon and completed a Century ride (100 miles cycling)  with Bicycling Club of Lake County.

I am extremely honored to be selected to speak a PASS Summit 2012, the greatest SQL Server conference of the year where I will join more 150 of the industry’s leading speakers while having the unique chance to meet over 2400 database professionals. I would like to thank the PASS  Program Committee and Speaker review team for their support and for selecting my session .

I hope to see you next week at the PASS Summit and hope you can make it to my session or just come by and say hi and one of the other events.

 

 

 

A tale of two cities : Presenting Anatomy of a Join at SQL Saturday #160 and #149

Next 10 days will be pretty busy as  I will be presenting  my session “Anatomy of a Join” at  SQL Saturday #160  in Kalamazoo, MI on Saturday September 22, 2012 and the following week at SQL Saturday #149  in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday September 29, 2012

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat160 For Kalamazoo or #sqlsat149 for Minneapolis and see what others are doing.

Hope to see you there!

Presenting session: Anatomy of a Join at SQL Saturday #161 in Iowa City

I will be presenting  my session “Anatomy of a Join” at  SQL Saturday #161 in Iowa City on Saturday August 11, 2012!

Location is:
University Capitol Centre Room 2520,University of Iowa,
201 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat161 and see what others are doing.

Hope to see you there!

Presenting at SQL Saturday #119 Chicago

I will be presenting  my session on “Optimizing SQL Server I/O with Solid State Drives” at  SQL Saturday #119 in Chicago on Saturday May 19, 2012!

Since this is the 4th time I’m presenting this and I kept accumulating a lot of ideas related to Solid State Drives I decided to start a series of One SSD Technology a Day. Stay tuned!

Location is:
DeVry University – Addison Campus,
1221 North Swift Road,  Addison, IL 60101-6106

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SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat119 and see what others are doing.

Hope to see you there!

Beer, brats, unicorns, paper airplanes and 36 awesome sessions

I’ve been meaning to write my blog post on last week’s SQL Saturday experience so finally I got to work so here it is:

Bored Member
Bored Member

After the previous weekend marked a record with 5 (five) SQL Saturday events all around the world on Apr 14 it was time for Wisconsin to show what they can do. And boy did they put on a great event. The organizing team did a fabulous job, helping 227 hungry minds learn about SQL Server from 33 speakers in 36 sessions organized on 6 tracks. They almost made it look easy.

I remember 2 years ago meeting the person responsible for this at SQL Saturday #31 in Chicago. Back then Jes Borland (b|t) had traveled 160 miles to volunteer at the event. She enjoyed it so much that she came back the next year as a speaker and a year after that with the help of her great friends from MADPASS , she put on an epic first time event!  This goes to show a how important a single person can be in the SQL Family and anyone who thinks that they will never be able to raise to the level of some of the speakers has to learn a lesson from Jes. Every marathon starts with a first step (and she will run one in Kenosha the next week too ) and every little helps.

I left work Friday afternoon, after a pretty busy day with Vince (b|t) and we headed north to the land of beer and cheese. We got to Madison, checked in at our hotel and shortly after I was headed to the Speaker Dinner. The atmosphere was great, beer was good and the lasagna was too much for me to handle in one sitting. The highlight of the night was the paper airplane fight started by Aaron Lowe (b|t) and continued in part by me. We had a lot of fun unwary that above our head was a clothesline with underwear and shirts to complete the Italian experience.

The next day we woke up bright and early, had a frugal breakfast at the hotel and headed to Madison Area Technical College for the event, registered, grabbed  some coffee and a bagel and after finding the speaker room we chose Mike Donnelly’s (b|tSSIS: Figuring Out Configuring  session, his first SQL Saturday presentation ever. He did a great job with a demo packed session that had a very good audience.

Unicorns and gang signs w/ @StrateSQL
Unicorns and gang signs w/ @StrateSQL

Next we decide to take Erin Stellato’s (b|t) DBCC Commands: The Quick and the Dangerous.  She did a great job condensing all DBCC commands in one session. I could not help not to drop the ” unicorns will die if you shrink the database” slogan and the room liked it. The same room hosted an extraordinary fun  session on what happens when you think outside of the reporting box.  Stacia Misner’s (b|t) (Way Too Much) Fun with Reporting Services  was spiced up with a lot of humor with the help of her daughter Erika Bakse (b|t) . They started playing Words With Friends inside a SSRS report and then went under the covers to explain how it is done and mainly how to use Report Actions in SSRS to create interactions inside a report.
It was  lunchtime and the menu included tasty brats, burgers and Cows of a Spot tables, the Wisconsin version of Birds of a feather. I sat at the Data Profiling table and had a great conversation with Ira Whiteside (b|t) and his lovely wife Theresa Whiteside. They where very kind to share with me and Vince some of the experience accumulated during the course of  their vast career working with Data Profiling and Data Quality  as well as some of the methods that were presented in Ira’s session that started right after lunch. It was a extremely interesting session titled Creating a Metadata Mart w/ SSIS – Data Governance and we learned a lot from it.

It was time for my session on Optimizing SQL Server I/O with Solid State Drives a session that seems to be very popular (same session was selected for SQL Saturday #119 in Chicago as well at Washington DC and Tampa before). I had some great feedback that I will try to use to improve the format and add some fresh content (whiteboard on TRIM, Wear Leveling and Bad Block Management). I had the honor to have in the audience Norm Kelm (b|t), Craig Purnell (b|t) and Matt Cherwin (t).  We did an impromptu drawing for a Ted Krueger’s book (signed by Ted himself) and we stayed in the same room for the last session of the day with Sanil Mhatre (b|t)on  Asynchronous programming with Service Broker . He did an excellent job and it was his first SQL Saturday presentation ever.

It was a great day and an epic event by MADPASS which made me look forward to the next SQL Saturday in Madison.

 

 

 

Speaking at SQLSaturday #118 in Madison,WI

I am happy to announce that my session on “Optimizing SQL Server I/O with Solid State Drives” was selected for SQL Saturday #118 in Wisconsin’s capital, Madison on Saturday April 21, 2012!

Location is:
Madison Area Technical College – Truax Campus
3550 Anderson St, Madison, WI 53704

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat118 and see what others are doing.

Hope to see you there!

Speaking at SQLSaturday #110 in Tampa,FL

I am happy to announce that my session on “Optimizing SQL Server I/O with Solid State Drives ” was selected for SQL Saturday #110 in Tampa, FL  on Saturday March 10, 2012!

Location is:
K-Force,
1001 East Palm Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33605

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.
If you are attending please stop by and introduce yourself. Also if you are on Twitter don’t forget to use hashtag #sqlsat110 and see what others are doing.

Updated:

Due to a family emergency, I had to cancel this speaking engagement and luckily my slot was filled by another speaker.I hope to make it next year!