Following on from yesterday’s post, I wanted to encourage the DBA’s to demonstrate your influencing skills by persuading your managers to support your careers by sending you to TechED EMEA for IT Professionals, 3-7 November 2008 in Barcelona.
If you haven’t been before it’s like an intensive summer school for IT professionals. You get to learn from the experts in formal sessions, hands-on-labs, instructor led labs and my favourite, the chalk talks. Networking is also a big part of the week, with Microsoft staff, industry experts, the other vendors and 5,000 like minded delegates.
Even if you’re deep into your subject (and I am assuming that this is SQL Server as you are reading my blog), then you would probably benefit form pitching up to sessions on Security, SharePoint or Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V virtualization.
So how do you convince your manager to let you go, as it’s a week out of the office and you need to get there, eat and pay for the conference?
If you can’t persuade them, then consider an influencing skills course before the next TechED comes round, or maybe it’s time to review your future with a company that can’t afford to reward it’s most valuable member of staff , the DBA!