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  • Blog Post: Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th

    Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp .  The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged.  The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Valuable Penguin

    I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals really nervous...
  • Blog Post: SQLBits Goes West 19-21 November, Newport

    When I am not doing the day job I like to draw and paint to relax so I have combined a bit of business & pleasure for the SQL Bits Goes West  conference by doing a few cartoons for them… As you can see the event has grown to three days. While there has always been a deep dive, paid for training...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server BI Community Evening, 10th June, Reading

    I wanted to call out the BI evening on 10th June because they’ve given me a slot to talk about SQL Server 2008 r2 and specifically the BI features you can expect.   There’s also sessions on Data Modeling and information architecture from Alex Pratt & Andrew de Rozairo (Sybase) and one on...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server events in Manchester

    I am still tracking through the virtual e-mail mountain following 3 weeks holiday in Sri Lanka and I see the SQL Community have focused their attentions on Manchester. In addition to the upcoming SQL Bits goes Fourth on 28th March (venue tba).  Tony Rogerson and Martin Bell are hosting an evening...
  • Blog Post: Superglue now available for System Center 2012

    One of my frustrations to date when showing off System Center 2012 is that it doesn’t quite fit together yet; each of the individual products is in beta and works pretty well, however joining them up is not there yet.  This is not because there’s a flaw in the line up or missing functionality, it...
  • Blog Post: SQL Community and the Curse of The Cursors

    So following form my last post, Eric Alsop’s session for the SQL Community last night was on cursors of course. His simple but effective presentation showed up a couple of scenarios where cursors are still useful weapons in an DBA’s armoury despite all the new stuff put into SQL standards and SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Under New Management

    I am now hard at work on the events that will occur around the release SQL Server 2008. This time around I will be presenting: SQL Server Under New Management The ratio of DBA’s to the size of data being  managed is increasing all the time as is the burden of compliance regulation ,so what can be...
  • Blog Post: SQL Bits Friday session

    I promise this is the last time I mention SQL Bits this week, but I wanted to let you know I have got 25 free tickets for the paid for event this Friday which would normally cost £149 to attend.  The venue is the Celtic Manor in Newport… and is probably the next best thing to going to TechEd. There...
  • Blog Post: What Kind of MUG are you?

    Whether your thing is windows management or virtual machines there’s interesting user group activity coming up in the next few weeks.. The virtual machine user group (VMUG) in Leeds gets together on 16th November from 12-6pm at the Leeds Park Plaza hotel .. You’ll find me presenting...
  • Blog Post: What do Evangelists do at the Weekend?

    This weekend the Microsoft evangelists were out in force at the BBC Mashed, a hack event at Alexandra Palace.  The delegates have 24 hours to make something cool with sponsors stuff, and those sponsors also included the Lonely Planet , The BBC , O’Reilly publishers, Channel 4 , The Guardian , and...
  • Blog Post: Data Warehousing from the Experts.

    If you glance to the side of this post you will see that one of the few books on my bookshelf is the Microsoft Data Warehouse Toolkit , and so I am annoyed that I can’t make the course of the book, presented by the authors, Joy Mundy and Warren Thornthwaite . For those not familiar with these two eminent...
  • Blog Post: SQL Relay

    I am in the middle of SQL relay this week, but I just realised that you might like to have a copy of my Denali slide deck, which I have now posted to SkyDrive . You are welcome to have a look at it even if you couldn’t make one of the four venues I am presenting at this week, but there isn’t a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn

    James and I are on our way to TechEd Berlin, but we’re driving because we’re both a little bit eccentric.  Not only that we have a bit of stuff to take.. four laptops, a shuttle, a hub assorted drives, cables so that we can demo a bunch of interesting stuff in our session. We’ll be showing as many...
  • Blog Post: Notes from IT Camp, Leeds 28th Feb

    Simon and I did our first IT camp in Leeds on Tuesday, and I would like to say thank you to those that cam along as you were the beta testers for this new kind of event.  As you can see we had a much more informal setup of groups of 8 or 9 around tables with a lot more collaboration and interaction...
  • Blog Post: Orange Data Centre part 4–hold the phone

    I was going to do The next part of setting up my Dell Covet as a data centre install System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) on it etc. and I have to be honest I got stuck because SCOM 2007 R2 is not really that keen on SQL Server 2008 R2, and while I was researching this at home my phone and broadband...
  • Blog Post: Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job

    I have spent the day dug in at the Cabinet War Rooms in London for Inframon’s annual War on Cost event with the top experts in systems management .  The venue was chosen to reflect the them of the event and much like world war 2 the Americans in the form  of 9 Microsoft experts from the System...
  • Blog Post: 2008 Launch Videos

    Blogging is easy to do, there’s no one watching you and you can martial your thoughts.  The problem is you don’t get any feedback until you’ve published your post. Presenting is much harder, apart form the demo demons, there’s a real audience and you can’t really run...
  • Blog Post: TechED 2008 Barcelona – Because You’re Worth It

    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...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Launch Road Shows

    The next round of road shows are going to focus on Windows Server 2008 and Vista sp1 so no SQL Server 2008 this time.  But no peace for the wicked like, many dba's, when not doing my day job I have to get my head around all of the other stuff that sits around the database, such as SharePoint, the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Bits Conference Calling

    This is a short post to say thanks to all the MVP's working hard to organise the next SQL Bits conference on 1 March (register here ). Tony , Chris , Simon Darren, Allan and Martin and the rest of the SQL Server Community know exactly what's like to plan this when they're scattered across the UK and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Bits - Don’t be square be cubed

    The UK SQL community are doing their next SQL Bits cubed on Saturday 13th Sept at Hatfield University.  Possible excuses for NOT attending would be: You are reading this blog not because you are a highly skilled DBA but: You like my witty style You are one of my 2 friends You have been bribed by...
  • Blog Post: Saying Goodbye to SQL Server 2000

    I have published quite a few posts on how to upgrade from SQL 2000 to 2005/8 since I started blogging, but I still get asked a lot of questions about how and why so Alex (Editor of the TechNet Newsletter ) and I though an event might be in order. However this is a TechNet event with a difference in that...
  • Blog Post: European PASS Conference 2008

    If you can't make the launch, and weren't at SQL Bits a couple of weeks ago then why not convince your manager, wife, accountant that you need to go Germany to get SQL fix.  The Professional Association PASS for SQL Server and BI are holding their European Conference at Neuss, 14-16 April. ...
  • Blog Post: PASS Meeting 26th June

    The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), is holding it's next meeting on 26th June from 6-9pm.  The theme is virtualising SQL Server, in all its guises both using hardware and software. HP and Quest are going to be there and I will be flying the Microsoft flag.  So if you have an...