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  • Blog Post: I am probably the worst content submitter for an event…

    I am probably the worst content submitter for an event… Some blog readers will likely disagree with this, but if your purpose of writing a session title and abstract for a conference is “To get the conference attendees to participate and come to my session”, you are DEAD WRONG!...
  • Blog Post: TechED North America - DBI Track - the audience has spoken

    As Track Program Manager for the Database and Business Intelligence Track at TechED North America, I wanted to express my sincere THANK YOU to all attendees, speakers, staffers, and everyone involved in the logistics of TechED North America. We had a very strong attendance at each of the sessions...
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    Join us for a rock solid pre-conference at TechED! At Microsoft Teched ( www.msteched.com ), I will copresent with @SQLRockstar Thomas LaRock and @scarydba Grant Fritchey. Our pre-conference will focus around how you as a SQL Server DBA can embrace new technologies that will make your job not...
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS - Hands-on-Labs goodness ...

    To follow up on a general request by the attendees at SQLPASS, I promised to post a link to our existing SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Azure Hands-on-Labs. Some of these labs are hosted as part of the Technet Virtual Labs or MSDN Virtual labs, which makes it very easy for you to experience SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: About my Lenovo W520, presenting, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 drivers and more ...

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  • Blog Post: What goes into my bag when presenting at an event or roadshow

    When presenting at an event such as TechED, or any roadshow events you see your favorite presenters appear at, a lot of the skills, quality of the presentation comes down to: - presentation skills - content (which truly comes down to right content level, title, abstract, level of functioning demos...
  • Blog Post: TechED North America / TechED Europe pre-conferences for Database and Business Intelligence

    As content lead on the Database and Business Intelligence Track I am happy to announce that we will have 2 pre-cons at Tech ED North America an Tech ED Europe. That's right - based on popular demand we are hosting these pre-conferences at both Tech ED North America and TechED Europe. And the great...
  • Blog Post: BareMetal – Implementing a Microsoft BI solution ….. from scratch…

    I had a great opportunity to do a lot of content development to provide real hands-on-experience, through Hands-on-Labs and Virtual Machines. Mostly, this has been experienced as a great way to Learn new products, or learn how to implement features and Technology. A couple of events (conferences)...
  • Blog Post: joining the Parallel Data Warehouse community...

    Many years ago, as a DBA I got involved with huge amounts of data, handling millions of records at the time, a time where these databases that had gigabytes and even a couple of TB of storage. Now what happened since then? .. Numerous data collection and data stores were built, have been consumed, and...
  • Blog Post: The importance of understanding DAX

    The importance of understanding DAX.... The DAX language is the foundation of self-service Business Intelligence using the Microsoft stack. It is the language used to query and program both Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2013 and the new SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular model. Learning the basics...
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    Anyone who attended TechED, SQL PASS Summit, any internal Microsoft events or the MVP Summit on SQL must have heard about BareMetal hands-on-labs. Based on the interest, feedback and request to add the script files and manuals I am attaching the current DRAFT version of the Mission Critical Manual to...