I have had this down on my calendar for a while and forgot to mention it, but I will be coming over to speak in the UK again in July this year.
The SQL Soton User Group leaders John Martin (twitter) and Steph Middleton (twitter) are putting on a one-day SQL Server event (not a SQL Saturday, but similar in setup) and asked me if I would come and speak,
I will be presenting my seemingly popular “Replication: What, How and Why?” session along with a bunch of other speakers from around Europe. We’ll be a single track of one hour sessions, starting in the morning and going into the late afternoon. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunity to chat about all sorts of topics on the sidelines too. It looks like it will be a fun time and it would be great to see some new or old faces around.
The whole thing is taking place in Southampton on the 12th of July – the weekend before SQLBits, so if you can’t wait for that (or can’t make it to Bits), then SQL at the Weekend is the thing for you.
I have lived in the Emsland for over a decade and have missed visiting a user group that whole time. The nearest one to me is about 90 minutes drive away, so was not really a viable option.
After starting to speak at conferences last year, I understand the need for local user groups. This is where people can meet more regularly than at conferences, where they can find like minded people who also live nearby (some conferences are on entirely different continents, which is cool, but makes it difficult to keep in touch).
With that in mind, I have decided that it is about time that the North West of Germany, or rather the Emsland, should have its own SQL Server User Group.
We are rushing the start a little, because I want to take advantage of having Jonathan Allen ( b | t ) over for a visit in June.
Our first meeting will be on the 19.06 starting at 17:30 (CST) at the IT Emsland in Lingen. Jonathan will be presenting his session “Extended Events – Not so tricky as you might think” (in English) and I will be presenting my session “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistence is Futile” (English or German).
If you want to attend (or attend future meetings), please let me know. We have a contact formular setup or you can get in touch with my via Twitter or email (william_durkin at live dot com).
I spoke at SQL Saturday in Slovenia just before Christmas and had a great time. Whilst I was there I made a new SQL friend – Boris Hristov ( t | b ) a SQL Server expert from Bulgaria. He attended my session on SQL Server consolidation and joined in to an interesting discussion towards the end of the session.
After Christmas, Boris got in touch with me and asked if I would like to be a guest on his regular SQL Server Hangout “show” and talk with him about consolidating SQL Servers. I liked the sound of that, so we met up on G+ and had a pretty informal/unplanned chat about our experiences with consolidation and what we think needs special attention.
Boris said he will be posting more details about the Hangout on his blog, but in the mean time, here is the recording:
This is a return to my speaking roots – I gave my first ever public speaking session at last year’s SQL Saturday in Exeter. I enjoyed myself so much that I went on to speak a further 4 times last year and have been bitten by the speaking bug,
I am really looking forward to coming back to Exeter – the hosts Jonathan Allen ( t | b ) and his wife Annette ( t ) have been good friends and mentors to me over the past few years, so seeing them is always good. Speaking at SQL Saturdays is really fun and I really enjoy getting to meet people in the community and discussing all things SQL, so if you spot me there, come and have a chat.
If you want some really good free training (not forgetting the pre-con day the day before!) and would like to see a bit of the South-West of the UK, head on down to SQL Saturday #269 in Exeter on the 21st and 22nd of March., going by last year’s event you will *not* be disappointed!
I am booked to speak at the SQL Southwest User Group in the UK on the 21st of November at some time from 18:00 (GMT) onwards.
This will be a new session on SQL Server consolidation titled “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile!”. The session will cover the reasons for and against consolidation and hopefully help you to understand how consolidation can be performed in your environment. Due to the subject there won’t be many demos (if at all) and it will be more of a high-level discussion.
The session will be run remotely using a yet to be decided medium (GoToMeeting, WebEx or something similar), which will be a first for me. A suitable link or login details will be made available via the SQL Southwest website and I will tweet the details ahead of time too. I have been informed that there will be some sort of question/answer capability which will also be communicated in advance and during the session.
After a long time and plenty of prodding by a few SQL People I have finally submitted and been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter on the 9th of March.
My talk: Database Replication – What, How and Why will be about SQL Server Replication (surprise, surprise). I’ll be trying to explain the ins and outs of how replication works inside SQL Server and go into what components make up replication. I will finish up explaining when/why you would use replication.
I chose this topic because I work with replication on a daily basis and it seems to be a rare topic at conferences. The reasoning for that could be that a) no-one uses replication or b) no-one wants to talk about it. Either way, I was chosen and that means I am now knuckling down and trying to patch together a semi-coherent presentation on the topic.
Luckily I have a few people that are going to be there offering moral support (I hope). I am also on the volunteer team so that I can busy myself before my session to hopefully keep my nerves in check.
If you haven’t already booked and you are able to make it down to Exeter, take a look at the schedule and I am sure you’ll be convinced that it would be a good use of your time. Just look at the speaker line-up, some of the biggest and best names from around the world will be speaking, so please register and come and see some excellent content…… for free!
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