Saturday, March 6th marked the completion of the event all of us at SQL Sentry had been greatly anticipating. I presented “Things Your Mom Never Told You About SSMS” for the second time ever (first at the Raleigh, NC SSUG). I followed directly behind Aaron Bertrand who presented on a similar topic. That really turned out to be great for a couple of reasons. First, Aaron is a popular speaker, and I got a lot of the overflow crowd that weren’t able to make it into the room for his session. Second, there really wasn’t much overlap at all between the two sessions. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that a lot of my topics were building off of topics Aaron brought up in his session. It was almost synergetic without having ever planned it to be. All in all it was a great experience for me being new to speaking, and I had a great crowd that understood a little Power Point fumbling and also had a lot to contribute. Anyone interested can find the materials here including some things I had to leave out due to time constraints. I will be delivering this session once more at SQL Saturday, Richmond VA on April 10.
The entire SQL Saturday #33 experience was wonderful. For me, the chance to put faces with names for people that often provide invaluable feedback for SQL Sentry products was great. Some names that are close to mind right this moment are Tim Ford, Aaron Nelson and Mike Walsh. It was also a treat to reunite with some long time friends like Ashton Hobbs and Brett Tomson with whom I have a long history. This social opportunity, combined with all of the technical knowledge gained by attending sessions delivered by these same folks made it an epic win in my book. I fully look forward to seeing these folks and many others at more events in the future.
It was quite a hectic day for all of us at SQL Sentry, and the lead up to it was no exception, but there are a few people that I really want to point out for the effort put into making this happen. Greg and Karen Gonzalez, Missy Kelly and Peter Shire all put in a massive effort to make this happen in the weeks leading up to the event. I know there are others that should be mentioned, but these folks really stood out to me, and I want to offer my thanks. I hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did.