Category Archives: Training

Microsoft AlwaysOn Workshop

This week I attended a high availability workshop with Microsoft called “Protect your Business with AlwaysOn”.  It was a 1-day workshop focused on SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups, which was FREE of charge to their enterprise customers. Why was … Continue reading

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SQL Server Certifications – Are they Valuable or Useful?

It seems like whenever the subject of SQL Server certifications comes up, people have strong opinions one way or another.  For example, look at this post and the associated comments, http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/how-valuable-are-certifications/. Now, to be perfectly honest, I have had mixed … Continue reading

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SQL PASS 2013

The PASS Summit is probably one of the most beneficial events in the SQL Server community for a database professional.  This year’s event took place in Charlotte, North Carolina from October 16-18, 2013.  Unfortunately, everyone might not be able to … Continue reading

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A Preview … At the Chicago SQL Server User Group

Yesterday, I went to the Chicago SQL Server User Group meeting (http://chicago.sqlpass.org/), which I always enjoy going to when I have a chance.  It is an opportunity to get some free training, perhaps a free meal, and be able to network … Continue reading

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SQL Skills Training Class

On almost every survey of the best places to work, employee training is listed as one of the factors that will boost an employee’s satisfaction with a company.  And I have found that to be definitely true in my case.  … Continue reading

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SQL Saturday in Chicago

Recently, I had a discussion with some database professionals and we were discussing some of the pros and cons of certain database platforms.  I mentioned to them that one of the things that I feel is a huge pro for … Continue reading

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Red Gate SQL in the City

Free training … free food … I’m there!  That’s what I thought when I first heard about Red Gate’s SQL in the City coming to Chicago (http://sqlinthecity.red-gate.com/).  To me, it felt like a “no brainer” of a decision to make, … Continue reading

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