Deck from “Practical SQL Server Cardinality Estimation”

I uploaded the deck from my session for SQLSaturday #287 Madison 2014 and you can download it here. It was an excellent event!  Great organizers, volunteers, venue, speakers – and a matching big turnout with lots of first-time SQLSaturday attendees.  Grateful for the experience and hope to be back again next year.

March Speaking Engagements

If you’re in the area, just a heads-up that I’ll be speaking at the following events: PASSMN Minnesota SQL Server User GroupLocation:    3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437Date:    March 18, 2014Time:    4:00 PM – 6:00 PM SQLSaturday #287Location: 6000 American Parkway, Building A, Madison, WI 53783Date: March 29, 2014 Time: My session […]

New Course: “SQL Server: Database Creation, Configuration, and Alteration”

  Today Pluralsight published my new course, “SQL Server: Database Creation, Configuration, and Alteration”. This is a demo-centric, short course on how to how to use T-SQL to create and configure databases, files, and filegroups.  Areas I cover include: How to create a database How to configure files and filegroups Configuration of file settings Configuration […]

New Course: “SQL Server: Temporary Objects”

This is my first blog post since going-independent. As mentioned in my previous post, I’ll still be blogging periodically on my original SQLskills blog.  As for what I’ve been up to these last few weeks, I’ve been working on-site with a local Minneapolis client – spending about half of my time on the DBA side […]

Presenting “Performance Issue Patterns” at the PASSMN Minnesota SQL Server User Group

If you’re in town (Minneapolis/St. Paul) – just a heads-up that I’ll be presenting at the next PASSMN meeting on Tuesday, August 20th (scheduled from 4PM to 6PM).  This will be located at Microsoft, 3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN  55437. Here is what I’ll be presenting: Title: Performance Issue Patterns Description: While […]

SQL Server Event Schedule for H1 2013

I’ve had a couple of months at home, focusing on consulting engagements, and now I’m about to enter back in to conference / Immersion Event season.  I’ll still be consulting, but half of the time I’ll be doing it from a hotel room. While it is nice to interact with people via email, phone and […]

Recap: SQLSaturday #149

Yesterday’s SQLSaturday #149 (Minnesota) was most excellent.  A few comments/observations/recaps: The event was extremely well organized and professional – while still managing to maintain a regional, relaxed atmosphere across 400+ attendees.  The organizers did an absolutely incredible job and should be proud of themselves.  There were several folks involved, and plenty of “orange shirts” walking […]

Presenting at SQLSaturday 149

Next Saturday, September 29th, I’ll be presenting at SQLSaturday #149 in Minneapolis, Minnesota – my home town. This will be the second SQLSaturday I’ve been able to attend and speak at since joining SQLskills (almost) one year ago. I’ll be presenting “Resolving Cardinality Estimation Issues” and also facilitating the SQL Server performance topic over lunch […]