Honored to receive a Patriot Award

This morning I had the great honor to be presented with a Patriot Award for supporting the U.S. Army Reserve activities of Sergeant First Class Jonathan Kehayias.

It’s an award for me as I’m Jonathan’s supervisor; and for SQLskills as a company, Kimberly signed the statement of continuing support for the Guard and Reserve. I accepted the award from Phil Sanders, the State Vice Chair of the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and we flew Jonathan out to Redmond to be with us for the award ceremony.

Jonathan joined the Army Reserve 19.5 years ago, was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and deployed to Iraq for a year between 2003 and 2004. Since then he’s continued serving as a Drill Sergeant and is currently a Career Counselor, responsible for helping guide service members on whether to continue serving. Since Jonathan joined SQLskills in March 2011, we’ve supported him in every way possible and encouraged him to continue to serve.

Jonathan, thank you for nominating us for this award, and sincere thanks for your past and future service.

Cyber Monday special on 2019 live, online classes 6-pack – save $199 per class!

It’s Cyber Monday today, and now that you’ve finished picking up great deals for your personal life, how about a great deal for your professional life?

From now through 12pm PST on Thursday, November 28th 2018, the first 25 people to register using a credit card can pick up our 6-course combo (covering all six of our 2019 Q1 live, online classes) for a flat US$3,000. Six live classes for only US$3000! That’s a saving of US$299 off the combo price, and makes each class only US$500, compared to the US$699 full price.

With each class you get about 14 hours of the best live training spread over three days, plus access to the recorded class.

Check out the classes here. And when you’re ready to save a bunch of money, register here (pick the bottom Event from the drop-down menu).




SQLskills is now a Microsoft Gold Data Platform Partner

We’ve been doing a huge amount of work this year with Microsoft field offices and customers on upgrades and Azure (especially around Azure Managed Instance) and it’s apparent that certain customers can be reluctant to engage with you unless you can answer ‘Yes!’ to ‘Are you a Gold Partner?’

We already had all the qualifications so we decided to embrace the whole Microsoft Partner thing fully and upped ourselves to Gold Data Platform Partner, as of today.

Thanks to our great team, Achievement Unlocked!