IndyTechFest 2010 a Big Hit

Jesse Liberty at IndyTechFest

Jesse Liberty,a Developer Community Program Manager for Microsoft, starts off IndyTechFest 2010 with the keynote presentation.

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, over 400 SQL Server, .NET, SharePoint, Silverlight, and Windows Phone professionals gathered together and spent a free day of training at IndyTechFest, sharpening their technical and career skills, choosing from 37 different presentations in seven different tracks.

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IndyTechFest 2010 Offers Free Training

image For the third year in a row, IndyTechFest will offer free training for SQL Server DBAs and Developers, .NET Developers, SharePoint Administrators and Developers, and much more. The event will be held Saturday, May 22, in Indianapolis, IN at the Marriott Indianapolis East Conference Center. The event offers 40 different sessions in seven different tracks with 32 speakers, many of which are MVPs or Microsoft specialists.

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Don’t Forget to Register for the Free 24 Hours of PASS

The free 24 Hours of PASS event will held May 19 & 20, and includes 24 different one hour presentations on many different aspects of SQL Server, with a special emphasis on SQL Server 2008 R2. You need to register to attend, so sign up today so you won’t forget.

My session, the only professional development topic at the event, is called “Manage Your DBA Career, Don’t Let It Manage You,” is session 13, which will be held at 00:00 GMT on May 20. My session focuses on specific steps you can take to help take control of your career. Of course, if you are in control of your career, then you don’t need to attend.  😉

I will be traveling that week, and will be making my presentation from a hotel room in Dallas.

Speaking Seven Times in April

April will be a busy month for me as I will be speaking seven different times, on seven different topics, at four different user group and conferences. Here’s my lineup:

Baltimore SQL Server Users Group
Monday, April 5, 2010, 7:00-8:00PM
”How to Use the SQL Server 2008 Performance Data Collector to Analyze Queries”
I will be speaking remotely at this meeting, as I couldn’t fit it into my travel schedule.

Atlanta Microsoft Database Forum
Monday, April 12, 2010, 6:30-9:00PM
”How to Become an Exceptional DBA”

Chicago SQL Server Users Group
Thursday, April 15, 2010, 5:30PM
”How to Optimize TempDB”

SQL Saturday  #31 Chicago
Saturday, April 17, 2010
”How and When to Use Indexed Views” – 3:00PM
”Introduction to Graphical Execution Plans” – 4:00PM

European PASS—Neuss, Germany
April 21-23, 2010
”Essential DBA Skills: Best Practices Every SQL Server DBA Must Know” – Thursday—1:00PM
“How to Analyze Performance Monitor Data Using PAL”—Friday—11:45PM

If you are able to attend any of these events, be sure to stop me and say hello.

SQL Server Social Group a Fresh Perspective on User Group Meetings


The Cam river flows through Cambridge, England. At the center of the river you can see a punt (a type of boat) used to navigate the Cam.

I must have attended at least 25 different SQL Server and .NET user groups over the past couple of years, and most of them have a familiar format: food and drinks combined with some socializing, a formal presentation, and a prize drawing. I have seen a few other minor variations, but it is hard to tell one user group meeting from another. That is, until I recently spoke at the SQL Server Social Group in Cambridge, England this past month.

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