SQL Rally

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SQL Rally Slide Deck and Photos

I’m working on a more comprehensive review of last week’s SQL Rally event, but I’d like to go ahead and share my slide deck and photos from the event. For those who attended my Data Quality Services session on Thursday, thanks so much for coming.  I had 100 or so in attendance, and a lot of good questions and discussion…


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Win a Free SQLRally Admission!

As those of you in our local North Texas SQL Server User Group are aware, we have given away one free 2-day pass to SQL Rally during each of the past two user group meetings.  Unfortunately, a schedule conflict has forced one of the winners to withdraw from the event. However, someone else’s loss can be your gain.  Tomorrow afternoon,…


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SQL Rally–1 week out

It’s hard to believe that after all the hard work, planning, and prep, that SQL Rally Dallas is just a week away! This time next week the conference will be in full swing for Day 1 of the regular sessions. The preconference seminars actually start on Tuesday, so it’s going to be a full week of learning’, Texas-style! For my…


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Coming to Dallas: Something for Everyone

Everybody loves the carnival.  It only comes around every few years, but when it does, it brings in a variety of people from all around.  Young, old, short, tall, skinny, chubby, and even Buck Woody – they stand in line for tickets, mill around for hours, and endure noise, crowds, and temperature extremes for a little dose of fun. What…


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I’m speaking at SQL Rally 2012

I’ve learned that my session entitled “Introduction to Data Quality Services” has been selected as one of the community choice sessions for the upcoming SQL Rally right here in Dallas.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, and I hope to see many of you at the Rally in May.


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Shameless Plug: Vote For My Sessions!

Have you voted yet for my sessions your favorite sessions for SQL Rally?  If not, this is a friendly reminder to hop on over and vote now.  You have to have a PASS login to vote, but don’t worry – it’s free to get one and takes about 2 minutes. Out of the 60 total sessions to be presented at…


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The top 5 reasons to speak at SQL Rally

Have you been thinking about speaking at the upcoming SQL Rally in Dallas? If so, remember that the deadline for submissions is coming up fast – you only have until this Sunday (1/22) to add your abstract to the list of potential sessions. Why Speak at Rally? Great question! After all, speaking is hard work and requires a lot of…


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SQL Rally, PASS Summit, and More

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for SQL Server community and PASS related news. First and probably most importantly is that the location for SQL Rally 2012 has been chosen, and we are happy to announce that it’ll be right here in Dallas!  After several months of research and evaluation, PASS awarded next year’s event to this area based…


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SQL Rally 2011 Recap

As I write this, I’m somewhere in the air over Florida, headed back home to Dallas from participating in the first-ever SQL Rally event.  The past few days have been an adventure in many ways, and I’m happy to report that the entire experience was both positive and memorable. Wednesday The trip started out in chaos: an immense line of…


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Presenting at SQL Rally

I received notification earlier this week that my session “ETL Head-To-Head: T-SQL vs. SSIS” was selected by community vote for the BI track in the inaugural SQL Rally event coming up in Orlando, May 11-13.  I’m honored to have been selected and am looking forward to being a part of the first ever SQL Rally event. Registration for SQL Rally…