See me speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter


I'm Speaking at SQL Saturday 194

After a long time and plenty of prodding by a few SQL People I have finally submitted and been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter on the 9th of March.

My talk: Database Replication – What, How and Why will be about SQL Server Replication (surprise, surprise). I’ll be trying to explain the ins and outs of how replication works inside SQL Server and go into what components make up replication. I will finish up explaining when/why you would use replication.

I chose this topic because I work with replication on a daily basis and it seems to be a rare topic at conferences.  The reasoning for that could be that a) no-one uses replication or b) no-one wants to talk about it.  Either way, I was chosen and that means I am now knuckling down and trying to patch together a semi-coherent presentation on the topic.

Luckily I have a few people that are going to be there offering moral support (I hope). I am also on the volunteer team so that I can busy myself before my session to hopefully keep my nerves in check.

If you haven’t already booked and you are able to make it down to Exeter, take a look at the schedule and I am sure you’ll be convinced that it would be a good use of your time. Just look at the speaker line-up, some of the biggest and best names from around the world will be speaking, so please register and come and see some excellent content…… for free!

SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter

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Back from PASS with a plan


I have now been back from PASS for a week.

My brain has stopped hurting and I have got over the jet-lag (it took 2-3 days this time!). I am now determined to get into blogging/speaking after seeing the epic quality supplied at the Summit.

I have a few blog posts floating around in my brain, so I better get to it. As for presenting – I have to find a topic, prepare and then dive in. From what I have seen and heard, the biggest barrier is me! I have to get over the stage-fright and just do it.

I will be doing so in the not too distant future, and will post about it here. Wish me luck!

Off to see the wizard(s), the wonderful wizard(s) of PASS


This week I start the long journey to the PASS Summit 2010. My plans changed slightly since my initial post. I am now leaving a day earlier (Saturday) and fly from England to Amsterdam and then on to Seattle. The first flight is at 6am, so I will not be going to bed after my brother’s wedding, I will get out of the suit and into the taxi to the airport at 3am. I should arrive in Seattle on Saturday at about Midday local time. That gives me Sunday as a jet-lag recovery day.

I am taking a pre and post con (again). It makes so much sense when you travel half-way round the world to spend as much time in a class room!

I hope to see some familiar faces and meet up with people that I only know online. If you don’t belong to either of these groups, introduce yourself – I don’t bite 😮

PASS Summit 2010 – Seattle


After attending my first PASS Summit in 2009 I have managed to convince the powers that be, including my wife, that I need to go there this year.

If you haven’t attended the PASS Summit before or only know the European Summit), then you need to go to one of them.  They are invaluable resources, that pay for themselves through the contacts that you can make.  The hardest part (for me at least) is to talk to new people, but most people are in the same boat so just go for it.  The worst thing that can happen is that someone doesn’t want to talk to you!

It is going to be a little hectic for me this time round.  My brother is getting married on the Friday before the Summit, so I will be flying to England for the wedding, getting up at 07:00 to then drive down to London, to fly back to Germany.  The flight to Seattle is then on Sunday 11:30-ish from Amsterdam.  If I’m lucky, I will manage to stay awake from Amsterdam to Seattle, so I can get on local time a bit quicker. Trans-Atlantic flying really kicks you around the head!

I hope to catch up with a couple of people that I met last time, but would love to meet up with new people too.

See you there!