Bad Blogger and SQL Saturdays

OK, so I guess I’m not very good at blogging… I often forget to post anything for long stretches at a time.  About the only thing that I can say is that I will attempt to do better in the future, time permitting.

In other news, I will be doing presentations for two SQL Saturdays in the coming months.  For those of you who haven’t heard, SQL Saturday is a brand (recently folded into the PASS organization) that offers FREE conferences for SQL Server professionals.  These are absolutely great events… and the price is right!

The first event I will be speaking at is SQL Saturday #38 in Jacksonville FL on May 8, 2010.  My first presentation for this event, which I have done a number of times, is – SSIS Configurations, Expressions and Precedence Constraints.  I will try to clean up the slides for it a little bit to cut down on the clutter.  I will also try to ensure that I have working demos up before the presentation that will go along with what I am going to be talking about.

The second presentation which I will be giving is new to me – An Introduction To Execution Plans.  This is meant to be a low level look at what execution plans are, how they can help you, where you can find them, etc.  I will begin putting this presentation together in the next few weeks…

Aside from my presentations I will plan on attending: Common SQL Programming Mistakes (Plamen Ratchev), Policy Based Management Administration Made Easy (Jorge Segarra), CDC + SSIS = SCD (Patrick LeBlanc), Powershell for the Data Professional (Aaron Nelson).

I will also be doing a presentation for SQL Saturday #22 in Pensacola, FL on June 5, 2010.  This will be another new presentation for me – SSIS 2008 – Profiling Your Data.  This will be an in depth look at the new data profiling task and the corresponding data profiling viewer.  To me this is a good way to start to investigate your data and begin to place an emphasis on data quality as a part of data integration, or at least as a part of regularly scheduled maintenance.

Aside from my presentations here I plan on attending: DBA Repository Update 2010 Using SSIS and SSRS (Rodney Landrum), Loops Lookups and Splits (Tim Mitchell), A Powershell Cookbook for DBAs (Trevor Barkhouse), Introduction to Transactional Replication (Troy Gallant) and Common T-SQL Programming Mistakes (Kevin Boles) (Not sure here what I want to go to… I think Kevin is an excellent presenter, so this is probably where I’ll end up at).

Hope to see you at these great events.

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