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SQL Saturday #194 Exeter – A presenters review

SQL Saturday #194 Exeter – A presenters review

This weekend was full of a range of emotions for me. Grab a beverage and I’ll tell you all about it…. The Journey On the Friday I had arranged to take my 70-451 exam at lunchtime at a test center just outside Birmingham which would provide me with a nice jaunt down the M5, or so […]

100th blog post

100th blog post

Unless you’ve entered “100th blog post” into your favourite search engine and clicked on pot luck (or whatever it is) you’ll know that I pretty much always blog about SQL Server. Not this time! Today, I thought I would share a little bit about me and my blogging experiences. I’ll probably do an update post at […]

Choosing the right professional

Choosing the right professional

I’m writing this blog post from my bed, you may think that’s a little too much information there is a good reason for telling you this as it provided the inspiration for this post. I hadn’t been feeling particularly well at the tail end of last week but pushed on (as you do) as there […]

2011 – The dissection

2011 – The dissection

  Blimey, doesn’t seem like a year since I wrote my last end of year review End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011 Things didn’t quite go to plan, mainly because of an unexpected career change this majorly shifted a number of my priorities which meant that some goals were re-prioritised, others were […]

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

It only seems like a couple of weeks ago since I wrote a post about new years resolutions which you can read here, scary thing is it’s almost time to think up some new ones. Whilst some of my goals for the year have slipped I’m glad to say that I have exceeded on a […]

Top 5 Third Party Quotes

Unless you’ve worked in a vacuum the likelyhood is that you either are a third company or you have many third companies with you, possibly both. Some are really really good and you can learn a lot from talking to them and working things out together, others have staff who should never have been allowed […]

A new SQL User Group in the UK

You may have already heard rumours on twitter or on a couple of blogs that there has been a new SQL user Group announced here in the UK. It’s time to put a bit of flesh on the bones! I’ve been wanting to start a user group for some time now as the community is […]

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

Today has been a rather surprising day, I opened my inbox to find an email from Microsoft to find that I had been awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award, which I’m really rather proud of. I’m proud to be a member of such a vibrant SQL community and try to do my bit so it’s brilliant […]

End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011

Last year I set myself a number of career goals which were more around certifications and learning than anything else, whilst this is very important and I feel passionately about learning I have realised over the last 12 months that this is not the only thing that I should be concentrating on. A lot has […]

New Year, New Opportunities

Like many people I have taken the steps of acquiring a new job during the New Year merry go round. After a brief search I have been offered and accepted a position as a SQL DBA at a well known UK retailer. There have been lots of posts on forums and mailing lists asking for hints […]