Hello, World! Encore Edition aka Good-bye, Microsoft

Moving On After nearly nine years at Microsoft, I’ve chosen to move on. I’ve accepted a position at Fusion-io—now a SanDisk company—as Worldwide SQL Server Solutions Architect where I’ll be evangelizing, documenting best practices, collaborating directly with the Windows & SQL product teams & other partners, doing cutting-edge performance work, & of course flipping the…

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Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flipping the DW /faster Bit at #SQLSaturday347 / #SQLSatDC

This weekend on December 6, 2014 I continue my evangelization of Columnstore—possibly the most exciting unheralded feature in SQL Server 2014—at SQL Saturday 347 at an auspicious venue: the Microsoft Technology Center in Chevy Chase, proximal to the US capital city of Washington DC. Register, see the schedule, or see the event home page on…

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Two Presentations This Weekend at #SQLSaturday349 in Salt Lake City

I have the privilege of being selected to fill two slots this weekend at #SQLSaturday349 in Salt Lake City.  The venue is simultaneously hosting the Big Mountain Data event. My talks are: To the Cloud, Infinity, & Beyond: Top 10 Lessons Learned at MSIT & Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flipping the DW /faster…

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Columnstore Preso to the Oregon SQL Server User Group

In the latest-&-greatest effort in my mission to deliver my Columnstore presentation to every geekly denizen of the SQL community on the Northleft Coast of the United States & beyond, I’ll be delivering this week to the Oregon SQL Server User Group. Though Columnstore indexes were introduced in SQL Server 2012; they’re still largely unknown. …

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A Rendezvous With Destiny: PASS 2009 (#sqlpass)

Rendezvous With Destiny Forty-five years ago, Ronald Reagan aka Ronaldus Magnus spoke to Americans of our rendezvous with destiny. In a few short days the SQL Community will rendezvous in Seattle for the PASS 2009 Summit. This time last year, eager & anxious, I was preparing for my very first presentation at PASS.  Those who…

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Aspiring Geek Speaks This Week Yet Again: Perpetual Technologies (PTI) Back-to-School with Microsoft and Oracle Event

Yesterday I flew to Minneapolis to speak at PASS MN on disk partition alignment.  I left for the airport immediately afterward to get home to Indianapolis in order to speak at Perpetual Technologies, Inc. (PTI) 2nd Annual Back to School with Microsoft & Oracle Event. PTI is home to some great folks, including my friends…

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Aspiring Geek Speaks This Week: PASS Minnesota

Greetings, my current colleague & former MVP Lara Rubbelke (blog | twitter) was gracious enough to invite me to speak this week at PASS Minnesota aka PASS MN. I’ll be reprising my spiel on Disk Partition Alignment, the Best Kept Secret in SQL Server I/O Performance.  For more details, see PASS MN’s September Meeting or…

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Disk Partition Alignment (Sector Alignment) for SQL Server: Part 3: PASS 2008

I’ve spoken publicly several times this year to crowds large-&-small: TechReady 6 (an internal Microsoft conference) Indy Tech Fest ITT Commencement Last week was my first external international conference, the Professional Association for SQL Server 2008 Community Summit. This is my second summit & first speaking opportunity. The PASS summit is an incredible event. Plan…

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Commencement Keynote: ITT Technical Institute, Indianapolis, 9/20/2008

  Yesterday I had the distinct privilege of delivering the Commencement Keynote for the graduating class of ITT Technical Institute Indianapolis campus to an audience estimated at 300. It took place at the Warren Performing Arts Center, a beautiful multi-tiered auditorium.  They certainly didn’t make high schools such as that when I was growing up!…

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