Archive for April, 2009


Posted: April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

In my last entry I made mention that Tjay Belt created the SSWUG Bingo game. I have been told that the creator of this was none other than the great SQL Chicken. The SQL Chicken or otherwise known as Jorge Segarra was the master mind behind this game. Thanks Jorge, and for those of you who have not seen it I have a screen shot for you here.

It’s a Wrap

Posted: April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

The last few days have been a blur, Wed. to Fri. I was speaking and working with the SSWUG Conference. I tried to get on my blog here on day 2 and 3 of the conference but by the end of the day I was so tired that I couldn’t think. I can tell you that has got to be the best event that I have ever been involved with. I am still looking at the huge number of surveys that we received and to be honest. It was not a few days before the conference that we decided to do the keynotes live. Many may not understand how big of a jump this was for us. The technology, the people, the questions had to be there. If anything wasn’t just right we would have fallen on our face.

The SSWUG staff is full of professionals that make sure they do everything they can so that everyone can have a great event. It was awesome to see everyone working together to make this just right. I think my favorite part was during the closing session (that was not planned until day 2 I believe). One of the attendees wanted us to prove the session was live. Without hesitation one of the other attendees mentioned that he should ask us a question and allow us to answer. Now most of the time that would not be that big of a deal, but when you are sitting in a room looking at a couple camera’s and being able to talk to people on the other side of the globe it sure did make us feel like we were able to help.

The icing on the cake is when one of the speakers created a Bingo card for the third days keynote. There were items on this card like Mark this spot if you were a DBA, and my favorite was when I would laugh. Thanks Tjay Belt for creating the card and having fun with us. I think we have come a long way since the first conference. Thanks to all the speakers that participated I cannot tell you how much fun it was this go around and I cannot wait until the next one.

Day One is in The Books

Posted: April 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

So this is the third time I have sat down to do this entry today. It started about how much fun today was and then I thought what the heck am I talking about? Then I started to talk about how great all the sessions were but then again I did not like it. So for a third time is a charm…

Today at the SSWUG Ultimate Conference was awesome, granted we ran into a couple of issues, but the issues were because each time we do the conference we are trying something new. This conference we thought we were going to make a huge improvement by adding High Def Camera’s, when the first demo came up we were happy at the investment made in the new gear. Then we added a twitter feed so that we can help the attendee’s network easier. But the topper to this was week for me was the live sessions. Stephen Wynkoop started the Blocks off with a live Keynote session, this was the not the first live feed that we have done, but my favorite part of the day was the live Q&A over the internet. We had a number of people on twitter asking questions about that included a wide array of topics, even who does my hair (for the record, I do. I shave it bald at least twice a week). We also had a number of questions that we were able to field from the Conference chat room.

So I would like to thank everyone who attended the conference today. It was fun, and it took a lot of work from all the speakers to every single person at SSWUG, and even our spouses and children have either sacrificed time to help.

Well this is the Week

Posted: April 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

Well if you have not seen a Conference done by SSWUG yet this is a great opportunity, We have expanded each discipline to include a SQL Server 101 track. So even if you are just starting with SQL Server or if you are being tasked with SQL Server administration or development, this is the place to be. Where else are you going to see expert speakers like this all in one place all for $125.00 per discipline?

As Stephen mentions in the SSWUG editorial today…

It’s vConference Week!
If you’ve waited to register, now’s the time. 
Get registered here!  It’s easy and painless.  Heck, you can even add-on a SSWUG membership for cheap!

If you’re already registered, a couple of things to know:

– You’ll be receiving an email with instructions on testing your system, how to get into the vConference, etc.  KEEP this email (Please) and do test your system.  It’s a simple thing to address issues now, not so simple later if you need to tweak a setting or two along with 1000 of your closest friends. 😉

– If you’re a twitter user, #SSWUGvc is the magic hash tag – add it to your tweets as you see things in the conference.  During the conference, there will be a live Twitter feed available on every page.  You can see the tweets going by as people comment on things that are happening.  Should be very cool.

– If you have questions about SQL Server, BI, .NET, SharePoint, please send them in NOW – Chris Shaw and I are doing a live session on the first day of the conference (during the mid-day break) and will be answering questions as best we can both submitted then and now – get in the list now for best results.  We can’t promise to know everything, but we can promise to get information as much as possible for you if we have advance notice.

– Haven’t registered yet?  Register here – live chat, 40 speakers, 130 sessions, live sessions, transcripts, slides, samples, demos, tips, best practices, fun times.  From the comfort of your chair.”


I plan to do a blog entry each day with the Questions that we are asked and what we answered, along with any conference news that we have coming down the pipe.   

Upcoming News

Posted: April 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

The conference that I have been talking about over the last couple months is just a week ahead. And we have some exciting news. As you may know this is a filmed conference that we put together with some of the greatest speakers in the world. These speakers many times are in the chat rooms to answer questions. However now we are going to add 2 more features to help with answering questions, asking questions and networking at a Virtual Conference.

First- Twitter integration is being added to the conference, Any twitter that is made with the hash tag of #SSWUGVC will show on almost all the conference pages as the conference is running. So you want to comment on what a speaker says, It’s easy as sending a tweet. The whole conference will know.

Second – As of now it looks like we will be doing a live Q&A between the first block of sessions and the second block of sessions. The Keynotes are also going to be live.


I am really excited to see everyone there. If you are looking for that magic discount code, well mine is: SPCSHAW09  

If you want to see what this looks like check out a quick demo of a session:

You can sign up here:

And while you are there don’t forget about the free event on Friday.

SQL Quiz 4

Posted: April 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

Last conference I did interviews with many of the speakers and posted the answers here. This time I want to get as many people involved as I can. So I am going to combine the SQL Quiz with interviews. The SQL Quiz is something I do every couple of months or so. The purpose is to get as many answers to the questions so people who are leaning about SQL or new in a career can maybe draw off our opinions.

This question is not meant to be something that you use to kiss the rear of the person that you work for; this is meant more for seeing that there are differences between great leaders and good managers. I will give you an example. A good manager is someone who may keep something on track like a project. But if he is not helping his or her people learn then are they really a great leader? A leader and a manager are two different traits; the question is how hard is it to find both of those traits in one person. I did an article on this on SSWUG a couple years ago, but I would love to see what other opinions are that are out there. For those of you reading, someday you may be in a roll to be a leader or a manager, maybe some of the answers I give or some of the answers that people I tag give will give you a few pointers on how you may want to look at your career or your life.

So what is the Question?

Who has been a great leader in your career and what made them a great leader.

I can think of a couple people that have been great leaders in my career and the one that I always think of first is a man by the name of Bill. Bill had the best outlook on life had so many reasons as to why not have that view. He never felt sorry for himself and he never complained. But that is not why I place him in as my greatest leader. Here is why I would place Bill as the best leader I have ever had.

People first- Company second – Now this may not be popular with the company but I think if more companies would look at it this way you was see much better employees that were much more vested with their companies. This does not by any mean say I think that the company suffers, I think it means taking care of your people. Here is an example:

I was working about 30 miles from my house, I heard that a Sherriff in LA was stabbed and his condition was unknown on the radio about 10 PM. They mentioned the Sherriff’s name and it was the same name as m brother. I was a little shaken to say the least. I pulled over because I could not drive and called the only number I could remember. The office it forwarded my call to Bill. Bill who was at home, in Bed drove 20 miles to get me along with another partner of the company. They took me back to a phone and they waited with me until I heard that the press release was just wrong.

Bill was not worried that I had to work at 6 the next morning; he did not care about if I was going to be there. He wanted to make sure that I was going to be ok.

Goals – Bill set goals for me, some were realistic and some would be very difficult. One time he made a bet that really seemed like there was no way I would make it, but if I did it would have been the best day of the company.
There was no time limit set on the goal and it really looked like it would be impossible. I talked to a couple people at the office and I told them what was on the line, they agreed to help. I had a lot of planning to do, and only 24 hours to do it in. But we did it. It was something that even if I would have fallen short on, I will never forget how he brought that team together. Bill always supported me in becoming a better person, manager, and to really live.

Well this is long enough; I am not going to tag as many people that I can find blogs to who are speaking at the SSWUG conference, just to see what answers we can come up with. Remember if you are tagged, please tag more people and if you are not tagged and have a blog let me know and I would like to see those as well.

Brent Ozar


Donald Farmer

Jason Strate

Jeremy Lowell

Kevin Kline

Thomas LaRock

Ted Malone

Tim Heuer

Tjay Belt

Colorado Springs User Group

Posted: April 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

Looks like I will be speaking Wed. Night. If you are in the area I hope you can make it down. I have the info here.

Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group:
SQL Server Tune Up


Chris Shaw is a SQL Server MVP and started working with SQL Server in 1995 and continues with it to this day. His career has taken him from a Yellow Pages publishing company to Wells Fargo and mortgage companies like Pulte Mortgage. Chris has enjoyed speaking and writing about SQL Server for the last 10 years. The combination of speaking and writing was his guide in becoming the Site Manager for SSWUG.ORG. Chris has been active in the SQL Server Community for a number of years including being the founder of the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group and speaking as the SSWUG content chair, not only at SSWUG Conferences but at Dev Connections as well. Chris’s writings can be found on, his blog ( and in the SQL Server 2005 Bible.

Just like you tune up your car, or you head to the Doctor for a health visit, your SQL Server needs a tune up on occasion. In this session we will talk about how to do your SQL Server tune up and what you should be looking for. This session is designed for DBAs and the accidental DBA.

7450 Campus Drive
Colorado Springs, CO
Typical Meeting Agenda:

5:30 to 6:00 pm – Arrival/Food/Networking
6:00 to 6:20 pm – User Group Business and Board Announcements
6:20 to 8:00 pm – Speaker Presentation
Pass it on:  
If you feel that a friend or colleague would benefit from our user group, please feel free to forward on this notice.  If you received this notice from a friend or colleague, please consider becoming a member of our user group.  There are no dues to membership but you will have the added benefits of receiving event reminders, access to the ‘Select *’ newsletter archives as well as attendance to members only meetings.  Becoming a member is quick and painless, simply go to the membership section of the user group web site which is located at: and complete the form.  That’s it!
Have a question?  What about a suggestion?  Topic request?

We would love to get your feedback with regards to what you are most interested in or how we can improve.  Please email your feedback to or any other board member. For additional information on this or future meetings please visit the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group web site at