I have to say that I am truly honored. TJay Belt (@tjaybelt) and I have been working together on a set of sessions, as we wanted to group some session together that we feel help bridge the gap between hard core technology training and the soft skills needed to be a DBA. Our goal was to do a Pre-Conference at the upcoming SQL Rally and maybe even the PASS Summit. We did a practice run at SQL Saturday 104, and we learned a lot. So here comes the part where I need your help. We sure could use your vote, because this is how we can be selected to speak at the SQL Rally. You can cast your vote here. http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2012/dallas/CommunityChoice.aspx just make sure you sign in.
Oh, but wait… Maybe you want to hear what the session is about? Well TJay and I have a combined 34 years of experience. Over the course of time we have learned a number of tips and tricks that help us do our job each day. This is the core of the session and we want to share this knowledge with you. Think about the sessions you can attend that will teach you about how to restore your database, or all about database mirroring as a disaster recovery option. This session is instead designed to help you make better decisions, such as whether to use mirroring/clustering/log shipping, etc.
I will be talking about the benefits of using a Utility database. This is version 2 of this session that I had a lot of success with at the PASS Summit last year, and this time we are going to go even deeper into the data we collect. Think about collections of wait times, and data that will help you speed up your re-indexing. TJay will cover an extremely successful collection of documents and how you can document your servers. He will also show you how to keep track of and manage database size.
And this is just the start. When TJay and I started talking about doing a session together we wanted to make sure that you walk away from the session with items that you not only want to implement as soon as you get back to the office, but you have been provided the tools to do so.
If you have some time, send a vote our way, then sign up to attend. The skills you learn in this session will show your management how beneficial a conference can be. By attending additional sessions at the Rally you can multiply the effects.