Speaking at SQLSaturday #359, Istanbul

SQLSaturday 359 Istanbul Speaking at SQLSaturday #359, Istanbul

I am extremely proud to share with you that I will be one of the speakers at the SQLSaturday event in Turkey on(and now be careful) 6th of December – one day after my birthday! This is one of the events I desperately wanted to be part of last year and here is why! The place, the speakers and from what I heard – the overall event was just amazing last year, so I am really, really happy that this year I will be able to contribute to it. Updates are coming soon…

T-SQL Tuesday #59 – My Hero!

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During my child and teenage years there was only one thing that really interested me (except computers, hardware and that type of geeky stuff) – basketball. We had a team in my home town and we were crushing it! Seriously, we were obsessed with the game! Whenever possible we were either playing or learning. We were either at the gym or at the stadium. And if we weren’t doing any of those two, we were at some place where we were watching NBA Action(during my child years there was such a show), analysing it or watching a recording of some previous episode(yes, remember DVR?). That being said I had “My Hero” and what’s more important – I still have the same person as “My Hero” or let’s call it “My Role Model”. Read More

Webinar for SQLRelay on Policy-Based Management

SQLRelay Logo e1412761560352 Webinar for SQLRelay on Policy Based Management

SQLRelay is one of the biggest SQL Server conferences in UK. This year I really wanted to speak and be part of the event in London, but unfortunately I was not accepted by the organizers. Not a problem, of course. Next time. I have some other great news though that are related to SQLRelay that I want to share now – on 20th of October I will be delivering a webinar(the first of that kind for SQLRelay) for all of the folks who attended the SQLRelay events(there are such in many cities in UK) and for everyone else who may be interested in participating, of course. I will be talking about Policy-Based Management(something I recorded a course for Pluralsight on), so if you want to learn more about how you can audit and define rules in your environment with just a few clicks and report on them, you can register here and join me on Monday’s evening!

Hope to see you online!

Another month,
Another SQL Course

This year is going absolutely great! I have visited and spoken at almost 10 countries, delivered courses for both students and organisations and now I am pleased to announce that I am delivering one more course! This time the focus will be on SQL Server Development. 12 people already enrolled and we will fire this up on 18th of October. The course will be a 40-hour fun, but intensive experience in which the students will learn many, many things ranging from how to write simple queries and stored procedures to how to actually optimise code and make it run fast. Really fast.

Can’t wait to see my new group already! However, there’s quite some work to do before that, so wish me good luck for my session at SQLSaturday #311 in Sofia which is this Saturday and stay tuned for 2 SQLHangouts that are coming in the next 10 days!


Going for
Sofia Marathon 2014

Sofia Marathon 2014 Going for <br>Sofia Marathon 2014This Sunday (12th of October) I will be going for the 20km run at Sofia Marathon 2014! After last year’s amazing experience, there is no doubt in my mind that everyone who enjoys sport and more particularly – enjoys running, should be there! Hope to see many, many friends next Sunday and please, please, please if you enrolled for either the 20km or the 42km discipline, please do a test run first and check if you are indeed able to ruBoris Hristov Sofia Marathon 2014 Going for <br>Sofia Marathon 2014n that distance. I really can’t understand people who think that running those kilometers (and these are a lot, trust me) can be done easily. Never underestimate the preparation for it because otherwise there may be some serious problems with your health. (just decided to mention it this time based on what I saw last year!)

See you there!

Update: Great experience once again! For a second year in a row we were blessed to have fantastic weather and fantastically organized event! I completed the 20km run for 1 hour and 39 minutes which is a really good time for me, so I am really pleased with the results. Definitely looking forward to the marathon next year and in the mean time – I have already registered for some other events.

Speaking at SQLSaturday #311, Sofia, Bulgaria

SQLSaturday 311 Sofia Bulgaria Speaking at SQLSaturday #311, Sofia, BulgariaI am really pleased to share that I will be speaking for 3rd year in a row at our local SQLSaturday event which is organised by Mihail Mateev(b|t). It makes me smile when I think about this event because of one simple reason – every single year it gets the attention of more and more people! This year the conference promises amazing presentations, 5 tracks and rock star speakers, so if you want to chat with other database professionals, learn new things and simply have fun, come on 11th of October at the Infragistics Office in Sofia! My presentation will cover some of the really cool T-SQL improvements that were introduced in SQL Server 2014, but I would strongly recommend you take a look at the schedule and see how much other great stuff you can learn in that day! I will be brining some unique presents with me(just letting you know!), so… hope I will see you soon!

Update: Two days after the event, I am proud to share that the event in Sofia was just incredible! Misho and the guys who helped him organise this whole experience, did a fantastic job and that’s something that could be easily confirmed – just go to the page with the sessions and choose any of the speakers. Go ahead and ask them for feedback. You will see what I mean. Nothing else to say except that I had a really great time and once again – thanks to everyone who attended my session. The slide deck is below and the scripts are here.

ApexSQL Log:
Rollback DMLs and DDLs!

Some time ago, I started helping the guys from ApexSQL at their boot on events like SQLSaturday Oslo and SQLSaturday Paris. They contacted  me because they wanted some assistance with their technical demonstrations on a tool they have developed which is called ApexSQL Log. I thought that would be fun, so I accepted and indeed – it was totally worth it, but not only because of the experience on the boot, but because of the tool itself. Let me tell you a bit more about ApexSQL Log because if there is a tool that you have to know about that was made by those guys, it’s definitely this one!

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T-SQL Tuesday #58 Passwords Require Communication

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In the last 3 years I have been working for HP in their Enterprise Services organisation where we were providing services – support and project work – for huge, huge organisations who decided to outsource that work to HP. Different companies, different ways of handling specific situations and one of them, of course, is what happens when a password change is done for a service account. I don’t plan to talk about what happens when the service account password is not the current one – I believe the whole community is quite aware of the chances for service interruption. I just want to spend a moment(yes, indeed just a moment as I am preparing for SQLSaturday Paris) talking about another aspect of the problem – the communication. Read More

Guest Post by Kris Wenzel: How to Start as a
DB Developer?

I feel really fortunate that I am part of the SQL Server community because there are so many great people you can talk with and who are willing to share their knowledge for free. What you are going to read below is a short interview with Kris Wenzel who shares his advices on how to become a database developer. Kris has quite some experience in this field and definitely has things to share! Enjoy:  Read More

T-SQL Tuesday #57:
SQL Family and SQLHangouts

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I am completely blown away by our community. Period. It makes me feel proud that so many people all around the world have formed such a strong group that help each other 24×7 in as many ways as you can think of! What’s more, I always point out that personally, I am not aware of any other “family” that can even get close to what we as SQL Family do(someone to correct me if I am wrong). That being said some time ago I came up with an idea.  Read More

Career Move.
BULPROS and Freelancing.

BULPROS Career Move. <br>BULPROS and Freelancing.It’s been 3 years since I have been working for HP as a SQL Server DBA and it’s really hard for me to explain what an experience it is to be part of this huge company. It really is! I started my professional DBA career there and I learned tons of things during my stay there. I learned how Fortune 500 companies work, how their IT departments work, what processes need to be followed and most importantly – I have been lucky enough to build and work with some of the most biggest and complex SQL Server solutions in the world! It’s time for change however…  Read More

Legion Run!
The Challenge!

legion run 368x254 Legion Run! <br>The Challenge!Legion run… Can be described(at least by me) as one of the most challenging things I have ever seen in my life and because I love challenges, you guessed it, I am in! Together with another 10 friends of mine we formed “A Legion” and we are going for it this Saturday morning! Wish us good luck because we will definitely need it(just click on the image above to see what I mean)!

Update and photos are coming in the weekend. In the meantime, as Legion Run is actually an international event, you may ask yourself whether or not you want to challenge yourself with it too because I can assure you – that would be quite an experience!

My First Course for Pluralsight!

Auditing SQL Server with Policy Based Management1 My First Course for Pluralsight!

I am extremely happy to share that my first course for Pluralsight just went online! It is “just slightly” touching on the topic of SQL Server Policy-Based Management(for 5 hours) and as this is my course I would highly appreciate any feedback from all of you that will decide and manage to watch it!

What you can expect is a very demo-intensive course(80% of the videos are actually demos) and it starts from zero and ends at the moment when we are familiar with what PBM can do for us, how it works, how you can use it with Centralised Management Server and how we can actually make the Enterprise Policy Management Framework to generate beautiful reports. I am a serious fan of Policy-Based Management and the reason for this is extremely simple – it saves you time. OK, it actually saves you a lot of time! So if you want to know how you can audit your environment with as few clicks as possible – I really belive the couse will be of great help to you! So I hope you will find it useful and I hope you will learn a lot of new things!

Enjoy and keep me posted on what you think I could have done better!

Speaking at SoftUni, Sofia

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On 10th of July I delivered a 3-hour seminar at the biggest IT University in Bulgaria – SoftUni. It was an incredible experience and I am still blown away by the fact that this organisation did not even exist some months ago! This place is absolutely revolutionising the way how IT education is done and it was a pleasure for me to be part of this process! I talked to the students about what SQL Server is and I also shared some practical advices on what they should be careful about when they plan, install and configure the product. We also touched on how the authentication works and how can they create and assign the needed permissions for their applications. My slide deck is below, but I have to say we needed it for just 50% of the time. During the other 50% we were hands on with our VMs!

Thanks again to all who participated and stayed till the late hours of the day! I really hope you enjoyed it and yes, I will see you again soon!

T-SQL Tuesday #056:
The Assumption

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Assumptions. What an interesting word!

How many of you have said to yourself or have at least once heard “I will not be a good presenter. That ain’t just me!”? Let me guess – a lot of you! And writing this (short) blog post, it hurts me. It hurts me that so many brilliant professionals just conclude that something, for some reason can “stop them” being great speakers/trainers/presenters.  Read More

Hangout #22 BIML.
An Introduction!

SQLHangout 22 with Cathrine Wilhelmsen(t|b) on a very interesting and new topic for me – BIML – Business Intelligence Markup Language. We talked for almost 30 minutes about that exploding and new (OK, not that new – 7 year old) technology that can be a huge time saver for you especially if you are working with BI projects and you are constantly asked to develop SSIS packages or SSAS cubes! If you are the kind of person who have just heard about BIML and want to understand more about it, what you can use it for and how it can save your life then I have nothing else to say, but enjoy watching!

Note: G+ Hangouts were again not working as I was expecting it to and I am really sorry for that – first it was Cathy that struggled with audio problems for at least 10 minutes and then you will probably notice that our cameras were not switching as you may expect them to(whenever someone talks). Still, I believe you will enjoy the talk as there is a lot of great information and insights there! Again – enjoy!

Learn Presentation Skills from a Tour Guide!

Tourist Guide Learn Presentation Skills from a Tour Guide!

Some time ago I was invited to speak at the fantastic SQLSaturday event in Copenhagen. On the day after the conference, all speakers were invited on a city tour, but not just a simple “city tour”, but one with a tour guide!  I do not know how many of you have ever hired such a person, but if you have the chance – please do it. You will have dramatically better experience exploring the city! Now, what I wanted to stress on in this blog post is what each one of us can learn from a tour guide in terms of presentation skills because at the end of the day, what those people are actually doing is presenting and story telling. If they do it well, you will enjoy your walk with them. If not – you will probably be disappointed (sounds familiar?). Here are the things that impressed me quite a lot in our tour guide(and I am not that easy to be impressed, let’s be honest!) and what I believe each and every presenter has to be able to do:
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Hangout #21 SQL Server Community: Why Bother?

SQLHangout 21 with William Durkin(t|b) and yes, we discussed an important topic – the SQL Server community! I strongly believe that our community is indeed the strongest one and it’s just a shame to be not part of it. However, there are still people (and brilliant ones) that for one reason or another still prefer to stay away from it and our opinion (of me and William) is that they should definitely at least reconsider that choice. The reason why you should join and become active part of the SQL community(and we mentioned so many ways for people to become part of it) is “hidden” in this 30-minute video chat, so I really hope you will enjoy watching and please – feel free to comment and share(especially this video). I hope it can reach many, many people out there!

Speaking at SQLSaturday #323, Paris, France

SQLSaturday 323 Paris Speaking at SQLSaturday #323, Paris, France

I am thrilled to share that I will be speaking at SQLSaturday 323 at Paris! That will be a fantastic chance to finally meet at least part of the SQL Server community in France and I am definitely looking forward to it! The venue looks amazing and I have already prepared some very interesting presents (and unique ones by the way!) for my audience, so see you in September!

P.S. If anyone of you will be in Paris (speakers, I am talking to you) 2 or 3 days before the event – let me know.

Update: I will be helping my friends from ApexSQL promote their product ApexSQL Log (a really amazing one!) at their boot, so if you want to know how you can rollback every single operation you did in SQL Server – stop by at the boot and I will show you! icon smile Speaking at SQLSaturday #323, Paris, France

Update: Writing this as I am still at the conference and learning about BIML, but I have to say – WOW! The organisers, the venue, the audience, OK… the food too, everything is just great! My slide deck is below and the scripts and all files are here. Photos from Paris can be found here!