I will probably never forget this case as it was a really shocking one! I have been faced with a lot of performance problems since I am working as a DBA and some of them were (and will be) really complex! However, this was a stupid one and I am just amazed how people that are calling themselves “Database Architects” can configure a really mission critical SQL Server environment this way. Continue reading
In the first blog post from the series I shared with you some of the fundamental things that you need to consider when you are preparing and delivering a presentation. If you still haven’t read that blog post – now is the perfect time! Don’t start directly here, because as I already mentioned, 99% of the presentations today fail because of one or more things from our “step 1″ post were not considered, so it’s indeed really, really important and you just have to go through it! In this one though I want to focus more on the specifics of a technical presentation and what you need to think about before and during its delivery! Continue reading
Being a good presenter is an important thing nowadays! Here are just 3 reasons why that’s true:
- Presentations are now part of our daily job (want it or not)! In many, many of the organisations I know, people are now presenting to their teammates in one way or another. This means that if you want to be good at your job, you need to be able to deliver a good presentation.
- The level of the expectations of your audience is nowadays higher than ever! Today each one of us has seen at least one great presentation – be that a fantastic TED talk, a technical session from TechEd (and I am not saying that the presentations there are all good! Some of them are actually really bad!) or just one of the presentations of Steve Jobs. As a result, every single time someone is attending your presentation, he/she expects at least as good presentation as the one that they have already seen and if you can’t deliver it – bad for you.
- Every single time you present in front of an audience you represent yourself! Nowadays, everyone is a brand and if you do not care what is people’s opinion about you, then you have a problem and it’s a serious one. Continue reading
Will this be my most amazing year ever? I don’t know! However, what I know for sure is that after presenting at SQLSaturday #199 in Sofia, SQLSaturday #257 in Verona and SQLSaturday #259 in Kharkov, I will be on my way for a final presentation for this year on another international event, which will be held on 21th of December in Slovenia. This time I was lucky enough to be approved as a speaker for SQLSaturday #274 in Ljubljana! My topic will again be Distributed Replay (as in Kharkov, Ukraine) – a feature that I believe so much in and a feature that grabs the audience’s attention immediately even though it has no GUI (for now)!
Can’t wait to meet with the community and the speakers already! Wish me good luck again…
After the great time I had in Verona at SQLSaturday #257, I am now flying to Kharkov, Ukraine! My presentation there will be on something that almost no one talks about and at the same time something that I personally believe is very powerful – Distributed Replay. Can’t wait to discuss this feature with the #sqlfamily there and see what they think about it! Continue reading
In Hangout #007 I am joined by a SQL Server MCM, MVP and consultant from Germany Uwe Ricken! This time we discussed why the Fill Factor is an important value and what does it mean to configure it properly. I also suggested some things that Uwe should ask the German government, so… enjoy watching!
Hope you enjoyed 007!
Whenever I hear about the “cloud” and the already well-coined term “cloud computing”, I always go back into my years at the university. The reason behind this lays in the fact that the first IT-related presentation I have ever given was exactly on the topic of Cloud computing and why it’s going to matter! My audience was quite an interesting one – the whole IT department and if my memory is not lying to me, I delivered this presentation way, way back – before more than 5 years. So if I have to answer to the question whether or not cloud computing is something that we need to care of and start considering then you probably feel what my answer will be, right? However, let me dive deeper into the subject as it’s one of my favourite ones and explain to you why, in my opinion, cloud computing mattered, matters and will matter! Continue reading
So after a short pause the SQL Server Hangouts are now back! In our 6th hangout I was joined by a friend of mine from Ukraine – Denis Reznik(blog|twitter) – with whom we discussed quite a lot of interesting things related to Locking, Deadlocks troubleshooting and choosing proper isolation level for your application! You can watch the video below and I am quite sure you will enjoy it as Denis and I discussed some real-world examples of problems and went for a deep dive in the internals of SQL Server.
Stay tuned for #007 as I will be joined again by a SQL Server MCM! This time he is from Germany…
After a very, very successful SQLSaturday #199 in Sofia, I am heading to Verona, Italy, for my first international presentation(and a month later I will be flying to Ukraine)! I will be doing a session on locking, blocking and isolation levels at SQLSaturday #257 and I am already counting the days till 9th of November when I’ll meet the SQL Server community in Italy!
Wish me good luck!
Update: The event was just fantastic! I had a great time with the guys there and we exchanged a lot of knowledge and ideas! Can’t wait to join them again for another SQLSaturday next year!
Once upon a time Microsoft released SQL Server Badges(five of them to be exact) and asked all of us(the community) to choose which ones were best describing us and our roles. If you do not remember them or you still haven’t seen them – here is a picture of how they look like: Continue reading