TechEd India 2009 has ended today and I’ve already started missing it! This three-day event was one of the best events of this year so far. I got the platform to meet best of the best people in the industry today. If I have to rate my days at TechEd I will assign the highest rating to day 3 as it was the most significant day. However, in today’s article I will not be writing in detail about the last day because most of the things that I want to discuss have been covered by NDA. Besides, I learnt some vital information from the SQL Server product group, which is very exhilarating and important, but I will not be able to share those with you.
Day 3 set off with meeting friends. Though are friendship was just 2-days old we felt connected to each other. Meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and learning about the best and the advanced technology – I just felt ecstatic!
I attended one of the most talked-about sessions of “Advanced Data Recovery and Troubleshooting with SQL Server 2008” by Vinod Kumar. Meeting Vinod everyday and attending his sessions is quite addictive. He is very much like Steve Jones of SQL Server Central. He would bring smile on your face with his talks and pleasing personality.
Abstract of Vinod’s session
“Whenever we encounter a problem that could lead to a loss of data in a customer location we term it as Data Recovery problem. All of us in our SQL Server administration life would have encountered various problems like DBCC CHECKDB failing or database being marked as suspect or log file fails to restore etc.”
Satya – a SQL Domain Expert, an MVP, an International speaker and one of the most down-to-earth people – had also come to attend TechEd India from UK. He is a well-known name in the European countries for his speaking events. Today, we were all very fortunate to attend his enriching session on Highly Availability and SQL Server Upgrades. You would not believe no one moved from their seats throughout the session. Instead of the expected 2 hours the session lasted over 3 hours but everyone wanted more of it. It was a great experience listing to the very famous Satya in person. I would like to share another interesting fact about him. He is currently writing on 14 (yes Fourteen!) blogs all by himself!
I even attended an important meeting with nearly 10 very senior members from Microsoft SQL Server Product Team, who have actually created SQL Server. We had nearly 3-hours long meeting and it just went on. All MVPs were euphoric to see the Product Team. I must thank Microsoft Product Team for their great patience and for listening to us talking about SQL Server Product. It was a very rewarding meeting with the Product Group members. They promised to follow up very soon! I will not write further details about it as they have been covered by NDA.
After enjoying the three-day event the very thought of parting with great friends, MVP, UG Leads, and Microsoft Employees makes me sad. But at the end of the day I feel satisfied that I was part of this great event. I got the chance to learn new information from great people. Also, I was given a platform to share my knowledge with other participants, which truly satisfies me as I am an MVP. My wife Nupur, who came along with me, also found this event very enjoyable.
I will continue my stay in Hyderabad for the following 3 days, as I have to attend some business meetings. Besides, I certainly don’t want to miss the opportunity of sightseeing. If any of you reside in Hyderabad, please do leave comment and send me email so that we can meet up and discuss technology.
TechEd 2009 India is over but my excitement has not faded yet. I have a very special announcement regarding Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group Meeting. I promise that the meeting that we will have on May 20, 2009 will be the biggest event of the year 2009. We are going to have an international speaker from USA. I will give more details about this upcoming event tomorrow.
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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)