SQLAuthority News – Two SQL Sessions at SQL Data Camp at Chennai – July 17, 2010

I will be presenting two SQL Server advance level sessions at SQL Data Camp @ Chennai.

I am very excited for this event as I am going to meet my friends Sugesh, Deepak, Vidhya and Madhivanan at this event. All of them are SQL Server MVPs. I have come to know that there are two other SQL Server MVPs – Madhu andVenkatesh are also joining the event as speaker. This is going to be one mega fest as so many of SQL Server MVPs are going to be present at same place. The event is going to be world-class event and there is no doubt about the same.

I am very much looking forward to this event on July 17, 2010. The event venue is  Hotel Palmgrove, Vaishali Banquet Hall, 5, Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai – 600034 Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

chennaicodecamp SQLAuthority News   Two SQL Sessions at SQL Data Camp at Chennai   July 17, 2010

I will be speaking on following two sessions at the event. I am very excited as Chennai is one of my favorite city and always love to visit the same. I am very glad that both the sessions which I will be doing are on Indexing and Performance Tuning. I love to talk about Index and Performance Tuning.

Spatial Database & Spatial Indexing

Speaker : Pinal Dave
Event Date : 17th July 2010
Session Time : 09:45 to 10:45

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 delivers new spatial data types that enable you to consume, use, and extend location-based data through spatial-enabled applications. Attend this session to learn how to use spatial functionality in next version of SQL Server to build and optimize spatial queries. This session outlines the new geography data type to store geodetic spatial data and perform operations on it, use the new geometry data type to store planar spatial data and perform operations on it, take advantage of new spatial indexes for high performance queries, use the new spatial results tab to quickly and easily view spatial query results directly from within Management Studio, extend spatial data capabilities by building or integrating location-enabled applications through support for spatial standards and specifications and much more.

Good, Bad & Ugly – The other side of Index

Speaker : Pinal Dave
Event Date : 17th July 2010
Session Time : 15:00 to 16:00

Index is often considered as the sure shot tool of improving the performance of any query. Learn the secrets of Indexing with examples and discover the good, bad and ugly sides of Index. This session will help you efficiently write queries in future as well make you go back and defector your earlier code.

I have presented above two sessions earlier as well but for this one specially I have created new demos and they are going to be very interesting. If you are in Chennai, I strongly suggest that you all attend this event, we are really going to do one great event.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – I am a MVP and I Love SQL Server

I am very glad that I received this prestigious award for the third time in a row. I am very thankful to Microsoft for introducing this wonderful technology of SQL Server. I enjoy getting involved with the community, which also helps in my self-improvement as well. I would like to take this moment to thank all my friends, readers, session attendees, MS Product Teams, MVP Program and my Organization for the constant support and encouragement.

There are few questions that I often receive about the MVP program. Today, I will answer them in brief.

Microsoft MVP Logo
Microsoft MVP Logo

Question: How can I become a Microsoft MVP?

Answer: I suggest you read the official Microsoft FAQs on the subject here. After reading the questions and answers, if you still have any queries, you can send an email to the email address mentioned at the bottom of the FAQ page.

Question: What should I do to become a MVP?

Answer: In fact, I cannot remember anything specific to be done to become an MVP – importantly you should be dedicated to the community and working sincerely for it. MVP nomination will happen when it is the time if all your intentions are in the right place.

Question: What exams do I need to take to become a MVP?

Answer: This is not a certification; it is an award. Work with the community and do your best; you will be surely nominated by vigilant members of this community.

Question: How did you become a MVP? Please give me further details.

Answer: I have list of the community events I conduct. Please read them all at my Community Engagement page. Additionally, I blog on SQL Server; here you can find my list of All Articles.

Question: Are you a Microsoft Employee?

Answer: No, I am not Microsoft Employee or neither do I receive any kind of compensation. However, Microsoft supports you every possible way for spreading your love for technology.

Question: Will you nominate me for the MVP Award?

Answer: You can nominate yourself too. Read the FAQs.

Again, I am very glad that I have received the MVP award. Many thanks to Microsoft for supporting the community.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Meeting Bryan Oliver and Learning Wisdom of Life

During my most recent travel outside India, I was fortunate enough to meet Bryan Oliver. I have heard a lot about him but never had chance to meet him in person. Just like we all do for someone we never met before, I had already some preconceived notions about him. I assumed that he might be someone who will be quite proud about his knowledge with 20+ years of experience in the industry. I was also not expecting a very friendly approach as he was quite older than me. I am sure by now that all of you might have guessed my experience with Bryan. Bryan Oliver is, in fact, an extremely friendly and knowledgeable person. If you are meeting him for the first time, I am sure that you will feel that you know him from many years.

Bryan Oliver SQLAuthority News – Meeting Bryan Oliver and Learning Wisdom of Life

Bryan is from Solid Quality Mentors, Australia, and pretty much works all over the world. He has a gargantuan experience in SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Data warehousing projects. He is also involved in many large-scale projects. Bryan blogs at http://www.sqlbloke.com and does not hesitate to write on unconventional topics. His writing also covers any SQL-related topic. There are many things one can learn from Bryan.

Bryan is very patient trainer. I have observed that during his training sessions, he never looses his control over the class. He explains things very politely and does not get irritated if someone asks the same question again and again. In fact, I have learned from him how to handle some unexpected queries, which I shall talk about later. Bryan has very interesting style of teaching courses. First, he covers all those points that are slightly dry in the course; in this way, the course always seems to proceed better and effectively holds the interest of the attendees. In his class, there are no frills or dramatic shows. He covers the course very easily without any gimmick. His personality and way of training reminds people of the way they studied when they were in primary school. When I was in grades 1 to 5, I hardly worried about the class, I had no responsibility, and I used to walk in the class without any pressure to study all the time. It was my teacher who took the major responsibility to teach me and make me learn. Bryan teaches the same way; he takes the complete responsibility of teaching on his shoulder and makes sure that everyone learns the technology perfectly.

Bryan Oliver1 SQLAuthority News – Meeting Bryan Oliver and Learning Wisdom of Life

Bryan and I spent couple of days together discussing various topics. I had great time learning SQL from him. In fact, after meeting him, I was fortunate to know about so many things, which he effortlessly explained to me. If I have to work now with a Data Warehousing project, I can perform much better than I used to do before. I feel like going back to all of my previous customers and requesting them to allow me to have one more look at their system and configuration. May be with newly acquired knowledge, I can work on their system to perform quite better than before.

There is one thing which Bryan and I agree upon equally: Respect for Greg Low, Rushabh Mehta and Itzik Ben-Gan. We both think that these wonderful SolidQ mentors have contributed a lot to the SQL Community and are expected to do so in future. We talked about religion, cultures, life, and kids. I have a daughter and even Bryan also has one; so we could not stop talking about our kids. Bryan gave me few tips on how to raise kids as well. There are a few tips, which are always true irrespective of one’s geographical location. We had a wonderful dinner together at Australian Restaurant, and my journey of learning was not yet over. I again got to learn a lot about food, wine and even world peace!

I must say that the world will be a better place to live in if we are lucky enough to come across more people like Bryan.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Professional Development and Community

I was recently invited by Hyderabad Techies to deliver a keynote for their 16-day online session called TECH THUNDERS. This event has been running from May 15 and will continue up to the end of the month May 30). There would be a total of 30 sessions. In every evening of those 16 day, there will be either one or two sessions from several noted industry experts. It is the same group which has received the Microsoft Community Impact Award as the Best User Group in India as for developers.

TechThunders blog SQLAuthority News – Professional Development and Community

I have never talked about Professional Development before. Even if this was my first time to do so, I still accepted the wonderful challenge for the sake of the thousands of audience who were expected to attend this online event. Time is of the essence; I had 15 minutes to deliver the keynote and open the event. The reason why I was nervous was because I had to cover precisely only 15 minutes- no more, no less. If I had an hour, I would have been very confident because I knew I could do a good job for sure. However, I still needed to open the event as great as it can be even if the time was short. I finally created a 6-slide small presentation. In reality, there were only two pages which had the main contents of my keynote, and the remaining slides were just wrappers and decors.

You can download the complete slide deck from here. The image used in the slide deck is a curtsy of blog reader Roger Smith who sent it to me.

The slide in which I spent a good amount of time is the slide which talks about Professional Development. The content of the slide is as follows:

  • Today, Technology and You
  • Keep your eyes, ears and senses open – Stay Active!
  • You are not the first one who faced the problem – Search Online!
  • Learn the web – Blogs, Forums and Friends!
  • Trust the Technology, Not Print – Test Everything!
  • Community and You!

I had a very little time creating the slide deck as I was busy the whole day doing the Advanced SQL Server Training. I had put together these slides during the tea/coffee break of my session. Though it was just a six-bullet point, I had received quite a few emails right after keynote requesting me to talk more about this subject and share the details of my slide deck. I have talked with the event organizer and he will put the keynote online very soon.

The subject of the talk is very simple; it revolves around the community. Time has changed, and Internet has come a long way from where it was many years ago. Now that we are all connected, help via the Internet and useful software is easily available around us. In fact, RSS, Newletters and few other technologies have progressed so much that the help through news is now being delivered to our door steps, instead of going out and seeking them. Sometimes, a simple search online solves a lot of problems of many developers.

The community is now the first stop for any developer when he or she needs help or just wants to hang around and share some thoughts. I strongly suggest everybody to be a part of the Tech Community. Be it online, offline community or just a local user group, I strongly advise all of you to get involved. I am active in the Community, and I must say I recommend getting drawn into it.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Excellent Event – TechEd Sri Lanka – Feb 8, 2010

TechEd Sri Lanka was held at Waters Edge, Colombo between Feb 8 and Feb 10, 2010. It was one of the largest successful technical event in Sri Lanka. I was extremely surprised to how technically sound this event was and how excited the TechEd attendees were.

techsl SQLAuthority News   Excellent Event   TechEd Sri Lanka   Feb 8, 2010

I presented there on two different subject. They were very enthusiastic and had so many interesting questions during the session. One of my session received rating of 8.9. I must thank you to all the attendees for sending their feedback and appreciating my session. Both of my session have received feedback above average.

The Other Side of SQL Server Index : Advanced Solutions to Ancient Problem (Rating 8.9)
SQL Server Index is very powerful tool and when in hand of the less skilled expert, the same tool can be very dangerous for performance and can kill server. This session touches the root base of the how incorrect usage of Index can reduce performance and what is the correct way to implement indexing solution. A problem addressed in the session may be age old but the solutions are looked into with the focus of latest versions of SQL Server.

The history of the Log: Change Data Capture (CDC) (Rating 7.8)
Learn to capture the history of data using CDC. An age old method of writing queries and triggers to capture change in database table is replaced with much powerful asynchronous method of change data capture (CDC). All attendees will learn how to configure CDC in less than 60 seconds.

Selected feedback from both of the sessions

  • I got massive knowledge from there Superb
  • Brilliant effort taken to educate us~! surely gonna make my life easier at office!!
  • The best presenter is this person
  • Presentation was very interesting and would be able to gather the points he talk easily
  • Great demo and presentation, cool stuffs.

Along with me there will be other two Solid Quality Mentors – Rushabh Mehta and Joy Ratnayake presenting on various topics. During my visit to Sri Lanka I had received the opportunity to meet MVP from Sri Lanka and I was able to attend the Sri Lanka SQL Server User Group Meeting as well.

Sri Lanka is wonderful place and I had great time to visit the country as well attend TechED Event. I am eagerly waiting for TechEd to come again in 2011.

TechEd SriLanka (1) SQLAuthority News   Excellent Event   TechEd Sri Lanka   Feb 8, 2010

TechEd SriLanka

Pinal at TechEd SriLanka

Pinal at TechEd SriLanka

Keynote at TechEd Sri Lanka

Keynote at TechEd Sri Lanka

Pinal Presenting at TechEd Sri Lanka

Pinal Presenting at TechEd Sri Lanka

Pinal Presenting at TechEd Sri Lanka

Pinal Presenting at TechEd Sri Lanka

Rushabh Mehta at TechEd Sri Lanka

Rushabh Mehta at TechEd Sri Lanka

Pinal Presenting at TechEd Sri Lanka

Pinal Presenting at TechEd Sri Lanka

UG Leaders and MVPs of Sri Lanka - Joy, Chandana, Gogula, Dinesh

UG Leaders and MVPs of Sri Lanka - Joy, Chandana, Gogula, Dinesh

Sri Lanka SQL Server User Group

Sri Lanka SQL Server User Group

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)



SQLAuthority News – Hyderabad Techies February Fever Feb 11, 2010 – Indexing for Performance

I recently presented in Hyderabad User Group on the subject of The Other Side of SQL Server Index: Advanced Solutions to Ancient Problem , you can read more about this event here SQLAuthority News – MUGH – Microsoft User Group Hyderabad – Feb 2, 2010 Session Review. I really had great time talking about Index and Index Tuning. Index is very important part of database performance tuning and understanding it is a big thing. I have learned a lot of performance tuning tricks from Itzik Ben-Gan and Greg Low.

After successful session at Hyderabad User Group, I have presented follow up technical session at online Hyderabad User Group Hyderabad Techies. The title of the session was SQL Server Index Maintenance: Detect, Create, Detect & Rebuild. It was really fun as session was attended by 50+ enthusiasts and had lots of interaction in online community which is a bit unusual.

febfever SQLAuthority News   Hyderabad Techies February Fever Feb 11, 2010   Indexing for Performance

Hyderabad Techies is a community which is launched exclusively for developers working on Microsoft technologies in Hyderabad which has 1000+ members.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – MUGH – Microsoft User Group Hyderabad – Feb 2, 2010 Session Review

Earlier this month, I was very fortunate to visit Microsoft User Group Hyderabad lead by Hima Vindu Vejella. Hima is a very enthusiastic leader and kind person. I had a wonderful time meeting her as well her husband during my visit to Hyderabad. I had presented session on Index, which was well received.

Brief information on this session is given below:

The Other Side of SQL Server Index: Advanced Solutions to Ancient Problem
SQL Server Index is very powerful tool and when in hand of the less skilled expert, the same tool can pose a danger to its performance and kill server. This session touches the root base of the how incorrect usage of Index can reduce performance and what is the correct way to implement the indexing solution. A problem addressed in the session may be age old, but the solutions are looked into with the focus on the latest versions of SQL Server.

I really enjoyed presenting this session to group of people. Special thanks to Harish Ranganthan for arranging the venue in a very short notice. You can read the details of this event on Hima’s blog here.

I really had a great time with UG members in Hyderabad ‑ indeed, a bunch of very enthusiastic attendees.

Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave
Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave

Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave
Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave

Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave
Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave

Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave
Hyderabad UG Index Presentation by Pinal Dave

Hyderabad User Group Leader Hima
Hyderabad User Group Leader Hima

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – MVP Open Day South Asia – Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 23, 2010 – Review Part Fun

MVP Open Day South Asia was held in Hyderabad from Jan 20, 2010 to Jan 23, 2010. This event was a fun-filled event as well as an educational one. The event was held at Microsoft IDC at Hyderabad, the largest Microsoft Development location after Redmond. I had great time meeting my friends and some of the renowned experts from all over the South Asia. The whole event started with networking with other MVPs as well as Product Group members.

Besides lots of learning and meeting experts, this event was filled with fun too. The best thing for me was that I went there with my family. I attended the event with my wife – Nupur and my four-month-old daughter Shaivi. Though I was busy meeting my fellow MVPs and Microsoft Experts, I still had quality time to spend with my family. This event was held at Ista Hotel, Hyderabad. Nupur really liked the Spa there. While we were at sessions, she had a great time herself. She even met a couple of film stars at the hotel.

Shaivi, my little one, had great time as well. It was her first tour out of my state. She had never traveled outside our city since she was born; it was also her first air journey. She was such a nice baby and never cried during her whole journey in flight. She was one of the most popular persons at the event and also the most photographed one. Needless to say, I was the one who took most of her photographs!

There were plenty of fun programs scheduled at the event. Every evening at dinner, we had networking and gathering of the MVPs. I think this was the best time of the day as after whole day of technical sessions and techno-talk, all the MVPs and Experts are in a very light mood to have fun. Not to mention that during the same time, we could share the best with them. There was an excellent theme party arranged on one of the nights. The theme was “Qawwali.” During this party, there were loads of singing and dancing – all the MVPs and experts had loads of fun. Allen, my friend from Nepal, helped me join the dancing party.

I must say that every time I meet Windows expert Vijay Raj, I just feel that I met my lost brother. He was the first one to remind me this year that I must visit the MVP Open Day event; and he was the first one to call me on the first day of MVP Open Day asking why I have yet not reached to the Hyderabad. Shaivi indeed had great time at the event as well as she got to see many new things and new people. Abhishek Kant gave her the first piano lessons of her life! I have wonderful photographs of Abhishek teaching her piano. Jacob is quite known for teaching me SQL, but I had learned few tips on how to handle young kid as well. Sanjay Shetty, one of the Regional Directors of MS India, was one of the guys who should not be missed. We had a great time together talking about the community. He even introduced us to few other community leaders.

Suprotim Agrawal and Minal Agrawal are the very first MVP couple of India. Suprotim is great a great person; he is not only an expert in Dotnet, but also very fluent with regard to the SQL Server. We talked about community, blogs and even making money! Minal and Nupur got along very well, and as far as I know, they were busy talking about recipes. I had great pleasure to meet one of the very senior DotNet MVPs. Hima Bindu Vejella, during the event. Hima is the community leader of the Hyderabad User Group; she impressed my family with her efficiency and very polite nature. She was kind enough to share some tips with us on how one can manage home and work efficiently.

Every night, we had late night sessions, where all the “geeks” talked about technology in an extremely light mood; we, in fact, had one of the best arguments on different search engines. On one night, we had a great time learning different SEO tricks from Amit Agrawal. Amit is a great guy and a very down-to-earth person. He openly participated and shared all the knowledge with us. He did not hesitate to answer any questions which we asked. He even gave us tips on how we can improve our blogging skills; Amit took personal interest in SQLAutohrity.com too. I must confess that after meeting him, my respect for him has increased.

I cannot end the review of my event if I forget to mention the video of the Vic. Vic, as usual, is very innovative and to the point. Geetesh Bajaj, who is hails from Hyderabad but the internationally known author of Powerpoint books was as usual very helpful. All the MVPs visited Golkunda Fort and had great fun at the Sound and Light Show. I must mention that I won a portable hard drive using my Karma Points. I enjoyed my interaction with the MVPs of Sri Lanka as well; I even managed to learn a few words from their local language.

I honestly would like to express my huge thanks to all the MVPs whom I met as well as Microsoft for organizing such a great event, where all the leaders of the community came together to meet the simple goal of helping the community.

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal, Nupur and Shaivi Dave at Theme Party, Hyderabad

Pinal, Nupur and Shaivi Dave at Theme Party, Hyderabad

Shaivi Dave and Abhishek Kant

Shaivi Dave and Abhishek Kant

Shaivi, Nupur, Pinal with Rushabh Mehta

Shaivi, Nupur, Pinal with Rushabh Mehta

Shaivi Dave

Shaivi Dave

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Theme Party @ MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Suprotim and Minal Agrawal at Minal's birthday

Suprotim and Minal Agrawal at Minal’s birthday

Party Time at MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Party Time at MVP Open Day Hyderabad

Watching Pinal Flying Kytes

Watching Pinal Flying Kites

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – MVP Open Day South Asia – Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 23, 2010 – Review Part Business

MVP Open Day South Asia was held in Hyderabad from Jan 20, 2010 to Jan 23, 2010. This event was a fun-filled as well as an educational event. This event was held at Microsoft IDC at Hyderabad – the largest Microsoft Development location after Redmond. I had a great time meeting my friends and some of the renowned experts from all over the South Asia. The whole event started with networking with other MVPs as well with Product Group members.

The reason many MVPs attended this event is that they were very keen to know the Product Team Members. We use many different Microsoft Products and a chance to meet the maker of the product is considered to be very important for any technology enthusiast. However, as soon as the euphoria of meeting the person is over, the next round starts about the rave and rants for the product. I think this is the best part of the event, which both parties appreciate the most.

We were blessed with an excellent Key Note session every day. The first day we had Technical Opening Session by SriniKoppolu (MD & VP) for MSIDC. He has made MS IDC possible in India – most of the credit goes to him. It was amazing to listen to a person like him; also, I must say that he is the owner of a very polite as well as down to earth personality. We also managed to click a group photograph with him. This session was followed by technical sessions by many different product group managers.

The second day, we had the Key Note by Rajiv Kumar, GM, MBD, MSIDC, and on the third day, the Key Note was delivered by Chandrasekar Gopalan, Director (Dev Support), GTSC. So many events occur at MS IDC; there is so much to learn from the top leadership of the Microsoft. The best part was the round table meeting with SQL Server Product Team at IDC. We were able to meet people who are behind SQL Server product. We were able to ask them our queries as well as learn few internal tricks from them. I really enjoyed the session on SQL Azure and SQL Server R2. Again, we all MVPs were not willing to leave the round table session wanting for more. Finally, Abhishek Kant managed to bring an end to the session when he saw that SQL Server Team was busy for almost 45 min after the completion of the session. Media session was one of the most interesting sessions where we all learned about how we can be part of media community.

This event had perfect ending for all the SQL Enthusiasts as SQL PASS President Rushabh Mehta himself attended the meeting on last day and addressed MVPs who are excited for SQL Server. He provided his vision for SQL PASS with South Asia as well globally. Rushabh answered so many questions for the community in the last one hour of his session, which mainly comprised of lots of questions and answers. The questions ranged from SQL events organization to SQL Awareness in the community. It was great to listen from PASS President himself about his global vision on SQL Server.

The credit for this successful event goes to SQL Server MVP Lead Abhishek Kant. This event was a very smoothly executed event, and there was not even a single boring incident. I must say that I have immensely enjoyed this event. There were lots of fun stuff at the event as well, and I will cover them in next series of this post.

Professionally, I am taking away a treasure of knowledge. Community is very important and it has no boundaries. Allen from Kathmandu, Nepal, is someone whom I respect for his continuous community efforts. I was very fortunate to learn new methods to help the community and learn tricks, where I can help more people with limited resources. I was able to talk with Jacob Sebastian for more than 6 hours during our journey and was also could enjoy the company of the greatest tech blogger of all the time, Mr. AmitAgrawal and we also discussed about his successful technical blog. Amit Agrawal is one of the most down-to-earth persons I have ever met in my life. Before I met him, I had already heard that he is very polite and helpful; so I was really eager to meet him. After the meeting, I realized that he is like an old friend to almost everyone he meets. Well, we will talk about him more in another blog post. If I could pick one person who is more excited about Windows Technology than MS itself, then it is Vijay Raj; it was great to meet him again. I was also very pleased to meet Hima Bindu Vejella from Hyderabad. Suprotim Agrawal and Minal Agrawal are great usual. Also, I enjoyed meeting many MVPs at this meeting.

In the next series, I will talk more about fun part of this event.

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Abhishek Kant, Pinal Dave

Abhishek Kant, Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Amit Agrawal (labnol)

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Amit Agrawal (labnol)

Abhishek Kant @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Abhishek Kant @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Jacob Sebastian, Pinal Dave

Jacob Sebastian, Pinal Dave

Rushabh Mehta @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Rushabh Mehta @ MVPOpenDay Hyderabad IDC

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Vijay Raj (MSIGeek)

Pinal Dave (SQLAuthority), Vijay Raj (MSIGeek)

Pianl Dave, Allen Bailochan Tuladhar

Pianl Dave, Allen Bailochan Tuladhar

Pinal Dave, Sanjay Shetty

Pinal Dave, Sanjay Shetty

Renuka Prasad, Pinal Dave

Renuka Prasad, Pinal Dave

SQLAuthority.com

SQLAuthority.com

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – New PASS President Rushabh Mehta

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. From local user groups and special interest groups (Virtual Chapters) to webcasts and the annual PASS Community Summit – the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world – PASS is dedicated to helping its members Connect, Share, and Learn.

Today was a big day as PASS announced the executive board members for the term starting on Jan 1, 2010. I would like to express my congratulations to all new executives of PASS. Please read official press note here.

The newly elected board members at executive positions are as following:

  • Rushabh Mehta – President
  • Bill Graziano – Executive Vice President, Finance
  • Rick Heiges – Vice President, Marketing

A little bit more details about executives.

rushabhmehta SQLAuthority News   New PASS President Rushabh MehtaRushabh Mehta is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors’ global Business Intelligence Division and the Managing Director for Solid Quality India. Rushabh has worked with Microsoft SQL Server since 1998 and has designed and developed BI systems on the Microsoft platform since 2001, including a predictive analysis system, a health-care analysis solution, and a multi-terabyte financial decision support system. He has been the lead architect for many large-scale and complex BI solutions for clients such as Publix, Raymond James Financial, Jackson Hewitt, and Checkers. Rushabh has been an active volunteer with PASS since 2000 and has also served on the board  for a number of years. Rushabh is also a SQL Server MVP and a frequent speaker at large conferences and PASS Chapters around the world.

BillGraziano2 SQLAuthority News   New PASS President Rushabh Mehta

Bill Graziano is an active member of PASS since 2001, Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors, where he is responsible for the overall marketing for PASS and PASS Summit. Bill co-founded SQLTeam.com, a web site for SQL Server developers and database administrators. In addition to managing the site, he writes articles and helps users with their most vexing problems. An involved participant in the SQL Server community for seven years, Bill was recognized as a SQL Server MVP in 2004 and still holds that designation.

RickHeiges SQLAuthority News   New PASS President Rushabh Mehta

Rick Heiges is a Sr. Solutions Consultant with Scalability Experts working with customers on solutions within the SQL Server environment and educating users on SQL Server 2005 by speaking at user groups, conferences, labs, and road shows across the USA, Europe, and Africa. He holds an MBA and a M.S. in MIS as well as a B.S. in Computer Science. In addition, he also has attained MCTS:SQL2005 and MCITP:DBA certifications.

Not only are these three executives experts in their domain, but have been friends for many years. Here are few of their photos from their activities at old PASS events.

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Rushabh and Bill
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Rushabh and Rick
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Kevin Kline, Rick and Rushabh

Many congratulations to all of you. SQL Server community has lots of expectation from you and we are confident that you will not only satisfy them but will go way beyond our imaginations.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

Image courtesy: Rick Heiges, Rushabh Mehta, SQL PASS