SQLAuthority News – Community Tech Days – TechEd on The Road – Ahmedabad – June 11, 2011

TechEd on Road is back! In Ahmedabad June 11, 2011!

Inviting all Professional Developers, Project Managers, Architects, IT Managers, IT Administrators and Implementers of Ahmedabad to be a part of Tech•Ed on the Road, on 11th June, 2011. We have put together the best sessions from Tech•Ed India 2011 for you in your city. Focal point will be technologies like Database and BI, Windows 7, ASP.NET.

REGISTER HERE!

Venue:
Venue: Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA)
Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg,
University Area,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380 015

Time: 9:30AM – 5:30PM

The biggest attraction of the event is session HTML5 – Future of the Web by Harish Vaidyanathan. He is Evangelist Lead in Microsoft and hands on developer himself. I strongly urge all of you to attend his session to understand direction of the web and Microsoft’s take on the subject.

I (Pinal Dave) will be presenting on the session of SQL Server Performance Tuning and Jacob Sebastian will be presenting on T-SQL Worst Practices. Do not miss this opportunity. Those who have attended in the past know that from last two years the venue is jam packed in first few minutes. Do come in early to get better seat and reserve your spot.

We will have QUIZ during the event and we will have various gifts – Watches, USB Drives, T-Shirts and many more interesting gifts.

Refer the agenda today and register right away. There will be no video recording so come and visit the event in person.

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

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SQL SERVER – Beginning SQL Azure – Article Links by Dhananjay Kumar

Passion is very important but it needs to be focused on right direction. I just remember conversation with my friend Dhananjay Kumar (MVP) two months ago. He writes on various subject. While discussing technology, we discussed that he will write on SQL Azure and related technology. Since than we did not discuss about this subject later. Yesterday while searching on the subject of Azure, I landed on his site and when I looked at how much he has written on this subject, it did surprised me. I must express the progress of Dhananjay is remarkable and his understanding of the subject is very deep. The best part of his writing is his tutorial style writing, which enable any beginner to learn the subject in no time.

Windows Azure links

http://debugmode.net/category/azure/

If you are a .NET developers and want to start with SQL Azure, read below

http://debugmode.net/category/sql-azure/

When I asked him why he did not tell me that he has written so much on this subject – he answered it calmly with gentle smile – ‘Well, I am in the cloud!’

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

SQL SERVER – Attending MVP Open Day – May 2011

The MVP Open Day is an exclusive event for Asia Pacific & Greater China MVPs. MVPs from the region gather and have great time together. It is mix of education, fun and networking. I have previously written my experience over here.

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

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

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Group Photo

This year again, I am going to visit MVP Open Day which is scheduled from 19th May to 22nd May. Every time I attend this event I make a point to maximize my time spend there. I was recently asked by my friend what are my tips to get maximum out of the event.

There is no one size which fits all. From technology to technology and from person to person these tips can vary. However, here is I used to do to maximize my time. You can read the list and decide for yourself.

DO:

  • Do make a list of the people you MUST meet and send them email earlier requesting their time and attention.
  • Do create list of the topics you want to discuss with product team, fellow MVPs and community leaders attending the event.
  • Do express your feeling about product to product team without hesitation.
  • Do attend all the technical sessions related to your technology.
  • Do meet new people when there is no session related to your technology.
  • Do share your business card when introducing yourself. (Excusing for not have your business card handy is usually lame excuse)
  • Do understand that most of your sessions are usually NDA so no sharing of the information outside the group.
  • Do attend all the community and network building parties – they are fun way to know people.
  • Do take photos of emails, phone numbers, links shared by attendees, presenters as that is the most accurate way to capture data.
  • Do make others aware what your current profession is as well what you do. You never know when you need each other.
  • Do blog, tweet your experience it is fun way to document our learning.
  • Do NETWORK, NETWORK and NETWORK – this is your chance!

DO NOT:

  • Do not over solicit your business at this event. Usually people do not like it. They will reach out to you themselves in need. (Read Suprotim‘s comment below)
  • Do not verbally abuse compete technologies in public. Try to balance your views with reasons and data points.
  • Do not skip breakfast – it is not only most important meal of the day but there is great conversation at the breakfast table.
  • Do not drink too much – no one likes to drag you to your room :)

This guideline is to just give my perspective and no way to constraint the experience at the event for anyone. The goal is to have fun and build relationship with your fellow MVP.

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

SQL SERVER – Cartoon Challenge – 140 Character Winner is Here

Earlier Idera has announced contest where participant can win Windows Mobile Phone by writing 140 character. Here is the details of the contest SQLAuthority News – Win Windows Phone from Idera in 140 Characters – A Cartoon Challenge of SQL. We received more than 200 comments on the blog post and more than 250 qualifying entries. It was not possible to pick winner out of all those entries. I reached out to good folks at Idera for helping me select the winner.

After going back and forward and with lots of revision we come up with winning entry. Idera has also selected five more winner who will get surprise gift from Idera.

Here is the winning entry who will win Windows Phone 7 (limit USD 500).

MarlonFRC
WHAT? I told you, change your RDBMS to SQL Server 2008 and you can use Idera Tools for tunning.

Here are runners-up entries. Idera will send them surprise gift.

Jose
SELECT TOP 1 Name
FROM tools
WHERE Vendor = ‘Idera’
AND Type = ‘Performance’
ORDER BY Rating DESC

Wendell
Holy shish kabob Pinal, better purchase Idera and sign up for SQL Smarts Enewsletter!

Srinivas
Why fear when SQL Doctor from Idera is here? With SQL Doctor, we point, click, and cure. Problem solved!

Harlan
Even House isn’t doctor enough for this,… we need Idera’s SQL doctor. STAT!

Rob Rohr
My social life is running slowly, but at least there are tools to solve your problem.

Thank you all for participating in the cartoon challenge. We will have more such a quiz soon.

Before I end I would like to specially mention the entry of John Sansom. He does not qualify for winning entry or even runners-up as his entry was of 160 character, however, his entry is my personal favorite.

“Got no idea? You need Idera! We’ve got just the right tools for all you SQL fools.Performance tuning, monitoring, backups or development.We’ve got you covered.”

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

SQLAuthority News – TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day Next

Read my complete experience series of TechEd 2011, Bangalore

TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 0
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 1
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 2
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 3
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day Next

Day 4 – March 26, 2011

I woke up again at 5.00 AM. I really had nothing to do. Everything was over the night before, but waking up at this time had become a habit after I did so for three days continuously. I tried to go back to sleep, but my efforts were in vain. Very soon, my little princess Shaivi (my daughter) was up and the day started. I was happy and relaxed as the event went very fine and that I did my best to participate at various levels of the event.

Twitter was very much the ‘in-thing’ during the event, and there were plenty of the tweets during the event. Here are some of the tweets from various people who really enjoyed the event. You can follow me at @pinaldave for my latest updates and can stay in touch with me.

@pinaldave 1st time I have attended ur sessions in this TechEd. The analogy you have used to explain waits and extended events are amazing. By: @rkassetty

@pinaldave u r too humble !!! No wonder the audiences love your style. By @vinodk_sql

@pinaldave With the amount of time, planning that went behind that session. It will be very satisfying. You did it really well. By @vinodk_sql

Great Database sessions by @pinaldave | @vinodk_sql .Enjoyed and learned a lot from the sessions. By @parveensapra

Attended @pinaldave ‘s session on Extended events in SQL server. His Heart attack example to explain extended events was fun! #techedin By @SuprotimAgrawal

Attended a highly technical session from @pinaldave. DMVs & SQL performance.. Lots of stuff I don’t know. By @AbhishekKant

Great session on extended events at #techedin by @pinaldave.Next session by @vinodk_sqlob backups. Like both the speakers and topics. By @skganguly

TechED stands for Technology Education, and I had enjoyed this event very much. Please visit the following related posts on the TechEd India. I am looking forward to the next edition of TechEd.

If you have attended my sessions and written about the same, do send me email with the link and I will link your blog post over here. Thanks

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

SQLAuthority News – TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 3

Read my complete experience series of TechEd 2011, Bangalore

TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 0
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 1
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 2
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 3
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day Next

Day 3 – March 25, 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

My wife woke me up at 5.00 AM. Two hours of power sleep seemed inadequate as I had only less than 6 hours of sleep during the last 3 days. Today was a big day for me. I had to present two sessions. I got ready quickly, and headed towards the hotel. While I was traveling, I was continuously thinking about my sessions.

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

I reached the TechEd Venue at 7.00 AM and attended an-hour-long meeting with senior officers for the community. I was very happy as I strongly believed that throughout the year, I will be able to help community really well. I got the much-needed blessings from my senior officers for the same. I headed to Database Administrator Track with Vinod Kumar. As I said, it was a very important day for me.

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

I presented the following two topics during the sessions.

  1. Understanding SQL Server Behavioral Pattern – SQL Server Extended Events
  2. SQL Server Waits and Queues – Your Gateway to Performance Troubleshooting
Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

You can read about them at the following links:

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

My both sessions had more than 200 attendees. I was glad and motivated to see considerable interest of so many people on this advanced 400 level subject. My both sessions had excellent participation and also lots of questions. I enjoy presenting the sessions more when attendees are interested and they start asking questions on various subjects that I am presenting.

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

I was pretty exhausted after my both my sessions. However, I still managed to attend three more sessions myself on the same day.

  1. Vinod Kumar presented on ”Database Recovery and Backup” – A simple but really interesting session.
  2. Prem Mehra presented on “SQL Server Consolidation” – A real world scenario based session.
  3. Balmukund Lakhani presented on ‘AlwaysOn – High Availability Solution’ – A session looking at the future version of the SQL Server.
Vinod Kumar

Vinod Kumar

It was the third day, and I had not seen my daughter. I was really missing her this time. As from last few days, every day when I left home, she was sleeping, and when I reached home, she was sleeping as well. On the third day, I was missing my daughter immensely. I called up Nupur and Shaivi for lunch with me at Hotel. Nupur and Shaivi both visited me during the lunch time, and I played few games with Shaivi. Nupur also met few of her friends, and they returned back home.

Anil Kumble and Gaurav Kapoor

Anil Kumble and Gaurav Kapoor

The third day was yet not over for me. After the five sessions, I went back to keynote area as we were about to have Anil Kumble as keynote speaker. He did an excellent job and discussed about team spirit and his experience as a cricketer. He was fun and inspiring. I really loved how he presented balanced views. One of the attendee in audience asked a very nasty question, and I loved the way he dodged it with a polite reply.

Pinal Shaivi Nupur

Pinal Shaivi Nupur

After the keynote, I rushed to party sponsored by sponsors. It was very good to unwind with community folks after a very successful event. I also rushed to another party right after this, where I met all the key people who had made this event successful. Finally, I decided to relax and mingle with friends – we were there till 1.00 AM. I left the venue at around 1.00 AM in the morning for home.

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

SQLAuthority News – TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 2

Read my complete experience series of TechEd 2011, Bangalore

TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 0
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 1
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 2
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day 3
TechED 2011 – Bangalore – An Unforgettable Experience – Day Next

Day 2 – March 24, 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

I woke up once again at 5.00 AM as I was planning to leave at 6.00 AM. While I was heading towards the venue, I was thinking about the remaining day ‑ a very eventful day indeed! There were many things lined up and I had not yet reached the venue. Anyway the day started on a good note. I met my MVP friends in the lobby and did not realize that I talked with them for more than 2 hours. I finally went to attend the keynote, but the hall was quite full. I was directed to another room, where live streaming was happening. Live streaming was equally exciting.

Vinod Kumar and Pinal Dave

Vinod Kumar and Pinal Dave

I headed towards Database Business Intelligence Track. I enjoyed the new concepts of BI. I also attended Beauty of the Web track and enjoyed one HTML5 and IE9 track. Following are the sessions that I attended.

Rushabh Mehta

Rushabh Mehta

  1. Rushabh Mehta presented on Semantic Model of SQL Server Denali – it is very new concept and the attendees surely had a great time.
  2. Harish Vaidyanathan presented on “HTML5” – more than just HTML5 – what a fun session it was, I did not know that through HTML, one can have so much fun.
Harish Vaidyanathan

Harish Vaidyanathan

After attending the sessions, I headed right away to the keynote hall. There was going to be Demo Extravaganza, where I was about to present on “Spatial Database”. Spatial Database is interesting concept and I was encouraged immensely by the response and appreciation for the same concept. Though no one noticed, let me share one secret with you regarding this. Even the attendees did not notice this; I actually presented more tricks than what I had initially planned. It was fun that in front of 3000+ people I was able to  show new feature of SQL Server. I had two great Demo Extravaganza hosts – Harish V and Nahash – and it was really fun to be on stage with them. They were really fun to be with, very important, and excellent supporting hosts.

SQL Boys - Vinod, Rushabh, Pinal, Jacob

SQL Boys – Vinod, Rushabh, Pinal, Jacob

After the Demo Extravaganza, I attended community party. It was really gala time to meet friends like Sanjay Shetty, Abhishek Kant, Abhishek Baxi, and all the MVPs. Lots of people attended this event. I had fun time hanging around with fellow MVPs and Community Leaders. I think we should have this type of meetings quite often to keep the community spirit going.

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

I wanted to head home early as I had two sessions to present next day. Even though I was all ready with my presentation, I was slightly nervous. As you know Murphy’s law – if something can go wrong, it will go wrong – and this holds true for anybody at any moment. When I was returning, I noticed that it was already 11 PM. I had one more hour journey back to home. I reached home at midnight, and instead of sleeping, I went back to my sessions. I practiced all the demos and all the slide decks one more time and went to bed around 3.00 AM in the morning. A long day was already over, but about the next day was about to get started in the next 2 hours.

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Pinal Dave at TechEd 2011

Moreover, an exciting World Cup quarterfinal match was taking place between India and Australia that. Despite this, I found that the event was house full! In case you are wondering of the results, India won in the exciting game. Indian bowlers and batsman indeed did a fantastic job on the ground.

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