Announcing our SQLSaturday Cambridge “Bring-A-Boss” Training day promotion

Bring-A-BossMicrosoft are delivering a dedicated full day pre-conference training day session at SQLSaturday Cambridge aimed towards Data Professional Leaders and Executives, delivered by industry leading technology movers and shakers. Building a Data Driven Strategy will help your boss understand how they invest in Data Driven Data Analytics and how they can implement them. They will learn all about Microsoft’s future data vision and understand what theirs should be. It is something they will not want to miss.

What is more, if your Boss books onto this pre-conference training day, we will provide you with a 50% discount!!! *1 across ALL SQLSaturday pre-conference training day sessions while stocks last.

So what are you waiting for?

Don’t delay, speak to your boss now and bring them to the event!

*1 Not applicable when booked with any other discounts.

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Not Accepted for the PASS Summit 2015?

I guess it could be easy to become complacent about being selected to speak at conferences and you could certainly argue that I have been tremendously lucky with the selection process since I first broke into the speaking circuit in 2010. In 2011 I delivered my first lightning talk at the Summit and this was already off the back of me being the only European speaker (AFAIK) at SQLRally Orlando. Every year since then I have been fortunate enough to be selected to deliver one (or more) full session abstracts at the Summit and when combined with a nice collection of speaking gigs at SQLSaturdays, 24HOP and other events you could be forgiven for thinking that I must have the “magic touch”.

Except I haven’t.

There is no silver bullet to getting your abstracts selected, no single ingredient needed and a large dose of good luck required in order to get your sessions past the winning post. The point is that for every success there is usually a failure (I have failed frequently and often), but to win it -you have to be in it!

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Was I successful in 2015 or did I fail? Well I can tell you that this year I not only had 3 general sessions rejected but also had a further 2 pre-conference sessions hurled back my way. The only consolation was that with the rejections came 1 general session acceptance along with 1 lightning talk – but surely failure is the only way to describe such a small number of sessions accepted from such a large number of submissions?

Except it isn’t. Our successes are what truly define us and as the entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes once said “Failure is success if we learn from it”. This is summed up better by Thomas Edison who also said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. I will review those sessions that did not get selected and the reasons why, but I will not dwell on those failures any more than is necessary. I will learn from them, I will adapt and I will try again.

If you failed to get selected this year, my commiserations, but please keep on trying. You may be asking the question “why do the same people always appear to get selected every year when I am not?”. This is probably best explained by the simple fact that it is not that they are not succeeding more than you are, rather that they are failing more than you are (so that they may also succeed more). So avoid putting all your eggs in one basket, submit multiple sessions to many events and learn what works and what doesn’t -oh AND expect failure often, pray for good luck and enjoy those fleeting moments of success when they come! There isn’t a secret sauce for selection but there is a smörgåsbord of ingredients you can use to improve your chances of doing so. Find out what works best for you and eventually lady luck may shine your way.

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Announcing SharePoint Saturday Cambridge – We got two tribes

In 2013, SQLSaturday Cambridge became the first ever SQLSaturday in the World to host a dedicated SharePoint track and the event was a great success. It struck me at the time how well we managed to get a SharePoint audience at an event that was largely about SQL Server so with the support of our dedicated SharePoint sponsors (Combined Knowledge, K2 and AxioWorks), a fantastic addition of SharePoint speakers and with the expert help from the SharePoint community through Peter Baddeley (web|twitter) I think we managed to light the touch paper for my future plans for SQLSaturday Cambridge.

Since that event I have harbored a desire to continue our innovation with SQLSaturday Cambridge and I am therefore delighted to finally announce that as of yesterday our SharePoint “experiment” that we pioneered in 2013 is now an official reality through our sister event SharePoint Saturday Cambridge. A further call for speakers is open for SharePoint Saturday Cambridge and this will close no later than July 31st.

Both events will run on the same day, at the same venue and fall within the same scheduling constraints, but each have their own unique identities and tracks. If you are a SharePoint professional you may wish to only attend SharePoint sessions and if you are a SQL Server professional you may only wish to attend SQL sessions, however ALL tracks and BOTH events are available together for your enjoyment should you get curious. 2013 proved to us all that there is sufficient cross-over and plenty of curiosity between both communities and this is your chance to pick and choose your agenda to your hearts desire!

SQLSaturday Cambridge will host 24 sessions and SharePoint Saturday Cambridge will host 14 sessions, but together they will provide our combined audience of 300 people with a whopping 48 sessions across 8 tracks! Sponsors of either event will automatically be enrolled as a sponsor of the other so it is a win/ win situation all around!

This event is the first of its kind, and yet again Cambridge is leading the way with new ideas and innovations. Please make sure you register soon in order that you do not miss the fun. We are already 50% full and have several months to go and we *still* haven’t even notified past attendees, so please register through SharePoint Saturday Cambridge OR SQLSaturday Cambridge while you can (but please only register with one) and this will give you access to both events in their entirety!

I hope you are as excited as I am, and hope you can come and join the fun.

Shine on you crazy diamonds!

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