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5 Days of PASS – Day 3

Well just when you thought things could not get any busier, along comes Day 3 of the PASS Summit. I started the day on the PASS Blogger Table for the opening Keynote speech of the Summit introduced by Thomas LaRock (the current PASS president). There was a distinct shortage of Australian representatives on the table, which was soon rectified by the arrival of the one an only Rob Farley (twitter|blog), who is always amusing to listen to. To my left was one of my favourite German SQL Server experts, the ever happy Oliver Engels who was furiously typing away and in front of me Brent Ozar appeared to be switching backwards and forwards across different media platforms and applications and was no doubt constructing some interesting posts for our consumption.

I sadly had to cut things short for myself since I had a pre-arranged meeting to attend and quickly scuttled off as proceedings continued around me.

After several hours of work I then needed to attend the PASS Virtual Chapter meeting which was really useful and interesting to see the broad range of characters who run these VCs. Even more interesting was that it seemed nearly every VC had similar problems and challenges but hopefully between us these are problems we can fix. For myself as the Oracle Virtual Chapter lead I feel that I have a particularly uphill battle on many fronts but firmly believe with the right people in place we can solve these problems and kick-start the chapter.

Before the VC was fully ended I had to rush off to the (what now is becoming annual) MCM photo. A big thank you to Andreas Wolter for arranging this and I hope you like the finished result!

Argenis loves me really!

Argenis loves me really!

After this I had to quickly rush to PASSTV to have a short interview. The whole process was interesting and we decided to concentrate the interview around the topic of developing yourself through the SQL Community (and particularly speaking). When asked to provide a overview of myself, I possibly left out the most significant part of my Community input in that I forgot to mention my beloved SQLSaturday Cambridge! I’m still kicking myself, but these things happen! Gah! Anyhow when the interview was over, the PASSTV said that it was a good interview and flowed quite well, so I hope to see for myself how it came across. It is funny but I am my own worst critic, so I always presume the worst 🙂

Next I needed to resume my work and initially started this for several hours, but then ran right into the evening and finally went to bed. Thankfully I am starting to feel much better than earlier in the week and looking forward to a busy day today where I will be doing my best to deliver a Community session alongside Buck Woody. Fingers crossed and please wish me luck!

See also in this series:
5 Days of PASS – Day 5
5 Days of PASS – Day 4
5 Days of PASS – Day 2
5 Days of PASS – Day 1

Blogger Table – Day 1 – Thomas LaRock

The key note has just begun and the number of first timers standing up is quite incredible and large. Thomas LaRock has begun the keynote speech and runs through the board of Directors and then makes a plea for people to stop by the Community Zone and connect.

Some of the numbers quoted regarding the number of Chapters, SQLSaturdays and Virtual Chapters is quite staggering and demonstrates the growth of PASS today. The discussion moves to looking back at how our personal careers have grown in the last 5 years, which is interesting  because 5 years ago just pre-dates my first ever Summit, how things have changed for me back then in that time frame.

He highlights that by taking advantage of what PASS has to offer will grow and advance your career. PASS are even now offering a Programme workshop that will encourage future speakers to understand what it takes to have your sessions accepted for the PASS Summit. There is even the speaker idol competition to win a place.

Finishes with a big shout out to the Sponsors who (lets face it) make this event possible.

{Applause}

5 Days of PASS – Day 2

Welcome folks to the second enthralling instalment of 5 days of PASS! As I am sure is about to become very clear, I type with the knowledge that I have a very busy day ahead with various pieces of preparation to complete. The biggest thing that bothers me is that by the time my PASS related workload ends, so will most of the conference. This is perhaps the biggest downside to being involved in events as something more than just an attendee, since you don’t quite get to relax and do as much with your time that you would normally do and your time doesn’t really feel like your own, however if I didn’t enjoy contributing I wouldn’t do it right?!

The highlights of Day 2 can be summarized as follows…

I spent the very first part of the morning working on some of my backlog and eventually had a late breakfast. Bizarrely my waiter didn’t bother pouring me a Coffee and I really didn’t have the energy to ask him for one :). I am still suffering from not feeling 100%, but I think I am starting to improve and do seem to pick up in the evenings. For the rest of the day I worked more presentation materials and then finally quit for the evening to make various engagements.

My first engagement was the SQLSaturday round table in which I found it fascinating listening to all my fellow SQLSaturday leads and how they all expertly run their events. Equally of value was listening to the sponsor perspective and what they expect of you and the event. A huge thank you to SIOS, ApexSQL and Microsoft for contributing to this session, and a big well done to PASS for arranging their involvment.

Right after this round table was the Chapter Leaders meeting in which I attended not just as a Chapter Lead, but as an outgoing RM. Again, listening to fellow Chapter Leaders ideas and passion, and understanding how truly amazing the SQL Community is was quite humbling and there were lots of personal take-aways from this session for me. I’m really happy I attended these sessions.

Tuesday was actually a very busy evening with a selection of out of hours events available. There was the Welcome reception followed by the Volunteer party and finally SQL Karaoke. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t manage to attend any of these (for the first time ever!) and got caught up with a few of my friends chatting whilst having an excellent couple of drinks followed by a most superb meal. There was no Burger and Fries this time for anyone, and each meal was absolutely fantastic -and if I might say, so was their company. I love listening to my peers and what they have to say about their lives, work and future aspirations and their insights into these areas, so thanks to those guys for joining me, it was a great evening and worth the travel to the Summit in itself.

Well, a VERY busy day is about to start, so I wish you all have a happy conference, and if you are nearby the Blogger table (in which I should be on today), please feel free to stop by and say hello. It would be brilliant to meet new and old faces alike!

Bye for now,

Mark.

See also in this series:
5 Days of PASS – Day 5
5 Days of PASS – Day 4
5 Days of PASS – Day 3
5 Days of PASS – Day 1

5 Days of PASS – Day 1

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It is now the morning after the night before, having completed the official first day of the PASS Summit 2014. It is nice to be back in Seattle and America after not being able to travel last year so it has been particularly great to catch up with a couple of old friends and ex-colleagues. I actually arrived in the States on Saturday evening (two days ago) where I met up with my good friend Régis Baccaro at the Airport, and then later we had a nice meal and drinks with the most excellent Ruben Pertusa Lopez and a bunch of other SolidQ guys (at the Taphouse -of course).

Sunday was an extra special day for me because I finally got to visit CenturyLink field, and watch the Seahawks after so many years of promising myself I would go. That’s my bucket list item #1 ticked of the list! Also along for the ride as my guests of honor were PASS Community evangelist Karla Landrum and SQL Server guru Rodney Landrum -which was my way of saying thank you for their support over the years. We have for a long time enjoyed bending each others ears about all matters of community and while I think it is fair to say we do not necessarily agree on every single matter we discuss, there is no doubting the passion we each feel for the SQL Community at large and long may that continue. Also along for the ride was Les Reading, who having previously worked on a short contract for him several years ago, is someone I like and respect highly. It is also great to see and hear how well he is doing in his new current role.

Seahawks start

The game ended 30 – 24 with a Seahawks win, and I absolutely loved the experience.

Monday was officially the beginnning of the PASS Summit for me, as I attended Kalen Delaney’s IN-MEMORY OLTP INTERNALS: HOW IS A 30X PERFORMANCE BOOST POSSIBLE? [DBA-398-P] pre-conference session. I have always been a massive fan of Kalen and her work, but I confess I didn’t really feel that I got out from the session what I wanted. This is partly (I believe) due to the fact that my jet-lag was kicking in towards the end and the aircon was sending a bit of a chill on my head (which was an unpleasant distraction), but I also think that since becoming an MCM I am finding it harder and harder to find sessions that I can get maximum value from. I believe this is partly due to the way that I go about my training and I like to be able to stop, rewind and go over certain key points and focus into them more. This is obviously an impossible ask with a pre-conference session and one of many reasons why I wish PASS would go back to recording them. Doing so would suddenly increase the value of attending (to have the right to buy) tenfold.

Finally in the evening I met up again with my good friend Martin Schoombee who I’ve known for a good couple of years. Again we initially hit the Taphouse and finally headed to a swanky Restaurant where two of our party decided to order…. Burger and fries! There is only so much POSH you can but into a Burger, but I confess it did look nice all the same and the fries tasted amazing.

Seahawks game

The only major downside to my trip so far has been that I am not very well and have felt a little sick since arriving. I am of course putting on a British Stiff Upper Lip and continuing to enjoy my time here but seriously hope that my feeling of sickness does not last much longer.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to my day ahead today in which I will be attending several community engagements and also catching up with some work. Hope you are all having a great time at the Summit too and hope to bump into you at some point.

Bye for now,

Mark.

See also in this series:
7 Days of PASS – Day 6
5 Days of PASS – Day 5
5 Days of PASS – Day 4
5 Days of PASS – Day 3
5 Days of PASS – Day 2

Inside SQLSaturday: Niko Neugebauer & SQLSaturday Lisbon

The beautiful Sintra

The beautiful Sintra

Welcome to the second thrilling 😉 instalment of Inside SQLSaturday, and today I am joined by Portugal’s very own Niko Neugebauer (web|twitter).

Niko is the event lead to SQLSaturday Lisbon which holds the honour of being the first SQLSaturday *ever* to be held outside of the United States and the launch pad for so many other great events to follow around the world. Along with his team they run a selection of Community events and innovative initiatives.

Q: Hello Niko! Thank you for agreeing to talk to me for my ongoing Inside SQLSaturday Series, I know you are really busy right now! It feels like an eternity since we have spoken properly, so tell me what have you been up to over the last 6 months?

A: After moving from my previous position as PASS Community Evangelist I am now working together with my colleagues Tillmann Eitelberg (web|twitter) & Oliver Engels (web|twitter) at OH22 Information Services and we are working on a range of different and exciting projects.
From the community perspective, we are running new events in the Northern Portugal – Oporto with a lot of success. The last meeting we held had 35 attendees. Of course we are still running regular SQLPort meetings every month in Lisbon.

Q: With the start of SQLSaturday Lisbon just around the corner (pre cons are due this Thursday and Friday, the community day is this Saturday), I think it should not be forgotten that this event is famous for being the first ever SQLSaturday outside of the US. That must make you and your team very proud, tell me how all this came about?

A: I honestly do not feel proud, I feel more like I was truly lucky.
The experience was simply amazing and it was somewhere around April 2010 when I decided to bring a good SQL event to my favourite place in the Universe – Lisbon.
With this goal I went to the PASS Summit and after all the conversations that I have held with SQLSaturday creator Andy Warren (web|twitter), in just 3 days he promised to give me an opportunity to organize one.
I told him that I will do everything possible (and overcome the impossible) to make it work and as remarkable as possible -apparently I was convincing enough. 🙂
The rest is just history – we got support from our local Microsoft office and the next April (2011) we held our first event. PASS also sent us an internationally recognised speaker (Scott Stauffer), and with support of Microsoft Portugal we managed to get Ramesh Meyappan as well. We had an amazing event (from a newbie point of view) and on the Friday (yes we were asked to do it during the week in order to lower the risk!) we had around 109 people.

Q: Did you feel any resistance to holding the event and if so from where and how did you overcome those challenges?

A: Absolutely. First of all – people are afraid of changes, any changes.
I was aware that this idea was coming from some crazy guy whom nobody knew and it must have appeared as a maniac idea.
I just ignored those who expected failure, I explained to those who had doubts and recruited support of those who believed in what we were doing.

The most important thing when organizing a community event is to have a community PASSION. Passion will help you – it will lead, it will guide, it will open doors, it will find a way. The first key to any success is having the faith – you gotta believe in what you are doing. You gotta do it for the much higher purposes that you as an individual can strive for.

The second most important thing is the plan. And not just 1 plan, but multiple layers of plans.
Plan A -> Plan A.A -> Plan A.B -> …
Plan B -> Plan B.A -> …
Plan for success, prepare for the failure. Plan for everyone to support you. Plan for a lack of support. Prepare for everything. Be ready to face problems, your faith in your mission will give you the necessary courage.
Do not be afraid of being abstracted and rejected. Once you get on the wave of success, everyone will want to join because of opportunities of being associated with that success.
Use this desire of success and plan for it. Plant seeds that will grow if not this year, than maybe the next one.

Q: I think out of any event I have been to, your team has to be the closest, most single minded entity of them all. Can you tell me about your team, the individuals within it, and why they are so special?

A: I can’t say anything about other events because I have never been a part of any other team, but my team is what makes things work. Having people such as Paulo Matos & Paulo Borges who are core members is what makes it what it is.
I can trust and entrust tasks knowing that some things will be done much better, compared to any of my personal efforts.
Paulo (Borges) is one heck of a creative guy who helps to invent stuff. He can take a hit from any side and keep on carrying on like no other person.

Paulo Matos is the like no one else in this galaxy when it comes to financial or governmental or bureaucracy task. He just gets things done. He runs workshops and I just check on the progress with him from time to time to see if I can be of any help. Apart from that, it is just him running the show. Both Paulos are helping to execute the Saturday event and we naturally split the tasks according to the capabilities of everyone.

In other different areas we have Pedro Simões running our partnerships and sponsorship relations and he is doing one amazing job. He just thinks from another perspective – and it is no surprise that one of the biggest IT firms in Portugal is totally dependent on him. If we had to replace him we would need a whole team of people with deep knowledge of multiple disciplines for that. :p

Vitor Pombeiro is our arrival & departure master managing the schedule to decide who is collecting and dropping off speakers and this year we also have have Murilo Miranda running the speaker dinner. So far, I praise his efforts. He is on time and delivers updates regularly – I am happy as anyone in my position can be.

Finally we have one more important addition to the team in André Batisita – his availability and desire to help motivate each one of us and get some of the “smaller” tasks done, have already made a very BIG difference in our organisation.

Thanks to him and his resources we have every piece of content printed and prepared on Sunday – 6 days before the event!

Yeah, I wish everyone had such a great team and if you ever see our event as successful, it is because of them.

Q: Leading up to your events you appear to get quite stressed and concerned -or perhaps more accurately described as very attentive to detail! Normally you are outwardly the most relaxed person I know, so explain to me exactly how you and your team are feeling in those final few hours before your event is due to start?

A: It is because we are trying to achieve perfection, but knowing that it is impossible, but we still try. I am a strong believer in improvement and I don’t want to fail. I do fail a lot and I am trying to improve. I want to see things running the way we envision them and I do get disappointed when it is not happening, but it is a process and I am keep on learning & improving.
This year we are trying to lower stress by preparing everything in advance, like any printed materials are already done and packed.
We have well defined plans and we shall try to get them right. 🙂

Those final hours, oh those final hours …
Its all about anxiety, we are working around 9 months on our event, so you know – when you arrive to the final moments of those thoughts, conversations and dreams …
I feel happy arriving there, I feel exhausted, I feel like I am on the top of the mountain and like riding with speed of the wind. I am anxious waiting to see it happen and I am willing to see the results of our sleepless days and nights.

stainglassQ: SQLSaturday Lisbon holds a very special place in my heart because it was the first ever SQLSaturday I spoke at despite having spoken at numerous events around the world. I believe this was the second event that you had ran. For those of us who did not manage to go to the very first event, could you describe that event for us and how it all went?

A: The first event was a simple 1-track event where everyone were on the verge of having heart attack. Unknown and inexperienced guys running one of the biggest community events – insane!!!
In my books, through all the nerves, ups & downs – it was still amazing. I remember so many little insignificant details, such as the place where I was sitting, words I was saying, etc…

I remember all of our speakers giving the best they could and the crowd were a little unsure of how to interpret what we were doing (what? a community event? what the heck is that?).

We came to the final part of the event feeling happy & exhausted. Feeling complete. Feeling like we did something that we have planed and desired. Looking for more. It was like an entry (into the history books), but we felt that we could do so much more, so much better.

Q: Having a mix of English language and Portuguese language speakers on the agenda, it must be very difficult to decide the balance of sessions. I have heard of other European events having these discussions and wonder how much consideration goes into choosing a session based on the language of delivery? What are the challenges you face?

A: This year our event will be 100% done in English, especially since we have attendees signed up from 12 different countries. We aim to do our best to complete our vision of what we are trying to achieve, we select sessions which are running into the direction that we are moving in.
Some choices are tough and sometimes we get a lot of critics, but that is a part of life.

I think that the biggest challenge is to stay true to your mission and to your values. Those things come into question regularly by others, and by ourselves as well.
Staying the course can be tough and taking unpopular decisions is also difficult, but necessary.

Q: As a speaker I find it really interesting delivering sessions to a different cultural audience. It is harder to judge what is funny and exactly what they expect from you. For the benefit of English Speaking presenters at this year’s event, what tips would you give them for a successful session?

A: Be yourself. If you are true to who you are, people will feel it and will trust you, even if they don’t completely get it. Don’t try to be funny, just try to be objective and friendly. Make people learn together with you. Learn from them.

Q: I think more than any other event, the hospitality and welcome you guys show to travelling speakers is second to none and a benchmark for all SQLSaturdays and IT events around the world. Tell me, is this an intentional thing or just a cultural Portuguese trait?

A: You are doing amazing job yourself as well, mate!
I have just 1 measure of success – Treat others like you wish to be treated yourself.
Our speakers are crossing thousands of miles to get to our event, and the least we can do is to warmly greet them and to take the best care possible.
I see every speaker as a personal friend, so I feel like I should try to take care of each one of them.

Q: I suppose I really should mention the pre-conference sessions you are running this year. You have managed to land a fantastic selection of big name speakers including my good friend Edwin Sarmiento. Can you tell me about these guys, their sessions and why people really should attend them?

A: We have 5 amazing pre-conference sessions this year:
Edwin is doing High Availability, Tim Mitchell is talking about SSIS, Milos Radivojevic is doing a great stuff for developers (note that he is a developer for Bwin.Party, one of the most-talked companies in SQL Server space at the moment), Paul Turley is doing great precon for BI on Friday and Brent Ozar will take it on the next level with Virtualization Storage and Hardware for SQL Server. All DBA’s are very much invited. For just 120€. 🙂

We have the following sessions:

Thursday 10th April

Tim Mitchell – Real World SSIS: Survival Guide (web|twitter).

Milos Radivojevic – SQL Server for Application Developers (web|twitter).

Edwin Sarmiento – High Availability & Disaster Recovery Deep Dive (web|twitter).

Friday 11th April

Paul Turley – Complete BI Solution with Office & SQL Server (web|twitter).

Brent Ozar – Virtualization, Storage, and Hardware for SQL Server (web|twitter).

For more detail, please visit here.

Q: You can refuse to answer this question if you like (bearing in mind I might steal your idea ;)), but if you could pick anyone at all to give a pre-conference session at SQLPort, who would you choose and why?

A: Well for a start I’d pick all those guys who are doing them this year!
We hand-picked them from a good number of submissions.

Q: Before I visited your event for the first time, I had never been to Portugal before. Whilst I know that many British tourists (sadly) bypass mainland destinations and head to The Algarve, this had never really appealed to me. I think it is fair to describe Lisbon as a very beautiful and historic City, could you explain for those fortunate enough to visit, what exactly it has to offer them and why they should visit?

A: I guess it all depends on one’s priorities. Lisbon has it all – from historic Roman ruins to beaches for swimming and surfing, but the Algarve attracts those who are looking for a different type of entertainment. I am not a big fan of that type of culture. Catching a tram on the streets of Lisbon, getting a nice food with red wine, listening to Fado (traditional Portuguese music) are some of the things that help me to find my true self.
Some great Britons came to Portugal and found a peace of mind and heart. For example, Lord Byron described Sintra (a place near Lisbon) as a “glorious Eden”.

Q: Last year on the Sunday after the event you took the speakers on a rather fabulous trip to a Castle (Sintra) on a very high hillside. Have you anything similar surprises planned this year?

A: Yes. 🙂 😉 😉

Q: At SQLSaturday Cambridge and many other events around the world, Portuguese speakers are becoming an integral part of those events. Once, when I asked you to remind me who a particular Portuguese speaker was, I remember you telling me that “(he) was only the best SQL trainer in the whole of Portugal!”. Could you explain why your country has so much technical talent?

A: Like any other nation we have some great people, but there are a couple of things that might be helping develop talent. We are a small country (just over 10 Million) and are accepting of change. In the tech world we are very open to new technologies and a lot of pioneer programs are actually being run in Portugal without a big fanfare. We (SQLPort) try to help people to transform and to achieve their dreams.
But there is one big flaw that my nation has – a lack of marketing knowledge & exposure.
I don’t think that some of the most capable people I know are publicising themselves in any way. So it stays a kind of a hidden secret, waiting to be discovered.

What's for dinner!

What’s for dinner!

Q: I’ve had discussions with you and your team before regarding the location of Portugal with respect to the rest of Europe (Portugal runs along the Western most tip of the European continent, bordering Spain). Do you think that this location makes it harder sometimes to “sell” Portugal as an international IT powerhouse and could this ever be achievable in this slowly changing world without borders?

A: Absolutely. Not many people are travelling through Lisbon and this “hurts” any potential new ideas and business developments. We are getting some of the best professionals in the world, such as yourself, willing to come over and to share knowledge, so I guess it is a question of time before the results will appear.

Q: From discussions I’ve had with a few sponsors I think some of them mistakenly overlook your event for the reasons just mentioned in my previous question and yet they forget the reach of the Portuguese IT Community in and around Europe and the UK. Would you agree with this statement, and could you say why a company really should consider sponsoring SQLSaturday Lisbon?

A: I believe so. I have argued much with international sponsors before, but I understand that everything has their own priorities.
I can guarantee 1 thing – we try harder, we bust ourselves further than we have ever thought we could. I see SQLSaturday Portugal as truly international event – speakers from 17 different countries, attendees from 12 different countries, countless MVP’s & MCM’s.
It is a perfect opportunity to get to know the local community (which is very strong), but also get great talks & insights from some of the most forward thinking specialists on this planet.

Q: Niko you have the ability to speak at least 4 to 5 languages fluently (which by the way makes me incredibly jealous). I remember you telling me in the past that the way you learn these languages is not by using the traditional approach, could you explain your special technique again for the benefit of people like me?

A: I try to learn any language in the same way I believe any child would learn it – hearing and repeating. Making mistakes and not fearing sounding profoundly funny. Always improving.
I connect objects that I see with the sound of the words that I hear, I don’t map it to any other language (which is the normal way a language is taught).
I don’t think this method makes you good at translation but once you switch the language – it will flow, because you will feel it.

Q: I have often observed that multi-lingual individuals are usually very intelligent people, and I wonder if their ability to speak multiple languages is simply a result of their intelligence or something more. What I really mean by this is that I wonder if you can solve problems thinking in one language that you would struggle to do so in say you native tongue?

A: I honestly don’t know how true it is, mate.
It sounds very beautiful, but I never thought about it.
Listening, trying and repeating are the keys for any success.

Q: And if you had to recommend that a person learns only two languages fluently, which would you choose and why?

A: English – is the most important language right now.
Chinese – this is the most important language for the future.

Q: For his year’s event do you have any surprises in store that you can tell me about?

A: Be social my friend, be social! 🙂

Q: Now before I go, I really have to ask you, which Football team is the best in Lisbon? Sporting or Benfica?

A: My personal preferences are unimportant but for what matters I love the color blue… 

In my extended family we also enjoy green colours, but that is as far as I am ready to go in the Portuguese championship, but for international games – I can proudly wear any color of any Portuguese teams.

As always Niko, it has been an absolute pleasure to talk to you. I am sure your event is going to be another great success and showcase for the SQLSaturday Community. I’m really looking forward to it and seeing what you and your team have in store for us all!

🙂

lisbonexpSQLSaturday Lisbon is due to commence this week, starting with the Pre-conference sessions this Thursday 10th and Friday 11th April and you can book one of these fabulous sessions by visiting here.

The Community day is being held on the Saturday 12th April and if you are lucky you can grab a registration by visiting here.

And if you see me, make sure you say hello!

Twelve is a Magic Number

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A massive congratulations to the SQLBits team for announcing what will become the 12th iteration of the UKs finest and largest SQL Server conference. Putting on events at this scale by such a small core team demands huge respect and I sincerely thank them for doing so. I have personally learnt a ton of information and grown as a person and as a SQL Professional because of their efforts and I know many others in the industry feel the same way too.

The location this year is Telford, and I must confess to not knowing a great deal about this Town in the West Midlands. After a close inspection of Wikipedia, it tells me that Telford is a new town formed in the 1960s and ’70s from a collection of neighbouring smaller towns and close by is the famous landmark known as Ironbridge Gorge which was the first Iron Bridge of its kind in the World! I was already familiar with this due to my Mother raving to me many years ago about a Sweet shop that can be found there where you could buy lots of Olde World favourites such as Poor Bens, Coltsfoot Rock and Lemon Sherberts 🙂

As always, I look forward to see what the organisers have planned for us all, and encourage you to check out the event as the details start trickling through and perhaps consider submitting a session? I know you won’t regret it and hope to see you there!

If you need any further encouragement (really!?), I recommend that you check out my following SQLBits related posts:

T-SQL Tuesday #41 – I ♥ SQLBits
SQLBits 8 – finis!
Standing upon the shoulders of Giants
SQLBits 7 the forgotten photos part 1
SQLBits 7 the forgotten photos part 2
SQLRally and beyond
Speaker Training day

SQLSaturday Cambridge raises £££ for charity!…

great newsWe are very pleased to announce that the final figures of the SQLSaturday Cambridge fundraising has been counted.

Some of you will know that we were collecting for Children’s Cancer Charity CLIC Sargent and the reasons why we were doing this can be understood by reading my previous post “Change (your event) and make a difference!

The amount collected at the event through various different means stands at £490.03!!!

SQLSaturday Cambridge are therefore honoring our commitment to match this figure, which means that we are donating a grand total of £980.06 to charity. I’m hoping to write a bit more about this further in due course.

Thank you so much to Sponsors, Speakers, Volunteers and Attendees who have all played their part in making this happen, you should be proud of yourselves. I cannot wait to hand over this cheque to CLIC Sargent and hope in due course to get some nice photos to show you!