Appearance: Data Bits #2

Last week (as I write this), Kevin Hill (blog | twitter) released the first episode of his new podcast Data Bits. I enjoyed listening to it and said “hey bud, if you need a guest sometime down the line, give me a shout!”

Well, “sometime down the line” turned out to be just a few days, and we recorded on the evening of March 4th amid a little craziness in both our houses. I always enjoy catching up with Kevin and our hour-long conversation could easily have been three or four. We talked tech, not tech, career stuff, and of course #SQLFamily.

Check out Data Bits Episode #2

PASS Summit 2019 Wrap-Up

I’m home from PASS Summit 2019, recovered from the travel, and in the post-Summit “I miss #SQLFamily” funk. Time to recap the week, maybe a bit differently than it’s been done in the past (at least by me). Not going to get too far into the technical stuff because what was thrown at us was a bit overwhelming, and it’ll take a while for it to all soak in. I’m going to tell the story of my Summit 2019 experience through shoutouts to the folks I connected and reconnected with. Let’s see how this format works out.

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Preparing for PASS Summit 2019 – Logistics & Survival

It’s time once again to prepare ourselves for the endurance test that is PASS Summit, November 5-8. I’ve participated in the Summit Buddies program the past two years, but am taking this year off from it. Instead, I’m collecting information I’ve sent to to my buddies ahead of past Summits and posting it here on my blog, in hopes that it helps folks out. This is going to be broken down into a couple posts.

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Speaking: Rochester SQL Server User Group March 2019

Probably a bit late getting this posted but I will be speaking at the March 5, 2019 meeting of the Rochester SQL Server User group (RSVP link). I don’t have a great title or abstract for the talk (yet!), but here’s the gist:

The relationship between DBAs and developers has a long history with challenging moments. Some developers see DBAs as roadblocks. Some DBAs see developers as rogues bent on destroying the database server’s performance. I’ll be presenting both technical and non-technical tips and tricks to help build a better understanding between developers, DBAs, and SQL Server.


It’s been four years since I’ve spoken at a meeting. If this talk goes well, I’ll keep refining and start submitting it for SQL Saturday events.

Appearance: SQL Data Partners Podcast #161

Carlos Chacon (twitter) was kind enough to have me back on the SQL Data Partners Podcast to talk about my experiences with managing 8000 databases on a single instance and upgrading to SQL Server 2016. He, Kevin Feasel (blog | twitter) & I had a great conversation in which I may have gushed a bit about dbatools. Then we wrapped up with the SQLFamily questions as we didn’t do them on my previous appearance last year.

Check out SQL Data Partners Podcast Episode 161, Migrating/Upgrading 8000 Databases.

PASS Summit 2018 – Photos

My album of people and events at Summit 2018. Somehow a number of photo opportunities were missed!

PASS Summit 2018 – Let’s Hang Out! Where to Find Me

In addition to being an amazing opportunity for both technical and professional development, PASS Summit is a #sqlfamily reunion and a huge networking event. Catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, finding out who’s doing what with which technologies, etc.

This is one of the few times each year I’m anything even approaching a social butterfly and I’ve had one or two people ask about my schedule so we can plan meetups. Summit is so huge that you have to plan these things. You can’t count on randomly bumping into people around the convention center or city, and if you happen to spot someone you really want to meet, you have to take advantage of that opportunity the first time it presents itself.

I will have some dbatools badge ribbons with me this year, but I waited too long to re-order so they’ll probably run out early. Get ’em while you can!

So, with less than two weeks until we’re all together in Seattle, where will I be found? Here’s my schedule thus far for “extracurriculars” – non-session, non-keynote time. Keep in mind that this is just what I have booked right now – I’ve purposely kept time open as I know other things will pop up, plus I like to see where the breeze takes me

Note: I’m an early(ish) riser and while I’m not out until 3 AM at #SQLKaraoke, I don’t turn in at 9 PM either. I’m always ready for a late-night snack & beer or if you want to grab breakfast, we can probably make that happen Thursday or Friday.

Tuesday

  • 12:00 – My flight is scheduled to arrive in Seattle
  • 13:30 – 13:30 – PASS Local User Group Leader meeting. I’ll probably arrive late and I expect to catch some flak from Grant for that.
  • 16:00 – 18:30 – SQL Trail Mix
  • 18:00 – 19:30 – v.20 Celebration
  • 19:30 – 22:30 – I’ll be at an event off-site.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast with my Summit Buddies crew
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Hosting the Development & Administration Tools Birds of a Feather table in the Quest Dining Hall
  • 15:00 – 18:00 – Community Zone US East Spotlight hours. I won’t be there the full 3 hours but as I’m in the US East region, I’ll be there for a while meeting folks.
  • 19:00 – 21:00 – I’ll be at an event off-site.
  • 20:30 – 22:30 – I’ll be at a different event off-site.

Thursday

  • Sometime – I need to find a geocache so I can get one day closer to having a find recorded on each day of the calendar year. Fortunately, there are a couple very close to the convention center
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – The Apress booth will be hosting a signing for Malathi Mahadevan’s (b|t) book Data Professionals at Work, along with a SentryOne giveaway. Looking forward to picking up a copy of the book and getting it signed by the contributors, high school yearbook style!
  • 11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch
  • 12:45 – 13:45 – I’ll be posted as a PASS Ambassador in the 6ABC Lobby helping people find their rooms and sessions. I’ll be wearing a red PASS vest for visibility.
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – PASS Board Q&A
  • 19:00 – 22:30 – Games Night in Ballroom 6A. If you aren’t signed up for one of these (they’re happening both Wednesday and Thursday nights), it’s really a good time to unwind and have a relaxing evening talking with people over a board or card game.

Friday

  • 12:00 – 13:00 – Hosting the Migrating SQL Server Birds of a Feather table in the Quest Dining Hall
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – I’ll be posted as a PASS Ambassador on the Skybridge, once again in the red PASS vest
  • 22:15 – Plane leaves Seattle. If you’re flying out on JetBlue, hang out with Matt (b|t) & me in the terminal!

Please ping me on Twitter or the SQL Community Slack (@alevyinroc there too) if you want to meet up during the week, whether it’s to grab a bite to eat, attend a session together, get a beer, trade badge ribbons, or just say hi!

I Will See You in Seattle!

A few weeks ago, I teased good news.

One person hypothesized that I’m joining Microsoft (it seems to be the thing to do lately) and another jumped to the conclusion that I must be pregnant. Both creative responses, but not quite correct.

I’ll be at PASS Summit 2018!

So much to do!

  • Pick some sessions
  • Make my checklist of #sqlfamily I need to see
  • Find a way to pack lighter (I think the iPad will stay home this time)
  • Up my selfie game
  • Get back into shape for #sqlrun
  • Print up some more dbatools ribbons
  • Figure out the social media photo situation (see above, “Up my selfie game”)

If you’re attending Summit, let’s meet up! I’ll be on Twitter, Slack, and Instagram (@alevyinroc across the board) all week and roaming the convention center & various evening events so ping me there to find out where I am.

Because Summit starts on Election Day here in the USA, be sure to either get to your local polling place that morning or follow your state’s process to request & submit an absentee ballot. Every election is more important than the one before it (that’s the most political I’ll get on this blog, I swear).