Oct 102013

I am proud to be selected to speak at this weekend’s first ever SQL Saturday in Charleston, SC. I am very excited be a part of their first SQL Saturday and to get back to one of my favorite cities. I grew up not far from here, and it is exciting to revisit the town and then see the sights.

Title: Database Health and Performance

Abstract: Everyone knows that sick servers generally do not perform well. But, how well are your servers running? Let’s perform a health and performance check! In this session, we will perform a holistic system health and performance analysis where we dive through common tasks that you should routinely perform. Once the health and performance analysis is completed, a remediation plan is developed. Baselines are established and updated. Coming out of this session, you will have a tried and true methodology for examining your system state, checking for unhealthy components, analyzing performance, and keeping things that way for years to come.

Come see me in Room 3 at 1:30pm! You might win something fun!

Following this event, I am traveling to the SQL PASS Summit! It is the premier event for SQL Server professionals every year, and I whole-heartedly say that you should attend. I am so very lucky to be presenting a spotlight session at this year’s conference entitled ‘Squeezing Top Performance from your Virtualized SQL Server‘.  I hope to see you all there.

Apr 252013

Today I was fortunate enough to be able to give a new presentation to the SQL PASS Performance Virtual Chapter called ‘It’s All About the Performance, Right?’ The feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive, and I would like to thank the coordinators and all of the attendees! Your questions were top-notch, and I look forward to continued involvement with this amazing chapter! My primary focus in this phase of my career is data performance, and I am very happy to share what I know. You all are great, and I look forward to giving back to this amazing community!

The presentation was recorded, and I will post the link to the recording here as it becomes available. In the meantime, I have the slide deck for you to download and review. As always, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email me with your questions. It might take me a few days to respond, but I promise that I will respond. Thank you again!

Abstract: Just about anyone can click through a SQL Server installation and get it working. But, it is not running close to efficient, and as the workloads grow, it will only get worse. This session provides valuable details on how to tweak and tune your SQL Server installations to ensure maximum performance, as well as tips on capacity management so you know when you need to add more hardware to take your server to the next level.

Slide Deck – It’s all about the Performance, Right

Nov 302012

I am pleased to announce that I am speaking Thursday, December 6, at the SQLPASS Performance Virtual Chapter Winter 2012 Performance Palooza!

I have the 6pm session slot, and am speaking on one of my favorite topics, Virtualizing Business-Critical SQL Servers. I will be focusing on architecting the infrastructure for performance, as well as discussing things that you can do to help ensure that the performance of your virtualized servers is at least equal to the physical servers, if not better!

Visit http://performance.sqlpass.org/2012Palooza.aspx for more information!

The event starts at 11am EST and runs all day with back-to-back online sessions. Check it out, get signed up, and I will see you all on Thursday!

Aug 062012

I am having an issue (my fault, not theirs) on uploading one of my two presentations from this past weekend’s SQL Saturday in Kansas City, so I am uploading them here! If anyone has any feedback, questions, or comments on these presentations, please do not hesitate to contact me!

2012.08.04 SQL Server on VMware – KC SQL Saturday

2012.08.04 SQL Server Health and Performance – KC SQL Saturday

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