Anders Schneiderman on Changing the World

Earlier this year, Frank (@Tableteer) and I had the honor of interviewing Anders Schneiderman (LinkedIn) on Data Driven. The episode is now live and titled Anders Schneiderman on Why We Need to Prepare Communities for the Future of Work. Anders has a plan to help people leverage emerging technology to transform their destiny. Anders’ plan …
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The Space Between

It happened again this weekend. After delivering my presentation titled “Moving Data with Azure Data Factory,” at SQL Saturday – Raleigh (which was awesome, by the way!) – one of the handful who stood because the seats were filled (I am humbled) approached and said, “I read your blog. How do you find time to …
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T-SQL Tuesday #111 Roundup

Thank You! First, we owe a debt of gratitude to my friend Adam Machanic (blog | @adammachanic | Data Education) for starting T-SQL Tuesday in the first place. Thank you, Adam! Next, we owe a huge shout-out to Steve Jones (blog | @way0utwest | SQL Server Central) for carrying the torch by maintaining tsqltuesday.com. Finally, thank you …
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Bad Presentations

In just a few short weeks I am attending the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle. Whenever I attend an event like the Summit or SQL Saturday I attempt to attend presentations of interest to me. I love learning new stuff! Good and Less-Good Most of the presentations I attend are good. Some are really good. They …
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Free Stuff for People Who Give Back: Announcing 2019 Scholarships

Do you work for a charity or non-profit organization? Submit your application today. I haven’t advertised this in the past and… I’m not sure why: I donate licenses for SSIS Catalog Compare and (non-free) SSIS Framework Editions – and subscriptions to Biml Academy and SSIS Academy – and Enterprise Data & Analytics Training – to individuals who …
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It Costs Precisely $0.00USD to be Nice

Be nice. We all have bad days. I know I do. It seems like I get interrupted about 1,000 times more when I’m busy than when I’m not busy. Why is that? Is it some vast universal conspiracy to rob me of productive work? Is it all in my head? I am not sure. One …
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PASS Summit 2018 Starts in 10 Weeks!

Can you believe the PASS Summit 2018 begins only 10 weeks from today (27 Aug 2018)? I confess, this is sneaking up on me fast! I will be there. Will you? Where Can You Find Andy at the PASS Summit 2018? Precon! Monday 5 Nov 2018, I’m delivering a full-day pre-conference session titled Intelligent Data …
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One Solution to Presentation Categories

I’ve shared suggestions for improving presentation categories: One Solution to Presentation Levels One Solution to Presentation Tracks My chief concern is the scalar nature of the selections (the “Naked Scalar”). As I pointed out in both posts, I’ve been delivering presentations to the SQL Server Community for more than a decade and I’ve never – …
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What if You Just Helped?

Serious question: “What if you just helped?” What do I mean by “just helped?” I mean, what if – when you saw (or read or heard about) someone that needs help – you helped? “I can’t afford to help, Andy.” Are you sure about that? If you read a tweet from someone who’s struggling at …
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