About my Lenovo W520, presenting, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 drivers and more …

The issue of getting the right drivers for your OS As an OEM System Builder in my early computer days, I spent quite a significant time finding the right drivers for a specific motherboard or a graphics adapter.Everytime we have new hardware, the same problem arises, and I’ve seen many people showing up to a…

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SQL Server 2012 Certification

Value of Certification The payout on certification in the IT Industry has been a key value to my professional career for many years. As I became certified on Windows NT and SQL Server 7.0 in 1999, qualified as Microsoft Certified Trainer and started teaching Microsoft Official Curriculum Courseware (MOC) I was able to make a…

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TechED North America – DBI Track – the audience has spoken

    As Track Program Manager for the Database and Business Intelligence Track at TechED North America, I wanted to express my sincere THANK YOU to all attendees, speakers, staffers, and everyone involved in the logistics of TechED North America. We had a very strong attendance at each of the sessions which is truly appreciated.!…

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What goes into my bag when presenting at an event or roadshow

When presenting at an event such as TechED, or any roadshow events you see your favorite presenters appear at, a lot of the skills, quality of the presentation comes down to: – presentation skills – content (which truly comes down to right content level, title, abstract, level of functioning demos and overall content balance) –…

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SQL Server BareMetal Workshop series – part 1: How to build an installation VHD file that includes all software needed to start with SQL Server 2012 Database and Business Intelligence

I truly wanted to write this type of blog long time ago, but given the fact that next week I am teaching our SQL Server 2012 Workshop, for which I did the primary design and development (and thus also delivery),I think it is very time appropriate to start with these series now. In these series,…

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TechED North America / TechED Europe pre-conferences for Database and Business Intelligence

  As content lead on the Database and Business Intelligence Track I am happy to announce that we will have 2 pre-cons at Tech ED North America an Tech ED Europe. That’s right – based on popular demand we are hosting these pre-conferences at both Tech ED North America and TechED Europe. And the great…

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