I have been working with SQL Server since about 2000/2001, but I did not discover the SQL Server Community for another 10 years. I started attending events like SQL Saturday, and was in awe of the speakers who presented awesome sessions. The thing is, I never thought I could ever be one of those people. I’m not a walking encyclopedia, SQL Server guru… I’m just a regular guy… a DB developer.
But as time went on, I became friends with many regular speakers, and I discovered something important. These experts, who I thought were far superior to me, were not that much different from me. They just had the passion, energy, and courage to share their story.
And I learned that I have my own story to tell too.
I gave my first full presentation at SQL Saturday Madison 2014 (#287) and I have not looked back. Since, I’ve presented all over at User Groups, SQL Saturdays, SQLBits, and PASS Summit. And I’ve had an unbelievable amount of fun along the way, befriending many awesome people in the SQL Server community.
It’s been a fantastic journey and I want to help you start your own.
- Location: Ireland (UTC +0)
- Expertise: SQL Server and Docker.
- Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn
I’m a SQL Server DBA originally from Swansea, Wales but am now based in Dublin, Ireland.
After three years of blogging at dbafromthecold.com I finally gave my first technical presentation at SQL Saturday Iceland 2017.
Since then I have spoken at various events across Europe about running SQL Server in containers and have become a Microsoft Data Platform MVP.
Being completely terrified of public speaking, I know how hard it is to give your first presentation and am happy to offer any advice or support.
You can reach me via LinkedIn or Twitter
22 years ago I got myfirst job in IT right out of high school as a computer operator and started attending college to become a computer programmer. I hated my database class mainly because I finished the work in 10 minutes and had to sit there bored for the 50 minutes. My instructor didn’t understand I was already using these concepts at work.
I started barely blogging in 2012, something that wasn’t really encouraged by my current job. Four years ago I took an awesome job that believed that be involved in the community was a good thing.
Then in 2015, I signed up for my first SQL Saturday. The presentation had a total of five attendees (one being a coworker). I managed to cover 30 slides of HADR material in 30 minutes but wait the presentation was supposed to last an hour. Oops.
Now I’ve done so many presentations it’s hard to keep count. Presented at 18 SQL Saturdays last year, PASS Summit, and a few online presentations. I’m a complete SQL Saturday addict and enjoy going to each and every one of them and don’t mind if there are only five people, it was probably for the best on that first presentation.
You can reach me either on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Email.