Speaking at SQL Cruise in January

Jason Hall

Published On: November 11, 2015

Categories: Community, SQLCruise 3

SQL CruiseI have to admit that, several years ago, when I first heard that Tim Ford (b|t) was putting together a training event on a cruise ship, I thought it was a little, well, strange.
Fast forward to today, and you can talk to hundreds of people that have attended a SQL Cruise, and they will all recall the high quality of training, and the opportunity to learn in an environment free from distractions that we, unfortunately, tend to overlook day to day. You are literally trapped, on a boat, in the middle of the ocean. You have no other choice but to learn... among other things.

I never thought I would have the opportunity to stand beside some of the most amazing people in our industry, and pass on some of the things I've learned over the years. When Tim called to ask if I was interested, my first inclination was to ask if he was sure he dialed the right number.

I'm happy to say that Tim had, in fact, intended to reach me to ask that I not only represent SQL Sentry on the 2016 SQL Cruise (January 30th through February 6th), but that I also deliver training to all the lucky individuals that will be joining us for the event.

The first of two sessions is an expanded version of Tempdb Parasites. I'm really filling it out, and adding all the demos that I never seem to get to do during a one hour SQL Saturday talk, where you have the next speaker in line staring you down when it's time to wrap up. The messed up things that happen in tempdb have always been interesting to me, and I think everyone will be able to get something out of this one.

Later, I'll be delivering the second session on an even better topic: I'm putting together the ultimate Plan Explorer class. We'll dig into the latest massive feature sets in Plan Explorer v3.0, and apply them to real scenarios that DBAs face every day. I'm incredibly excited to be able to bring these new and exciting tools that we've been working on for the better part of a year to the SQL Cruise group.

I would love to see some of our SQL Sentry customers at this event. I can understand how weird it feels asking your boss if you can go on a cruise for training; I had to do it too. I have a really cool boss, but some things will feel strange to ask for no matter how cool he is (who knows, maybe next year we'll get that telepresence robot!). Just remember, there's no harm in asking, and you may be surprised at the answer you get given the potential upsides for your employer (Aaron Bertrand (b|t) put together a great list of ammunition here).

For the same price as a week-long training event at home, the boss doesn't have to deal with you for a week, you get trained by people like Grant Fritchey (b|t), Jess Borland (b|t), David Klee (b|t), and, of course, both Amy and Tim Ford (I made sure to list Amy first; you can pay me later Tim). When it's all over, you'll be back at the office, ready to go like it's your first day. I'll be there all week to give you all the free SQL Sentry training you want too and, believe it or not, I'll enjoy doing that just as much as I'll enjoy the excursions.

In the meantime, I'll be working on those sessions, and hunting down some SPF50,000. The sun and I are old enemies.

Until next time,

Jason has worked in technology for over 20 years. He joined SentryOne in 2006 having held positions in network administration, database administration, and software engineering. During his tenure at SentryOne, Jason has served as senior software developer and founded both Client Services and Product Management. His diverse background with relevant technologies made him the perfect choice to build out both of these functions. As SentryOne experienced explosive growth, Jason returned to lead SentryOne Client Services, where he ensures that SentryOne customers receive the best possible end to end experience in the ever-changing world of database performance and productivity.


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