Category Archives: Conferences

First time speaker at Denver’s SQL local group

06/21 was the date that marked my career as data professional, for the first time ever I decided to participate as technical speaker in United States. Probably this is not a big deal for most people, but it is for a Guatemalan boy whose started dreaming as big as possible and giving what it takes to make his dreams comes true.

Once I heard that there are three types of people in this world, those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask what happened, I definitely consider myself the first one, fighting for my dreams and giving 101% to make things happen! Because most of the time, you have to make the things happen to you!

I started my speaker journey in my home country Guatemala, regardless I have been living in United States for more than a year I made the decision to submit a couple of sessions to participate as technical speaker in Guatemala’s SQL Saturday from this year. It was my first time as speaker, but I felt very confident because I couldn’t have chosen a best scenario as my home country to start, I was going to be presenting between colleagues and coworkers. The experience was great and I felt I was ready for the next challenge, to speak in United States.

With the help of Marc Beacon (@marcbeacom), I was introduced to the local group organizers during the Colorado Springs SQL Saturday, and volunteer myself to participate as speaker in the next monthly meeting in Denver. I was not sure if I was going to be accepted, I’m very new in the US #SQLFamily but my surprise was that SQL local groups are always looking for local speakers, so it was a perfect opportunity to take my shot and do my presentation in front a total different crowd.

This was a whole new experience for me, presenting in a different language without knowing a single person from the audience it was quite a challenge but I know I was there to talk about something I know very well it was just a matter to work on my anxiety. I couldn’t ask for a better audience the people who attends to the Denver’s SQL local group is simply the best!!

Probably I made a few mistakes on the road but it was ok, at the end of the day it was my first time speaking in this local group and I have some merging for improvement.

By the end of the session I was so glad to know I reached my goal, I was a little bit nervous about the Q/A part of the presentation but my biggest fear ended it been the most interesting part. The participation of Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman (@DBAKevlar) was key and truly wonderful, we made a lot of analogies about how ADD and AWR works in Oracle and how similar Query store is to these Oracle tools. For those doesn’t know her, she is a very recognized Oracle and SQL Server DBA and because I’m also a multi-platform DBA you can guess we had a lot of fun talking about SQL Server and Oracle performance tools.

Microsoft Tech Center – Denver

Marc Beacom making the monthly announcements

Without any doubt, It was a fantastic experience, learned a lot and also this experience helped me to have some kind of solid ground to embark in this new experience as speaker in United States. People learned from what I presented that day, and that was my goal, take the opportunity to speak in public and give something back to the #SQLFamily.

Hopefully this is not going to be the last time, I’m looking forward to participate in more monthly meetings and also who knows probably be part of the next Denver SQL Saturday to happen in September who will have the participation of big names as Bob Ward, Glenn Berry, Jess Borland, Tracy Boggiano, Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman, and more.

Thanks for reading!

I’m very experienced multi platform Database Administrator (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), working for large scale US based companies and some other companies around the world.

I have multiple Microsoft SQL Server certifications under my belt (MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE), and currently taking the Microsoft Data Science program.

SQL Saturday #695 Guatemala

This is probably a very delayed post, but I have been really busy lately.

As mentioned in my previous post, I was accepted to participate as speaker in Guatemala’s 2018 SQL Saturday organized in past February by SQL PASS organization.

It was an amazing experience, a very busy day full of really interesting sessions and it was even more special for me because I had the chance to participate in this event in my home country (I currently live in United States).

Here are some pictures of the event:

I truly recommend DBAs to look for SQL Saturday events near your area, is just a matter to subscribe in the official SQL Saturday and lookup for events here.

By the way, for those who didn’t had the chance to attend this event and asked me about where they can download the presentation decks; you can use the links below:

SQL Server Health check
Advanced SQL Server troubleshooting with DVMs

Stay tune for more blog posts about SQL Server tips and tricks.

I’m very experienced multi platform Database Administrator (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), working for large scale US based companies and some other companies around the world.

I have multiple Microsoft SQL Server certifications under my belt (MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE), and currently taking the Microsoft Data Science program.

Speaker at SQL Saturday’s Guatemala city 2018

I’m very thrilled to announce that I will be participating as speaker in this year’s SQL Saturday event in Guatemala city!

Here are the details of the two sessions I will be presenting on February 03:

Advance SQL Server troubleshooting with DMVs

DMVs are the best source to conduct an advance troubleshooting of a SQL Server instance.

In this session we will show how to use and the most important to understand the information provided by the Dynamic Management Views (DMVs).

SQL Server Health check

This session is about the importance of conducting regular health checks on your SQL Server instances to ensure that they are currently healthy, and continue to remain healthy.

Join me in this deep dive discussion of SQL Server best practices and guidelines about your SQL Server health.

What is a SQL Server health check?
Why we should perform a SQL Server health check regularly?
What tools we can use to perform a SQL Server health check?

As any SQL Saturday event organized by SQLPass you can register for free, it takes less than 5 minutes to get in and sign up.:

https://www.sqlsaturday.com/695/registernow.aspx

Looking forward to see you there!!!

I’m very experienced multi platform Database Administrator (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL), working for large scale US based companies and some other companies around the world.

I have multiple Microsoft SQL Server certifications under my belt (MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MCSE), and currently taking the Microsoft Data Science program.