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I will be speaking at SQL Saturday # 788 – Denver

I’m very thrilled to announce that I will be participating as speaker in Denver’s SQL Saturday that will take place on September 15th. This is a huge step for me as technical speaker, because it was just June when I participated in Denver’s SQL Server User Group speaking about Query Store and now I had the chance to participate on Denver’s SQL Server annual great event.

And it is a big deal because there will be very recognized people around like Bob Ward who is the keynote speaker of this year, there will be participation from Glenn Berry, Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman, Tracy Boggiano, Jess Borland, Jason Brimhall and more!

Here is a picture of me with Steve Jones and Glenn Berry from Denver’s 2017 SQL Saturday:

Steve Jones & Glenn Berry – Denver SQL Server Saturday 2017

At that time I have no idea I will make the list of speakers for the year 2018, which I’m very grateful and proud.

I will be speaking about how to perform a SQL Server Health Check, this session is about the importance of conducting regular health checks on SQL Server instances to ensure that they are currently healthy, and continue to remain healthy.

This event will take place at University of Denver – Sturm Hall, 2040 S Race St, Denver, Colorado, 80210, United States.

Please remember as any SQL Saturday event you can register and attend for free, it just a matter to sign up here.

Looking forward to see you there!!!

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!

ITIL certification for DBAs – Part 2


In my previous post I did my best explain a little bit what ITIL is and how important is for DBAs to understand better about this framework.

Now let’s talk about how to get prepared to pass the ITIL foundations certification test. After spending quite some time researching about what was the best training path to take I figured out there was a few options.

The most common approach:
If you are lucky enough to get sponsorship from your current employer, there are multiple ITIL training providers that offers all-inclusive training packages in a formal classrooms.

In some cases these training packages includes the certification exam to be taken on the 4th day; which in my opinion is a really great because you will have all the information still fresh in your mind.

My approach:
In case you autodidact, like me, you will find a great amount of free\paid resources you can use to best the ITIL certification test.

Based on my research and personal experience I can recommend to use the following resources:


  • ITIL Foundation Exam Study Guide by Liz Gallacher & Helen Morris (1st edition):
    This is an excellent book you case use to establish a base knowledge of ITIL for the foundation tests but be careful it does not cover all the areas evaluated in the exam.

  • Passing Your ITIL Foundation Exam: 2011 by Axelos:
    This is the official exam reference book and updated in line with the 2011 syllabus, this i s by far the best study aid you will find, it contains every single area (and more) evaluated on the exam. It also include some mockup exams you can use to get an idea of the difficulty of this exam.

Online IT training (videos)
I have no question about how great these online trainings from Pluralsight and CBT nuggets are and how much they can help you to understand better all the concepts and scenarios described on the books.

If I have to choose, in my opinion the two courses from Chris Ward are the best in any aspect, the scenarios are really easy to understand and the way he walk through all the topics is just great.

ITIL Foundations by Lowell Amos
ITIL Foundation: Lifecycle Phases and Processes by Chris Ward

ITIL Foundation (November 2016) with Keith Barker
ITIL Foundation (June 2015) with Chris Ward

Practice Exams:

  • AXELOS’ ITIL Foundation app (Android and iOS):
    This mobile\table application is the perfect complement to AXELOS’ book, it helps to identify any subject areas where you are still weak and focus study time and practice in those areas specifically. Once you see your results from the practice exams , you can select the area of the lifecycle you need more practice on.


  • Simply Learn exam preparation test:
    This is a free online source you can use to get an idea how you are progressing while studying for the certification exam. The questions are not that difficult but it will definitively helps you to practice. Go ahead a give it a try here.

Hopefully this post will guide you to choose the best option to pass the ITIL certification exam.
Stay tuned for more DBA mastery tips.