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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!!!

Guatemala SQL Server local group

Good news for all the Guatemalan data professionals, starting from August 2018 you have an official PASS SQL Server local group near to you!

What is PASS?
First thing first, for all those future members of this local group I will like to explain what is the PASS organization all about.

PASS is the world’s largest community for Microsoft Data Platform users to connect, share and learn with fellow data professionals. Join PASS today for free. it is s a not-for-profit organization run by and for the community that supports data professionals throughout the world who use the Microsoft data platform.

Why a SQL Server group in Guatemala?
Microsoft has been doing a great lately releasing new features and tools for SQL Server, the need of the creation of a new PASS group born when I noticed that there was only one PASS group for Guatemala but it was dedicated for BI (Business Intelligence) stuff, I know it’s difficult to keep up with technology (it goes really fast) but at the same time is important at least to stay updated and if you have time why not? to get exposure to new experiences … a really good way to achieve this is through a professional community giving opportunity to people to share their knowledge and experiences to benefit others. So, that’s one of the main reasons I decided to get in touch with PASS and get the approval to create a new group specifically for SQL Server.

This is a great opportunity for all the Guatemala data professionals to share their knowledge, experiences, get exposure to new SQL Server technologies through free training and the most important to get in touch with colleagues that are doing the same kind of job as you.

Meet the crew:
I, Carlos Robles (@dbamastery) was designated as the Group leader, so I’m charge to get in touch with the PASS organization for any matter related to this group. Of course this is not a one person effort, in order to make a great group community we have to have a great team.

I will have the collaboration of Christian Araujo (@charaujo), Carlos Lopez (@MuppetRocks) and Eduardo Pivaral (@EduardoDBA) as group admins who will be actively participating in all the activities planned for this group.

Please, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or anybody else from board members we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. In case you wondering who we are, you can learn a little bit more about our experience working with SQL Server here.

When, where and how?
The dynamic of this group is quite simple, we will meet the last Thursday of every month at 18:00 PM, of course this schedule is always subject to change in case there is a national holiday or any other major event \ activity going on that could cause difficulties to the attendees to assist.

We will be hosting these meetings in ATOS Guatemala (3rd floor), here is the exact location:

Paseo Cayalá Oficina 301, Edificio H 3er nivel, Distrito Moda Zona 16

To assist these meetings, the requirement is to be register in the official PASS website of Guatemala SQL Server local group. Don’t forget to carry on a photo ID, you will have to present it at the building lobby to complete the check-in process to get you access to the ATOS Guatemala facilities (3rd floor).

What we will be talking about?
Anything related to SQL Server technologies, like upcoming features, known issues, best practices, tips and tricks, tools and more. We encourage members to participate as speakers and share their knowledge and experience with the local group.

Remember, this is your community the sessions won’t be limited to the topics chosen by the board members … we would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this as proposition topics that you would like to learn\discuss about.

Spread the news!!
The more members the better, this group is organized to bring professionals of all career levels that work with Microsoft’s SQL Server, together to learn and network with others. There is no charge to attend and you are encouraged to bring your co-workers\friends.

So, please go ahead and make yourself part of this new SQL Server community here created specially for all the data professionals in Guatemala!!!!

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter and facebook to stay up to day with all the local group activities.

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!