Getting to know about SQL Server.

A lot of SQL professionals will be having a short working week this week. SQL Bits starts on Thursday and almost 700 people will be learning about SQL Server from some of the best speakers on the planet. Take a look at the agenda here if you don’t believe me.


Now I realise that some of you aren’t going to SQL Bits, you may be a long way from Nottingham, you might not have budget to get onto the sessions on Thursday and Friday and you have your cousin’s wedding to go to on Saturday. How can you get some SQL Server training and meet up with a busy, friendly and supportive community of DBAs, Devs and BI-ers. Fear not, there are lots of other training events coming up later in the year.

sqlsat202_web.pngThings pick up again in Edinburgh in June. On June 8th the 3rd SQL Saturday in the UK takes place at the University of Edinburgh. With a pre-con day full of sessions being given by SQL Skills staff it’s starting off very strongly. The same staff continue into the Saturday schedule too. An event to attend if you possibly can.

Soon after that there is a free-to-attend conference that is touring the UK. Yes, SQL Relay is the conference that comes to you!

SQLRelay-2013-Map_thumb.pngSQL Relay is organised by the UK SQL Server User Group leaders and is running on 8 different days, in 8 different locations throughout Scotland, Wales and England. The tour starts on 17th June in Glasgow and proceeds to Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow in the first week. There is a short break (for the organisers and some of the speakers) on the Friday Saturday and Sunday and then the second week visits Cardiff, Reading, Southampton and London. Full agenda details are on the SQL Relay site. We have speakers from Microsoft, UK and US MVPs and some

The gap in the SQL Relay schedule sees a different event running in London. Redgate have their 3rd SQL in the City event. This event is always great fun, I had the pleasure of speaking at the first one in 2011 and then the greater pleasure of seeing my wife present a session last year. this year all the speaking is being handled by Redgate employees. Don’t forget Redgate are the company that have Steve Jones and Grant Fritchey on their staff, it’s going to be an awesome day.


Then, as if this isn’t enough already but we know people are greedy for top notch training events, there is SQL Saturday Cambridge, running for it’s second time, in September. The sessions are being submitted and the registrations are open so hopefully you can join the rest of the happy delegates in Queens College Cambridge.

Let’s hope you have some of the dates mentioned above free and you can get along to take part in some of these events. If you see me there then come up and say hello. If I’m not there then go up to someone else and say hello. You never know that could be the start of a conversation that might change your career!