Where’s Drew, January/February 2019 Edition

Boy, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

When we last left our hero, I was knuckle-deep in some big data and analytics projects at work. That hasn’t changed, but lately I’ve been spending a lot of time on an automation and special pet project that I should be able to talk more about in the coming weeks (how’s that for a teaser)? In the meantime though, here’s what I’ve got going on for the rest of the this month, as well as next.

First up, I just wrapped up my fourth (and last) PowerShell for DBAs training with Brent Ozar Unlimited. It was a heck of a ride, and for those of you that attended, thank you! Also I’ve got a lot of gratitude for Brent and his staff for helping me put all this together, and encouraging me to keep going with it as well as helping me get better at delivering the content (and other content) through feedback. With the guest instructor program ending, I may take this show on the road, but we’ll see. It’s a lot of work not just giving the presentation, but having an expert help me with marketing and all the administrative work in setting it up was a godsend. I’m not sure I’m the kind of person that can do that successfully without that support network. But we’ll see!

I’m also happy to report that I will, after all, be at SQL Saturday Cleveland on February 2nd, 2019. Initially, I wasn’t selected (hey, it happens) but it turns out they’ve asked me to attend anyhow. I’ll be talking about SQL Server Transactional replication, and why it’s awesome and how it works under the covers.

Then, the weekend after that on the 8th and 9th, I’ll be in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University helping out with their Tartan Hacks hackathon. I’ll be hanging out at the Microsoft booth, just helping in any way I can.

As far as other projects go, make sure you check out Bert Wagner’s latest and greatest SQL video production. There’s great appearances by Erin Stellato and Andy Mallon, and some parting words from a person who shall remain anonymous about the dangers of unchecked automation.

And finally, if things keep going like they’re going, I should have some exciting new blog posts that pertain to my new daily reality and responsibilities at work. I’ve got two posts queued up that just aren’t quite ready for prime time yet, but they’re close.

Oh and go follow Erik Darling on twitter. He’s like 66% of the reason I still use twitter (Andy is the remaining 33%).

Hope to see you soon, and thanks for reading.