Last week I went to Liverpool, UK – birthplace of The Beatles – to speak and to represent SQL Sentry at SQL Bits 9. I have to hand it to these guys – James, Tim, Allan, Simon, Darren, Neil, Dave, Chris, and countless others that my jet-lagged mind is simply forgetting – they put in a tremendous amount of effort, and it reflected well due to a (once again) fantastic show. I've only been to two of these events (the previous one was SQL Bits 8 in Brighton, UK) but I've been thoroughly impressed both times.
I gave two mainstream sessions: one on T-SQL Bad Habits to Kick, and one on the new features in the engine and tools for Denali. I also co-presented two vendor sessions with Steve Wright (@SQL_Steve) on Plan Explorer and Event Manager / Performance Advisor.
My only complaints have absolutely nothing to do with the event itself or its organizers, but more about the facilities. It seems that everyone experienced very poor Internet connectivity throughout the event, with several complete outages – I don't think they could ever have been prepared for a conference with this many nerds. The rooms where we presented were very warm and stuffy – even if air conditioning were available, it would be tough to keep a reasonable temperature when the ceilings were, I estimate, 30 feet high. And since I have been fighting severe inflammation in my right ilium since SQL Saturday #84, the "very firm" beds (a.k.a. concrete slabs) were not the most comfortable. I have to say it was quite nice returning to my relatively mushy bed last night.
It was quite a hectic schedule, though we did have a little bit of time for touristy site-seeing (I uploaded about 30 pictures). Had some great conversations with various people about the cloud, difference in uptake of SSAS in Europe vs. USA, and community. Sadly, I did not get to chat with a few folks I've only known virtually for some time – most notably Jen Stirrup (@jenstirrup) and Mark Rasmussen (@improvedk).
Thanks guys for all your hard work, and I'm really looking forward to the next event in the Spring. Now, to prepare for the Pass Summit…