I started attending SQL Saturday a couple of years ago even though I had heard about them earlier. Who wants to give up a Saturday for work…right? My attitude totally changed after my first SQL Saturday a couple of years ago. What a concept! I could not ask for a better way to learn about SQL Server and meet others in the industry than with a free, all day event. I have been working with SQL Server for the last 20 years, but in most cases, I have been the lone SQL DBA. I have not had a lot of chances to work with other DBAs, bounce ideas off each other, collaborate on setting up new instances,
This past weekend, I attended SQL Saturday in Colorado Springs. From every SQL Saturday I have attended, I have taken away many ideas to implement or investigate further for my own environment. This weekend did not leave me disappointed.
Not only do I bring back knowledge, I connect with others in the industry. And I can’t call it an industry…it is a community, my community. The SQ Server community is made up of so many people willing to help others, to mentor, and, if nothing else, point you in the right direction when you have something come up that you cannot solve.
SQL Saturday is so many things…a place to learn, a place to meet others, and a place to stock up on my pen collection. While all of my friends will be out biking on a gorgeous Colorado day, I will be inside and I am ok with that. That is how much I ❤ SQL Saturday.