QLRally is the new regional PASS conference hosted in Orlando. It will happen on May 11- May 13 2011 and brings two full days of technical training and an optional day of pre-conference seminars. If you have been to one of the PASS SQLSaturday events then you can expect the same atmosphere of great networking with SQL Server peers in casual environment. SQLRally extends the SQLSaturday format to bring it closer to the PASS Summit experience. You can expect more in depth coverage of SQL Server and professional development topics, as well as great variety of expert areas.
     Currently the finalist abstracts for the pre-conference seminars are up for voting by the SQL Server community. My abstract “Maximize Your SQL Server 2008 Coding Skills” has been selected in the final three for the Developer track.

Here are the links to view all finalists in the different tracks:

BI Sessions:

DBA Sessions:

Developer Sessions:

Misc Sessions:

Voting page:

All finalist abstracts have excellent content. Regardless of which one you vote for it will be a great conference to attend. For $299 it is a steal!

SQL Saturday

SQL Saturday is a free event for SQL Server professionals. It offers multiple tracks with sessions for different skill levels. It is a great way to learn, share knowledge, and network with colleagues in the SQL Server field.

The upcoming SQL Saturday #3 in Jacksonville (May 3rd, 2008) includes four complete tracks for developers, DBAs, SQL Server 2008, and performance tuning. Here is the list of speakers:
Andy Warren, Bayer White, Brandie Tarvin, Brian Kelley, Brian Knight (2 of them), Bryan Oliver, Chris Rock, Darren Herbold, David Dye, David Fekke, Devin Knight, Fadi Albatal, Geoff Hiten, Jeffrey Garbus, Joe Healy, Joseph Memmo, Kent Waldrop, Mark Polino, Mike Mollenhour, Pam Shaw, Patrick Thompson, Plamen Ratchev, Rodney Landrum, Shawn Weisfeld, Sherif Elfayoumy, and Tim Mitchell.

I will be presenting two sessions: “Performance Tuning and Query Optimization” and “T-SQL Enhancements in SQL Server 2008”.

Visit http://www.sqlsaturday.com/ to see the complete schedule and register.