So this weekend I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak at the largest SQL Server conference in the UK, I’d been attending the conference since it began back in 2007 on and off and have seen it grow from strength to strength attracting some of the best in the industry. I had wanted to speak at the conference for a while but had never managed to submit a session, Chris Testa-O'Neill gave me the push I needed and I submitted the session and was lucky enough to get a spot!
So on the day of the talk I turned up bright and early mainly down to not being able to sleep due to a dodgy nightmare where I alt and tabbed during my demo and there was porn on my the projector, there was no chance of getting any sleep after this!
Martin Bell had arranged for me to test out connectivity first thing to iron out any issues as I was using a new laptop which only had a HDMI connection, guess what? It didn't work!!!!!, there was a moment of complete and utter dread, Steve Bradbury relentlessly tried to fix the issue with no joy, at this point Tim Kent stepped in and offered his laptop.
Working through with Tim and with a little help from Simon Sabin I was able to get my presentation ready for the big screen, various members of the SQLBits team were around and checking to make sure things were ok which was reassuring knowing help was there!
I cant express my gratitude enough to the SQLBits team, with so much going on these guy were able to quickly get me a replacement machine, help me fix a couple of issues moving between machines and keep everything nice and calm as well as ensuring the other sessions were running smoothly.
I must admit I was completely thrown after these issues but I have have to say I feel that I definitely came out stronger having been through this, hopefully next time things will go more smoothly.
I also wanted to say a big thank you to the people who came to the presentation and hope they enjoyed it, the feedback will be much appreciated so hopefully I can take something away from this and improve for next time!
A big thank you to the SQLBits organisers and fusionio (and anyone I may have missed!) for delivering an awesome conference and event!
Looking forward to SQLBits 9,
Picture taken from the bean bag diving championships by Carmel Gunn(Prodata)