[EN] This is The End… of SQL Rally

This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes, again

This is The End. The verse above are from one of my favorite, saddest song. The SQL Rally is finished. I had great opportunnity and pleasure, I had great honour and I got a lot of experience from SQL Rally Cenferences. I’m proudly member of speakers of SQL Rally. I delivered two sessions:

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for SQL Rally Nordic in Stockholm | 4th-6th November 2013 | LINKS: CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AGENDA | where I meet first time (if I remember well) few great speakers: Adam Machanic, Alexey Khalyako, David Peter Hansen, Gerhard Brueckl, Victor Isakov | second day, morning session: High Availability of SQL Server in the Context of SLA | my first session in the from of specific, nordic audience, where people are really friendly, but definitely different that in my experiens (that time) from Poland and England.

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for SQL Rally Nordic in Copenhagen | 2nd-4th March 2015 | LINKS: CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AGENDA | where I expanded my connections with great speakers: Nigel Ellis, Itzik Ben-Gan, Mark Souza, Reza Rad, Joe Chang | first day, afternoon session: SQL Security in the Cloud | my first big conference where I meet other member of Polish SQL Server User Group member as a speaker (excluding SQL Saturdays).

 

Both events was great. I spend fantastic time on travel – including beautiful nordin airports – and discovering Stockholm, Copenhagen and small very specific place where I will back next year… I speng great time at speakers dinners with chatting, talking, laughing with many or my good friends: Brent Ozar, Thomas Kajser, Alberto Ferrari, Kevin Kline, Richard Douglas, Damian Widera, Hugo Kornelis, Jen Stirrup, Regis Baccaro, Margarita Naumova, Turgay Sahtiyan, Uwe Rucken, John Martin, Peter Meyers, Grant Fritchey, Kevin Boles, Andre Kamman, Rasmus Reinholdt.. this list is countless.

I have no connections with any past SQL Rally events – not only in Europe, but in United States too, so probably SQL Server folks from othes side of ocean have more memories:

  • PASS SQLRally Amsterdam 2013
  • PASS SQLRally 2013 Moscow
  • PASS SQLRally 2012 Nordic
  • PASS SQLRally 2012 Russia
  • PASS SQLRally 2012 Dallas
  • PASS SQLRally 2011 Orlando
  • PASS SQLRally 2011 Nordic

‘Ale wszystko co dobre, kiedyś się kończy’ (But all good things must come to an end), and even it’s really hard read the Community Announcements by Thomas LaRock (PASS President), The End of SQL Rally is just the end of fantastic era, but not the end of SQL Server Professional events in Europe. We (I can write WE ‘cos I’m involved in many of them) in next months we will have a lot of great events:

  • imageSQL Saturdays (which are former successor of SQL Rally)
  • ago. 29 | SQLSaturday #414 – Oslo
  • sep. 05 | SQLSaturday #433 – Gothenburg
  • sep. 05 | SQLSaturday #425 – Johannesburg
  • sep. 05 | SQLSaturday #420 – Paris
  • sep. 12 | SQLSaturday #432 – Cape Town
  • sep. 12 | SQLSaturday #411 – Cambridge
  • sep. 19 | SQLSaturday #455 – Durban
  • sep. 19 | SQLSaturday #450 – Bucuresti
  • sep. 19 | SQLSaturday #413 – Denmark
  • sep. 19 | SQLSaturday #406 – Kharkiv
  • sep. 26 | SQLSaturday #434 – Holland
  • oct. 03 | SQLSaturday #429 – Oporto
  • oct. 10 | SQLSaturday #454 – Turin
  • oct. 10 | SQLSaturday #430 – Sofia
  • oct. 17 | SQLSaturday #458 – Moscow
  • nov. 21 | SQLSaturday #459 – Madrid
  • nov. 28 | SQLSaturday #475 – Belgrade
  • nov. 28 | SQLSaturday #462 – Parma
  • dic. 05 | SQLSaturday #467 – Southampton
  • dic. 05 | SQLSaturday #426 – Lviv
  • dic. 12 | SQLSaturday #460 – Slovenia
  • dic. 12 | SQLSaturday #451 – Istanbul 
  • imageSQL Relay (second UK’s event after SQL Bits)
  • oct. 5 | Edinburgh
  • oct. 6 | Huddersfield
  • oct. 7 | Nottingham
  • oct. 8 | Reading
  • oct. 12 | London
  • oct. 13 | Bristol
  • oct. 14 | Cardiff
  • oct. 15 | Birmingham
  • imageSQL Day Light (light version of SQL Day)
  • oct. 20-21 | Warsaw

 

As You can see, only time and budget is a problem for attending. And you can attend for almost all (except SQL Day Light) events for free, sometimese with pre-conf seminars before SQL Saturday’s (which are paid, but not too much). You can meet a lot of great international speakers, Microsoft’s engineers, holders of many ceriticates (from MCP – through MCP, MCTS, MCSD, MCSA, MCITP, MCT – to MCM, MCA) and of course many MVPs. So, just schedule your time, register and (if you are brave enough) submit your session.

See You there!