Resigned from post as PASS Chapter Leader in Cologne/Rheinland

It is with a certain nostalgia that I announce my resignation from my post as (Co-) Chapter Leader of the PASS regional chapter “Rheinland” in Germany (comprising Cologne and Dusseldorf). I had been Chapter Leader since January 2011 – quite exactly for 6 years.

What makes a successful Tech Conference?

After my Asia-tour this summer I feel it is about time for this article. At the time of this article (09-2016) I have presented at more than 50 technical conferences around the world (Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America), from small with about 150 attendees to huge with around 5000 attendees. With that came a […]

Conferences in SQL Server summer 2016

It feels like I have just been back from the SQLBits XV in Liverpool, where I introduced the Security Features of the SQL Server 2016 (SQL Server 2016 – Security Obscurity and Encryption), and next thing I know, I am already in the middle of planning the next SQL Server Master-Class on High Availability with […]

Sessions submitted for major conferences 2016. Topics: Security – Performance – In-Memory

After the great success of the German SQLKonferenz in February, where I had the honor of presenting the new security features of SQL Server 2016 together with Joachim Hammer, the Program Manager of the security teams of the relational SQL Engines at Microsoft in Redmond (more info), I finally found time to go about the […]

SQLKonferenz in Darmstadt: Presenting the Security Features of SQL Server 2016 with the program manager of the security-teams from Redmond

This year, from 23 to 25 February, the 3rd ”SQLKonferenz” takes place in Darmstadt. And this year represents a particular peak for me in two regards: For one, my company, Sarpedon Quality Lab®, is for the first time Silver Sponsor of the conference. In this way, I am supporting PASS Deutschland e.V., the German SQL […]

Conferences in the second half of 2015: From Asia to America to Europe

I’m sitting in the plane from San Francisco, where the Oracle Java One conference is taking place this week, to Seattle, where I will be participating in the PASS Summit and seeing and hearing the latest on SQL Server 2016. Prior to this peak of conferences which I will be attending for the 7th consecutive […]

SQL Server in Microsoft Azure: How to gain performance by flexibility and save costs at the same time

This is the first time that I am tackling Microsoft Azure in an article. (Microsoft.com: What is Microsoft Azure?) A plethora of services is provided by Microsoft Azure by now, of which the hosting of virtual machines running on an SQL Server service is one. This is what we call IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

Upcoming conferences end of 2014: Microsoft Technical Server Summit, MVP Summit, PASS Summit, Microsoft Technical Summit

The end of year is approaching fast. For the next three months, several conferences are scheduled. After the introduction of SQL Server 2014 at the BASTA in September in Mainz/Germany, I am continuing in October with a presentation on New Storage-Types in SQL Server 2014 at the Microsoft Technical Server Summit Düsseldorf/Germany:

Upcoming Conferences: SQLSaturdays in Denmark and Portugal.

In March and April, 2 European SQLSaturdays take place, which have the potential for a real insiders’ tip: On March 29th in Copenhagen, Danmark and April 12th in Lisbon, Portugal. Since I already participated as a speaker in Copenhagen last year, I can avouch from “insider information” for the excellent organization and speaker choice.

Security-Session: “SQL Server under Attack” this November @ SQL Rally Amsterdam

Alright, this is going to be the by far most active year in terms of speaking at international conferences: After 6 conferences last year, including SQL Rally Nordic, which I really liked a lot, I had to decide between SQL Rally Nordic again or SQL Rally Amsterdam or even both.