Monday, August 22, 2011

Presenting Today at the Pragmatic Works Webinar

Today I will be presenting a Free Training Webinar for Pragmatic Works at 11:00 am US EST.  My topic is Page & Row Compression How, Why, and When.   This will be the 8th time this year that I have done this presentation! 

And yet the topic never get’s old to me.  Compression to me is like watching Sports Center, every time you use it you find something different, something new, something that you didn’t notice the first time around. 

“So Balls”, you say, “Why did you team up with Pragmatic Works and Why should I listen to you present on Compression?”

Great Questions Dear Reader let’s dive right in! 


Since I have moved to Florida I kept hearing all these great things about a company named Pragmatic Works.  At my first SQL Saturday I met a guy named Jeremy Sirois (@JeremySirois ).  Jeremy is a Regional Account Manager for Pragmatic Works.  He’s from up North, I grew up in the Midwest.   We talked we joked around it was a fun evening.  That night I also met Brian Knight (@brianknight | Blog) for the first time.  We talked only briefly he was nice down to earth, and extremely tall.  I mean crazy tall, I’m picking him in a game of basketball tall.  So tall to dunk the ball he has to bend over tall.  I’m just saying….. the man is tall.

I soon met Adam Jorgensen (@Adam_jorgensen |Blog ), Devin Knight (@Knight_devin | Blog ) who is up to his eyeballs in beautiful baby twins right now (CONGRATULATIONS DEVIN!!), Jorge Segarra (@SQLChicken | Blog), Mike Davis (@MikeDavisSQL | Blog), and Gareth Swanapoel (@GarethSwan | Blog).  All of these gentlemen I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to talk with, to see in action as presenters, volunteers, and experts within our community.  And I enjoyed every minute of it.  I’m thrilled that I get to hang out with such wonderful people.

But that wasn’t all Dear Reader, not only were these top notch professionals I soon found out they are Top Notch human beings, and it starts from the Top Down.  I’ll point you over to Brian Knight’s Community Manifesto at Pragmatic Works for more. 

Pragmatic Works gives away seat’s in their Webinars, not the Free ones that I’m doing, but seats in the Paying Ones to unemployed people within our community.  They work with Veterans who have served our country Bravely to give them training opportunities to learn new technical skills after they come home and transition to civilian life.  They donate their time to the Community through SQL Saturdays, and free Webinars of their own.  They team with Microsoft and I’ve seen quite a few of those same names presenting over in the beautiful Tampa Offices for Microsoft for free community events.

They are authors, they are MVP’s, they are Patriots, and they are just all around good human beings.  When I got the opportunity to participate I jumped with both feet and anytime you get the opportunity to learn from them you should jump as well.

Speaking of which Mike & Jorge are just two of the four Pragmatic Works speakers who will be teaching a full day Pre-Con for SQL Saturday in Orlando on September 23rd.  Click here to view that full day of training for only $99 (this price includes lunch, coffee, and tea)!


One of the most important things I’ve found is the steps you should take in determining what it is you should be compressing.  As a matter of fact I’ve even made a Monday Morning Checklist that you can download that will give you the steps that I would follow if I was there sitting with you trying to determine what to compress.

And all of the Scripts that you will see today are available for download on my Resources Page.  I’ve taken a lot of time to learn about this fascinating and very new technology so I can help you learn what you need to know as quickly as possible.  Personally I could spend days, and I have, just working on Compression. 

But you don’t have time for that!  You need to understand how it works so you can report on it to your Boss, but you want to make sure that you don’t learn it so quick that you end up forgetting it.  That is one of the MANY great things about Pragmatic Works is this Webinar will be online afterwards for you to download it and re-watch it.  My samples and my Deck will be Up on my website.  I will continue to blog on this topic, and you can find a lot of great ways to continue to educate yourself.  However this Webinar provides you a wonderful opportunity to ask me questions live and in person. 

And I will make you the promise that I make at every conference, if you ask me a question and I do not know the answer I will research it and I will Blog on it.  Some of the best learning I have done on the topic of Compression came after SQL Rally.  I got a lot of wonderful questions, and I scoured over all the fun things I could do with compression and I wrote on every single topic.  Don’t be afraid to ask, your question just might be the one that pushes me to keep on learning.



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