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Adam answers your questions on YouTube

12/14/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 1  -  Views: [2313]

Folks, There are many outlet s to get information on this year’s SQL PASS board of directors candidates. Including : SQLPASS Election Site at elections2011.sqlpass.org You will find candidate profiles here, forums where the candidates are answering questions and fostering discussion as well as the timelines for the election and PASS contacts if you have questions. To take things a step further and make it easier to consume my thoughts, I took questions from many of you through our webinars...

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Cool Windows 8 Blog

11/10/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [3018]

For those of you interested in cool new technology, you should definitely check out ?Building Windows 8? which is a blog from the team doing the building and development. Some cool things I liked included:   - building task manager to support 160 logical processors - updating live tiles without draining power   There is a to of cool stuff and very transparent conversation from a Microsoft that is not usually this open about OS development. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/   Don?t forge...

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SQL People PASS Board interview is online–Please Comment!

11/10/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1846]

Hey folks,   Welcome back to the PASS election process. The process moves forward with all of us candidates awaiting our ranking from the nomination committee. The interview specifics are not published from the nomination committee but as usually Andy Leonard has given written interviews to all the board members and many of them have been sent back and published (in fact I may be the last one). So I tried to make it worth your while to read through all my thoughts on the board (that I could...

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PreCon–SQL Saturday Tampa

11/9/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1325]

I recently had a great opportunity to present a preconference all day event in Tampa with the crew from the Tampa BI and SQL User Groups for SQL Saturday BI Edition in Tampa. We had a great time and covered some in depth SSAS, Power Pivot, Reporting Services, and Performance Point.  I for those of you who attended, I am getting the list and will begin pushing materials out to you. Thanks to everyone who stuck out the whole day. You guys were great!

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My Election Questions Mystery Machine

10/10/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 1  -  Views: [1536]

So last year in improved transparency move, the board and the nomination committee began posting the questions the noncom asked each individual running for the SQLPASS BOD. Then the questions and scores were published so the community could review them to help them make an informed decision for voting. Things are working a bit differently this year, but following the same thread. In that vein, I?ll be posting abbreviated responses to the questions from last year to help you get to know me better...

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SQL Saturday 89 in World Famous Orlando FL!

9/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 1  -  Views: [1295]

Wow, what an event. I had to run to Redmond right after this so I am sorry this post is getting out late, but I had to get it out! We had such a great time! Pragmatic Works had so many of our team at this event, it felt like a day at the office!  The two user groups and Karla Landrum and team pulled together a wonderful event! Check out the crowd getting ramped up on Dunkin Donuts and coffee!   I got the great opportunity to represent my fellow Regional Mentors at the PASS table with f...

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What do you want to see from your PASS board? Me?

9/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1928]

Many of you know recently the PASS board announced that elections will be coming up for three seats on the board for the upcoming term. I believe that the board has come a long way thanks to the efforts of some key individuals. Even so, I believe we have more work to do and we need some fresh experience on the board to help focus on execution, continuing to improve transparency and most of all making PASS more relevant to the everyday lives of its members. For those reasons I've decided to run f...

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Join the Wolf Pack at PASS Summit 2011

9/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1229]

Quick update for all of you! Hey there everyone! We are going to have some awesome surprises, new software features and the hottest nerds at the event in our booth at PASS! Make sure to stop by and check us out. Come say hi, get a hug, see an awesome demo or talk to us about how we can help make your business more intelligent!

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Growing like a weed?

9/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1629]

  The other day, someone said to me ?You guys are growing like a weed? Now it was a competitor, so I?m assuming he meant the type of weed that will eventually choke them out and absorb the best of them and process the rest, but the metaphor was not lost on me. Much of my graduate career was not focused on companies that were leading the pack, but on companies that missed the boat. There are some critical things that are consistent when you look at the firms that fail to hold market share, g...

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BI’s pretty boy goes down!

9/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1203]

It?s never easy to beat up on a friend. Sometimes they have it coming though!. The Webinar smackdown is over. If you?re confused read my posts from the other day where I laid down the gauntlet! I am the victor! Enough said.   But I will say more. I was nervous taking on the juggernaut of community Mr. Brian Knight. Was I insane? Had I gotten some of Patrick?s ego on me when we talked the other day? I must have been losing my mind. Then I thought Brian and I are both so busy, I bet if I do a...

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SQL Saturday 89 in HotLanta!

9/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1122]

So I am really close to Atlanta geographically, but I?m never there. I?m going to change that after this SQL Saturday. I flew in the morning of, broke several well intentioned speed laws on my way to the event and got there in time to help our sales Engineer Brad set up our table in the sponsor area.   Brad was already hard at work talking to the attendees about all the great products and services we can offer them and trying to better understand why people keep asking for nude pictures of ...

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BI Battle Royale–Adam beats up a Hippie

8/31/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [3207]

Weekday Lunch RAW! Welcome to the Smack-down ladies and gentleman. I couldn't believe it when Brian walked into my office the other day and threw down this challenge. He actually thinks he can use one of his tired old webinar topics and get more attendees to show up for his session that I can. I told him not to, I pleaded for him not to make me embarrass him, but he's got this stubborn streak in him so I'm going to have to put him in his place by busting out some new sessions that are sure to ro...

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Ice Cubes and Top SQL Rally Speakers

6/20/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1414]

That title may evoke thoughts of inappropriate SQL Karaoke or perhaps not but It is so nice to know I’m loved (or at least you like my sessions) I would not have believed this based on the caliber of folks at that event except I saw this In my email the other day. http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/orlando/Speakers/BestofPASSSQLRally2011Orlando.aspx I thought – Really? Awesome! I want to thank everyone for submitting evals to all the sessions. PASS does a great job of pushing this information ...

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SSAS Maestro - Redmond Recap

6/18/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [2306]

Well today was the last day for a while I would be greeted by this sign: It was a pretty exciting week. Taking over a 500 level program and pulling it together from existing materials in a short time is a daunting task. I was SO lucky and glad to have such a talented partner in Stacia Misner (@ StaciaMisner ). Many of you have taken training (Free and otherwise) from Stacia and know what I mean. She really excels at taking those complicated concepts and making them real for the students. So we j...

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SSAS Maestro–Redmond Day 2–Redux

6/14/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1508]

Wow, what a day 2! This was our first day of lecture and it was a doozy. Stacia and I worked our way through advanced dimension concepts, partitioning and storage internals, processing tuning and EVEN ROLAP! Yes ROLAP! The class was great an asked so many good questions we got visits from the SSAS dev team to complete the day and really add to the discussion. This is going to be an awesome week! Even if the students o have to listen to me a lot ! We will be doing more of these so keep your eyes ...

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SSAS Maestro - Day 1 - Redux

6/13/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1394]

Well it’s been an exciting couple of weeks leading up to this course. We have tweaked what we could in the short time between getting all the feedback from the previous course and this new one. I’m excited to be presenting with Stacia Misner and looking forward to all the “Developer Fish stories” i.e. My cube was THIIIISSS BIG! For those of you following this course and those of you who could not get a seat or ar eon the wait list. there will be more. Keep your eyes peeled ! Today is primarily a...

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Pragmatically Yours Day 2 – Our Team

2/11/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [2120]

One of the things I’m most proud of at our company is our team.You can see some of our team below taking down our booth at PASS this year. I get asked a lot of the same questions so I thought it was time for some Pragmatic Mythbusters to dispel some myths about our team: Myth #1- You have to be a rock star already to work for us. We bring on folks at all levels, but like any company our needs fluctuate. We understand that the normal world doesn’t prepare you fully to be a superstar SQL Server co...

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Pragmatically Yours - Day 1, Guidance

2/10/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 1  -  Views: [1634]

This next week I’m launching a series of posts centered around how you could be a part of the leading team in Microsoft BI. Make sure to stay tuned for some really cool information about how we engage, what we’re proud of, and why we think your best move would be moving in with us ! Today’s kickoff topic is guidance and advice. Many firms claim to be able to give the best advice, and many of them have sharp people who can give you a good result. Where I feel Pragmatic Works is different is in ou...

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You really like me?

2/9/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1387]

And a bunch of other people who are really talented. My Zero to Cube session won the Summit Spotlight track for the BI sessions at the upcoming SQL Rally. This means we get to debunk the myth that you have to be a Genius to use Analysis Services. How you ask? I’m going to do it! Then we have some special secret tricks. If you want to know find someone who went to the summit and see what kinds of fun things we did in my session. We’ll do some of those and some new ones. It’s going to be LEGEND.. ...

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Book #2 - Dynasty in the making?

2/8/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1349]

Ok so dynasty might be a bit strong, but check out this newest volume from the folks @ Pragmatic Works. We put all our sharePoint expeirnece to work to help get you up the learning curve quickly. So hurry and preorder at amazon.com. I co-authored this book with Devin Knight, Mark Stacey, Patrick LeBlanc and Brad Schacht. You can pre-order this book now( http://tinyurl.com/SharePointBITrainer ), but the release date is set for May 31, 2011 according to amazon Make sure to follow me @Adam_Jorgense...

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I've been in Alabama

2/4/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1569]

Let me start of by saying I could have taken this picture in Florida. But I didn’t. I was in Alabama. Folks – we’re not helping our stereotype here in the south. In the meantime I was working with a cool client who is delivering BI as part of their application. I had found Birmingham to be a cool city with some really neat parts. Mostly the really nice lobby of the Hilton I stay in and the rental car facilities . I know some of you have wondered why I’m behind on posting comments and have only d...

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Invest in Yourself

2/2/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1715]

Hey folks. I think we can all agree that there is some really quality trai ning available for free on the web for SQL Server. Many of you take advantage of this but I still get to many clients who have no idea what is out there. This includes even such staples as who Paul Randal is or that youtube has over 5000 videos tagged SQL Server. So there are tons of sites to go get information to invest in yourself. I think this guy would agree you’re long over due. There are also SQL Saturday’s nd other...

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SQL Rally Voting

1/30/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1470]

Hey Everyone – SQL Rally Voting opens today for the BI Track. There are lots of good sessions and at the risk of being self promotional I thought I would share that my Summit spotlight Zero to Cube session was top five in it’s track and the 23rd session overall at the summit. IT is a LOT of fun and the way I present it is like NOTHING you’ve ever seen!. We’ll have some real fun. Here are some real comment from folks who attended my session at the Summit: “Best Session at the Summit So Far” (Seco...

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Now that everyone else said it – I’m an MVP!

1/29/2011 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1351]

They say to save the best for last and while I’m not so sure about that I was truly honored to be awarded as a SQL Server MVP from Microsoft for 2011. I know many in the community who are deserving and did not get this honor and all I can do is remind you that you’re not doing it to get a blue square, you’re doing it because you want to do the things you do for the community. I’m very excited about the opportunities this will give me for more access and exciting Non-NDA things to share with what...

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Iron Chef Returns to SQL Saturday Tampa - Jan 15 2011

12/20/2010 by AdamJorgensen  -  Comments: 0  -  Views: [1521]

SQL Stadium will be crowded with anticipation very soon in Tampa. Come watch as Adam Jorgensen takes on a challenger from the SQL community in a BI Head to Head showdown! Iron chef was born here last year and this event is a very special homecoming for those who have waited all year to see it again. Make sure to come check it out at SQL Saturday 62 in Tampa FL on Jan 15th! See you there!

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