Monthly archives: December, 2011

Adam answers your questions on YouTube

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 and interactions and boiled them down into some youtube videos with our marketing manager doing the interviewing! Please make sure that you take some time and check them out. I created and uploaded these videos myself without any corporate help (hence the reason it took so longSmile).

I find that it’s difficult to get context in written explanations and I like for people to hear what I’m passionate about directly from me – So Please go check out the videos at

http://tinyurl.com/ElectAdam

I have also posted the first two videos here for you to check out!

What is Adam’s Role at Pragmatic Works and how does it prepare him for the PASS BOD?

 

What motivated Adam to run for the Board?

There are more great questions out on Youtube so please go check them out

http://tinyurl.com/ElectAdam

Thanks and see you out there!

Adam


My review of the PASS Board Slate

So this blog could be touchy, but I’m doing it anyway. I wanted to tell you about my experiences with all the candidates and how I feel their background makes them a good fit for the Board. This is not all inclusive since I obviously know some candidates better than others but I have heard from many of you that this could be a difficult decision due to the variety in submissions and the varying level of detail from the candidates. So I’m going to attempt to show practical ways that the candidates would be a good fit for the board and hope that it will help you decide what areas are important to you to sway your vote. I will go in the same order the candidates were ranked by the nomcom on the website.

Me – See my information here  http://elections2011.sqlpass.org/Candidates/AdamJorgensen.aspx and keep an eye on my blog to see more info about me. I encourage you to click on the link below my name and read my full application. It goes into a lot of details on how I feel and what I promise to focus on. I’ll have youtube videos and other great stuff this week coming out about me. This post is not about me though so let’s move on! :)

Rob Farley – Rob is an accomplished technical and business professional. He has built a strong niche organization in a corner of the world that is growing in our eyes every day from a SQL Server perspective! Rob’s focus is heavy on internationalization and being collaborative with other organizations. I think that’s GREAT! It’s a common platform item he and I share. He also highlighted a great outreach opportunity as part of his submission, a very humble thing to do, something I respect!  Rob’s career highlights in his PASS profile page give you some insight into what’s important to him. Family and friends, and quality! I have met his Lobsterpot folks and they are also great showing he likes to surround himself with good people!

Denise McInerney – I have never met Denise in person and I’m shocked since her volunteer history with PASS is extensive. Every time she comes up in conversation, people I trust tell me she is someone great!. I was recently a part of a WIT panel at SQL Rally and enjoyed seeing the involvement of all the great women focused on increasing education, mentoring and exposure for women of all ages to technology. Denise is very active in this area and I must assume that she would be a bigger force for this on the board.  She received the PASSion award as well in 2007 which is a tremendous accomplishment. She also appears to have great technical background making her a good candidate for the program committee work she has done in the past!

Geoff Hiten- When Geoff found out I was running for the board, he came up to me at PASS Summit and said “I hear your trying to take my job”. I have to admit I was a bit taken aback and challenged him to make sure he showed he wanted to keep it! Geoff and I chatted and we agreed that more discussion and passion for the process was best for everyone and we were both looking forward to helping make sure the best board possible was seated. Geoff’s passion for the community and his fellow PASS members is evident in that dialog.  He and I agree that better career guidance and PASS serving it’s members better and in a more real way is critical.  Geoff is a SQL Server MVP and has already spent some time on the board in an appointed capacity.

Kendal Van Dyke- Being a Florida boy, Kendal and I get to see each other more often. He runs a tremendous user group in the Orlando area and has had some great mentors in the local area. He has a strong focus on chapters and enabling them to be the best they can be. He also looks to see the best in other organizations and apply those to PASS. He was also recognized this past year as a SQL Server MVP!

Sri Sridharan – Sri also runs a user group in North Texas. He has a great educational background and a true passion for this process. He has been one of the most vocal during the election process, including doing interviews with MidnightDBa’s and hosting conference calls to allow folks to ask him questions! Great Ideas. This is the kind of creativity that we could use more of on the board! HE has executed on several events in a 12 month period which is a huge deal! Sri has tremendous passion for this process and the goals of PASS! Plus he’s a heck of a nice guy!

So there you go! Some thoughts on some of the other candidates so that you can make great decisions for folks to hopefully join me on the board this upcoming term!

Check out and subscribe to my blog at www.adamjorgensen.com and follow me on twitter @adam_jorgensen for all the updates on my video content that is coming out this week! There will be new and exciting stuff every day this week.


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Pragmatic Works Foundation goes nationwide

Recently Microsoft honored us with a donation to our foundation. We have also been honored in our community by the local news organizations in print, online and television. See more about the foundation at the following links:

http://pragmaticworks.com/foundation/

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=226937 – Video

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/money/onyourside/article/230598/9/Pragmatic-Works-Foundation-Graduates-Another-Class

They have agreed to match donations and place $20,000 on the table to help our veterans re-enter the workforce with up to date technology skills. This is something we’re super passionate about and are excited and grateful to take this how on the road acorss the country next year, elivering this foundation class on bases around the country to our men and women in uniform!

Please join us in making this happen – Check out more information here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2011/12/08/help-the-sqlfamily-give-back.aspx

 

My donation is in – what are doing?

 

Thanks for all your support! I can’t wait to begin posting pics!

 

Adam


Big SQLPASS election things coming this week!

This PASS election is so exciting. I am in good company in this pool of candidates is strong across the board (no pun intended, well… maybe a little bit).  I wanted to do something unconventional for this election. I know you’re all shocked. So I’ve got a few things coming out this week that will hopefully help you decide.

I’m going to make your job tougher!

I’m going to tell you why you should vote for every candidate on the ballot. Yes I’m going to make your decision tougher. If these are the folks who are going to represent you, and of course I want to be one of them, I’m going to tell you why I would be glad to work with all of them.

I’m going to make it easier to read my application!

By not making you read it! I’ll be doing a series of videos and putting them up on You tube over the course of the next week until the voting closes. Please email me questions to adam@pragmaticworks.com and I’ll make sure to answer them.

Candidate Forum Posts – Remixed!

Many of you don’t have time to read through long forum responses so I’ll be posting my responses in easy to consume videos. Plus this will give me the opportunity to go deeper into issues without typing a long drawn out boring novel J… Plus it will give folks who are not pass members the access to all this information.

I’m excited to work through the rest of this election process with you. Thank you for your SQL Passion and involvement in this process!

Check out my blog at www.adamjorgensen.com and follow me on twitter @adam_jorgensen for all the updates on my video content that is coming out this week! There will be new and exciting stuff every day this week.

See you out there!

 

Adam