I am trying to get my company to pay for me to attend the PASS Summit 2010 in Seattle Washington. I am still pretty new in the world of Databases but I think that attending the Summit would be very good for me. First I might get to meet some of the people that I read daily and respect so much. That would be really cool, but I think more importantly than that is getting to know people like me that have their hands in the trenches everyday. I would love to hear the horror stories about Database Corruption and how they recovered, or perhaps a Disaster and recovery. I prepare for DR all the time but have never, knocking on wood, had to go through one. Listening to real problems and how to deal with them is what I am most interested in. Especially performance, I have not really been able to get to deep into performance tuning but man I want to. I think that the presentations at the Summit will be invaluable to me as well.
I just sent my boss a breakdown of the cost to send me and it was just over $2500.00. That is a lot but not really when you think about it. I am pretty much the only SQL Guy at the company and I am still new but I have identified over 140 instances of SQL Server running in the company. I am still attempting to make sense of all of them and get my basic health check script working on them all. But I have to say, with that many instances and all that data, I think it would be a good investment to send me to get more knowledge and meet people that have more knowledge than I do. I have my fingers crossed and I hope that I will see you there.