If your New Year’s resolution was to become a better SQL Server professional, we’re here to help. SQLskills is offering our new Master Immersion Training courses starting next month, and here’s ten reasons why you should sign up:
10. You don’t have to be a Microsoft Certified Master to attend.
We keep getting asked, “What certifications do I need to have before attending SQLskills Master Immersion Training?” It’s the other way around: our training helps prepare you to slam dunk the MCITP and MCM exams. This isn’t a boot camp, though – it’s real, actionable training you can use in your everyday work.
9. It’s cheap compared to hardware and licensing.
Before your company spends another dollar on SQL Servers, come learn from us. Our Performance Tuning week agenda covers storage, CPU, memory, and everything about how to measure and improve SQL Server performance without spending a dime on hardware or tools. You’ll leave ready to make all of your applications and servers faster, period.
8. Attendees vote us as the best speakers at conferences.
In 2009, we won 4 of the top 10 highest rated PASS Summit sessions, and in 2010, we got HALF OF THEM! We take training very, very seriously, and we’re not happy until you’re absolutely blown away.
7. We have real-world experience, not just book learnin’.
Paul, Kimberly, and I have a roster of clients that keep us busy with some of the toughest SQL Server challenges around. In the last few months alone, I’ve worked with software vendors, software-as-a-service companies, payroll vendors, and some of the biggest web sites running SQL Server. We practice what we preach, and we never stop pushing the edge.
6. Our sessions go deep. Really deep.
There’s only so much you can learn at a conference when you’re rushing from one 60-minute session to the next, waiting for presenters to get their laptops set up, and struggling to get your questions answered. Immersion events are all us, non-stop, and we go deep from the minute we start until the minute you leave. We deliver an overwhelming amount of training covering all areas of SQL Server – thus the name Immersion.
5. Small audiences mean personal attention to your tough questions.
We limit attendance to 30 people to ensure everyone gets the personal attention they need. At the last Immersion event in Bellevue, I worked with an attendee on her live production system over VPN to pinpoint a memory issue, and then discussed it with the class in my virtualization talk. That’s the kind of attention we can give.
4. You don’t have to tackle all the courses at once.
I’m so glad Microsoft changed the MCM training so that it’s not 3 weeks straight in Redmond anymore. Most of us just couldn’t afford to take 3 weeks straight off work. With the SQLskills Immersion training, you can pick and choose which week you want to take when it’s convenient for you. Take one or two weeks this year, one week next year, and then make a run at the Microsoft Certified Master. We’ll equip you with the knowledge you need to fill out the gaps in your experience.
3. It’s a new year, and budgets just opened up.
The economy’s started to pick back up, and we’re hearing from our clients that they’re more interested in growth, purchasing, and training. Now’s the time to go ask your boss for training because he might be able to approve it now when he wasn’t able to before.
2. Early bird discounts are still available.
Here’s the upcoming class dates:
- Feb 21-25 – Internals and Design with Paul and Kim – Dallas, TX
Agenda – Event Details – Registration $2,995 until Jan 28
- Mar 14-18 – Performance Tuning with Paul, Kim, and Brent – Dallas, TX
Agenda – Event Details – Registration $2,995 until Feb 18
- Aug 1-5 – Internals and Design with Paul and Kim – Bellevue, WA
Agenda – Event Details – Registration $2,995 until June 1
- Aug 8-12 – Performance Tuning with Paul, Kim, and Brent – Bellevue, WA
Agenda – Event Details – Registration $2,995 until June 8
- Aug 15-18 – High Availability and Disaster Recovery with Paul and Brent – Bellevue, WA
Agenda – Event Details – Registration $2,345 until June 15
- Aug 22-26 – Security and Development with Bob – Bellevue, WA
Agenda – Event Details – Registration $2,995 until June 22
1. The worst your boss can say is no.
Pick the course you want to take. Print out our student testimonials, the event agenda for the week you want, the event details, and this page. Go to Bing Travel, search for flights, and print those out too. Add up the total cost for the course, the hotel, and your flight, and circle that number. Walk into your boss’s office and say, “Should I attend this training before we go buy another 10 drives for the SAN and before we spend another $50,000 on SQL Server licensing? It seems like it might be a good idea.”
You’d be surprised – this is how I first got some of my own training approved!