SQLBits is a unique SQL Server event in the United Kingdom, and even if you’re not in the UK, there’s some things you might find interesting about how it works.
- Thursday – Pre-Conference Sessions – for £350, you get in-depth training on one particular subject from one trainer. Attendees like pre-con sessions when they need more than just 45 minutes of training on a subject, like when they’re starting to work with SSIS or virtualization for the first time. I’m doing a pre-con on Virtualization & SAN Basics for DBAs – I’ve been gradually expanding my coverage on this topic over the years, and I’m up to a full day of goodies now.
- Friday – Deep-Dive Conference Sessions – for £225, you get access to a day of advanced sessions by the best speakers.
- Saturday – Free Public Conference – anyone is free to waltz in, sit down, and get their learn on.
Interesting pricing setup, huh? You can choose as much in-depth long-session learning as you want, or just come for the presentation buffet on Saturday. But there’s something else that makes SQLBits unique – you can vote on the sessions you want to see! After you register for an account and log in, your session list screen will look like this:
Just click on the sessions you like, and your voice is heard by the conference organizers. These guys are doing a fantastic job of building a great event.
If you’re in the UK, go hit SQLBits, register for an account, vote for the sessions you wanna see, and help ’em bring you the best training.