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:

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!

Brent Ozar
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  2. Here it goes.Point no.7 is something which can be turned into a blog post.I am sure the biggest clients that you have won’t come and ask Brent,Paul and Kimberly:
    Client: “Hey guys! Here is a fat cheque for my problem.I have created a non-clustered index but bookmark look up still appears”

    Paul,Brent and Kimbery (All 3 echo together): “Create a covering index for your query.”

    I am sure things are not so easy:-) I wish if you can post few really tough challenges that you guys faced here.Humble request from a kid:-)


  3. Brent,

    Do you suggest taking the “Internals and Design” class before taking the “Performance Tuning” class?

    I know it depends on the person’s experience and background but I wanted to know if the order of taking the courses matters. Think of it like the author of a book setting order of the chapters in the book.

    Do you have a list of other courses that sqlskills offers and do you have any particular order for those courses as well that you recommend?


    • Mirza – great question. The courses are all self-contained and there’s no order. I would pick the one that will demonstrate the most ROI for your manager, because that way they’ll be more likely to keep paying for additional classes.

      Those courses I listed are the only ones we’re doing right now.

  4. Hey there Mirza – Brent’s right that the classes are self contained but we do (generally) recommend the Internals and Peformance week before all others. This class covers a lot of the core requirements of good design. And, the internals covered are invaluable for all aspects of SQL Server. The others can be in any order after that.

    Also, we just decided to offer a competition for free seat in the February class in Dallas (Internals and Performance). Check out the details on Paul’s blog:

    Good luck!

  5. Brent, will you have the trainings in Europe?

    • Ignacio – Paul and Kim may do a round of the Internals & Performance week in London in June, and then depending on the popularity of that class, we may schedule more classes there in the future.

  6. Hi Brent – Are there any specific experience pre requisites before taking this exam .I have 3 yrs of experience , am i still eligible for it

  7. Hi Brent – sorry, i did not put my question correctly. I meant would I be eligible to appear for the mcm certification exams

  8. Dear Brent, do I need to watch the SQL Server 2008 MCM Readiness Videos before attending the training? If yes, which one should I watch for week 1&2?

  9. To all those questioning if you should take this training or not…I whole heartedly say YES…do it, drop what you are doing now and just do it!

    I was fortunate enough to be able to take the Internals & Performance class in San Diego this past December 2010 after the schedule finally permitted. It was the best training I have ever had. Numbers 5, 6, and 7 from Brent’s list above are so very very true as I experienced it first hand.

    There is also one thing that is not on Brent’s list…NETWORKING…you will be with 30 others who have similar interests and challenges as you and you will be surprised at how much you also learn from them too!

    You mileage may vary, but personally, the cost of the class and related expenses was returned in the first two weeks back due the changes that we made as a result of the class.

    So stop, drop, and roll….whoa sorry….stop what you are doing and make a plan to get signed up! I’m already doing my plans for the next one.


    • SJ – well, thanks, sir! You’re totally right about the networking aspect. It really helps to get a sanity check from others who have the same job as you, but different approaches.

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  11. I’m looking forward to it. In fact, I’ve been trying to studying quite a bit to get prepared.

    I was also thinking of mentioning y’all as a ‘living TiVo’ for my reason. 😉

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