SQL Down under only 12 months away

With SQL Server Down under code camp 2007 all done and dusted SQL Server Down under 2008 is only 12 months away.

Over the weekend I made the annual pilgrimage to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Waaga for the 2nd SQL Down under code camp. This year’s event was slightly longer than usual as I drove with Jeff from Canberra on the Friday to present a lunchtime session to the CSU students on the importance of SQL Server in marketplace. One of the facts I highlighted is that DBA’s on average earn more than other IT Professionals (ACS Remuneration Survey 2006) and that according to seek.com.au 13% of all jobs in the IT industry want some form of SQL Server skills.

Saturday morning then involved a very early start to ensure that I was at the Uni so that the WARDY IT coffee wagon was all set-up to feed the 120 odd SQL Server professionals with their morning coffee fix. My session was the same session that I presented at the Canberra SQL Server User Group several days before entitled If only they taught SQL Server in Kindergarten.

This year was a fantastic event and truly deserved the title of the largest SQL Server Community Event in Australia. Special thanks must go to all the organisers of the event especially all of the tireless effort that Greg Low put into the event. As not only where all the Australian SQL Server MVP’s at this event but all the Australian SQL Server User Group leaders were there as well. So make sure you keep an eye out for the dates of SQL Server Down under 2008 as it is sure to only get bigger and better.