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SQLCruise Mediterranean 2015

SQLCruise Mediterranean 2015
Happy SQLCruisers!

SQLCruise – Learn. Network. Relax. Grow… Just add water.
I recently attended my first SQLCruise, and trying to summarize a week full of experiences is difficult. Let me skip straight to the important part:

Did I learn anything?
Yes

Was it worth it?
Yes!

Would I attend again?
YES!

Learn
Classroom Training Office Hours Office Hours Classroom Training
The combination of classroom training, office hours and discussions was great. Technical leads Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand), Andrew Kelly (@GunneyK), Argenis Fernandez (@DBArgenis), Grant Fritchey (@GFritchey) and Stacia Varga (@_StaciaV_) held great presentations, but the real value for me was the discussions during sessions and office hours. Listening to their advice, learning from their experience and hearing how they solved real problems – you just don’t get that kind of personal interaction at other conferences.

Network
Tapas Tour Cathrine & Tone Having Fun Argenis & Tone Cathrine & Brandon Aaron & Andy Grant, Neil & Howard
There was plenty of time to network and have fun as well: A tapas tour, shore excursions, dinners, shows and hanging out on the ship. Some of us traveled alone, some brought their partners, and some brought their entire families. SQLCruise is for everyone! :) Have you ever been to another conference where you have time to get to know all the other attendees? That’s one of the unique things about SQLCruise. It’s not just about 60 minute sessions, it’s about making friends that you can reach out to and support for years to come.

Relax
View of Amalfi Coast View of Amalfi Coast Sorrento Pompei Pompei Livorno Livorno Eze Eze  View from Norwegian Epic  Palma de Mallorca  Palma de Mallorca  Sunset on Norwegian Epic  Sunset and Moon on Norwegian Epic
If your brain starts to melt with all the learning and networking, all you have to do is look around, enjoy the scenery, sit back and breathe. Ok, you will perhaps have to drive and walk and climb a bit to get to the truly jaw-dropping scenery, but trust me – it’s worth it when you get there!

Grow
I learned so many new things that I have already shared with my coworkers. I made new friends and memories that I will remember forever. I explored new countries and visited beautiful cities. It was a truly amazing experience and I hope I will be able to attend SQLCruise again in the future.

A huge thank you to Tim Ford (@sqlagentman) and his wife Amy for all their hard work on making SQLCruise Mediterranean 2015 such a great experience for all of us! Also a huge thank you to the sponsors Redgate (@redgate), SQL Sentry (@SQLSentry), SIOS Tech (@SIOSTech) and TechSmith (@TechSmith).

…Repeat?
Now… who wants to join me for SQLCruise Alaska 2016? :D

About the Author

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, international speaker, author, blogger, and chronic volunteer who loves teaching and sharing knowledge. She works as a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at Inmeta, focusing on Azure Data and the Microsoft Data Platform. She loves sci-fi, chocolate, coffee, craft beers, ciders, cat gifs and smilies :)

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Hi! This is Cathrine. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts, but please keep in mind that I'm not technical support for any products mentioned in this post :) Off-topic questions, comments and discussions may be moderated. Be kind to each other. Thanks!

I’m looking forward to SQLCruise Caribbean next January.

Chris

Hi! This is Cathrine (again). Just a reminder. I'd love to hear your thoughts, but please keep in mind that I'm not technical support for any products mentioned in this post :) Off-topic questions, comments and discussions may be moderated. Be kind to each other. Thanks!

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