I’m on a Boat – Sponsors of the the SQLCruise

Jul 28, 2010   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Professional Development, Travel  //  No Comments

In my previous post, I wrote about how SQLCruise sponsors are going to reach a lot more people than just the 15 cruisers/attendees.

Who are the sponsors? (pulled from the SQLCruise website)

SQL Sentry

SQL Sentry, Inc. delivers software products that optimize the performance of Microsoft® SQL Server® environments. SQL Sentry Performance Advisor® for Analysis Services provides unparalleled insight into Analysis Services performance, including bottlenecks related to memory, storage systems, aggregation usage, queries and processing. SQL Sentry Performance Advisor for SQL Server delivers an advanced performance dashboard with relevant Windows and SQL Server metrics in a single view along with detailed insight of heavy SQL, blocking, deadlocks, and disk bottlenecks. SQL Sentry Event Manager® is the ultimate scheduling, alerting and response system for managing SQL Server jobs and other events that impact performance.  Download a Free Trial today!

Red Gate Software

Red Gate Software makes tools that pay their way. Tools such as SQL Compare, SQL Backup, SQL Data Generator, SQL Prompt and many others radically simplify the business of working with Microsoft SQL Server. That’s why they’re used in most Fortune 500 companies. At Red Gate we’re mostly obsessed with getting the UI right, so that you don’t have to figure out how to use the tool. It’s just obvious. Also fun. That matters a lot.  Download a free 14-day trial of all our tools at www.red-gate.com.


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Quest Software

Now more than ever, organizations need to work smart and improve efficiency. Quest Software creates and supports smart systems management products—helping our customers solve everyday IT challenges faster and easier.  At Quest, we focus on our customers first. Our products and people are dedicated to helping customers manage their critical applications, databases, Windows infrastructure and virtual environments. The combination of our proven, award-winning software and strong customer relationships makes Quest a smart, reliable technology partner.  Visit us today.

Photo by Brent Ozar

Not only did these sponsors give cash to off-set the cost we cruisers had to pay for the training, they did some AWESOME things to make the event even better:

  • SQL Sentry donated FOUR registrations and cruises. They initially set out to donate one, via a contest, but once they saw the fabulous entries, they decided to pony up for 4 prizes.  I just about fell out of my chair when that was announced.
  • Redgate has donated 2 licenses of SQL Source Control, plus other fun swag.
  • Redgate Press is donating two books, Defensive Database Programming by Alex Kuznetsov and Dynamic Management Views written by one of the SQL Cruiser trainers – Tim Ford and Louis Davidson
  • Each sponsor donated a loaded up Netbook. That means 4 of us will be going home with a free computer. I’ve left room in my bag for the one I’m hoping to get.
  • Quest Software gave us Amazon gift certificates to load up on books for the cruise

Also included in the swag was a beach towel, sun lotion, lei, and other fun cruise-wear.

Do you want to see more events in the data world? Do you want them be less expensive, plus be more fun?  Then you should also help thank and promote the sponsors of these events, whether or not they are your local DAMA meeting, Enterprise Data World, PASS Summit, or your local user group.  These events could not happen without their sponsors.  Make sure you thank them for participating…and help share the thanks by many by tweeting about them and posting your appreciation to your networks.

Thank you SQL Sentry, Redgate, MSSQLtips.com, and Quest Software.

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