What’s Next for Aunt Kathi?

I’ve been doing the freelance consulting thing for a little over three years. It’s been an amazing three years, and I’ve had plenty of time to write, create Pluralsight courses, co-lead the PASS Women in Tech Virtual Group, and teach at a nonprofit. My plan was to increase content creation, be that books or courses, and teaching while decreasing consulting over the next few years. However, my path has taken an unexpected turn: The freelancing will end on October 16th as I head back to the world of full time employment.

I decided earlier this year that it was time to look for a real job, but I wanted it to be great, one that would make up for losing some of the freedom I have enjoyed. A friend told me about the perfect opportunity, and I decided to apply. Of course, Imposter Syndrome kicked in, and I wasn’t sure that I would be good enough. Eventually, I realized that this position was the most perfect fit. I was not surprised that I made it through a “get to know you” call and was invited to a Skype interview. A couple of days after the interview, the company asked if I could fly to the UK for a two-day in person interview. At this point, I knew that I had a shot at joining this amazing company.

When I look over the events of the past 13 years, I can connect the dots to this moment. I am always looking for patterns, and how one event leads to the next is one of those silly patterns I enjoy figuring out.

In 2004, I had to write a thesis for my Master’s degree. That gave me the confidence to begin writing articles for SQL Server Central. Within a year, I was asked by Brian Knight to help write a book. In 2009, I wrote my own book, then another, and another. During that time, I have also tech reviewed books for Wrox and Apress and have written articles for Simple-Talk. I’m finally at the point where I must turn down writing opportunities more often than take them on.

At PASS Summit 2007, I remember sitting with friends at a bar in Denver. There may or may not have been some Karaoke involved. The person across from me, I think it was Tom LaRock, looked up and said “Redgate just bought SQL Server Central!” We were stunned! SQL Server Central was my number one site for all things SQL Server. I wondered if it would change, but I also knew that Redgate was a good company and hoped for the best. Over time, Redgate has allowed SQL Server Central to remain a wonderful educational community site. Steve Jones was the editor of SQL Server Central before the sale and continues in that capacity to this day. Steve will probably not remember this, but I told him that I wanted his job if he ever grew tired of it.

Fast forward to September 2017, and I found myself on a flight to England, headed to the two-day interview. At this point, you might be able to guess the company. I am so pleased to announce that I am joining Redgate as the editor of Simple-Talk. (Don’t worry, Steve is not leaving; I didn’t take his job.) Words cannot convey how excited I am. I will be able to devote my career to writing, editing, and developing authors. It’s just perfect.

Being greeted at the airport like this was a bucket list item for me. Achievement unlocked!


You’ll continue to see me at events such as PASS Summit and SQL Saturdays as I remain involved with the SQL Server community. If you attend PASS Summit, be sure to stop by the Redgate booth to say hello. And, if you have ever thought about writing technical articles, we need to talk! 


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I’m Climbing the Space Needle!

Many of yomet squareu have seen the Space Needle during trips to Seattle, especially if you have visited during PASS Summit week. Have you ever wondered about climbing to the top instead of taking the elevator? That is exactly what I’ll be doing on October 1st to raise money for cancer research.

Have you learned something about SQL Server from my site? Consider donating to this great cause as I walk up over 800 steps on a winding staircase to the top!

The photo is from a stair climb event in St. Louis.






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My TOP(10) Reasons to Attend PASS Summit

I’ve been attending PASS Summit since 2003 and have missed only one year in that time. This year, I am honored once again to speak at the summit. I have a 2.5 hour session on indexing for beginners. I think that will be enough time to give the audience a good background so that they understand how indexes work and how to create the right indexes.

If you have never attended the PASS Summit, you may wonder what all the excitement is about. Here are my top 10 reasons for attending PASS Summit:

10. Three jam-packed days of sessions about the Microsoft Data Platform by top speakers from around the world.

9. Vendor parties

8. The Community Zone

7. Microsoft teams on site (Bring your questions!!)

6. Rub elbows with your favorite SQL-celebrities

5. The Women in Tech Luncheon

4.  News and announcements from Microsoft

3. Networking, networking, networking

2. Be inspired and energized

And the number one reason to attend PASS Summit:


Just kidding… well, not actually. You can bet that there will be lots of singing going on every night. We have been singing in Seattle since 2006, and it grows every year. And, you don’t have to sing, just plan to have a great time.

Use VGDIS0TO9 to get $150 off your PASS Summit registration in 2018.

See you there!


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