12 October 2011

62 miles up

TweetsInSpace_thumb.pngRedGate are known for being a software company with a big personality and having a huge presence in the SQL Community. They run the annual Exceptional DBA competition, having held a party at the PASS summit last night to celebrate this years winner – Jeff Moden. They have also got a great attitude towards their staff as demonstrated on their website.

Today, just after the PASS Summit keynote speech they made an announcement that is literally going to give one lucky winner the ride of their life. They are going to send a competition winner on a flight into space. Yes, you read that right, they are giving away a prize that will let one person take a trip on a flight to the edge of space.

If you want a shortcut to the company running the flight check them out at http://www.spaceadventures.com.

There is going to be a series of videos to watch on the www.dbainspace.com/quiz website over the coming weeks each followed by a question that entrants have to answer correctly then they have to declare what their first tweet from space would be. 15 finalist will be chosen and then there will be a community vote to pick the final winner.

I’ll leave it there, with the final word being a quote from the site, in response to the question “Why is Red Gate hosting the competition?:

We’ve always been keen supporters of the SQL Server community, supporting events and user groups, publishing open access ebooks, and encouraging the exchange of knowledge and skills through websites such as SQLServerCentral.com.

But we also think DBAs, the exceptional individuals who manage the smooth running of our planet’s data supply, have been under-appreciated for too long. That’s why we’re holding DBA in Space. DBAs deserve better. Better recognition, better software tooling, better prizes.

Oh, this caught my eye, after I registered too … a 25% discount on their tools until the competition ends.DBAINSPACE_Offer_thumb.png

Disclosure: I am a Friend of RedGate. I don’t know if I can win the prize.


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Jonathan Allen has been a SQL Server DBA since 1999, most enjoying performance tuning and development but also working with SSIS, SSRS to provide suitable business solutions. He is SQLSouthWest PASS Chapter Leader, blogs for Simple Talk, is a forum moderator at ask.sqlservercentral.com and is on Twitter. If you would like to find your nearest user group or just want to say hello then he would love to get an email from you.

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