I remember first hearing about the IDERA ACE program a little over a year ago (in 2017). Previous to that, I had no idea that companies existed that helped out the SQL Server community. As soon as I read-up about the ACE program I emailed asking how I could apply. Of course, I had missed the 2018 submission deadline by a few weeks. So I had to wait an entire year to apply…
I decided to take my “game” up a notch by presenting at SQL Saturdays during the first half of 2018. I also planned on finally attending the PASS SUMMIT for the first time, but that plan got side-swiped when we found out we’re having a baby…Oh, and the due date was Nov 14th!
When time came to submit for the IDERA ACE program, I submitted and hoped for the best! The process was pretty straight-forward. You fill out a one page application and email it in. After a few weeks you get an email to schedule a phone interview. The point of the phone interview is so IDERA can get to know you a little more, your passion, areas of interest (for presenting) etc. About a week after that, you get notified whether you made it via email. We are asked to keep it on the down-low (so 90’s), until IDERA makes the official announcement at the PASS SUMMIT.
BIG NEWS! The IDERA ACE class of 2018-2019 has been unveiled! We are pleased to congratulate @SQL2TheSequel @AngelaTidwell @SQLZelda @landrews5807 @sqlatspeed @samirbehara @DesertIsleSQL @SacSQLDude and @mwdarab! Read more: https://t.co/G6zOD6blEz pic.twitter.com/AAnWWP7o6U
— IDERA (@Idera_Software) November 6, 2018
I was extremely honored when I received an email from IDERA notifying me that I was accepted into the IDERA ACE program for 2019.
Thank you IDERA for choosing me!
IDERA ACE Class of 2019
- Ginger Grant
- Matt Gordon
- Eric Blinn
- Elizabeth Noble
- Angela Tidwell
- Samir Behara
- Lesley Andrews
- Mitchell Bottel
- Yours Truly
You can read all about them here.
My Biggest Motivation
I would say the biggest thing I am looking forward to in 2019 is making new friends in the community. Everyone has a unique story to tell and I cannot wait to hear their stories and make life long friendships!