What am I talking about?
I first read about Idera’s ACE (Advisor & Community Educator for SQL Server) from Wes Brown ( twitter | blog ) on Monday. Seems he has joined ranks with Andy Warren (twitter | blog ), and Mitch Bottel (twitter | blog ). Idera is looking for 3 more people to join the team. I think this would be an excellent opportunity so I am throwing my hat into the ring.
Why do I qualify to become an ACE?
Well, let’s take a look at the requirements here.
Idera believes in and wants to invest in the SQL Community.
I do as well. That’s why I am an active member of CACTUSS. I have presented several times at meetings and working on several more presentations. I volunteered to help with planning our own SQL Saturday, hopefully very soon. I will be presenting at a SQL Saturday near you in the near future.
Do I need help extending by brand?
Don’t we all? Branding is a very important part of any career no matter how well you are known in the community and yes, I am not ashamed to admit I could use some help. In the mean time I am helping myself I have increased my blog posts in the past few weeks and feel I have a good presence on Twitter. I also started to answer questions of some forums.
Can I be more active in the Community by educating SQL people?
Yes, yes I can. I am very committed to volunteering, not just for the SQL Saturdays but PASS as well. Over the past few years I and many others worked on the program committee. I would like to transfer that passion to presenting/teaching.
Can I influence Idera Product Development?
Sure, why not? I don’t currently have any Idera Products (that could change soon) 🙂 but, I have used other vendor’s products and can use that knowledge to compare with and help drive Idera Products.
Is that all you have?
Yes, that is all I have. Will that be enough? That remains to be seen. A great deal of what Idera wants to do aligns nicely with my personal goals and what I am trying to do in my career and the community. And as I mentioned earlier, it would be a great opportunity to work on a team with Wes, Andy, and Mitch and who knows?
I figure I have as much chance as anyone else. Besides I’ll never know if I don’t try. So I am throwing my hat into the ring. How about you?