Richard Douglas

EMEA and Open

Richard Douglas is a strategically focused and highly motivated member of the SQL Server community. He founded and runs the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group and currently sits on the committee for SQL Relay and SQLSaturday Cambridge events. Richard has also had the privilege of working as a technical reviewer on two SQL Server 2012 books.

During the day, Richard is a Systems Consultant for Dell, where he specializes in SQL Server – providing solutions and system health checks to organizations across the EMEA region. Richard has recently taken on the responsibility of being Editor in Chief of Dell’s SQL Server community  site, ToadWorld.com, which provides articles on SQL Server and a very popular blog syndication service. Other duties see him regularly presenting webinars to both US and EMEA audiences.

Richard lives in the United Kingdom with his wife, two children, and various pets.

Platform

When I joined PASS, I was unaware of its community aspect. I had stumbled across a place where I could obtain quality information about SQL Server for free. It wasn’t until later that I found out more about the community and started attending community events and fell in love with it. This is how I imagine most people start with PASS. To engage and grow the membership of PASS, I believe we need to concentrate on creating more quality content and making it easier for people to find and consume that content.

Recent events within Microsoft involving deprecation of the MCM/MCSM programs have afforded PASS the opportunity to capitalize in the area of learning and proving one’s professional worth. PASS has a lot to offer its members. I believe that it could offer even more in this area by providing independent SQL Server certifications. I would like to lead a sub-committee providing due diligence on the feasibility of creating a PASS certification program to supplement and augment those currently provided by Microsoft. In addition to directly helping the community fill a gap in the certification market, it would also open up new revenue streams for existing PASS programs, helping to ensure the financial stability of PASS.

I am passionate about the SQL Server community and the mentoring that we should be providing to our fellow community members and would relish the opportunity to serve on the Board to take these initiatives further.

Career Highlights
  • 2000 – Started using SQL Server 7.0
  • 2011 – Received Microsoft Community Contributor Award
  • 2011 – Founded the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group
  • 2011 – Member of the SQL Relay committee
  • 2013 – Member of the SQLSaturday Cambridge committee