I realize that if you are a SQL expert, you don't need extra cash for mentoring someone. But its just one of those times where I happen to need help, and I'm hoping you'll feel the need to :)
I wouldn't continue to take up your time, I would just like to pay you for an hour or two of your time and its up to me to get it or not.
If you have SQL reporting expertise and can help me connect the dots on a few questions, it would really help me get a jump start in the direction I'm trying to head technically.
I also realize I can ask questions on here and wait for responses, but it would just make more sense to get direct questions answered though a more direct communication with each other.
Thank you! Shelly
asked Jun 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM in Default
The comments above are absolutely correct. There isn't a better SQL resource online for getting a question answered than here. However....
There are also so many resources available online such as videos on youtube and other webcasts that have been recorded. I have gotten started with reporting services from installation, configuration, and publishing reports all from blogs and web casts. Not to plug a particular company or another site but BIDN and PragmaticWorks have a great deal of free resources available online.
If you are just really looking for a hands on experience check with a local user group and see if there is a reporting person within that group. I am sure they would be willing to give you the pointers you need as a professional courtesy. To find a local chapter near you click here
answered Jun 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM
In addition to what everyone else says, mentoring is a pretty personal experience. Yeah, you could pay people to take on that job, but you want to be sure that you have a good fit with that person, that your communication styles match, all sorts of things like that. Better to interact online for a bit with a few people, see how they respond to questions, then approach them directly. I know it doesn't answer your need immediately, but it'll answer your need better.
Otherwise, you're just talking about paying for a little bit of consulting time, which is completely different. A lot of us on here do consulting on the side.
answered Jun 11, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Grant Fritchey ♦♦
Along with what @TRAD mentioned on the local PASS group you may also check out the two links I provided below, with explanation after each one...
answered Jun 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I would suggest asking your questions here first of all. That way you will get many responses and are likely to get lots of peoples experience and expertise and many minds are better than one. In the rare chance that you dont get a rapid response here then having one of us as a mentor wont really have helped...
There is a mentoring experiment going on at http://thementoringexperiment.org/. I have and I would recommend anyone else registers there as the project is due for expansion once the first tranche is complete.
In order to get a rapid response you could cross-post questions between here and the sql server central forums at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/ but you will manage multiple responses and that could become a headache.
If it all fails after a while then by all means contact someone and strike up a private arrangement and see if that works better for you. We tackle all sorts of topics here - technical SQL DB, SSRS, SSIS, SSAS along with project suggestions, theory, salary and management and some light hearted puzzles.
One thing for sure, there is never a shortage of quality opinion, well expressed with no malice, simply well intended SQL professionals looking to help others who at that moment have a problem.
answered Jun 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM