UpSearch Achieves Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency

Berea, OH – July 31, 2017 – UpSearch announced it has achieved Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency, distinguishing itself within Microsoft’s partner ecosystem. To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, partners must successfully complete technical exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one […]

UpSearch Supports National Entrepreneurship Week

Berea, Ohio — February 20, 2017 — UpSearch, LLC today announced its participation in National Entrepreneurship Week, a weeklong series of activities that celebrates the efforts and impact of entrepreneurs and small-to-midsized businesses. Led by Microsoft and supported by more than 100 companies including UpSearch, National Entrepreneurship Week will kick off on Monday, Feb. 20 […]

SQLSaturday #585 – Boston 2017

SQLSaturday #585 - Boston 2017

UpSearch at SQLSaturday #585

UpSearch proudly supported PASS SQLSaturday #585 – Boston 2017. The event was held February 25, 2017 at Microsoft, 5 Wayside Road, Burlington, Massachusetts, 01803.


Mike Fal presented a pre-con, Introduction to Powershell. This full day session helped build a foundation for learning and using Powershell. You can find more details here.



The UpSearch team supported SQLSaturday #585 – Boston 2017 by presenting:

Intro to Azure SQL Databases by Michael Fal.

SQLSaturday #585 - Boston 2017


Thank you to the New England SQL Server Users Group and Boston Microsoft BI User Group for hosting SQLSaturday #585 – Boston 2017. If you live in the Greater Boston, MA area, consider getting involved with the New England SQL Server Users Group (t) or Boston Microsoft BI User Group.

About PASS SQLSaturday


The PASS SQLSaturday program provides tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. To learn more about PASS SQL Saturday, visit

About UpSearch


UpSearch is a leading Microsoft Gold Partner for organizations who rely on Microsoft’s Data Platforms, and its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential.

Microsoft Mothership Calls Kendal Van Dyke

Kendal Van Dyke | UpSearch

In the journey of life, you meet people you just want to be around. Kendal Van Dyke is one of those people for me. That is why I was tinged with sadness when I learned the mothership called Kendal.

Kendal spent 3 ½ years as an integral member of UpSearch’s SQL Server Practice.? He was so much more than a DBA. Kendal was, without a doubt, a SQL Server Professional clients, team members and the entire SQL Server community responded to, trusted and wanted to work with.

When we started working together, Kendal was a newer SQL Server MVP and member of the PASS Board of Directors.? He was, and remained, uber-devoted to the SQL Server Community.

After all these years, I noticed a couple patterns about Kendal. Most people, in their own way, said he inspired confidence. Kendal’s natural curiosity, insatiable desire to tinker and positive outlook was contagious. He was always an excellent team member admired by everyone. I will miss Kendal’s presence and charming personality.

As evidence of Kendal’s integrity, he made certain to leave UpSearch better than he found us. He even worked to ensure his successor was in place, which we will announce in the coming days.

Effective January 11, 2016, Kendal will be part of the Microsoft Premier Developer Support team.

We believe Kendal’s transition is also a strategic development in the UpSearch – Microsoft partnership.? As a Microsoft Gold Partner, UpSearch calls upon Microsoft’s field support team to ensure our clients get the answers they need, when they need them.? Kendal will now be part of the Microsoft support team UpSearch relies upon.

Microsoft is getting much more than a highly-respected SQL Server Professional. They are getting a great person. Although we are saddened by Kendal’s departure, we take pride that the mothership noticed Kendal.

Please take a moment and help us celebrate the next chapter in Kendal’s journey.

Shawn Upchurch
Founder & CEO

Farewell Our Friend

Colleen Morrow, SQL Server Consultant

“As I sat down to write this, it hit me that we only started working together a little over a year ago. It really does seem like much longer. You’ve been a trusted colleague and a friend. It has been a pleasure getting to know you, and a privilege collaborating with you over the past year. I wish you all the best.” ~Colleen Morrow


“I’m certainly glad to have had the experience of working with Kendal. He is a complete professional; personable, knowledgeable, and experienced. I wish him luck in his new endeavors, and look forward to seeing his future successes.” ~David Maxwell


Team Photo at SQLSaturday Cleveland 2015

Honorable Mention

Thank you to Kendal’s family – Cathy, Casey, Elizabeth, Erin and Emma Grace – for letting him play DBA with us! Kendal is fortunate to have such a beautiful and supportive family.

About UpSearch


UpSearch is a leading Microsoft Gold Partner for organizations who rely on Microsoft’s Data Platforms, and its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential.