BI Over Beers Biml edition in Seattle on November 3

BI Over Beers Biml edition
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Are you interested in Biml and attending PASS Summit 2014? Join BI Over Beers (BIOB) at the Tap House Grill in Downtown Seattle on Monday, November 3rd from 6-9pm. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with BI professionals from all over the world, and Varigence will provide food, drinks and even give-aways!

I’m very much looking forward to this, will I see you there? :)

Stacia Misner week in Oslo!

SQL Server User Group NorwayStacia Misner is a SQL Server MVP, SSAS Maestro, consultant, educator and author – and she’s in Oslo this week! You do not want to miss out these amazing opportunities to learn from one of the best:

Join the SQL Server User Group Norway meeting on September 24th where Stacia will present Multidimensional vs. Tabular Reporting: May the Best Model Win! Register here.

On September 25th, Stacia will visit Webstep for a 4-hour free workshop divided in 3 parts: Building a BI Solution in the Cloud, Best Practices for Building Analytic Solutions and Troubleshooting MDX Query Performance.

See you there!

Speaking at SQLSaturday #341 Porto

I'm speaking at SQLSaturday #341 Porto, Portugal!I’m super excited, proud and honored to announce that I will present my session Generate SSIS packages automatically with Biml and BimlScript at SQLSaturday #341 Porto (Portugal) on October 18th, 2014!

This is the first time I have been selected to speak at a SQLSaturday, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share my knowledge about a topic that I believe is a huge leap forward in the world of Business Intelligence development. I was amazed the first time I saw a demonstration of Biml, and I’m so happy that I get to pay it forward and hopefully inspire others to try using Biml at work – I promise, it will save you time.

I can’t wait to meet everyone at #SQLSatPortugal. Please say hi if you see me! :)

#SQLFamily – Pay It Forward

T-SQL TuesdayThis month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Jeffrey Verheul (@DevJef) and the topic is #SQLFamily. This is a topic close to my heart and even while writing this I’m all excited to read other stories. I can go on for ages about #SQLFamily, but I’ve decided to focus on one thing: paying it forward.

One year ago I had never heard about #SQLFamily and I didn’t even know the SQL community existed. I knew people wrote blogs and forum posts, I knew some taught classes and others published books, but I was your average employee: I did my job, learned what I had to learn to do my job well, and searched online to find solutions and better ways to do things.

Then I went to PASS Summit 2013 and the experience turned my life upside-down.

What happened? People welcomed me with open arms. They invited me to join them at #SQLKaraoke, introduced me to their friends, told me stories about SQLSaturdays and taught me about the community. They didn’t tell me about #SQLFamily, they were #SQLFamily. Even before I went back home to Norway I decided that I would do whatever I could to bring the SQL community to Norway.

This is an excerpt from the blog post I wrote after PASS Summit 2013: “I hope to attend and volunteer at a SQLSaturday, maybe even help organize one in Oslo. I hope to share my new knowledge with my co-workers and help improve our solutions at work. I hope to learn even more and get to know my new connections better. Maybe I’ll even make my own presentation and be a first-time speaker some day!”

In the ten months since I wrote that, I’ve become a board member of SQL Server User Group Norway, I’ve volunteered at SQLSaturday Copenhagen, I’ve done a SQLHangout video, I’m organizing the first SQLSaturday in Norway, and for the first time I’ll speak in another country at SQLSaturday Portugal. I’ve met so many wonderful people and I’m looking forward to getting to know even more. It’s hard to believe it all started when #SQLFamily members spent a couple of minutes saying “hi” to me. So little, yet so much! The last ten months have been a whirlwind, and I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it.

I’m so thankful for everything I’ve experienced this year. Paying it forward and helping my local community has given me something meaningful to do every day, and because I have so many amazing memories I’m now even more determined to keep paying it forward, and to give back. I’ve experienced first-hand how something someone might not even think of, like a friendly smile and a “join us”, can mean to someone else.

If I can pay it forward to just one first-timer at PASS Summit 2014, to welcome someone to the #SQLFamily… it will be worth the whole trip.

Pay it forward. You can change someone’s life :)

Biml Resources and References

This post is updated regularly. Do you think something should be added to the list? Contact me!

Official Resources
BIDS Helper
Biml Samples
Biml Forums
BimlScript Tutorials and Snippets
BimlScript Editor (Requires Microsoft Silverlight)
Quick References for Biml Extensions and Linq for C#

Useful Blog Posts
SQL Server Central: Stairway to Biml
Viewing or Saving Compiled Biml File(s)
Interview with Biml creator Scott Currie by Mark Vaillancourt

Social Networks
LinkedIn: Biml User Group
Twitter: #Biml

Create and Load a Staging Environment from Scratch in an Hour with Biml by Scott Currie

Biml Introduction and Fundamentals Webinar by Peter Avenant

Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine by Andy Leonard

Biml – The Next Step in Agile Data Warehousing by David Stein

Last updated on August 20th 2014

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