Cathrine + PASS = New Community Evangelist

Cathrine WIlhelmsen is the new PASS Community EvangelistIt’s November, and that means I’m now officially a PASS employee! Yep, that’s right, I will be taking over as the PASS Community Evangelist after the wonderful Karla Landrum (@KarlaKay22). And to tell you the truth, it’s both extremely terrifying and super exciting at the same time :)

Many of you heard the news at PASS Summit 2016 after we announced it during the SQLSaturday organizers meeting, and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who congratulated me afterwards. You are the community, and it truly means a lot to me to hear that you think I’m the right person for this role.

But wait, didn’t you just get a new job?
Yes, I did. I started as a consultant in Advania in June, and I’ve had a fantastic few months with them. They’ve been very supportive of everything I’ve done, they’re a great bunch of guys, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish in the next couple of years!

So why did you accept the job as a Community Evangelist?
My family and best friends in the community weren’t surprised when I told them :) The PASS and SQL Server community has been such an important part of my life for the past three years. Getting involved has literally changed my life. At my first PASS Summit in 2013 I was a shy, socially awkward person who was terrified of talking to people. At PASS Summit 2016 I was a speaker presenting two regular sessions and a lightning talk, and my favorite part of it all was getting to know lots of amazing new people. Volunteering in this community has given me so much, and this is my chance to give something back.

Does that mean you won’t be working in tech anymore?
Well, yes. I won’t work as a consultant or architect or developer and I won’t get hands-on experience with projects and clients. This is a full-time community job. I’m sure I will miss working in tech, but I will try to keep up with everything that’s going on in the Microsoft Data Platform world at events and on weekends. (Because, you know, once a geek, always a geek!)

What will you do as a Community Evangelist?
Support regional mentors, chapter leaders and SQLSaturday organizers, and look for opportunities to establish new chapters and SQLSaturdays. I will also be administering the SQLSaturdays and help events go live, blog, monitor social media, and work with the PASS Board of Directors and PASS Headquarters to support global growth.

Are you going to work from Norway?
For a while I will be working from Norway, then I will move to Vancouver in Canada so I can work closer with PASS Headquarters. Whoa! I’ve wanted to work abroad for a while, and this is a unique opportunity for me. I’ve always said I like to push myself out of my comfort zone. This time I’m pushing myself way out of my comfort zone and all the way over to a different continent.

Will you continue speaking and blogging?
Updated on November 3rd: My original post said that no, I will no longer be able to speak at PASS-branded events like SQLSaturdays and PASS Summit. That’s only partly true, and I apologize for not being clearer on this. Part of my job as a Community Evangelist is to share everything that PASS has to offer and opportunities for volunteering, especially at events where people are new to the PASS community. That means I will still be speaking, but I will be speaking as a PASS representative, for example doing lunch sessions at SQLSaturdays. However, I will no longer be submitting to speak at PASS events like I used to. I will definitely still be blogging, and I hope that I actually may get back to blogging more regularly – especially when my fingers start itching to get some hands-on experience with Biml and SQL Server again :)

WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT KARLA!?
PANIC! No, hopefully not :) Karla has been a fantastic Community Evangelist and I know people all around the world will miss her terribly! We have started the onboarding and handover process, and we will be working together for a couple of weeks so I can learn as much as possible about the job from her. While I know I won’t be able to fill Karla’s shoes, I promise I will do my absolute best for this community!

Let’s rock!
This is all you, #SQLFamily. You’re the heart and soul of PASS, just continue doing amazing things for your local communities and I will do what I can in this new role to support you. This is already the best community in the world, let’s make it even better in the next couple of years! :)

SQLHangout #38 – Career Transitions with Alexander Arvidsson

SQLHangout #38 – Career Transitions with Alexander ArvidssonThe recording of SQLHangout #38 is now available! In this SQLHangout, Alexander Arvidsson (@arcticdba) shares his advice on how to transition your career as the Microsoft Data Platform evolves. How do you go from being a DBA working with SQL Server internals to starting from scratch with new and evolving technologies like Power BI? It might not be as scary as you think!

SQLHangout #38 – Career Transitions with Alexander Arvidsson

 

Check out Alexander’s blog Home of the Arctic DBA and follow him on Twitter as @arcticdba. Are you attending PASS Summit 2016 or Microsoft TechDays Sweden 2016? Then make sure to say hi and attend his session – especially if you’re a Star Wars fan ;)

Past SQLHangouts

All the recorded videos are available in the YouTube playlist and on the SQLHangouts Facebook page.

Upcoming SQLHangouts

Do you want to participate in a SQLHangout some day? Let me know! :) If you don’t want to participate in a SQLHangout yourself, but you have an idea for a topic or speaker, use this form or tweet and use the #SQLHangout hashtag.

Upcoming SQLHangout with Alexander Arvidsson

SQLHangout with Alexander ArvidssonSave the date! The next SQLHangout with Alexander Arvidsson (@arcticdba) will be held on Monday, October 17th at 6pm CEST, and you can watch the event live on YouTube :D Can’t make it? Don’t worry! The recording will be made available on YouTube as soon as the event is over, and I will also publish it here afterwards.

SQLHangout with Alexander Arvidsson – Career Transitions: From SQL Server Internals to Azure and Power BI

In this episode, Alexander Arvidsson will talk about how his career is changing as the Microsoft Data Platform evolves. How do you go from being a DBA working with SQL Server internals to starting from scratch with new and evolving technologies like Power BI? It might not be as scary as you think!

SQLHangout with Alexander Arvidsson

Past SQLHangouts

All the recorded videos are available in the YouTube playlist and on the SQLHangouts Facebook page.

Upcoming SQLHangouts

Do you want to participate in a SQLHangout some day? Let me know! :) If you don’t want to participate in a SQLHangout yourself, but you have an idea for a topic or speaker, use this form or tweet and use the #SQLHangout hashtag.

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite and SQLSaturday Minnesota

Hello, cold weather! I can’t believe it’s the middle of September already. Since I last wrote here I’ve been on vacation in Colorado, organized the third SQLSaturday in Oslo, road tripped around the fjords and mountains on Norway’s west coast, and worked three days a week for my client in Stockholm. But those are stories for later blog posts, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat :) Now we’re back to speaking season!

Microsoft Ignite

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2016I’m speaking at Microsoft Ignite! Whoa! I decided to give it a try and submit a session, but I never thought I had a chance since I’m speaking about Biml, a third-part product. But whaddayaknow, they selected my session! And my hubtalk! I was shocked, now I’m just nervous :) I’ve never been to a conference this large before, so I don’t really know what to expect.

On Tuesday, September 27th, I will present Avoid repeating yourself – an introduction to Agile SSIS development. It’s a 20-minute version of my Biml for Beginners session. Since I don’t have a lot of time I will focus more on the why than the how. Exciting!

On Thursday, September 29th, I will host an Automate Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence development hubtalk. A hubtalk is more like a discussion than a presentation, and I will be drawing on a Surface Hub. (So nervous!) I will be talking about Biml and metadata-driven development, and I hope to get a good discussion going with the attendees and learn from their experiences as well.

SQLSaturday Minnesota

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Speaking at SQLSaturday Minnesota 2016Since I was already going to the US, I wanted to try to squeeze in a SQLSaturday as well. I may be slightly addicted :D I really wanted to go to Kansas City since they have a Biml track, but I just couldn’t get it to work this time. However, I managed to get good tickets to Minnesota the weekend after! I originally registered as an attendee, but offered to step in as a speaker when someone had to cancel.

So – I’m speaking at SQLSaturday Minnesota as well! :) On Saturday, October 1st, I will present my Level Up Your Biml: Best Practices and Coding Techniques session. Dave DuVarney (@daveduvarney) will present Building Metadata Driven ETL Solutions with BIML before me, so I hope it will be a great day for those interested in learning Biml.

Are you going to Microsoft Ignite or SQLSaturday Minnesota? See you there! :)

Speaking at SQLSaturday Sacramento 2016

Speaking at SQLSaturday Sacramento 2016On July 23rd I will be speaking at SQLSaturday Sacramento 2016! This will be my first time visiting California, so I’ve planned a day of sightseeing in San Francisco before heading up to Sacramento. There’s a big chance I’ll melt in the Californian summer heat and never come back, haha! But hopefully I’ll be able to finish my sessions first :D

This will be the first time I present two sessions at one SQLSaturday. My first session is Level Up Your Biml: Best Practices and Coding Techniques. Depending on your previous experience with Biml and C#, this is an intermediate or advanced session. I’ll cover things like code management, LINQ and how to create your own C# classes and methods.

If you’re new to Biml, you can get an introduction to Biml from Bill Fellows (@billinkc) who will be presenting his
What is Biml and why are SSIS developers excited about it?
session before mine. I definitely recommend attending, Bill is a great speaker :)

My second session is Tools and Tips: From Accidental to Efficient Data Warehouse Developer. This is a fun, fast-paced session with a whole bunch of tips and tricks. I don’t really go into details on anything, but I hope that new developers can pick up a thing or two. And here’s a little secret for you: I will be giving away a free software license to one lucky attendee in this session! And maybe a book or two. And definitely some Norwegian chocolate if you want to try it.

Outside of my own sessions I really want to attend Who needs SSAS when you have SQL? and finally see Meagan Longoria (@mmarie) present live.

Hope to see you at SQLSaturday Sacramento this weekend, and please come and say hi if you see me! :)

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