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Speaking at DATA:Scotland 2019

On Friday, September 13th, I will be speaking at DATA:Scotland 2019. And not just once, but twice, yay :D

I had the pleasure of speaking and volunteering at last year’s event (when it was called SQLGLA) and I’m so happy that I get to go back this year! The organizers have done a fantastic job of making this a fun, inclusive event. They are both supporting newcomer speakers and have a strong focus on building their local community. Woop woop! And if one event wasn’t enough, they are also running two fringe events on AI and Data Modernization. How cool is that! And the best part? It’s all free :)

DATA:Scotland 2019 Schedule

This year, I will be presenting two sessions!

The first is my Pipelines and Packages: Introduction to Azure Data Factory session. It’s… well, it’s exactly what it sounds like! You can read the abstract below.

The other is a new session called Improving Your Presentation Skills – Practical Examples by Two Very Different Speakers. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN! The one and only Alexander Arvidsson (@arcticdba) has agreed to participate in this experiment with me, yay :D We both love presenting and we have both delivered sessions on presentation skills, but we have very different styles and personalities. In this session, we will be sharing our top tips and showing a few different ways of doing things.

We’re super excited!


If Azure Data Factory or speaking is not your thing, check out the full schedule. There are so many great sessions this year!

Pipelines and Packages: Introduction to Azure Data Factory

Cathrine Wilhelmsen presenting Pipelines and Packages: Introduction to Azure Data Factory at DATA:Scotland 2019

As Data Engineers and ETL Developers, our main responsibilities are to move, transform, integrate and prepare data for our end users as quickly and efficiently as possible. With the ever-increasing volume and variety of data, this can easily start to feel like a daunting task.

Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a hybrid data integration service that lets you build, orchestrate and monitor complex and scalable data pipelines – without writing any code. The first version of Azure Data Factory may not have lived entirely up to its nickname “SSIS in the Cloud”, but the second version has been drastically improved and expanded with new capabilities.

But wait, what’s that? You have already invested years and millions in a comprehensive SSIS solution, you say? No problem! You can lift and shift your existing SSIS packages into Azure Data Factory to start modernizing your solution while retaining the investments you have already made.

In this session, we will first go through the fundamentals of Azure Data Factory and see how easy it is to build new data pipelines or migrate your existing SSIS packages. Then, we will explore some of the major improvements in Azure Data Factory v2, including the new Mapping Data Flows. Finally, we will look at design patterns and best practices for development to speed up productivity while keeping costs down.

Improving Your Presentation Skills – Practical Examples by Two Very Different Speakers

Cathrine Wilhelmsen and Alexander Arvidsson presenting Improving Your Presentation Skills - Practical Examples by Two Very Different Speakers at DATA:Scotland 2019

There are many ways to deliver a presentation. But what is the best way?

The answer is as simple as it is frustrating. There is no such thing as the best way – only the way that is best for you. How do you start and end your presentation with confidence? Where do you put your hands while talking? What can you do to ensure your attendees remember your key takeaways?

In this session, two experienced speakers with two very different styles share their top tips for improving your presentation skills. Through practical examples and friendly disagreements, Cathrine and Alexander will show you how to find your unique style and deliver your best presentations.

All it takes is a little preparation and practice.

See you there?

Please come and say hi to me if you’re also attending DATA:Scotland 2019! And make sure to follow @DataScotland and use the #DataScotland hashtag on Twitter. See you in September :D

About the Author

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, international speaker, author, blogger, and chronic volunteer who loves teaching and sharing knowledge. She works as a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at Inmeta, focusing on Azure Data and the Microsoft Data Platform. She loves sci-fi, chocolate, coffee, craft beers, ciders, cat gifs and smilies :)


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