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Speaking at NIC 2020

NIC 2020

On February 6-7, I will be presenting Understanding Azure Data Factory: The What, When, and Why at NIC 2020 in Oslo 🥳

NIC 2020 is a brand new event for me, both as an attendee and speaker. It takes place in Oslo Spektrum, one of Norway’s largest indoor arenas. When I hear Oslo Spektrum, I think of concerts, so I’m very excited to see what it’s like to attend a conference there! I really have no idea what to expect at this event, and that’s fun 🤓

NIC 2020 Schedule

NIC is short for Nordic Infrastructure Conference, so it’s not my typical data conference. However, I will do my best to make my session even more relevant to this audience. I want to add a few more slides about where Azure Data Factory fits into architectures and solutions, for example. I’ll do some brainstorming. Hmm. Challenge accepted!

Understanding Azure Data Factory: The What, When, and Why

Azure Data Factory

What is at the core of every Business Intelligence, Data Science, and Machine Learning project?


You need data to understand what has happened in the past, to predict what may happen in the future, to discover patterns and anomalies, and to gain the insight necessary for making faster and better decisions.

But before you can do any of those things, you need to collect, store, transform, integrate, and prepare your data. Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a service that enables you to quickly and efficiently create automated data pipelines – without having to write any code!

In this session, we will go through the fundamentals of Azure Data Factory and see how easy it is to build solutions that can work with all your data on-premises and in the cloud. We will explore some key features such as Mapping Data Flows for visual data transformations and Wrangling Data Flows for visual data preparation, as well as how to schedule and orchestrate your finished data pipelines. Throughout the session, we will discuss different use cases and scenarios, as well as when and why you should use Azure Data Factory for your projects.

Other Sessions

In addition to speaking, I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the conference as an attendee. I have a few sessions on my list already! Some sessions cover topics I want to learn more about but aren’t usually covered at data events. Other sessions are by speakers I haven’t watched present before. There’s always something to learn, either from their content or from their presentation style!

See you there?

Let me know if you’re planning to attend! I’d love to say hi. Also, follow @nicconf and use the hashtag #NICconf2020 to join the conversation.

See you in Oslo Spektrum! 🤓

About the Author

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, international speaker, author, blogger, and chronic volunteer. She loves data and coding, as well as teaching and sharing knowledge - oh, and sci-fi, chocolate, coffee, and cats :)


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