Community! Events! These are two of my favorite things :) I love my #SQLFamily as much as I love teaching and sharing knowledge. And what better way to combine the two than staying involved in the community while participating in as many events as I can?
In this category, I write about upcoming events I’m SUPER EXCITED about and announce where I will be speaking next. I also link to resources like slide decks and videos from sessions I have presented, write recaps and post pictures from events I have attended, and share tips and advice for others who want to get involved by volunteering or speaking.
On Thursday, December 6th, I will be presenting my session Deliver Your Modern Data Warehouse at Microsoft Tech Summit Oslo. Yay!
This is the first time I’m speaking at an official Microsoft event in my own country. And it’s not just in my country, it’s basically in my neighborhood! I live just 10 minutes away from the venue. I’m very excited about speaking, but I’m almost more excited that I could walk there if I wanted to, hahaha :)
Microsoft Tech Summit Oslo Agenda
Microsoft Tech Summit Oslo is a free, one-day event with over 15 sessions across three tracks: IT Management, Development, and Data & AI. Check out the full agenda and list of speakers for more details.
(And do you know who will be delivering the first keynote? Mark Souza (@mark_AzureCAT)! Mark will be in my neighborhood! So cool :D)
Deliver Your Modern Data Warehouse
I will present a 45-minute session called Deliver Your Modern Data Warehouse. My main focus will be on choosing the appropriate products and technologies for your project. There are so many options today that it can be a little overwhelming, and things are moving fast.
Do you need an Azure Data Lake? When should you use Azure Data Factory and when should you use Azure Databricks? What are the new Azure Data Factory Data Flows anyway? Is Azure SQL Data Warehouse always the best alternative? Do you even need a Data Warehouse or can you just use Power BI now?
My goal is to provide an overview of products and technologies, as well as plant some ideas on where to start and which questions to ask. I could probably talk about this for a day, but there is only so much I can cover in 45 minutes.
See you there?
I will be tweeting from the event using the hashtag #MSTechSummit. If you haven’t registered yet, go do it now. It’s free! Hope to see you there :)
But first: Thank you to everyone who attended my session at PASS Summit 2018, and a huge thank you to everyone who also spent time providing feedback! It is much appreciated and extremely important so we can learn and improve :)
In one week from now, on November 6th, PASS Summit 2018 kicks off with its v.20 Celebration party! Yay! :D
This will be the 20th PASS Summit, and my 6th time attending. These years have just gone *whooosh*! I have gone from being a shy first-timer in 2013, a volunteer in 2014, a crazy costume lady in 2015, a triple speaker in 2016, and a member of PASS HQ in 2017. I think this year I’m starting to move backwards – I’m “just” a speaker again! But I’m only presenting two sessions this year :)
I will be presenting one 10-minute Lightning Talk on Azure Data Factory, and one 75-minute General Session on Biml.
While I love talking about Biml, I’m very nervous about my session this year. Why? Because it’s a level 400 session, and that can mean very different things to different attendees. I presented a version of this session at SQLBits earlier this year, and I got feedback ranging from “too basic, needs more demos” to “too technical, needs more explanations”. I’m expecting similar feedback from PASS Summit :)
But! I have been working a lot on this session over the past couple of months. It will be different from what I presented at SQLBits, and it will even be different from the version I presented for MDPUG Norway, which was supposed to be my rehearsal. While I presented for MDPUG Norway, I realized that I had way too many things I wanted to improve, and have been tweaking ever since. Looking forward to it, but also very, very, very nervous!
Anniversary, yay! That’s right, this year I will be attending my fifth SQLSaturday Oregon :D
In 2014, I was a volunteer who ended up doing an impromptu lightning talk about Biml. I returned as an actual speaker in 2015 and 2016, presenting my Biml sessions. 2017 was a different experience when I attended as a PASS representative. In 2018, I’m back as a speaker.
My Microsoft Ignite week is just about to start, and I’m SO excited! I’ve been looking forward to this week since last year, and it’s finally here, yay :)
Since this is such a huge, special event, I try to make the most of it. And funnily enough, that means… Attending fewer sessions! Yep, that’s right. It sounds a little strange for a conference, I know. But to me, the biggest value comes from meeting other people, and maybe even help someone else. So while I have a few sessions on my must-see list, my schedule is packed with other fun things:
I’m presenting two sessions this year, so they are obviously on my list of things to do ;) You can read about my sessions in my previous blog post Speaking (Twice!)
Live Streams and Recordings
If you can’t make it to Microsoft Ignite this year, don’t worry! You can live stream all the sessions from September 24-28th, or watch the recordings on-demand from September 25th.
Group Idea Swaps and Mentoring
In addition to presenting two technical sessions, I will be leading two Group Idea Swaps and Mentoring sessions. Each group consists of only 8-10 attendees, so it will be much more like a conversation than a presentation. I’m really looking forward to this! I love how Microsoft has added this to focus more on interaction and personal connections this year :)