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I’m a Microsoft SQL Server MVP

Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional)I spent most of July 1st relaxing in the sun, reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and enjoying my vacation. I spent the rest of July 1st reading, re-reading and re-re-reading the e-mail I received from Microsoft congratulating me with my first MVP Award.

On July 1st 2015, I became a Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Norway.

Unfortunately my copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy did not have Don’t Panic written in large, friendly letters on the cover. So I panicked a little. I think I may have panicked more than just a little. Actually, I’m pretty sure I panicked a lot:

Sheldon Panicking

You see, I had mixed feelings about becoming an MVP. I am truly honored and thankful, but it is also very intimidating to be part of a group with so many talented people that I admire. I don’t have decades of experience, I’m not a SQL Server expert, I haven’t published any books and I haven’t created any scripts that are used all over the world. Why should I deserve to become an MVP? I panicked a little (or a lot) because I compared myself to those who are years ahead of me down the road, and because it felt like I cut in line in front of amazing people who deserves the award more than me.

So I took a step back and thought about what the MVP Award means to me. To quote Microsoft: MVPs are community leaders who’ve demonstrated an exemplary commitment to helping others get the most out of their experience with Microsoft technologies. They share their exceptional passion, real-world knowledge, and technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.

To me, it’s all about community. I may not be the most experienced SQL Server expert, but I helped restart SQL Server User Group Norway. I was the main organizer of the first SQLSaturday in Oslo and currently organizing the second one. I’ve volunteered and presented sessions online, in Europe and in the US. I blog, I tweet and I do my best to help others.

And I love it. Being recognized by Microsoft and getting a thank you for what I have done this past year means so much to me. Thank you to everyone who has been there for me and believed in me, it means more to me than I can say. Receiving the MVP Award inspires me even more to give back and pay it forward, to keep learning and sharing my knowledge, to help grow the Norwegian SQL Server community.

I’m just getting started :)

Speaking at SQL Server Days 2015

SQL Server Days 2015On Tuesday, September 29th I will present my Don’t Repeat Yourself – Agile SSIS Development with Biml and BimlScript session at SQL Server Days 2015! This time I will dive a bit deeper into Biml and BimlScript and show some of the more powerful features like how to create your own methods and transformers.

I’ve heard so many great things about this conference and I’m super happy that I was selected to speak! I’ve never visited Belgium before, so I can’t wait to see some of the country, try some delicious beer and chocolate, and of course – attend great sessions :)

Monday, September 28th – Precon Sessions
50 Things All SQL Server Developers Need to Know by Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand)
Understanding SSIS internals and performance tuning by David Peter Hansen (@DPHansen)
Practical SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting by Klaus Aschenbrenner (@Aschenbrenner)
Prepare and serve machine learning models with AzureML by Nico Jacobs (@SqlWaldorf)
SQL Server In-Memory OLTP and SQL Server 2016 New Features! by Tim Chapman (@chapmandew)

Tuesday, September 29th – Conference Sessions
Conor Cunningham will deliver the keynote on Microsoft’s Data Tier Strategy, followed by great 1-hour sessions that cover all kinds of topics from new SQL Server 2016 Business Intelligence features to SQL Server migrations with PowerShell to Azure Machine Learning and SQL Server security. Check out the great lineup and register before July 15th to get the Early Bird price.

Will I see you there? Come and say hi! :)

SQLCruise Mediterranean 2015

SQLCruise Mediterranean 2015
Happy SQLCruisers!

SQLCruise – Learn. Network. Relax. Grow… Just add water.
I recently attended my first SQLCruise, and trying to summarize a week full of experiences is difficult. Let me skip straight to the important part:

Did I learn anything?
Yes

Was it worth it?
Yes!

Would I attend again?
YES!

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Speaking at SQLSaturday #413 Denmark

Speaking at SQLSaturday Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen is one of my favorite cities and I’m so happy that I get to visit it again for SQLSaturday #413 Denmark on September 19th! This is the third SQLSaturday in Denmark and it is bigger than ever with two days of pre-conference workshops and one day with regular sessions. I will present one of my newest sessions: Upgrading from SSIS Package Deployment to Project Deployment.

Thursday, September 17th
Self-Service BI – Power BI by Dandy Weyn (@ilikesql)
From 0 to DAX by Alberto Ferrari (@FerrariAlberto)

Friday, September 18th
Analyze and document your SQL Server like a professional / consultant by Uwe Ricken (@dbBerater)
Inside SQL Server Plan caching and parameterization by Margarita Naumova
Data Mining Algorithms in SQL Server, Excel, R and Azure ML by Dejan Sarka (@DejanSarka)
New Index technologies: Clustered ColumnStore and In-Memory OLTP: the good and the bad by Andreas Wolter (@AndreasWolter)

Saturday, September 19th
A whole day of great 1-hour sessions, including a SharePoint track, an academic track and hands-on sessions. And don’t forget to visit the Ask the Experts corner for personal help from the speakers!

See you in Copenhagen in September! :)

Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Growing Our Community

I'm speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Growing Our Community24 Hours of PASS (@pass24hop) is back! From June 24th 12:00 GMT to June 25th 12:00 GMT you can watch 24 free webinars back-to-back. Check out the great schedule and register today!

I’m super happy and excited to have been selected as a speaker at this edition of 24 Hours of PASS. The theme for this event is Growing Our Community. They only accepted abstracts from speakers who have not yet spoken at PASS Summit to give us the opportunity to gain experience and share our knowledge outside our local communities. I love this idea, and I’m so happy to see good friends and talented up-and-coming speakers selected :D

My session is called Don’t Repeat Yourself – An Introduction to Agile SSIS Development. It is based on my introduction to Biml session and I will reuse a lot of that content, but I have tweaked and expanded and changed a few things so it’s no longer just about the Biml language. Hopefully it can inspire those who are still developing SSIS in the traditional way to try a new approach to automating their development and work more efficiently :)