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These posts are about the SQL Community, SQLFamily, PASS Summit, SQLSaturday and other SQL Server Events. It includes Cathrine Wilhelmsen’s experiences speaking, organizing and volunteering.

Speaking at SQLSaturday Vienna 2016

Speaking at SQLSaturday Vienna 2016Yay, I get to speak at a SQLSaturday… on a Friday! On April 1st at SQLSaturday Vienna, to be precise. And no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke :)

I will present my Biml for Beginners: Speed up your SSIS development session. This is one of my favorite sessions to present, and I look forward to presenting an updated version of it with a new section about BimlOnline, as well as some other new content.

The schedule looks great! I’m a little sad that Sonja Chèvre (@SonjaChevre) is speaking at the same time as me, because I really want to see her present. We met at SQLSaturday Oslo 2015, and I’m so happy to see that she is now speaking! Hopefully I’ll get to attend one of her sessions at another event :)

If you want to chat, have any Biml questions, or want me to go through some of the content from my more advanced Biml sessions – I will be available the whole day. Make sure you register now so you don’t end up on a wait list, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #SQLSatVienna.

See you in Vienna in April!

Speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago 2016

Speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago 2016Is it March yet? I’m very happy to announce that I will be speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago 2016! A huge thank you to the organizers who selected my session :D

This will be my first trip in 2016, and I’m really looking forward to visiting a new city. It’s going to be a long trip for just a few days, but it will definitely be worth it!

On Saturday, March 5th, I will present my Biml for Beginners: Speed up your SSIS development session. It’s an introduction to Biml for those who are just starting to learn Biml. I have presented this session at a few events now, and I always find something to improve. Some content will be familiar for those who have seen my slide decks already, but I’m currently working on a few tweaks.

If you’re already familiar with Biml, I’m sure you will be happy to see that Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard) will present his Using BIML as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine session later that day :)

I will be available the whole day if you want to chat, have any Biml questions, or want me to go through some of the content from my more advanced Biml sessions. I’m slightly obsessed with the topic, and I’m happy to talk for hours if someone doesn’t stop me ;)

Take a look at the amazing schedule, register now so you don’t end up on a wait list, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #SQLSatChi.

I hope to see you at SQLSaturday Chicago! :)

Biml Training Day at SQLBits XV

Biml Precon at SQLBits XV
Yay, I’m so excited to finally share these news! Join Scott Currie (@ScottCurrie) and me for a Biml Training Day at SQLBits XV in Liverpool on May 4th: Learn Biml Today: Start Using It Tomorrow.

Biml Training Day at SQLBits XV

Scott and I will guide you through everything you need to start using Biml in real projects. From installing the free Biml tools, to the basics of Biml and BimlScript, to creating a staging environment, to building a metadata framework, and finally how to organize your code, work in a team, and automate deployment. Yep, that’s a lot of content to go through in one day, but you will get all the sample code so you won’t have to start from scratch.

We have very different backgrounds and experiences. Scott created Biml and I work in-house with teams in different countries. We will focus on best practices and code standards, but I’m also looking forward to sharing how we’ve solved problems in different ways. We hope the day will be interesting for everyone, from those of you who are completely new to Biml to those of you who have already built a Biml solution. Bring your questions and real-life problems! And if one day isn’t enough? I’ll be there for another three days :)

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Speaking at SQLSaturday #446 Oregon

SQLSaturday #446 Oregon 2015I was a volunteer at SQLSaturday #337 Oregon last year, but to my surprise I also ended up doing a 5-minute SQL Excite session about Biml. It was the first time I spoke in the US, I had so much fun, and I ended my summary blog post with: “I hope to see you next year, Portland! Maybe with a proper, prepared session :)

And Portland, I’m so happy to announce that I will see you again in just a few days, yay! :D

On Saturday, October 24th I will present my new Biml session called S.M.A.R.T. Biml: Standardize, Model, Automate, Reuse and Transform. It’s a session for those who are already familiar with Biml where I will talk about the more advanced features of Biml and Mist, such as metadata modeling, C# development and transformers.

If you’re not already familiar with Biml, don’t worry! The organizers have done a fantastic job with the schedule so you can attend the What is Biml and why are SSIS people talking about it? session by Bill Fellows (@billinkc) right before mine. Double Biml fun!

I will also spend an hour in the Performance Clinic from 15:30 to 16:30 where I will be happy to answer your questions, chat about Biml or go through code or demos in more detail.

Looking forward to seeing you in Portland! :)

Ready for PASS Summit 2015?

PASS Summit 2015

There are only a few weeks left until PASS Summit 2015! Are you as excited as I am!? :D

Tips for PASS Summit First-Timers
First of all: Hi to you! :) PASS Summit is a fun, crazy and amazing event and I hope you get as much out of the week as you possibly can. It can all seem very overwhelming at first, especially if you’re new to the SQL Server community. But don’t worry! The SQL Server community is the best community in the world, and we’re happy to welcome you to the #SQLFamily.

Tip #1: Twitter

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, get one! It’s a great way to get the latest news about what’s happening, connect with attendees, and keep in touch with everyone when you get back home. Follow @sqlpass and use the hashtags #SQLPass, #Summit15 and #SQLFirstTimers to make sure everyone can see your tweets. I recommend using Tweetdeck to organize content into columns, for example a column just for the hashtags mentioned above. It makes it so much easier to use Twitter.

Tip #2: Say “hi!”

I know, I know, I know. People are scary. It can be terrifying to look up from your phone, step out of your comfort zone and approach someone you don’t know. Do it anyway! You will meet so many interesting people, and you will get so much more out of your PASS Summit experience. Maybe it will become a life-changing experience like it did for me and so many others? You won’t know unless you go for it :)

A tip is to look at people’s name badges and ribbons. It will tell you where they’re from, if they’re first-timers, if they’re speaking, if they’re chapter leaders and so on. If you get completely stuck and feel completely awkward and feel like running away, like I have on many occasions, just point at the name badge and read something on it with a question mark at the end. “Summit Volunteer…?” “BimlUser…?” “MVP…?” – and off you go! ;)

Here’s a short list of questions to get you started:

  • How was your trip to PASS Summit?
  • How is Seattle compared to where you’re from?
  • How did you get started working with SQL Server?
  • What did you think of the keynote / session / luncheon?
  • Which sessions are you planning to attend?
  • Which session has been your favorite so far?
  • You’re a first-timer as well! What has been your favorite part of PASS Summit?

And so on. I’m sure you can add a hundred more to the list! :)

Tip #3: Attend the evening events and don’t eat alone

I know, I’m really pushing this whole “network and be social” thing, aren’t I? :) We all need some quiet time, but try to join someone for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are always someone who are too shy to sit down at a table and introduce themselves, why don’t you join them instead? The Women In Technology and Birds of a Feather luncheons are great events where you can learn and eat at the same time. Finally, attend the Welcome Reception, Exhibitor Reception and Community Appreciation Party where there’s more food, drinks and lots of people having fun. If you’re not done for the night, there are plenty of after hour events organized by and for the community. Have you heard of #SQLKaraoke? It’s a thing. You must experience it once during PASS Summit ;)

Tip #4: Hang out in the Community Zone

There are comfortable bean bags, power outlets and always something going on. You’ll usually find a bunch of people who are active in the community running user groups, SQLSaturdays and virtual chapters. This is the best place to hear how you can keep learning when you get back from PASS Summit. Also, did I mention fun? This year there will be a TeaSQL event for tea lovers, you might spot some crazy costumes and kilts, or you can try juggling said bean bags :)

Tip #5: Get even more tips for first-timers

Attend the PASS Summit first-timers events to get even more tips and meet other first-timers. Read Edwin Sarmiento’s great first-timers guide and read all the blog posts by other members of the SQL Server community. And don’t forget to use Twitter. There are some great #PASSAdvice for all attendees, and just ask if you have any questions!

See you in Seattle!
Enjoy your week, make new friends and learn lots of cool new things. I hope you have a fantastic time in Seattle, and I hope to talk to you there! Please come and say hi if you see me, and I hope to read your tweets :) See you soon!

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