I spent the past couple of days in Darmstadt, Germany for Deutsche SQL Server Konferenz 2015. This was the first time I spoke at a conference (not a SQLSaturday), and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I want to thank PASS Deutschland for doing a fantastic job to make this a great event!
The one thing I would like to have changed is that I should have learned German before going to Darmstadt :) The quality of speakers, sessions and topics covered was very impressive, and there were many sessions in German that I wanted to see. But I can’t complain at all, I got to see some great sessions and have learned new things that I look forward to trying.
As a Friend of Redgate I get to use and review their tools and provide feedback directly to the development and product teams. I might also get the opportunity to speak about and/or publish articles about their tools and how we use them to solve our problems at work.
I’ve been using the Redgate tools for years, and I love how they interact with and give back to the community. Not only do they host free SQL in the City events, they also support a lot of user groups and SQLSaturdays and publish books you can download for free. They listen to your suggestions and always have a smile on their face :) I’m very excited to see how I can help this year.
My hope and goal is to provide some good feedback on how we use their tools in a data warehouse environment, and get some help in return to learn how we can be even more efficient. There are many areas in my department we can improve, and I hope we can use the Redgate tools to streamline our deployment process and automate testing – things we struggle with in a complex environment where so many things depend on each other. I also hope I can help others by sharing our experiences by speaking or publishing blog posts or articles. This will be an exciting year!
If the regular sessions aren’t enough learning for you, register for one of the pre-cons on the April 24th training day:
SQL Server: An Introduction – William Durkin (@sql_williamd)
Understanding SSIS internals and performance tuning – David Peter Hansen (@DPHansen)
R: from analysis to integration – Steph Locke (@SteffLocke)
Optimising Reporting Services for MDX Data Sources – Bob Duffy (@bob_duffy)
Performance Troubleshooting for the (Accidental) DBA – Mark Pryce-Maher (@MarkPM_MSFT) / Richard Douglas (@SQLRich)
And huge congratulations to Andy, Ginger, Oz and Luan for being nominated, you all deserved it! :)
Winning the 2014 Tribal Award for Best New Community Voice means more to me than I can explain. 2014 was a difficult year for me personally, but it was also an amazing year where I discovered how much I love being involved in the SQL community. We organized the first SQLSaturday in Oslo, restarted SQL Server User Group Norway, I started volunteering and speaking at events, and I received the PASS Outstanding Volunteer Award.
2014 ended on a high when I found out I was nominated for a Tribal Award, and actually winning… Well, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start 2015! :) I’m so happy, so honored, so proud, and so thankful. I went “SQUEEEEE!” and then I cried a bit. Now I have a huge smile on my face and I’m even more motivated than ever to do what I can for the SQL community in 2015. Let’s do this! 2015 is going to be a fantastic year :)
One of my goals this year is to do things that scare me. It looks like I will achieve that goal, because I can’t really imagine anything scarier than speaking at one of the largest SQL Server conferences in the world! I’m very nervous, but also very proud and happy to announce that I will be speaking at SQLBits XIV Superhero Edition (#SQLBits) in March.
The session is called “Tools and Tips: From accidental to efficient Data Warehouse developer” and it will be a journey through some of my “Oh wow! Why did I not know this yesterday!?” moments. (Some of them are also known as my “Ooops!” moments.) I will talk about a variety of topics, from basic keyboard shortcuts, to free tools and scripts, to how you can use Biml for SSIS development. There was a time when these things were completely unknown to me, and I hope that I can help other accidental Data Warehouse developers so they don’t have to spend years discovering these things one by one.
The agenda is live, and my session is scheduled for Friday, March 6th from 5pm-6pm. It’s the last session of the day and some amazing speakers that I look up to will be speaking at the same time as me, so it will be interesting to see if anyone wants to attend my session! :) But no matter what happens, I will do my very best and enjoy the amazing event. I will also be volunteering and I’m looking forward to learning more about what it takes to run a large event like SQLBits.
Is your costume ready? I only need a few bits and pieces for my costume. I can’t wait to see all the SQL superheroes and villains, hang out with old friends and make lots of new friends. Come and say hi when you see me there! :)