This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard). Andy wants to know what is our “why”, or why we do what we do. Before I can answer the why, I will briefly explain the what :) I work as a Business Intelligence consultant, focusing on Data Warehousing, Data Integration, and Data Visualization.
The short answer to “why?” is because the work is both challenging and rewarding. As a Business Intelligence consultant, I get to use all my skills from programming to design. I get to satisfy my instinctive need to group, organize, and sort things when working with data. Then I get to make things shiny and pretty. Finally, I get to work with other people, learn about their industries, and help them do their jobs better.
The long answer is… longer :) I absolutely love my job now, but I ended up in the world of data completely accidentally. I’ve gone from Web Development to Graphic Design to Interactive Design to Java Programming to SharePoint Development to Data Warehouse Architecture to Community Evangelizing… And now I’m here :) (Phew!) So why am I a Business Intelligence consultant?
PASS Deutschland is celebrating 15 years at SQLKonferenz 2019! I’m honored that I get to be part of it. From February 19-21, I will be hanging out in Darmstadt, Germany with Damon the Data Monster – and a couple hundred other old and new friends :)
I attended my first SQLKonferenz in 2015, and had an absolutely fantastic time. It was the first multi-day SQL Server conference I ever attended, and it was only my third time speaking! I was a nervous wreck :) But things went well, I made new friends, and I have wanted to go back ever since. This is finally the year! :D
YAY! We are very happy to announce that SQLSaturday Oslo is back for the sixth time in 2019! This full day of free training will be held on Saturday, August 31st, and will cover a variety of topics within Microsoft Data Platform, SQL Server, Azure, Power BI, Analytics, and more. We will also offer a full day of paid pre-conference workshops on Friday, August 30th.
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 :)