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Category: SQL Community

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.

Friend of Redgate 2019

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is a Friend of Redgate 2019

Yay! I’m very happy to be a Friend of Redgate again in 2019 :)

I first became a Friend of Redgate in 2015, so this will be my fifth year in the program – and hopefully not my last! But what is this program, really? And why am I so happy to be a part of it?

What’s the Friends of Redgate Program?

Friends of Redgate are active community members who use the Redgate tools, and also blog, speak, help others, and provide product feedback.

Check out all the awesome Friends of Redgate in 2019!

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Speaking at SQLKonferenz 2019

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 :)

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is speaking at SQLKonferenz 2019

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

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Hello, SQLSaturday Oslo 2019!

SQLSaturday Oslo 2019

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.

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Speaking at Microsoft Tech Summit Oslo 2018

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Speaking at Microsoft Tech Summit Oslo 2018

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 :)

PASS Summit 2018 Feedback and Ratings

Biml (Business Intelligence Markup Language)

Oh, the nerves… We have now received our PASS Summit 2018 feedback! It is always terrifying opening up session evaluations for the first time :)

This year, I presented a 10-minute Lightning Talk on Azure Data Factory and a 75-minute General Session on Biml. In this post, I will share the feedback, ratings, and comments I received on my general session. I will also include my own thoughts.

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 :)

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