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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 Oregon 2018

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is Speaking at SQLSaturday Oregon 2018

Anniversary, yay! That’s right, this year I will be attending my fifth SQLSaturday Oregon :D

In 2014, I was a volunteer who ended up doing an impromptu lightning talk about Biml. I returned as an actual speaker in 2015 and 2016, presenting my Biml sessions. 2017 was a different experience when I attended as a PASS representative. In 2018, I’m back as a speaker.

SQLSaturday Oregon 2018 Schedule

But for the first time at SQLSaturday Oregon, I will not be speaking about Biml :) This year, I will present a brand new session called Uhms and Bunny Hands: Tips for Improving Your Presentation Skills.

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Ready for Microsoft Ignite 2018!

My Microsoft Ignite week is just about to start, and I’m SO excited! I’ve been looking forward to this week since last year, and it’s finally here, yay :) 

Microsoft Ignite: See you in Orlando!

Since this is such a huge, special event, I try to make the most of it. And funnily enough, that means… Attending fewer sessions! Yep, that’s right. It sounds a little strange for a conference, I know. But to me, the biggest value comes from meeting other people, and maybe even help someone else. So while I have a few sessions on my must-see list, my schedule is packed with other fun things:

Sessions

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Speaking At Microsoft Ignite 2018

I’m presenting two sessions this year, so they are obviously on my list of things to do ;) You can read about my sessions in my previous blog post Speaking (Twice!)

Live Streams and Recordings

Microsoft Ignite: Stream it Live from September 24-28

If you can’t make it to Microsoft Ignite this year, don’t worry! You can live stream all the sessions from September 24-28th, or watch the recordings on-demand from September 25th.

Group Idea Swaps and Mentoring

In addition to presenting two technical sessions, I will be leading two Group Idea Swaps and Mentoring sessions. Each group consists of only 8-10 attendees, so it will be much more like a conversation than a presentation. I’m really looking forward to this! I love how Microsoft has added this to focus more on interaction and personal connections this year :)

My two Group Idea Swaps are:

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SQL Data Partners Podcast – Is SSIS Still Relevant?

SQL Data Partners Podcast

In 2015, I was invited to record a SQL Data Partners podcast about Biml. This year, I got to do it all again, yay! :) I joined Jason Horner and our host Carlos L Chacon to discuss several data integration topics. Is SSIS still relevant? What is the difference between ETL and ELT? How is Azure Data Factory and Azure Databricks different from SSIS? How do patterns and frameworks fit into all of this? And much, much more :)

SQL Data Partners Podcast – Part 1

Moving data with SSIS is a forgone conclusion for most of us — it is part of SQL Server, it has a interface we are somewhat familiar with, and connects to lots of common data sources like csv, excel, and of course SQL Server. Are our needs changing as our environments become more hybrid — as we introduce cloud services? Are you still building packages the same way you were 10 years ago? Just as our data sources have grown, the capabilities needed to move data around have increased. This episode, with Jason Horner and Cathrine Wilhelmsen, challenges some of the thoughts around data movement and gives some things to think about as new tools are available to move data around.

Listen to Episode 144: Is SSIS still relevant? Part 1

SQL Data Partners Podcast – Part 2

In this episode we finish up our conversation with Jason and Cathrine and talk about how they keep up with all the changes in data conversions. The advent of Azure services is great, but can be tricky to navigate. We also get to hear Jason’s answers to the SQL Family questions.

Listen to Episode 145: Is SSIS still relevant? Part 2

Speaking at SQLGLA 2018

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is speaking at SQLGLA 2018

On Friday, September 14th, I will be speaking at SQLGLA 2018! This is the only free Data Platform community event in Scotland. I’m super excited about being part of it this year, and I can’t wait to visit Scotland for the first time :)

I will be presenting my Tools and Tips for Data Warehouse Developers session. This is a fast-paced beginner-level session where I share things I’ve learned over the years. Topics include features in SSMS and SQL Operations Studio, keyboard shortcuts, free tools and scripts, and of course – Biml!

SQLGLA 2018 Schedule

There are a total of 4 tracks and 24 sessions, so there should be something for everyone: PowerShell, Containers, R, Power BI, Azure Data Factory, SSAS… You name it. Just take a look at the full schedule!

(This will be a fun, friendly, and inclusive event, so please also read the Code of Conduct.)

In addition to speaking, I also signed up as a volunteer. I get to room monitor a few of the sessions that I was already planning to attend, yay! This is such an easy way to give back and help the organizers. If you have never volunteered before, I recommend giving it a go. Volunteering helped me get over my shyness, and got me into speaking! A community event like SQLGLA is the perfect place to start :)

Hope to see you at SQLGLA 2018!