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About Cathrine

Cathrine WilhelmsenHi! I’m Cathrine. I work as a consultant, architect and developer specialized on the Microsoft Data Platform, focusing on Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence projects. I’m currently the only Microsoft Data Platform MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Norway, one of only seven BimlHero Certified Experts in the world, and an MCSE: Data Management and Analytics (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).

Outside of work, I’m active in the SQL Server and Biml communities as a speaker, organizer, mentor, author, blogger and chronic volunteer. I’m a board member of Microsoft Data Platform User Group Norway, co-organizer of MVP Day Norway, and past main organizer turned volunteer at SQLSaturday Oslo.

My love for puzzles and technical challenges made me learn HTML and CSS when I was 10 years old, which led to a bachelor’s degree in computer science specializing in programming, and eventually to a career within IT. I mainly work with SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services), Biml (Business Intelligence Markup Language) and T-SQL development.

My geeky side is passionate about development and programming, loves sci-fi and fantasy, and decided a gigantic canvas painting of Heath Ledger as The Joker is the perfect main feature of a living room. My girly side loves design and typography, ciders and chocolate, spends too much time laughing at cat gifs, and uses way too many smilies :)

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Community Activities

I’m a very proud and honored Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, Friend of Redgate, Idera 2017 SQL Superstar, PASS Outstanding Volunteer, winner of the 2014 Tribal Award for Best New Community Voice and Rock Star Presenter.

I’m also proud to be a board member of Microsoft Data Platform User Group Norway, a co-organizer of MVP Day Norway, the main organizer of SQLSaturday #317 Oslo 2014, SQLSaturday #414 Oslo 2015 and SQLSaturday #532 Oslo 2016, and a speaker and volunteer at SQLSaturday #667 Oslo 2017 and SQLSaturday #746 Oslo 2018.

Speaking and Volunteering

You can find all my upcoming and past speaking engagements on the speaking page. It includes links to resources such as video recordings, slide decks and demo files.

When I’m not speaking myself, I do my best to give back and pay it forward by supporting and encouraging new speakers. In 2018, I joined the Speaking Mentor network as a mentor. If you want to start speaking, or you are looking for help with anything related to speaking, please reach out to me or any of the other amazing mentors who are offering to help :)

Honored and Proud

Cathrine Wilhelmsen: BimlHero Certified Expert

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