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Become a BimlHero Certified Expert

BimlHero Certified Expert

Continuing my “2015 is such an exciting year for everyone using Biml” trend, Varigence recently announced the BimlHero Certified Expert Program. This is an extensive certification program that will ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to implement advanced, automated Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse solutions using Biml, BimlScript and Mist.

…and it sure won’t be easy!

To become a BimlHero, you will need to have at least one year experience using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and Biml. If and when Varigence accepts you into the program, you must first attend an 8-hour advanced training class. Within six months of attending the training class you must pass a BimlHero Certified Expert Test, and finally submit a complete production-quality Biml solution as well as a case study of a real-world Biml project you implemented. Varigence will review and provide feedback on the code sample and case study, and if they approve it… Congratulations, you will become a BimlHero Certified Expert! Simple as that :)

Read all about the program in Varigence’s BimlHero blog post and in the BimlHero program guide.

The first BimlHero training class will be held on April 29th in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Biml Scandinavian Tour 2015. Training classes will mainly take place in the US (Greenville, South Carolina) and Australia (Sydney), and online training options will be available in the future for those who are unable to travel.

Having the first training class in my region is a unique opportunity that I couldn’t miss! I will attend the training class in Copenhagen and then spend the next six months working on improving my Biml and BimlScript skills by teaching my coworkers and working with them on our Biml projects. (And I’m sure that by summer my coworkers will be teaching me lots of new tricks!)

It is truly exciting, and very terrifying, to be part of the first group of people who will attempt the BimlHero certification. It sure won’t be easy and there is always that risk of failing, but I will do my best, work hard, and have lots of fun with this awesome technology.

Are you in? :)

Presenting a webinar for the first time

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Presenting a Webinar for the First TimePresenting online is a completely different experience than presenting in-person. When you present online you lose the interaction with the audience, you are unable to read body language or facial expressions to see if they are interested or bored out of their minds, and you get absolutely no feedback on whether or not they understand what you are trying to explain. You have to trust yourself, talk to a screen for an hour, and hope that the technology does not suddenly decide to throw a tantrum and stop working for no reason.

I recently presented a webinar for the first time. It went quite well, but there are many things I want to do better next time. Writing down what I learned will help me improve my own presentation skills and slide decks, but I also hope it can help other new speakers prepare for their first webinar. Please feel free to share your own tips and tricks, I would love to learn from you! :)

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Table Partitioning Webinar for Pragmatic Works

Pragmatic WorksPragmatic Works hosts and records free webinars every Tuesday and Thursday, called Free Training on the T’s. In March 2015 they wanted to highlight Women in Tech (WIT) by hosting nine webinars with speakers from the SQL Server community. I was very honored and excited to be invited, and a little nervous since it was my first ever webinar.

The recording of my webinar Table Partitioning in SQL Server: A Magic Solution for Better Performance? is now available, and the slide deck is available on my SlideShare:

The introduction was not included in the recording, but it can be summed up as “thank you to Pragmatic Works for supporting WIT, thank you for attending my webinar, my name is Cathrine and this is an introduction to table partitioning” :) There were some technical issues so the sound is missing for about a minute in the middle of the webinar, and I couldn’t see any questions in the chat. To all of you who asked questions, I’m sorry for not answering during the webinar, but I have now received the transcript and will answer your questions in upcoming blog posts.

Upcoming blog posts
Ed Leighton-Dick (@eleightondick) recently announced a #SQLNewBlogger challenge where those who participate will write one blog post every week in April. I have decided to participate in this challenge, and I encourage everyone else to do the same! :) I got a lot of great questions during my webinar that I want to answer in more detail with scripts, step-by-step instructions and pictures, so I have picked Table Partitioning as my topic for the challenge. You can find all the blog posts in the Table Partitioning in SQL Server Archive, and check back every week in April if you want to learn more about Table Partitioning basics! :)

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