Speaking at Microsoft Ignite and SQLSaturday Minnesota

Hello, cold weather! I can’t believe it’s the middle of September already. Since I last wrote here I’ve been on vacation in Colorado, organized the third SQLSaturday in Oslo, road tripped around the fjords and mountains on Norway’s west coast, and worked three days a week for my client in Stockholm. But those are stories for later blog posts, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat :) Now we’re back to speaking season!

Microsoft Ignite

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2016I’m speaking at Microsoft Ignite! Whoa! I decided to give it a try and submit a session, but I never thought I had a chance since I’m speaking about Biml, a third-part product. But whaddayaknow, they selected my session! And my hubtalk! I was shocked, now I’m just nervous :) I’ve never been to a conference this large before, so I don’t really know what to expect.

On Tuesday, September 27th, I will present Avoid repeating yourself – an introduction to Agile SSIS development. It’s a 20-minute version of my Biml for Beginners session. Since I don’t have a lot of time I will focus more on the why than the how. Exciting!

On Thursday, September 29th, I will host an Automate Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence development hubtalk. A hubtalk is more like a discussion than a presentation, and I will be drawing on a Surface Hub. (So nervous!) I will be talking about Biml and metadata-driven development, and I hope to get a good discussion going with the attendees and learn from their experiences as well.

SQLSaturday Minnesota

Cathrine Wilhelmsen Speaking at SQLSaturday Minnesota 2016Since I was already going to the US, I wanted to try to squeeze in a SQLSaturday as well. I may be slightly addicted :D I really wanted to go to Kansas City since they have a Biml track, but I just couldn’t get it to work this time. However, I managed to get good tickets to Minnesota the weekend after! I originally registered as an attendee, but offered to step in as a speaker when someone had to cancel.

So – I’m speaking at SQLSaturday Minnesota as well! :) On Saturday, October 1st, I will present my Level Up Your Biml: Best Practices and Coding Techniques session. Dave DuVarney (@daveduvarney) will present Building Metadata Driven ETL Solutions with BIML before me, so I hope it will be a great day for those interested in learning Biml.

Are you going to Microsoft Ignite or SQLSaturday Minnesota? See you there! :)

Speaking at PASS Summit 2016

Speaking at PASS Summit 2016

The first time I submitted to PASS Summit was in 2015. My Lightning Talk was accepted, and I was so excited about getting the opportunity to speak at the largest SQL Server conference in the world! I had a fantastic time, so I decided to try again and submit for PASS Summit 2016 as well.

While on vacation in Spain with my family, I woke up to an e-mail from PASS HQ. The Call for Speakers Results! I was reading the e-mail on my phone, so it felt like I was scrolling and reading and scrolling and reading and scrolling and reading until I finally got to the actual results.

Accepted!

Accepted!?

ACCEPTED!??

I didn’t just get one of my sessions accepted. I got 2 general sessions and 1 lightning talk accepted. I nearly fainted! I had to read it several times before it sunk in. I’m going to speak at PASS Summit 2016. Not once. Not twice. But three times in one week.

…WHOA!

Wuuut!?

I have mixed feelings. I’m super excited, super happy, and extremely honored to be selected! But I also know several amazing speakers who definitely should speak at the PASS Summit who weren’t selected this year. In one way it feels like I stole a session from someone who deserves it more than me. At the same time, I literally jumped around of joy when I read my e-mail. It’s difficult. I’m happy that I was selected, I’m happy for the other speakers who were selected, I’m especially happy for my friends who are speaking at the PASS Summit for the first time, but I’m also sad to hear about all my friends who weren’t selected. But next year! I’ll cross my fingers that it’s their turn next year :)

My sessions at PASS Summit 2016

I will present three sessions at PASS Summit 2016:

Biml for Beginners: Speed Up Your SSIS Development (General Session, 75 minutes)
Advance Your Career by Becoming a Volunteer (General Session, 75 minutes)
5 Ways to Advance Your Career by Becoming a Volunteer (Lightning Talk, 10 minutes)

The Biml for Beginners session is one of my favorites, and I’m so happy I get to present it at PASS Summit! :D I’m happy I have 15 minutes extra compared to the usual 60-minute sessions at SQLSaturdays. It allows me to go a little more into detail on some of my demos, or spend more time on audience questions. This is going to be fun!

I’m also really excited about presenting a Professional Development session and a Lightning Talk version of it. Volunteering has truly changed my life. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for getting involved in the PASS and SQL Server community. I hope that I can pay it forward and inspire someone else to get involved – maybe an upcoming SQLSaturday organizer or speaker? :)

Every PASS Summit I’ve been to has been a new and unique experience. I can’t wait to see what PASS Summit 2016 is going to be like! I’m sure I will be freaking out about my sessions :D But I also know I will have lots of fun, and I can’t wait to see lots of friends from all over the world again. YAY!

 

Abstract Feedback

Several speakers have shared their abstract feedback after the results were made public. Brent Ozar has added a list of these speakers to his own feedback post. I appreciate the transparency, I learn a lot from reading other people’s feedback, and I hope that it will help the community as a whole and improve the selection process next year – so I’m jumping on the bandwagon :)

 

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Presenting a Webinar for the Women in Technology Virtual Chapter

PASS Women in Technology Virtual ChapterYay! On Tuesday, April 12th, I will present my Tools and Tips: From Accidental to Efficient Data Warehouse Developer session for the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Chapter. The webinar starts at 12:00 EDT / 18:00 CEST and you can register for it here :)

Tools and Tips: From Accidental to Efficient Data Warehouse Developer

This session is a journey through some of my “Oh wow! Why did I not know this yesterday!?” moments. (Some of them are also known as my “Ooops!” moments.) I will talk about a variety of topics, including SSMS features, tools for query analysis and tuning, free tools and scripts, Biml for SSIS and even a couple of things I used to think were only useful for those scary DBAs. There was a time when these things were completely unknown to me, and I hope that I can help other accidental Data Warehouse developers so they won’t have to spend years discovering these things one by one.

This is the first time I’m presenting this session as a webinar, so I’m currently tweaking my slide deck while re-reading my own lessons learned about presenting webinars. I usually have a rather fast-paced presentation style, but that just doesn’t work as well in a webinar with lag. I also want to make sure that everything is easy to understand without me having to explain it with gestures.

(I will still be sitting alone in a room, gesturing wildly to my computer, but I promise to make my slide deck as informative as possible as well ;) )

My session is definitely not only for women, so why am I presenting for the Women in Technology Virtual Chapter?

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Speaking at SQLSaturday Vienna 2016

Speaking at SQLSaturday Vienna 2016Yay, I get to speak at a SQLSaturday… on a Friday! On April 1st at SQLSaturday Vienna, to be precise. And no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke :)

I will present my Biml for Beginners: Speed up your SSIS development session. This is one of my favorite sessions to present, and I look forward to presenting an updated version of it with a new section about BimlOnline, as well as some other new content.

The schedule looks great! I’m a little sad that Sonja Chèvre (@SonjaChevre) is speaking at the same time as me, because I really want to see her present. We met at SQLSaturday Oslo 2015, and I’m so happy to see that she is now speaking! Hopefully I’ll get to attend one of her sessions at another event :)

If you want to chat, have any Biml questions, or want me to go through some of the content from my more advanced Biml sessions – I will be available the whole day. Make sure you register now so you don’t end up on a wait list, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #SQLSatVienna.

See you in Vienna in April!

Speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago 2016

Speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago 2016Is it March yet? I’m very happy to announce that I will be speaking at SQLSaturday Chicago 2016! A huge thank you to the organizers who selected my session :D

This will be my first trip in 2016, and I’m really looking forward to visiting a new city. It’s going to be a long trip for just a few days, but it will definitely be worth it!

On Saturday, March 5th, I will present my Biml for Beginners: Speed up your SSIS development session. It’s an introduction to Biml for those who are just starting to learn Biml. I have presented this session at a few events now, and I always find something to improve. Some content will be familiar for those who have seen my slide decks already, but I’m currently working on a few tweaks.

If you’re already familiar with Biml, I’m sure you will be happy to see that Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard) will present his Using BIML as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine session later that day :)

I will be available the whole day if you want to chat, have any Biml questions, or want me to go through some of the content from my more advanced Biml sessions. I’m slightly obsessed with the topic, and I’m happy to talk for hours if someone doesn’t stop me ;)

Take a look at the amazing schedule, register now so you don’t end up on a wait list, and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #SQLSatChi.

I hope to see you at SQLSaturday Chicago! :)

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