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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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Speaking at PASS Summit 2018

In one week from now, on November 6th, PASS Summit 2018 kicks off with its v.20 Celebration party! Yay! :D

Cathrine Wilhelmsen is speaking at PASS Summit 2018

This will be the 20th PASS Summit, and my 6th time attending. These years have just gone *whooosh*! I have gone from being a shy first-timer in 2013, a volunteer in 2014, a crazy costume lady in 2015, a triple speaker in 2016, and a member of PASS HQ in 2017. I think this year I’m starting to move backwards – I’m “just” a speaker again! But I’m only presenting two sessions this year :)

I will be presenting one 10-minute Lightning Talk on Azure Data Factory, and one 75-minute General Session on Biml.

Nervous!

While I love talking about Biml, I’m very nervous about my session this year. Why? Because it’s a level 400 session, and that can mean very different things to different attendees. I presented a version of this session at SQLBits earlier this year, and I got feedback ranging from “too basic, needs more demos” to “too technical, needs more explanations”. I’m expecting similar feedback from PASS Summit :)

But! I have been working a lot on this session over the past couple of months. It will be different from what I presented at SQLBits, and it will even be different from the version I presented for MDPUG Norway, which was supposed to be my rehearsal. While I presented for MDPUG Norway, I realized that I had way too many things I wanted to improve, and have been tweaking ever since. Looking forward to it, but also very, very, very nervous!

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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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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!