Speaking at SQL Server Days 2015

SQL Server Days 2015On Tuesday, September 29th I will present my Don’t Repeat Yourself – Agile SSIS Development with Biml and BimlScript session at SQL Server Days 2015! This time I will dive a bit deeper into Biml and BimlScript and show some of the more powerful features like how to create your own methods and transformers.

I’ve heard so many great things about this conference and I’m super happy that I was selected to speak! I’ve never visited Belgium before, so I can’t wait to see some of the country, try some delicious beer and chocolate, and of course – attend great sessions :)

Monday, September 28th – Precon Sessions
50 Things All SQL Server Developers Need to Know by Aaron Bertrand (@AaronBertrand)
Understanding SSIS internals and performance tuning by David Peter Hansen (@DPHansen)
Practical SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting by Klaus Aschenbrenner (@Aschenbrenner)
Prepare and serve machine learning models with AzureML by Nico Jacobs (@SqlWaldorf)
SQL Server In-Memory OLTP and SQL Server 2016 New Features! by Tim Chapman (@chapmandew)

Tuesday, September 29th – Conference Sessions
Conor Cunningham will deliver the keynote on Microsoft’s Data Tier Strategy, followed by great 1-hour sessions that cover all kinds of topics from new SQL Server 2016 Business Intelligence features to SQL Server migrations with PowerShell to Azure Machine Learning and SQL Server security. Check out the great lineup and register before July 15th to get the Early Bird price.

Will I see you there? Come and say hi! :)

Speaking at SQLSaturday #413 Denmark

Speaking at SQLSaturday Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen is one of my favorite cities and I’m so happy that I get to visit it again for SQLSaturday #413 Denmark on September 19th! This is the third SQLSaturday in Denmark and it is bigger than ever with two days of pre-conference workshops and one day with regular sessions. I will present one of my newest sessions: Upgrading from SSIS Package Deployment to Project Deployment.

Thursday, September 17th
Self-Service BI – Power BI by Dandy Weyn (@ilikesql)
From 0 to DAX by Alberto Ferrari (@FerrariAlberto)

Friday, September 18th
Analyze and document your SQL Server like a professional / consultant by Uwe Ricken (@dbBerater)
Inside SQL Server Plan caching and parameterization by Margarita Naumova
Data Mining Algorithms in SQL Server, Excel, R and Azure ML by Dejan Sarka (@DejanSarka)
New Index technologies: Clustered ColumnStore and In-Memory OLTP: the good and the bad by Andreas Wolter (@AndreasWolter)

Saturday, September 19th
A whole day of great 1-hour sessions, including a SharePoint track, an academic track and hands-on sessions. And don’t forget to visit the Ask the Experts corner for personal help from the speakers!

See you in Copenhagen in September! :)

Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Growing Our Community

I'm speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Growing Our Community24 Hours of PASS (@pass24hop) is back! From June 24th 12:00 GMT to June 25th 12:00 GMT you can watch 24 free webinars back-to-back. Check out the great schedule and register today!

I’m super happy and excited to have been selected as a speaker at this edition of 24 Hours of PASS. The theme for this event is Growing Our Community. They only accepted abstracts from speakers who have not yet spoken at PASS Summit to give us the opportunity to gain experience and share our knowledge outside our local communities. I love this idea, and I’m so happy to see good friends and talented up-and-coming speakers selected :D

My session is called Don’t Repeat Yourself – An Introduction to Agile SSIS Development. It is based on my introduction to Biml session and I will reuse a lot of that content, but I have tweaked and expanded and changed a few things so it’s no longer just about the Biml language. Hopefully it can inspire those who are still developing SSIS in the traditional way to try a new approach to automating their development and work more efficiently :)

Presenting a webinar for the first time

Cathrine Wilhelmsen First WebinarPresenting 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 my first ever webinar. 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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