Biml in Belgium at SQL Server Days 2015

SQL Server Days 2015 - Cathrine WilhelmsenLast week I visited Belgium for the first time to attend and speak at my first SQL Server Days 2015. It was a truly great event, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the organizers and volunteers for making it a wonderful couple of days for speakers and attendees!

The venue was spectacular, but unfortunately none of my pictures do it justice. Take a look at the great pictures on the SQL Server Days Facebook page instead. I loved the huge open area in the middle where everyone could meet during breaks, and I was so happy there was unlimited coffee and chocolate! :) The rooms were all unique and fun to present in. One room looked like a library, another like a bar, and I presented in the room that was decorated like a train station – with trains in it!

I presented my Don’t Repeat Yourself – Agile SSIS Development with Biml and BimlScript session. It is based on my Biml introduction session, but included some of the more advanced features like C# classes / methods and Transformers in Mist. My attendees were a mix of people who were completely new to Biml, people who had tried basic Biml and people who had already created advanced Biml frameworks. It was a bit tricky to cover everything for everyone in just one hour, and I know I went too fast through a couple of demos, but I hope it wasn’t a waste of time for those of you who attended :)

The slide deck is available on SlideShare, and I have uploaded all the demo files on my Biml Resources and Reference page for you to go through at your own pace. Some instructions are included in the README.txt file, and feel free to contact me with any questions. I will continue to update the demo files with new and improved examples. You can always find the latest version on my Biml Resources and References page.

SQL Server Days 2015 - Speakers
Speakers! What a great bunch of people :)

SQL Server Days 2015 SQL Server Days 2015 - Room 4
First picture: Attendees eating lunch. Second picture: The room I presented in, wow!

Thank you so much for having me, and I hope I can come back in 2016! :)

Speaking at SQLSaturday #433 Gothenburg

SQLSaturday #433 Gothenburg, SwedenThe very first SQLSaturday in Sweden, SQLSaturday #433 Gothenburg 2015, will be held on September 5th. I’m very happy to announce that I will be speaking! I will be presenting an updated version of my Biml for Beginners session, and I will also be available the rest of the day if anyone wants to chat about Biml or learn more about the advanced features :)

I was planning to attend this event even if I wasn’t selected to speak since it is the first SQLSaturday in Sweden. It’s so great to see the Nordic PASS community grow, and I want to help and support my neighbors in any way I can. It’s going to be a fun couple of weeks for me doing the whole Scandinavian SQLSaturday tour: SQLSatOslo on August 29th, SQLSatGothenburg on September 5th, and SQLSatDenmark on September 19th. Yay!

Take a look at the great schedule, register, and I hope to see you in Gothenburg! :)

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 :)

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