Volunteering and Speaking at SQLBits XIV

SQLBits XIV Superhero Edition was my first SQLBits experience, and it was a truly amazing week!

I want to start with a massive thank you to the organizers: Darren Green, Simon Sabin, James Rowland-Jones, Chris Testa-o’neill, Allan Mitchell, Jonathan Allen and Annette Allen. You guys did one heck of a job to make this the best conference in the universe! :) I also want to say thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and speakers who made this a great event. And to all the attendees, I hope you had a blast and that I’ll see you again next year!

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Speaking at SQLSaturday #369 Lisbon

Speaking at SQLSaturday #369 Lisbon, PortugalPortugal will always be special to me because they were the first to give me a chance as a brand new speaker. That’s why I’m so happy and honored that I get to come back and speak for a second time at SQLSaturday #369 Lisbon on May 16th!

I will present my Tools and Tips: From accidental to efficient Data Warehouse developer session. It’s a fast-paced walkthrough of things that make me more productive: from keyboard shortcuts, to tools and scripts, to how you can use Biml for SSIS development. There was a time when these things were completely unknown to me, and I hope that I can help other developers work even better.

Don’t forget to register for one of the two great pre-conference workshops!
Mastering Execution Plan Analysis by Paul White (@SQL_Kiwi)
Data Mining Algorithms in SQL Server, Excel, R and Azure ML by Dejan Sarka (@DejanSarka)

First Webinar for Pragmatic Works

Pragmatic WorksPragmatic Works hosts and records free webinars every Tuesday and Thursday, called Training on the T’s.

In March they will focus on Women in Tech and have some great speakers lined up: Mickey Stuewe (@SQLMickey), Hope Foley (@hope_foley), Jessica Moss (@jessicammoss), Amy Herold (@texasamy), Ginger Grant (@DesertIsleSQL), Shannon Holck (@SQLShannon), Melody Zacharias (@SQLMelody) and Wendy Pastrick (@wendy_dance).

On Thursday, March 26th I will present Table Partitioning in SQL Server: A Magic Solution for Better Performance? This is actually a presentation I created for my coworkers during one of our projects, but I hope it can be useful for others as well :)

(It’s my first webinar, wish me luck!)

SQLKonferenz 2015

SQLKonferenz - Name BadgeI spent the past couple of days in Darmstadt, Germany for Deutsche SQL Server Konferenz 2015. This was the first time I spoke at a conference (not a SQLSaturday), and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I want to thank PASS Deutschland for doing a fantastic job to make this a great event!

The one thing I would like to have changed is that I should have learned German before going to Darmstadt :) The quality of speakers, sessions and topics covered was very impressive, and there were many sessions in German that I wanted to see. But I can’t complain at all, I got to see some great sessions and have learned new things that I look forward to trying.

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Speaking at SQLSaturday #372 Exeter

SQLSaturday #372 ExeterAhoy SQL mateys! SQLSaturday be comin’ back t’ Exeter on April 25th. Get ready fer an amazin’ day ‘o learnin’!

I’ll present Biml for Beginners: Generating SSIS packages with BimlScript, an introduction session for SSIS developers who are new to Biml. It’s even more fun to see that Rasmus Reinholdt (@RasmusReinholdt) will present his Building a meta-driven near realtime ETL solution with BIML and SSIS right after my session. How cool is that? If you’re new to Biml you can start with my introduction session and move on to a more advanced session :D

If the regular sessions aren’t enough learning for you, register for one of the pre-cons on the April 24th training day:
SQL Server: An Introduction – William Durkin (@sql_williamd)
Understanding SSIS internals and performance tuning – David Peter Hansen (@DPHansen)
R: from analysis to integration – Steph Locke (@SteffLocke)
Optimising Reporting Services for MDX Data Sources – Bob Duffy (@bob_duffy)
Performance Troubleshooting for the (Accidental) DBA – Mark Pryce-Maher (@tsqltidy) / Richard Douglas (@SQLRich)

Hope to see you there! :)

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