TechMentor Redmond 2019
Next week I’m excited to be going back to Seattle for what seems to be the umpteenth time. I’ve been selected to deliver two sessions at the TechMentor conference at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond: “The Force Awakens – Azure SQL Server for the On-prem DBA” and “Boring is Stable, Stable is Good – SQL Server Best Practices in Practice”. This marks my first time speaking outside of Europe and getting to do it at the Microsoft HQ is equal parts exciting and scary. I’m very much looking forward to meeting a US audience and sport my Star Wars waistcoat on the other side of the Atlantic.
SQL Saturday Oslo 2019
In just short of a month, (Aug 31st) I’m also speaking at SQL Saturday Oslo 2019! I’ll be delivering “Azure Machine Learning for the Absolute Beginner”, a primer on what Azure Machine Learning is, what it can do, what it can’t do and how to implement your first machine learning project. The lineup is exceptional as always – just look at the schedule here: https://www.sqlsaturday.com/854/Sessions/Schedule.aspx The Saturday event is free (as is always the case with SQL Saturdays), and anyone is sure to find much food for thought in the 35 sessions offered throughout.
If that wasn’t enough, there will be two days of pre-cons this year. Check them out here: https://www.sqlsaturday.com/854/EventHome.aspx They do cost some money, but the price/performance for a full day of training with these amazing speakers is difficult to beat.
I hope to see you at either of these events!
Where on earth did I go? Well, that is a very good question, and I’m happy you asked it. I’m doing most of my blogging over at Knee-deep in tech these days, but I might look at double-posting some of the content. Go check it out!
The first month of the new year is more than half way done. Time flies, but I’ve already had time to go to SQL Saturday Linz in beautiful Austria. I delivered “Headless chicken – calming the sysadmin-turned-DBA” to a full room, and it was 60 minutes of fun, shenanigans and failing to use a flipchart properly – all while having an excellent discussion about the intricacies of waking up as a DBA. Tomorrow I’m leaving for a quick trip to Mechelen in Belgium and the first-ever Power BI Days conference! I have it on good authority that there will be a good crowd and I’m more than happy to be a part of Europe’s newest Power BI-focused event. It will be a quick in-and-out though as I’m flying home again Saturday afternoon. In Mechelen I will be delivering one of my favorite sessions: “Arguing with myself – self-service BI from an infrastructure perspective”, absolutely sure so get laughs. I mean – I’m wearing two different hats and I’m arguing with myself in three different voices – what’s not to like…?