Presenting at Microsoft Ignite

I have the honor of presenting two sessions and hosting four podcast recordings at Microsoft Ignite:  BRK2099 - The cloud awakens: Azure SQL Server for the on-premises DBA Session time: Thursday November 7th, 0915-1000, OCCC W314 Have you ever asked what the cloud means for your database environment? Do you wonder if Azure is a viable platform for your next project? If so, look no further! This session starts with an overview of Azure and where SQL Server fits in among the other services of the cloud. It follows with key differences between the Azure SQL Server offerings, introduces how to move data to the cloud, and discusses some of the pros, cons, and challenges of putting a database in the cloud in the first place.

Speaking at Experts Live in Prague!

It´s a late announcement, but I´m happy to tell the world that I´ve been accepted to speak at Experts Live in Prague November 20-22! It will be my first Experts Live, but from what I´ve already have experienced in terms of organization and how they´ve have handled me as a speaker - I´m VERY excited! Ill be presenting a session on Windows Virtual Desktop and how it integrates and enhances (and gets enhanced) by Microsoft 365. A session I´ve presented a number of times and that always gets the attendees to think in new directions and understands how WVD is democratizing End-User Computing.

Multiple Keys in Power BI

Let’s say we need keep track of certifications in a fictional company. Management has requested a Power BI table that should list the region, the certification, the number of certifications, the goal and a concatenation of the number of certifications and the goal. The end goal is requested to look something like this: This should be easy – just visualize the columns in a table. Unfortunately the last column called “current” is, in fact, not a part of the table. And it gets worse: the columns in the table are from different tables, and we need more than one key. Let’s tackle this in two blog posts.

New speaking hardware

At TechMentor in Seattle this summer I asked Aleksandar Nikolic, a fellow European MVP, about the tiny machine he used when presenting. It turned out that he had recently acquired a Surface Go, a Surface laptop roughly the same size as an iPad. Since buying it he had left his heavier machine at home, he explained. It was indeed a smaller package - something that would be perfect for me as I try to only travel with a carry on. As trying to manhandle a laptop in economy seating is a pain, I usually bring an iPad as well.. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this could be a great fit.

Speaking at TechMentor and SQL Saturday Oslo 2019

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.

True North for the Easily Distracted

I’ve had this blog post in my mind for quite some time, but, as is sometimes the case with these things, it did not feel like it was time to meet the public quite yet. Now it is. The bedrock of my career (and in many ways, my life) is community. I was a lonely child, sometimes by choice, sometimes not, and I didn’t quite see the point of people until a rather late age. It took me quite some time to get to grips with social interaction in general and it is in large parts due to my wonderful wife that I’ve managed to decode “people” and learn to see all the wonderful things that happen when people interact and do things together.

Heading to Norway and NICCONF

Tomorrow I’m heading to Oslo and the Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NICCONF) – one of my favorite conferences! I’ve been invited to deliver three sessions this year: “The force awakens – Azure SQL Server for the on-prem DBA” which is an introduction to Azure SQL Server in its different shapes, “Azure Machine Learning for the absolute beginner” which is an introduction to Azure Machine Learning, its capabilities and what can be done with machine learning, and finally “Learning to swim – an introduction to Azure Data Lake”, a quick overview of the what, how and when with Azure Data Lake. Now, I’ve been running around trying to find some props for these sessions, and so far I’ve got fun stuff for two of them.

Back on the road

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.