The last few weeks have been quite hectic in the sense of speaking engagements, here is a recap on those that have already passed and a preview to the upcoming ones.
On the 16th of September I went to Toulouse for the SQL Saturday there, the event is organized by Jean-Pierre Riehl and the French User group called GUSS. Toulouse is a nice city in the south of France, with lots of historical buildings and nice restaurants. Normally that time of the year it should be warm there, we however had a lot of rain that weekend. But as this was a SQL Saturday, it was the perfect weather to be inside. The event itself was in a building for startups in the center of Toulouse called La Cantine, with 3 different rooms. Because this is an event for the French speaking community there was a mixture of French sessions & English sessions, since my French was/is not that good I gave my session on Real-time Analytics in English. Apart from giving my own session I saw a very interesting session from Wolfgang Strasser on Scale out deployment for SSIS. It was a real pleasure being in Toulouse for the SQL Saturday, big thanks to Jean-Pierre for having me and I hope to be back again next year. (Event Details : http://www.sqlsaturday.com/658/eventhome.aspx )
Then the next weekend it was time for SQL Saturday Gothenburg, on the 23th of September Swedish data enthusiasts gathered in the venue building called the Lindholmen Science Park. This was my second year speaking at SQL Saturday Gothenburg, and was very happy to be back again this year. Mikael Wedham organizes this event every year together with his family, and they do a very good job! The city of Gothenburg is a very nice town with a lot of stores, that is why my wife decided to join me this year! I delivered a session called SQL Server Problem Tombola, which is a session with a bingo machine containing ten common & uncommon problems with SQL Server. Every attendee writes down three numbers between 1 and 10, the first one to cross of the three numbers shouts bingo and wins a box of Belgian Chocolates. After delivering my own session, I went and saw the session of Alexander Klein on cognitive services which was very nice to see, and has shown me the incredible possibilities using chatbots & facial API’s. In the afternoon I was baffled by the session of Rob Sewell on pester, this is a must see session if you are managing a lot of SQL Servers. (Event Details: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/657/eventhome.aspx )
The week after Gothenburg I went to an event called SQLRelay, this is an actual road trip through the UK, doing a conference in 5 cities on five separate days. The events took place in Reading, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham & Bristol. I joined the tour this year from Tuesday until Friday, delivering my session on Real-time analytics using Filtered column store indexes. It is amazing how the guys involved set up an entire event every day in an hour time in the morning. Alex Whittles, Alex Yates, Rob Sewell, Paul Andrew and many more are doing the amazing yet crazy job of organizing and orchestrating this event, while also presenting themselves! During these 5 events they reach about 1200+ SQL Server professionals in the UK, with various national and International speakers. I saw a lot of sessions during the week apart from giving my own and they were all of excellent quality! If you are based in the UK and have never been to the SQL Relay event, I would highly recommend it! As a speaker, it is an exhausting week, but ever so satisfying. You get to meet an amazing bunch of people & get to join on the SQLTour Van. If you ever wanted to feel like a rock star going from city to city and presenting this is the must submit to event!
(Event Details : https://www.sqlrelay.co.uk/ )
It was an intense month, but the people I’ve met & the things I’ve learned are priceless.
Now what are the upcoming speaking engagements?
First off, I will be speaking at Pass Summit this year! This is the biggest event in the Data Platform world with 4000+ attendees every year. The event is being held in Seattle, which is a big city situated in the Washington State of the United States of America. This is my first time going to the Pass summit, I was going to attend this year but thought let’s submit and see what will happen. I was very surprised to have been selected to speak at an event next to heavy weight speakers like Brent Ozar, Glenn Berry, Itzik Ben-Gan, Thomas Larock and many more. I am very excited to go there for the first time, and equally nervous to speak at such an event! If you are interested in following my session you can find me on Friday, the 3th of November in the room Tahoma 2. More details on http://www.pass.org/summit/2017/Sessions/Details.aspx?sid=65654
On the 9th of December, I am going back to SQL Saturday Slovenia! This event is organized by Dejan Sarka, Matija Lah, Mladen Prajdic & Tomaž Kastrun. This is the usually the last SQL Saturday of the year, but these guys definitely make it worth your while. I will be delivering a new session there on how to use column store indexes in a data warehouse environment (more details : http://www.sqlsaturday.com/687/Sessions/Details.aspx?sid=67830). The sessions selected this year are amazing and I’m finding it hard to figure out what I want to see, because I would like to see them all. Two sessions I will definitely attend are Crazy Data Science by Enrico & Tomaz and A game of Hierarchies: Introduction to Graph databases by Markus, because I want to get to know more about graph, and the title Crazy Data Science just instantly captivated me! If you would like to join us this year, don’t forget to register fast, because the event tends to sell out! (Event Details : http://www.sqlsaturday.com/687/eventhome.aspx)
The last planned event, is happening between the 12th and the 14th of February in NEW-ZEALAND! The event is called Difinity and is organized by Reza Rad & Leila Etaati, it is a Data Platform conference with about 50 sessions being presented in Auckland. I will be presenting two sessions at the conference, first off my Real-Time Analytics Session and secondly my session on how to use column store indexes in a Data warehouse environment. There are a lot of great sessions there delivered by High quality speakers like Pinal Dave, Denny Cherry, Reza Rad and many more. I am really looking forward to presenting at the conference and to visit New-Zealand for the first time, which is an amazing country. If you would like to register for the event you can find the details on http://difinity.co.nz/ . Hope to see you there!
That is what is planned for the next months, but I hope to able to speak at more events in 2018!
Thank you for reading & Stay Tuned