Working on a project this week for CompTIA as a Subject Matter Expert. Not sure how much I can share, but it has been an awesome experience to see behind the curtain into the non-Microsoft certification process. It is a great team to work with and highly recommend signing up as a CompTIA SME for anyone who would like to share their experience with other people. Apply to become a Subject Matter Expert here.
After all the SQL Saturday events I’ve attended, I finally won something. I will definitely be watching many of these recordings. However, I did have a great time at the first SQL Saturday in Wausau, Wisconsin that was held at Northcentral Technical College. I actually delivered two sessions, one on SQL Certifications and the other on The PROCESS of Queries.
After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its journey of exploration. Today, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn and will dive into the planet’s atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecraft’s antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor. Read more here.
Finished with the Accounting course. It was not as difficult as it should have been, but forcing myself to read the material made it take longer than it should. But now on to Ethical Leadership. No exam for thise course, I just have to write three papers.
Very excited to once again be selected as an MCT Certification Ambassador for Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. Stop by and say hello. I will be working at Certification Central on Tuesday through Thursday, 1pm to 6pm. Learn how to register for 50% off of Microsoft Exams http://bit.ly/2xOkyVH.
Today I finsished taking the two Data Vizualization BETA exams. Together these two exams will earn an MCSA on Business Intelligence Reporting. I can see a high demand for teaching these two courses. Definitely an area that not many people currently teach as PowerBI is only two years old. It will be interesting to see how well I did. If you watch the corresponding edx.org courses, you should do fine. Compared to other MCP exams, these are very straight forward. My one tip is to study DAX functions.
Finished scheduling travel plans for the next two months and am very excited. I will check Wyoming and South Dakota off my bucket list, as well as Mount Rushmore. I will be making a stop in 15 cities. Two SQL Saturdays, A project in Chicago, Microsoft Ignite, and then PASS Summit. And at some point I need finish my Accounting class. Might even pull off one or two Microsoft Certifications along the way.
Join us for MCT Day at Ignite! We will have keynote talks and round table discussions, happy hour, refreshments, and more! We are working on continuing the event into the evening, so the fun does not have to end! Register Now!
With the current events, I thought it would be good idea to link to this Microsoft eCourse that will help in deeping an understanding of our unconscious biases. Microsoft shares this course with the public in the hopes of empowering the world in accomplishing great and amazing things.
Another SQL Saturday in Indianapolis has finished and I am both exhausted and excited that we were able to have such a successful event. The unofficial count is about 480 registered attendees with an approximately 275 people attending. Both new records. Read more here.
It is time again for T-SQL Tuesday and this month is being hosted by Kendra Little. T-SQL Tuesday is a SQL Server community blog party. Feel free to join in or read all the blogs by following #tsql2sday on twitter. This month’s topic: Interview Patterns. You can read my full post here on why Interviews are a Two-Way Street.
I will be speaking at the SQL Saturday in Lousiville on August 5th. I really enjoy this one because it is only two hours away. For those attending, here is a copy of my presentation.
We are just over a week away and have reached our maximum limit of 450 registered attendees. A NEW RECORD. But don’t worry, we do have a wait list and you can still Register Here. Don’t forget we still have seats available for our THREE Pre-conference sessions on Friday, August 11th.
The recordings are now available for the 24 Hours of PASS: Summer 2017 edition. These are the preview sessions for the upcoming PASS Summit. Definitely a must see.
Thought I do a quick college update. Still working on the Accounting class. I am hoping to have this class done by the end of August.
The Office 365 team has introduced a new Office 365 admin center videos page. You will learn how to add a domain name, add people, set up document storage, download software, and much more in a series of short, easy to follow videos. Check it out today.
Data Driven TV is on the air. This podcast is where the best minds in Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence get together to discuss…. well their drive for data. Listen in here.
Truly impressed by the work that Cathrine Wilhelmsen put into this blog post on the data types for not only SQL, but for SSIS, and BIML.