I am very honored to once again be selected to serve the MCT Community as an MCT Regional Lead for 2018 – 2019. The MCT Regional Leads play a key part in helping Microsoft serve the global MCT Community through community leadership, mentoring support, and engagement with Microsoft. Additionally, the MCT Program relies on the MCT Regional Leads for input on program changes, organizing events, forum engagement, and helping to disseminate key communication to the broader community.
During the keynote at this weeks Connect() developer conference, Microsoft unveiled a new service that integrates the Azure platform with a globally distributed streaming analytics solution. Now available in preview, Azure Databricks is designed to help app users and developers take advantage of machine learning, graph processing and AI-based applications.
Just announced! I will be presenting a pre-conference event for SQL Saturday Nashville on January 11, 2018. This session will be learning SQL Fundamentals in only Three Hours. This course is intended for individuals with basic computer skills, familiar with concepts related to database structure and terminology, and who want to use SQL to query databases. Sign up now.
Yes, it is the over-rated travel slideshow. But over the last three years I’ve been speaking at many SQL Saturday events, attending Microsoft Conferences, or teaching courses for New Horizons all across America. Here you can see my awesome adventures in under 10 minutes.
Introducing Microsoft SQL Operations Studio, which is a free, light-weight tool for modern database development and operations for SQL Server on Windows, Linux and Docker, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse on Windows, Mac or Linux machines. To find out more click here or to download it click here.
I started working on the Big Data professional program a few months ago, but became a little busy traveling, speaking, and working. But since my schedule is slowing down for the rest of the year, I decdied to refocus on completing the track. I’m also looking at the DevOps program as well, but should probably just focus on one at a time. Do you want to join me on the Big Data Challenge?
Finally finished the third and final paper for my Ethical Leadership course. If you are really interested, you can read them here. Which means I can get a head start on my final term, followed of course by the Capstone project. I’m going to start with Financial Management since it is the last course outside of my comfort zone. The IT and Data Driven courses are more inline with my expertise, which means I will probably mess them up on a grand scale.
Volunteering again today for most of the morning. I could not keep up with most of the today’s keynote as I was running around trying to answer questions. But, here is a link to Erin Stellato’s blog where she kept a running commetary. I will definitely be going back an reviewing all this along with many of the other sessions from today.
Starting off the first day of the PASS Summit and the Keynote was focused on SQL Server 2017 and Azure Data Services. This looked familiar to me as I witnessed the same thing at Ignite about a month ago and you can see that video here. One cool announcement was the new Microsoft SQL Operation Studio that will be released in a few weeks.
On my way to the PASS Summit, I thought I would take a short road trip through Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Such beautiful scenery throughout the country.
Call for Speakers is now open for the 2018
@NAMCTSummit on Feb 26-28 in Bellevue. Submit your presentation today! http://ow.ly/xQHI30g6fiL Don’t forget to register. The early bird special closes on November 4th, 2017.
An excellent special presentation by Jeffrey Snover (@jsnover) and Jason Helmick (@theJasonHelmick) on “How to position yourself for the future”, hosted by the Austin PowerShell User Group (@ATXPowershell).
While I was at Microsoft Ignite earlier this month, I had the chance to test drive the Azure Essentials learning platfrom from Microsoft. And now you can sign up and learn more about the essentials of Azure as well. Find out more here.
Did you know there are now FIVE Microsoft Professional Programs? Which one is right for you? Find out more here.
About a month ago, I found out that I would be teaching a SQL class in Omaha. Nebraska this week. A quick tweet out to the #SQLFamily and I was able to get added to the Omaha SQL User group schedule. So now another 53 people now know how to get SQL certified. So many questions, my hour presentation went almost two hours. I am also avaiable for weddings and birthday parties.
The BETA period fo:r the 773, 774, and 775 exams are finally complete and I was able to earn credit for all three. Which means I have picked up the MCSA: Machine Learning and also re-earned the MCSE: Data Management and Analytics for 2017.
This is why I love Twitter to keep up with the #SQLFamily. A question was asked by Chrissy LeMaire about scripts that Microsoft PFEs use on the job. David Peter Hansen responded with this great list of tools for Performance Troubleshooting. I’m definitley adding it to my suggested links.
Made a quick stop at SQL Saturday Pittsburgh to deliver my presentation on getting SQL Certified. The room I was supposed to present in had people taking exams and I was moved to the cafeteria. Which was a good thing because I don’t think we would have had enought seats in the orginial room. Great crowd and a lot of great questions.