Friday, February 13, 2015

PASS presents Business Analytics Conference April 20-22

I have to say, I'm really excited about the great content being presented at this year's PASS Business Analytics Conference. The Program Team at PASS has outdone themselves this year to recharge and direct the content to include incredibly meaningful, useful and timely training to data professionals in all industries.

Take a look for yourself at some of the sessions which were presented during the BA Marathon recently. Go ahead, it's FREE!

Some of the most exciting news about the conference is the amazing line up of Speakers for both sessions and keynotes. The incredible Mico Yuk (author of Data Visualization for Dummies) will be featured as a keynote speaker on day two. Then, there's the likelihood of running into and having the opportunity to talk with data superstars such as Chandoo, MrExcel: Bill Jelen and Oz du Soleil from ExcelTV!

But wait, there's more than just Excel going on here. Want to learn more about R or Hadoop? Check out sessions with David Smith from Revolution Analytics, and Michelle Ufford from GoDaddy. Plus, so much more...

Mostly though, PASS events are a great place to network, meeting people who have similar work, and tackle similar problems. Having a low pressure environment where you can enjoy some time to just chat with one another (maybe even hang out in the evening for dinner!) and learn from each other is worth every moment away from the office. But don't just take my word for it. See what KDNuggets has to say about the BA Conference:

So, what are you waiting for? Do you or someone you know work with data ALL DAY LONG? Leave me a comment and I'll send you a special rate discount code only provided to  PASS Board members.

Spread the good word and see you in Santa Clara!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TSQL Tuesday! Learning new things

We are all constantly learning. It's a life long endurance race to collect knowledge, learn facts, perfect processes and build on the foundation of our early childhood education. The mountain of knowledge can become overwhelming if you try to look at it from too high up. I think about all the things I know regarding SQL Server, and then sometimes all it takes is a single conversation with a colleague to realize how much I still have yet to learn!

So what have I learned recently? Certainly plenty of technical one-offs; some great NDA stuff from the MVP Summit; and always something more about myself...but for this blog post I want to write about networking.

This year at PASS Summit I made a point to spend more time with people I don't typically have much opportunity to hang out with. I decided to let the setting or the occasion determine the people around me and it was really a lot of fun! I had the chance to make several new friends, and even bonded with a great vendor/sponsor who is going so far as to help out with the local SQL Saturday venue. It's incredible what can happen when you just say 'hi' and start a conversation. We all have our inner circle, and it's tough when we mostly see each other only once a year to give up some of that time to meet more people and make more connections. Just a few of the folks who I had time to get to know better, or meet for the first time (in no particular order and my apologizes for those left off, long list!): Jamey Johnston - love the new twitter handle!, Jim Murphy - would you like another umbrella in that drink?, Catherine Wihelmesen - we need to hang out more!, Elysia Barber - next time I'm in Texas, watch out!, and certainly Kirsten Benzel - muahahahaha. In addition to being just crazy fun people, we managed to have some great conversations along the way and I'm looking forward to seeing you all again at the next event we happen upon.

Lastly but in no way least, while my time in the Exhibitor hall was limited, I really enjoyed meeting the great teams of people at Kroll Ontrack and Solarwinds. People, you just never know who you are going to meet and what kind of impact or impression they may leave upon you. It's worth having that conversation, even giving up your email address because great, and sometimes amazing things and partnerships can come out of it.

So what did I learn? I learned that I have an amazing group of friends in #sqlfamily and PASS. I also learned that by continuing to add to my network, more things are made possible.

To those of you whom I did not get to spend our typical dinner/lunch/afters with, I did miss you but I know there will be future opportunities to meet up....and I'll bring a new friend along, too!

Thanks to Chris Yates (b|t) for hosting this edition!

And totally unrelated, some pics from Summit :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ada Lovelace Day 2014 - My Heroes - #tsql2sday

 Well here it is, Tuesday again and another installment of #TSQL2sday this time brought to you by Tracy McGibben (t|b) in honor of Ada Lovelace Day! Many bloggers today will write in honor of her accomplishments and where we are in technology today because of her work. Cool stuff :)

While Ada is certainly one of my personal Women In Tech heroes, there are many others who have paved a path more recently contributing to my career in tech. I couldn't write about heroes without a significant nod to my Mother who raised two girls on her own in a time when being a single parent was seriously frowned upon and without a higher education. Mom, you will always be the pinnacle of inspiration for me!

This year, I want to honor those wonderful women I have worked with in the past 12 or so months. Whether you realize it or not, you all have inspired me in one way or another, specifically professionally. Without further ado, my list of inspiring women:

Hope Foley (@hope_foley) - Hope's work ethic alone is enough to inspire anyone!
Kathi Kellenberger (@auntkathi) - Kathi's ability to take any technological problem and break it down into understandable pieces is something I aspire to do!
Ginger Grant (@DesertIsleSQL) - Ginger can tackle any problem put before her with finesse and polish!
Melissa Coates (@SQLChick) - Melissa loves what she does and it shows in everything she presents!
Kim Hathaway - Kim knows her stuff and she is never afraid to share her expertise!
Kathy Vick - Kathy knows more about SQL Server (the whole stack) than anyone I've met. It doesn't matter what questions I come up with, Kathy has an answer!

Thanks, ladies for being an inspiration and making me want to be a better Woman In Technology.