What’s your worst data storage nightmare? Feel free to comment, I’ve got a few, but I do have a personal favourite.A few years ago, I visited a company who wanted to talk Business Intelligence to me. In order to get an idea of the quality of their technical estate, I started to ask about their… Continue reading Joining the Digital Dots: What’s your worst data storage story?
Users are tech-savvy and will not tolerate digital limits. They expect the digital dots to be joined up, to get what they want, and to be given choices about ways to do things better on the device that suits them best. For me, delivering Business Intelligence systems is fundamentally affected by the quality of the IT… Continue reading Joining the Digital Dots: Working without Digital Limits
SQLRelay and Cloud OS Relay are joining forces at Hemel Hempstead for a great, free day of training! This will be held on 15th November at Shendish Manor, which is in Hemel Hempstead.As featured on TechNet, we will be having a SQL Server track and a separate Infrastructure track, which is dedicated to Infrastructure specialists.… Continue reading Microsoft is coming to Hemel Hempstead for a free of SQL Server, Windows Server and System Center training!
I presented this session at SQLPass Summit 2013 and at SQLSaturday Bulgaria.The topic focuses on some data visualisation theory, an overview of Big Data and finalises the Microsoft distribution of Hadoop. I will try to record the demo as part of a PASS Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter online webinar at some point, so please watch… Continue reading Data Visualisation with Hadoop, Hive, Power BI and Excel 2013 – Slides from SQLPass Summit and SQLSaturday Bulgaria
Thursday 7th November - 8:00 PM GMT / Thursday 7th November 3:00PM ESTThe 'Accidental Business Intelligence Project Manager' by me! Please register over at the SQLPass BI Virtual Chapter website You’ve watched the Apprentice with Donald Trump and Lord Alan Sugar. You know that the Project Manager is usually the one gets fired. You’ve heard that Business Intelligence projects… Continue reading The ‘Accidental Business Intelligence Project Manager’ webinar details
I read a post with the same title by Tim Radney, which I loved. In his post, which I suggest you read, he talks about taking his son to a technical conference. I thought I'd write a little bit about my experiences taking my son to a couple of User Groups in the UK. A few… Continue reading Women in Technology: Children at Technical Conferences
Panel Discussion: “Beyond Stereotypes: Equality, Gender Neutrality, and Valuing Team Diversity”What was the Panel discussion topic? Are there times when you feel the “odd one out” on your team? Do you have to make an effort to fit in? Often, even when there isn’t blatant sexism, racism or other discrimination in play, there can still be… Continue reading PASSWiT: Women in Technology Panel roundup of commentary
The Women in Technology lunch at SQLPass Summit has a complex topic this year: “Beyond Stereotypes: Equality, Gender Neutrality, and Valuing Team Diversity” Diversity isn't just a 'nice thing to do' - studies show that it is a way forward for companies to perform better, and even increase the bottom line. Studies by psychologists such as Irving Janis,… Continue reading at SQLPass Summit and Interested in moving into management? Then you must attend Women in Tech Lunch
Continuing the momentum from a successful road trip to Charlotte, PASS Summit will bring the world’s largest SQL Server and business intelligence conference back to Seattle, WA, Nov. 4-7 2014.PASS Summit 2014 will be held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, with two days of Pre-Conference Sessions beginning Nov. 3, 2014.… Continue reading Announcing PASS Summit 2014 – register now for early bird prices!
SQLSaturday Edinburgh sponsors Melissa Data are announcing some free Data Quality community editions and giveaways coinciding with SQLPass Summit 2013 and I thought it was worth mentioning.Melissa Data Features Community Editions of Data Quality Components for SQL Server at PASS SummitAdvanced Formatting and Address Parsing Now Free to SSIS Data Integration DevelopersRancho Santa Margarita, CA,… Continue reading SQLSaturday Edinburgh sponsors Melissa Data have some free giveaways
I am live blogging to please refresh for the latest news.Welcome to PASS Summit, where #SQLServer and #BusinessIntelligence professionals meet, network, learn and share. Bill Graziano kicked off on stage for SQLPASS Summit 2013, for #sqlserver and #BusinessIntelligence professionals. Welcome! The actual live schedule is here http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2013/Live.aspx People from all over the world are engaging with the keynote to connect, share and… Continue reading Live Blog of SQLPass Summit 2013
I've travelled five thousand miles to come to SQLPass Summit, and now I've arrived! I'm writing this blog with extreme jeglag so please excuse any errors. So, what should an out-of-town Brit do in Charlotte when not at SQLPass Summit 2013 sessions? Here are some ideas:SQLSentry are showing their usual stellar community support by offering a… Continue reading New to SQLPass Summit or Charlotte?