Bye bye, Microsoft Regional Director; Hello, new adventures!

For the past two years, I held a volunteer role with Microsoft as a Regional Director. I've spent more time explaining what it is over the past two years than anything else, but it is a 'trusted advisor' to Microsoft to talk about developer audiences. So, I am no longer an Regional Director, having going … Continue reading Bye bye, Microsoft Regional Director; Hello, new adventures!

Mental Health in Consultancy: You do You

I was inspired by Mark Christie's post here, Mental Health in Consultancy. I would like to thank Mark for his honest and inspirational sharing of his story. I'd also like to thank Kenneth Fisher for writing Missing those we've lost. With this in mind, I wanted to chat about these harder topics. Here's my thoughts: Let … Continue reading Mental Health in Consultancy: You do You

Introverted and fancy some quiet no-pressure chatting over a bite to eat? Join me for breakfast or lunch at #MSIgnite

Diversity, for me, also includes types of people. Some people can win through noise and sheer stamina for arguing a point, but that can really switch off introverts. It's important to try and look through other people's lenses. Just because they don't respond like you, doesn't mean that they are wrong. It just means that … Continue reading Introverted and fancy some quiet no-pressure chatting over a bite to eat? Join me for breakfast or lunch at #MSIgnite

Decency Charter for Technical Communities

I want to try and attract, recruit and retain people from diverse and different backgrounds, into technology careers and technical community. I believe that Diversity and Inclusion is a positive asset. However, it can be cast in terms of the negative 'Code of Conduct'. I see a CoC as leading on from a Decency Charter. … Continue reading Decency Charter for Technical Communities

Why I wish I’d never backed the Gemini PDA campaign

In December, I had my first experience with Indiegogo, and I backed a campaign to purchase a Gemini PDA. To date, the campaign has generated $2,294,143 which is 284% of target. So there's plenty of money sloshing around. As of now, it is May 2018 and despite promises, and a product tracker that seems to … Continue reading Why I wish I’d never backed the Gemini PDA campaign

How do you know if your org is ready for Data Science? Starting your journey with Azure Databricks

Mentioning  data science at your company may give you an air of expertise, but actually implementing enterprise-wide transformation with data science, artificial intelligence or deep learning is a business-wide transformation activity. It impacts your data and analytics infrastructure, engineering and business interactions, and even your organizational culture. In this post, we will look at a few … Continue reading How do you know if your org is ready for Data Science? Starting your journey with Azure Databricks

HR and Digital Transformation session in Dubai

Here are the slides for my session in Dubai, on HR and Digital Transformation. I talked a little about Excel, Power BI, SQL Server and Oracle, as well as some of the new ways in which Artificial Intelligence could help HR. I decided I would try and show courtesy to my hosts by wearing a … Continue reading HR and Digital Transformation session in Dubai