[EN] The 2014 Year Recap. Few words about past and future…

A little different year than previous one. And I expected this, because each year should be different. Many changes in the world happened, some changes in my life happened too. Still Poland is more and more Catholic oriented country and I really don’t like it. Too many priests, too many bishops, too much money from goverment to church and of course only one kind of church. And even I don’t have any propaganda tube machine in my flat, some voices arround me still talking about it. “Power Peoples” still cannot use our public money in right way. And all politicians are liars (does no matter from wich political party). This year was very productive in some part of it. And very, very lazy in other part. It’s very stange experience for me and I definitely should avoid it in next years. I should be more productive and effective. But some goals are fery clear: more speaking, more training, listening, more learning and of course more travelling. And here is my summary based on the last years schema:

imageProfessional Job
After nine years and two months, on last day of August I finished work for corporation. And not only for this corporation, but for corporations in general. I’m changing my vision of my life in few aspects: kind of work, profits, risk and opportunities, typical working day, place for work and especially people which are now my ‘work colleagues’. I should write something about my past job but I still only thinking about it. In general my new work title: Independent Consultant, Speaker and Trainer. Norway was new country where I worked this year, and Iceland is very, very familiar – I could say it’s my second homeland. And it’s ideal weather there for me.

I delivered few training courses (from Microsoft Official Courses Library) in Poland. And I’m very proud to deliver my authored SharePoint 2013 for ITPro MasterClass course twice on Iceland last year. And other course in Norway. Both outside Poland courses I deliver with CQURE Academy. And I’m working on new CQURE Academy project (it will be very exciting thing).

I learn about some new things, skills, features. Not too much, based on very busy time on part of year, and making lazy time on another part. I found this sentences on blog: “Perhaps the most important life skill is the ability to learn.  By learning new skills we increase our understanding of the world around us and equip ourselves with the tools we need to live a more productive and fulfilling life.  Life skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice.” And I totally agree. I’m always learning, sometimes hard skills, sometimes soft skills, sometimes I just learn how to be patient enough. And my learning process growing from last year and will grow in current. That’s my plan.

User Groups
Work life has change. Community life has changed too. Since last day of September I’m not longer Polish SQL Server User Group Leader in Wroclaw. I had less and less time for this community in last few months and because quality and regularity of meetung are most important (much, much more important than my leader’s pseudo-ego) I resigned. But I’m sure that this group in Wroclaw will grow faster. New Leader: Roman Czarko-Wasiutycz {LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK} is very active person, with good community skills and power for continuing existence of PLSSUG Branch in Wroclaw. Even I occasionally contect (and attend) for PLSSUG MeetUp (full calendar is here) I definitelly focus for PASS Community and communities in defferent countries: United Kingdon, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine,  Mediterranean and Scandinavian area. And I’m higly involved for Security Division Community with PTI in Wroclaw.

About one hundred posts. Is enough? Statistically yes, but for me definitelly not. I should increase not only number of post but especially value of this. I should back for old series such “Sunday Market” or “Express’owe Instalacje” (last one is in Polish). And definitelly create new series. But it’s only one of few my blogs. Two of five are completely zombie place. I should do something with this.

It was a year of speaking! Definitelly. I achieved my primary goal (planned from November 2013) which means: speaking in China. I missed MVP Open Summit in Russia (and I don’t feel good with that, but I made a choice). Speaking in China not means speaking in Chinese (even on half of my three-week trip in Middle Kingdom I was able to order something in bar or from street seller), but I had great pleasure to be part of Organizing Committee, Chair of Security Track and Session Speaker at BIT’s 3rd Annual Word Congress of Emerging InfoTech 2014.  Of course Dalian is not everything: I delivered sessions in  Wroclaw, Cracow, Lodz, Katowice, Poznan, Wroclaw, Rzeszow and outside Poland in Sofia, Kiev, Reykjavik, Budapest, Krasnodar, Cluj-Napoca, Southampton, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Ljubljana. In few of those cities more than once.  I delivered few workshops and one full day pre-conf (in Kiev).

Social Media
”Be social, Say More, Here and Learn More, Tech Someone. They are my personal rules. Even ‘be sociable’ is not very popular in Poland (yet) I trying to use my social networks for many purposes from reading and learning through meeting new peoples, ideas, opinions, facts and fictions, to teaching and helping peoples. One of very important hashtag is of course #sqlhelp / read more at old post from Brent Ozar blog. List of my social networks expanded from last year, but core is the same: Twitter, LinkedIn, GoldenLine, Facebook.” I wrote this in last year. This year I could write same sentences with small change – using social media by community in my country is growing. And I like it!

public-speakingNo MVP Summit last year. No PASS Summit last year. No TechEd Europe last year. No TechEd North America last year. No SQLDay Poland last year. A lot of missed events. But every speakers and conference attendees know that: it’s not possible to going in every places. But I attended of few very interesting events: Data Platform Day in Moscow, InfoSecurity in London, SQL in the City in London, SQL Saturday in Vienna, InfoTech in Dalian, UtMessan in Reykjavik, SharePoint Saturday in Hinckley.. But more important for me are all events where I delivered my sessions: IT Camp in Cluj-Napoca, CareerCon in Wroclaw, Poznan, Katowice, Krakow, Rzeszow and Wroclaw again; SQL Saturday in Budapest, Krasnodar, Kiev, Sofia, Ljubljana. It’s really hard to listing all other events which I attended: IBM IT Forum, EMC Forum, VMWare Forum, Oracle Forum, Oracle Day, BIN GigaCon, EOIF GigaCon, Do IT with Poland, and more. And two most significant conferences: of course SQLBits XII in Telford, where I (as always) worked as SQLBits Helper, but this time not only for sessions suppport and pre-canf preparation and post-conf preparation, but also supportedone ofmy guru: Allan Hirt {TWITTER|BLOG}.  Second one it was SQLRelay Tour in two weeks in eight cities, with nine sessions, many bottles of different beer, hundreds miles on the road, different hotels, and hostels and missed point on map. Very good learning time for me.

I didn’t any writing task last year. And it’s very, very bad. I never cound some news publishing or discussion board activity as writing task. I have pland for next year. Serious plan and I hope to be consistent enought to se results. I finished one good writing task – I wrote full documentation for new collaboration platform for my former employer, but… I was only one person with skils to perform this implementation and it’s not my company anymore, so… I cannot count this task, right?

Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals {right meaning}. in opposite: Collaboration is "a co-operation between elements of the population of a defeated state and the representatives of the victorious power" {meaning in my country}. My meaning is of course the first one and I very often in my course trying to explain this difference for my students. My collaboration is focused for: SQL Server User Groups in Poland, England, Ukraine, Scotland, Germany, Wales, Scandinavia, Russia and other countries. My collaboration is focused for SharePoint User Groups in England, Spanish speaking countries and Scandinavia. My collaboration is focused on worldwide security. My collaboration is focused for mentoring newbies in IT sector ans students. And I’m always open for new challenges. 

Travels… I’m traveller. And I really, really like not. Not, not only.. I love it! Last year: I travelled in few cities in Poland, but of course foreign trips are most exciting. I was twice on Iceland, once in Norway (first work task in Oslo), uncounted times in United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia (first time), Slovenia (first time), Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands. Something spectacular? Yes three points: three weeks trip in China (中国:西安,北京,大连,威海,青岛,天津,胶州), almost four weeks at last trip (Poland, Norway, England, Iceland, Serbia, Slovenia), and three weeks tour with SQL Rally (Reading, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, London). Short summary in facts:  37 trips, 158 days, 102,792 km distance, 55 cities, 18 countries. Not bad, but could be better.

Recognition is very important. I’m proud to be honoured as MVP for SQL Server 2014, and still be in Friends of the RedGate PLUS and active member of few community groups. And even I’m Vice-Chair of EMEA Board at Global IT Community Association in March I got new recognition. From March for cadence 2014-2017 I’m Member of the Board of Lower Silesian District at Polish Information Processing Society. Three honoured recognizing presents came for me as a special community voices: first from Boris Hristov {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN} and his SQL Hangouts Video; second from Mark Pryce-Maher {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN} and his Sound of SQL Podcast; and third from EMEA MVP Community with Facebook interview. YAY!

Almost forgot about my new equipment. With great hel of my frien Dariusz Klos as a prophet of finishing my job in corporation (without agreement to keep my old notebook) I bought new one: very light, HP ENVY 15-j017cl Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) which actually have: 16 GB RAM, 260 SSD, 750 HDD four USB port and HDMI port, no unecessary dvd bay, and not bad resolution. Of course is full of stickers. And I got my firsf Windows Phone – old but very good Nokia Lumia 620. Still no have iPad, iPod even Surface.


New 2015 Year? Excited and little nervours, but it will be more exciting!

[EN] Autumn Speaking Tour (Cyrillic)

I spend over one month at home (almost without travelling). But it’s enough. In the middle of September I’m starting my six weeks of travelling, speaking, meeting, sharing knowledge and networking. Very intensive six weeks with many kilometers (some by bus, some by plane, some by special bus). And here is the partial list of my conferences for next few weeks:


Azure pre-Conf | Kiev | 19th September
First Pre-Confs at SQL Saturdays in Ukraine. Hapily to all of us, event will happen in Kiev, not on east side. So We both: Sergey Olontsev and myself could go to Capitol of Ukraine for share knowledge and passion about sql server and their features. Good location: Майкрософт Украина and few fantastic, knowledge-hungry attendees. My friend from Moscow Sergey Olontsev will deliver "Data Corruptions in MS SQL Server: reasons, monitoring and solving." {registration here} and I will deliver "Windows Azure SQL Database from Zero to I’m Ready" {registration here}

SQL Saturday #290 | Kiev | 20th September
Fourth in history (and third for me) SQL Saturday in Ukraine. And I’m really happy to back to Kiev. I know that few good speakers going there too: Turgay Sahtiyan {Turkey), Mihail Mateev {Bulgaria}, Сергей Олонцев {Russia}, Алексей Ковалёв {Russia}, Евгений Полоничко {Ucraine}, Victoria Malaya and more. Expecting very interesting event. I will present two sessions: Azure SQL Database Tips and Tricks for Beginners and Maintenance Plans ad Hoc {registration here}

SQL Saturday #311 | Sofia | 12th October
My second trip to Sofia this time will happen. Last year (based on my terrible corpo work) I missed. This time I will fly to Sofia just for few hours (TripIt says: less than twenty four) and ther I will present one session in the morning slot. Except me atendees meet&greet&listen few fantastic speakers like: Marcin Szeliga {Poland}, Janos Berke {Hungary}, Laerte Junior {Brazil}, Aleksander Karl {Germany}, Milos Radivojevic {Austria} and more, more, more.

Even all my sessions I will present in English, cannot wait to switch to Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Cyrilic in general. Even I will teach – this time I will learn.


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[EN] User Groups, MeetUp, Interview, Speaking… in May

Three years ago in May I didn’t make anything special. It was a standard May, with long weekend (in Poland we have day off at 1st and 3rd May) in the office, and some small things. This year is completely different. Absolutely different. Very busy, very workin’, very interpersonal. Except my standard shifts (one hundred and tvelve hours in office) I use few days from my annual holiday for my community projects.

Phase One: Local Community Meetings:

  • on 7th – Geek Dinner with WrocNET (Wroclaw’s .NET User Groups) for meeting local developers, talks and solving probems |EVENT LINK|
  • on 10th – Special MeetUp with Egeniusz Bilski (pioneer of polish computer science) for celebrating his professional life |EVENT LINK|
  • on 16th – #35 MeetUp PLSSUG Wroclaw (Polish SQL Server User Group) where I will organize whole meeting in Altkom Akademia, and providing one sesson: SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, Developers and Administrators. Shaken, not stirred |EVENT LINK|

Phase Two: International Conferences:

  • from 2nd to 4th – in the City of Robin Hood I will work as a helper (fourth year in a row) at SQLBits XI Conference. It’s the biggest not only in UK, but in Europe and definitely the best SQL Server Community Event where I have been (and will be in future). One day of workshops and two days of conference sessions. I’m responsible for five “room monitor” tasks, packaging, post event party preparation and more. I will work with many fantastic folks and friends form SQL Server UK User Group |EVENT LINK|
  • on 23th – I will speaking about one of my favourite subject: “2 AM A Disaster just Began” in the Capitol of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca. Fantastic IT Pro, developers, administrators team providing another edition of IT Camp (Romania). I have never been in Romania, but fantastic folks from there – which I meet on Kulen Dayz in Croatia last August – invited me few weeks ago. I have big opportunity to speaking close to other fantastic speakers: Richard Campbell, Tim Huckaby, Martin Kulov, Peter Leeson, Raffaele Rialdi, Alessandro Pilotti, Tiberiu Covaci, Cristian Lefter, Mihai Tătăran, Tudor Damian and over twelve other great speakers. Super Extra Excited |EVENT LINK|
  • from 22nd to 24th – in my home city, my community (Polish SQL Server User Group) organizing 6th edition of our annual event (second year in a row is a international event): SQLDay 2013. This event will be great too (however I missing SQLDay this year), with few international speakers such: Denny Cherry, Thomas Kejser, Chris Webb and famous Polish SQL Server MVP’s: Grzegorz Stolecki, Damian Widera, Marcin Szeliga and few more. Tickets are SOLD OUT from today! |EVENT LINK|
  • on 25th – just two days later I will provide two sessions on my second SQL Saturday this year. It should be third, but on the case of my illness I missed SQL Saturday in Copenhagen (I apologize again, David and Regis). #219 SQL Saturday will be held in Kiev (Ukraine), and I’ll talk about Windows Azure SQL Database Services and about Disasters. The other speakers come from Portugal (Niko Neugebauer) and Bulgaria (Mihail Mateev) and many folks from local SQL Family |EVENT LINK|


Phase Three: Self-Learning & Collaboration:

  • near the end of May, I will spend two days of special workshops oriented for cyber security which will be held in Brussels. It’s European project (called earlier Multi-International Experiment 7) when the security experts and consultants from almost all European Coutries Goverment Organizations, United States Goverment Agencies, representative of army (from almos all countries) and global companies working together on cyber security standards and procedures. It will be very, very exciting.

Phase Four: The interview:

  • last of my project this month, last but not least is interview in US Consulate General located in Krakow for my US Visa. If everything will be OK, I have a plan to going for my firs SQL PASS Summit in fall, and of cours MVP Summit in 2014. Well, will see.


Very, very busy month.