[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.

Teaching
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).

Learning
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.

Blogging
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.

Speaking
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!

Conferences
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.

Writing
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
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. 

IMG_5391Travels
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.

Recognizing
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!

Hardware
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!

[RU]/[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard: Six Days with Russian Community

Last Friday morning I’m back from my second long trip this year (first happened in March). Most intensive, important, expensive and frustrated part of this trip happened in Russia. Plan for my trip were really simple and easy:
> Wroclaw to Poznan (for passport with visa)
> Poznan to Berlin (for catching flight to Moscow)
> twenty four hours in Moscow area (for first event)

Event No 1: Data Platform Day

IMG_2972I have been invited by SQL Server MVP and Regional PASS Leader Andrey Korshikov {TWITTER} for being a part of Ask The Experts team at thhis event. I was only one foreigner, alien at this event (not speaking in Russian fluently), but other experts are well known not only in Russia: Алексей Халяко (Alexey Khaliako), Сергей Олонцев (Sergey Olontsev), Дмитрий Костылев (Dmitryi Kostylev), Андрей Коршиков (Andrey Korshikov), Максим Бурмистров (Maxim Burmistrov), Андрей Резник (Andrey Reznik), Татьяна Делягина (Tatiana Delyagina). This event was held in Digital October (very good anf ready for technology event place in heart of Moscow). About 500 attendees came to this event (not only from Moscow, but from many other cities) and about 8000(!) ateenteed watched online streaming. Almost all sessions have been presented in Russian, except opening Keynote presented by Benjamin Toronto (Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise Lead, Russia). I attended partialy for three or four session (by Alexey, Sergey, Dmitryi, Tatiana). But I got few questions (ca. six or seven) about licensing, AlwaysOn, Cloud Services and SLA. And I’m very proud for this, because even my Russian langueage skill is pure basic, we found way to understanding each other. Full day, many talks, coffee, lunch, local food and small afterparty. Really gread Thursday. My photostream from this event are available here on my facebook albums.

 

Next part should be easy, but wasn’t:
> Moscow Centre to Domodedovo Airport (via metro)
> Domodedovo to Krasnodar (with VimAvia Arilines)
> Krasnodar Airport to Hostel (on my plan 1AM in bed)

IMG_3116We got a problem with strong wind in Krasnodar. So we departure from Moscow with one hour delay, made some circles over Krasnodar and finally landed in Sochi Airport about 2:40 AM. In the world where nobody speak English my trip experience dramatically increase. After one hour I meet one of the attendees of Data Platform Day, and we found the solution for problem: how to back to Krasnodar. Wait. Wait for the others. Wait and don’t sleep, don’t missed announcing. I landed in place which I really want to see, but in different way and different time. Nevermind, maybe some day… Check-in from our flight from Sochi to Krasnodar has been opened about 5:30 AM and we departure around 7 AM (with another forty minutes delay). Finally landed in Krasnodar after eight. My friends: Sergey, Andrey and Dmitryi waiting from me – the flight frim Moscow too, but different way via Mineralnyje Vody… no comments.

After check-in in hotel, loooong shower and short sleep I was ready to helpers role for SQL Saturday in Krasnodar. We made small shopping, next delivered pizza for lunch for Pre-Conf which Dmitryi and Sergey provided in CoPlace (great co-working, opened place in centre of Krasnodar). After this we moved our stuff to the venue, meet wide animals (pictures on my fb profile) and went to Speaker Dinner to well known (for me and not only) Ucrainian’s Restaurant Network.

 

Event No 2: SQL Saturday No 270

IMG_3265Saturday morning, my personal driver Andrey catch me and two beautiful girls and we went to the conference. Those young girls had a special role: service of the reception desk for attendees. Event in Krasnodar wasn’t very big – just about fifty peoples (I suppose) and all sessions except my two (Satya K Jayanty didn’t arrived) been presented in Russian. I had one session about SQL Server Source Control (with using RedGate Tool) and another one about How to survive Disaster at 2AM. In my opinion, even peoples weren’t very, very active (based on language differences) both side of both sessions are satisfied: they and me. Some interesting talks, even eighty percent in Russian, pizza, pepsi… everything that SQL Folks need. After event we went (approx half an hour walk) to after party speaker dinner in Intourist Restaurant located on 14th flood of famous Intourist hotel. NOW I KNOW. Why Intourist is that most important for Russian people. Is really high quality, high price and great service. Pictures from this event and dinners are here.

Almost whole Sunday – with great, sunny and warm weather we (Mihail, Andrey, Sergey, Evgeny and Me) spend on sightseeing Krasnodar City walked acress main street – which is partially closed for cars each Sunday – parks and few important places. Picture from this tour will be on my Flickr profile soon. Fantastic and little tired day. 

 

Final Eclipse.
> Krasnodar Airport to Domomdedovo Airport (with VimAvia Airlines)
> Domodedovo to Vantaa Airport (with S7 Arilines)
> Vantaa Airport to London Heathrow (with Finnair)

IMG_3418On Monday morning I tried to flight to London. Woke up about 2:30 AM, enter to special cab (black big car with big man) and went to Krasnodar Airport. After first security check (double or triple check is a standard in Russia) discovered.. DELAY about 150 minutes. Without any chance to catch my flight to London. Arrived to Domodedova at 11:20, when my aircraft departure to London (via Helsinki) about 11:05. And they cannot wait for me. With my little Russian skills and no English skils at airport my flight company (VimAvia) moved me to guest house twenty kilometers from airport in the middle of nowhere – Госфильмофонд России (some pictures here). I spend one unproductive day at this place with no possibility of leaving and with one Russian traveller (nota bene from Krasnodar). Next morning they moved me back to airport, when I tried to change my ticket. And it wasn’t not possible! I I bought completely new ticket to Helsinki (S7 Airllines said: we cannot sell ticket to London / but thank You S7 offices Evgeny for translations) and with Finnair from Helsinki to London (my personal charm allowed to buy second ticket with special price 100 EUR instead 330!)

 

Great People, Great Events, most terrible trip in last few years…

[EN]/[RU] April’s Speaking Engagement

After many conferences in Poland and Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (review of the series will be posting soon) time for next speaking outside Poland. This time i’m going to the East. In seven days (next Thursday) Microsoft Office in Moscow and Russian SQL Folks organizing special event oriented for new SQL Server 2014. Code name of this event is Data Platform Day. Of course when we talk about  Data Platform we shoudn’t forget about Windows Azure, Windows Server, System Center, Windows Intune and Visual Database Tools. All of those subjects will be covered at this event. My role at this event (except improving my Russian language skills) – by special warm invitation from Andrey Korsnikov {TWITTER} will be member of Ask The Expert Group. I don’t know how I will do that because many interesting sessions will be providing there by well known speakers – just a few names:

  • Алексей Халяко, Azure архитектор, Microsoft
  • Сергей Олонцев, MCM, MVP
  • Андрей Резник, специалист по решению SQL Server PDW, Microsoft
  • Дмитрий Костылев, MVP, Лаборатория Касперского
  • Жанна Кривозубова, менеджер по развитию направления "Корпоративная мобильность", Microsoft
  • Андрей Коршиков, MVP SQL Server , Microsoft

Full schedule for this event are here: Программа конференции – Data Platform Day 

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Of course, travelling to only Moscow doesn’t make sense, so in nine days (next Saturday), I will speak. Another SQL Saturday (after SQL Sat in Budapest) will be in Krasnodar (colose, but not too close to Sochi). In the heart of Kuban Wine District I will provide one or two sessions: confirmed session is about SQL Server Cource Control, and un-confirmed my favourite: 2AM. A Disaster just began… Well. Other speakers will presenting some interesting sessions:

Full info about this event are here: http://bit.ly/QjcWAD 

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Very interesting week in Russia starting after Easter. And I’m very happy to meet with many of my good friends form Russia.