[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!

[EN] SQL Relay Autumn Tour – Day Six

A series of short post about SQL Relay Autumn Tour in United Kingdom, where I speaking, networking, helping and doing more fun and business things. Sixth day in Leeds. I have been here on SQL Relay 2013, but in different place. We arrived on Monday evening and our good friend Martin Bell just ran on time to right place to help us unpacking our stuff. My great driver found strange place where I had accomodation – as always I sleps in different place that all other peoples. I had plan for work, but place was not very good, so I just went sleep – especially that I entered door not for my hostel but or private house – and a little drunk owner scream to me: “Get out. Next door, damned! Next door!” Morning, I woke up morning and went to Costa Caffee close to venue.

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About eight I found Alex Whittles near wrong reception desk (on 2nd floor) and tried to help him with organizing room – especially with abnormal floating screen / really terrible effect for speaker and audience. Some help with organizing, unpacking and checking the rooms. I found amazing theatre-style grand room for DBA track and finally small room for Cloud track. Of course ss always I occupied table with working process. In Leeds we had only one keynote presented by Anthony Saxby but in really great treater room. leeds was biggesr event, another with three track (after Southampton and Cardiff). And here is the final agenda (after some unexpected changes):

Keynote | Microsoft
Sponsor Sessions by ProfiSee & Pure Storage

Dev/DBA Track
Dave’s Fun Time SQL Hour | David Morrison
SQL Server Unit Testing | John McLusky
Uncovering the hidden gems in execution plans | Kevan Riley
Business Insight: Structured data meets unstructured data | Stephan Lawson
Statistics, Estimation & Plan Caching – The Big Three | David Morrison

BI Track
Using PowerPivot and DAX to predict and win Fantasy F1 | Alex Whittles
A look at 3 Big Data Tools | Allan Mitchell
"But SSRS Can’t Do That" – How to make it do that! | Oz Locke
Intro to R | Stephanie Locke
MDS and DQS – Beyond the TLAs to Data Quality | Neil Hambly

Cloud Track
Building an automated database deployment pipeline | Alex Yates
Cloud Services for Microsoft Peoples | Chris Testa-O’Neill    
Using Windows Azure SQL Database with Windows Phone | Allan Mitchell
Windows Azure SQL Database – Tips and Tricks for beginners | Tobiasz K.
SQL Azure, from plan to backup to cloud | Tobiasz Koprowski

Leeds was a special day for me. Firstly – I presented two sessions about Azure SQL Database, one as introduction, second as backup deep looking. Secondly – now I owe a special coffee for Allan Mitchell. Thirdly – since this day I’m a owner of my own super special helicopter from Violin Memory. Cannot time for play it, yet… but cannot wait for that. After packaging process we stayed for two hours for dring and fantastic dinner at local indian restaurant. Amazing salad bar and grill table and kitchen readu for grilled stuff for vegetarian. I will back there!

[EN] Anorak in the UK – October Rust Tour

Last year – by the special invitation of my Birmingham’s friend Alex Whittles {BLOG|LINKEDIN|TWITTER} I spend one week on a tour, a part of SQL Relay 2013: from Monday and Glasgow till Thursday and Norwich. I had no chance for second week, even for SQL Relay 203 R2. But… SQL Relay is back!

This time I will visit all Speakers Rooms on this tour! Based on decision of this year’s head of organizers Stephanie Lockie {BLOG|LINKEDIN|TWITTER} my sessions has been published, revisited and voted by community and my October’s tour looks very, very impressive:

  • 13th  – Reading |LINK| Sold Out!
  • 14th – Southampton |LINK| Sold Out!
  • 15th – Bristol |LINK| Sold Out!
  • 16th – Cardiff |LINK|
  • 27th – Newcastle |LINK|
  • 28th – Leeds |LINK|
  • 29th – Birmingham |LINK|
  • 30th – London |LINK| Sold Out!

Depends on the city I will be presenting one of the folowing sessions:  SQL Azure from Plan, to Backup, to Cloud or Maintenance Plans for Beginners or Windows Azure SQL Database – Tips and Tricks for Beginners. Except Leeds, where I will be speaking twice, and except London, where my session are not confirmed, yet. Is that all? Eight (or nine) sessions in eight days, in eight cities?

Of course not. First of all I want to say big Thank You for our SQL Relay 2014 sponsors and partners:

Premier Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

   

Silver Sponsors

 

Bronze Sponsors

       

 

And of course I cannot wait for meet and greet (and pint’ing) with my friends and well known speakers through this tour (in totally chaotic listing):

Steph Locke, Mark Stacey, Justin Langford, Gavin Payne, Christian Bolton, Dave Morrison, Amanda Ford, Alex Whittles, James Skipwith, Richard Douglas, Neil Hambly, Alex Yates, Eric Lawson, Richard Munn, Andre Kamman, Jamilu Abubakar, Andrew Whettam, Daniel Sol, Mark Round, James Boother, Oz Locke,  Matt Dowle, Alessandro Recino, Steve Powell, Allan Mitchell, Stuart Moore, Chris Webb, Steve Powell,  Mike Boswell, Claire Mora, David Williams, Kevan Riley… please forgive me if I forgot about someone.

In short summary: eight cities, eight hotels, hundreds of miles by our Speaker’s FunBus, over ninety sessions and… one thousand knowledge hungry attendees. 

So if you will be in UK, somethere close to SQLRelay venues – please join us. And spread the world with one or more our fantastic badges:

SQLRelay2014Going3SQLRelay2014Helping3SQLRelay2014Sponsoring3SQLRelay2014Organising3SQLRelay2014Speaking3

 

Post Scriptum: of course I cannot forgot about October Rust… http://youtu.be/54ugzJNjMR0 Enjoy!