[EN] Community Connections, Speaking Engagement… in the Fall.

lectureAutumn. The Fall. As I expected (based on my last intensive year) last four months this year will be busy. I’ve some projects in my corporation and of course outside corpo. My calendar has been filled up few days ago, and is filled in 80-95 % (yes, I can expand some dates, still). I’m talking about conferences in dual ways:

Community Connections

Going to technology confererence (sometimes not only technology, but always profession(all conference) is one of the best way to meet new people, listening ideas, sharing own opinions, creating connections and relationships. As a member of audience crowd I am going to:

DevDay 2013 >>| 20th September | Cracow, PL | LINK – even this conference based in Poland, and organizers are from Poland, it’s absolutely international event. It will be my second time, when I passed qualification (yes, it’s not for all) and I’m ready for getting new ideas, points of views, knowledge and experience from amazing speakers: Rob Ashton (AshtonDev Ltd) {@robashton}, Marco Cecconi (StackOverflow) {@sklivvz}, Tiberiu Covaci (Many-core) {@tibor19}, Dariusz Dziuk (Spotify) {@dariuszdziuk}, Dino Esposito (e-tennis.net) {@despos}, Ben Hall (Cornershop) {@Ben_Hall}, Andreas Håkansson (tretton37) {@TheCodeJunkie}, Hadi Hariri (JetBrains) {@hhariri}, Patrick Kua (ThoughtWorks) {@patkua}, Jon Skeet (Google) {@jonskeet}, Paul Stack (OpenTable) {@stack72}, Itamar Syn-Hershko (Buzzilla) {@synhershko}.

ManageEngine Forum >> 10th October | Poznan, PL | LINK – differend kind of event. Deeply oriented for ITSM practices, Service- and HelpDesk Delivery and Manage Engine. Sessions, workshop and ITSM games will be delivered by polish team from MWT company, of course with special guests from India. Some sessions will be in Polish, and I expect some in English from Marcin Tyburski, David C. Howell, Marcin Woźniak, Rajesh Ganesan, Wojciech Przybylski.

LeetSpeak >> 12th October | Stockholm, SE | LINK – a little bit similar to DevDay conference, but I’m sure a little different too. Leetspeak is not just a conference, but a concept; a gathering for hungry developers. This year it’s staking its claim in the nation’s capital on Saturday October 12. That’s what you get when you create your dream day – no filler. Less speakers, but not worse: Justin Rusbatch {@jrusbatch}, Joe Hummel {@joehummel}, Jon Skeet {@jonskeet}, Peter Gasston {@stopsatgreen}, Andreas Håkansson {@TheCodeJunkie}, Patrick Dubroy {@dubroy}.

Oracle Day >> November | Somewhere in Europe | LINK – Yes. I know. It’s oracle. But… since I got request of my customer: “We want to use Oracle Enterprice on Windows 2008 R2” (no comments)… I should that maybe, just maybe I shall look to dark side of the data. Well. Is not confirmed yet, maybe meeting with the Devil will not be necessary.

EMC Forum >> November | Somewhere in Europe | LINK EMC Forum is a one-day, complimentary conference with keynotes, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and an exhibition. Attend an EMC Forum and explore how Cloud transforms IT, Big Data transforms Business, and Trust transforms Cloud. I meet some old friends in last year. And got many laugh from the “Directors of Corporation Speech” (they should be speechless not speakers many times). I’m very interesting what they have to say this year. Maybe new ideas appearing?

 

Conference Speaking Engagements

As a continuing process of my ealuation of to be speaker, I have another big opportunnity for sharing my knowledge, ideas, practices for different and (many times) surprised audience on few conferences across Europe. For today I’ve a plan for three events:

PASS SQL Rally Nordic >>| 4-6th November | Stockholm, SE | LINK – I’m not only very happy. I’m very, very proud to be selected for THIS event. It will be my first PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server) conference under PASS brand. I’ll provide my session on Wednesday 6th November 9 AM with the subject: “SQL Server High Availability in the Context of SLA” It’s the same subject like my Chapter 18 in MVP Deep Dive Vol II book, but of course updated for newest SQL Server version. After and before my session I’ll attend for few other sessions provided by world class speakers: BI Track: Alberto Ferrari, David Peter Hansen, Davide Mauri, Gerhard Brueckl, Henk van der Valk, Jen Stirrup, Alexei Khalyako, Marcel Franke, Marco Russo, Tim Peterson / DBA Track: Kalen Delaney, Kevin Kline, Régis Baccaro, Scott Klein, Stephen Archbold, Turgay Sahtiyan / DEV  Track: Adam Machanic, Brent Ozar, Hugo Kornelis, Margarita Naumova, John Martin, Ewan Fairweather, Tobias Ternstrom, Uwe Ricken, Vesa Tikkanen. I’m happy to meet again half of them as my friends in a speaker room, and meet new persons from SQL Community.

SQL Saturday No 199 >>| 27th October | Sofia, BG | LINK – Still remember my first visit in Sofia, almost year ago. SQL Saturday happened at Infragistic office. I meet two my good SQL Camrades: Mihail Mateev {@mihailmateev} and Boris Hristov {@BorisHristov‎}. And many more from the Bulgarian community. It was fantastic event, magical speaker dinner and crazy night with DPH (he know about…). I’ve plan to visit infragistic agan, sightseeing other part of Sofia, and maybe something more. List of speakers is bigger than last time, and the value of this event is bigger and bigger with: Murilo Miranda, David Peter Hansen, Niko Neugebauer, Pedro Correia, Ignacio Salom Rangel, Kevin Boles, Marcin Szeliga, Boriana Petrova, Jen Stirrup, Régis Baccaro, David Smeets, Denis Reznik, Boris Hristov, Turgay Sahtiyan, Oleksii Kovalov, Anatoliy Kolesnick, Miroslav Dimitrov, Ivan Donev, Andrey Korshikov, Margarita Naumov, David Eichner, Anton Vidishchev.

SQL Saturday No 261 >>| 30th November | Moscow, RU | LINK – I’ve never been in Russia. it will be my first time. But after fantastic experience form SQL Saturday in Kiev (Spring) I had a plan to going there. It’s not official confirmed yet, but… I’m almost ready for visit Moscow. Because how sang Till Lindermann: Это песня о самом прекрасным городе в мире, Москва! One or two sessions on the way. List of the speakers are very interesting: David Peter Hansen, Niko Neugebauer, Klaus Aschenbrenner, Kevin Boles, Denis Reznik, Turgay Sahtiyan, Belkis Ozhorasan, Андрей Коршиков, Dmitriy Kostylev, Evgeny Khabarov.

SQL Saturday No 259 >>| 7th December | Kharkov, UA | LINK – Kharkov is my back to Ukraine. To meet many friends again, to sharing knowledge for SQL Server Community, maybe meet some Polish peoples? Some sightseeing, tasting local food and drink, and of course meet most beautiful (after Poland) girls in the world. I think that maybe two sessions will be mine.  And some friend will meet in Kharkov too: David Peter HansenTurgay Sahtiyan, Mihail Mateev, Boris Hristov, Андрей Коршиков, Дмитрий Пилюгин, Sergey Olontsev, Evgeny Garaev, Eugene Polonichko, Oleksii Kovalov.

 

User Group Speaking Engagements

Somewhere between listening and speaking I’ll meet User Groups. I’m a host of local group of Polish SQL Server User Group and Lower Silesian PASS Chapter. Till the end of year we will have four meetups in Wroclaw. Possible dates are: September 25th, October 23rd, November 20th and December 18th. I suppose that I’ll heve some speaking moments on all of those meetups. Between Moscow and Kharkov I’ll visit Budapest and my friends from Hungarian SQL Server User Group. We have a plan for MeetUp and of course Geek Beer Dinner. All in the preparation mode…

 

Very, very busy months… Hope to meet You – Dear Readers – soon at one or more of those events. 

[PL] Do konferencji SQLDay 2013 pozostało kilka dni…

…nie pozostało natomiast żadnych wolnych miejsc. Limit przestrzeni na tegoroczną (szóstą już) konferencję wyczerpał się ostatniego dnia kwietnia. Konferencja, będąca czymś w rodzaju imprezy rocznicowej Polskiej Grupy Użytkowników SQL Server (PLSSUG) po raz kolejny przyciągnęła więcej osób niż było miejsc. Od zawsze we Wrocławiu, drugi raz w zmienionej formule – metamorfoza z jednego dnia konferencji; na jeden dzień warsztatów i dwa dni sesji technicznych (w dwóch na razie ścieżkach) przyniosła efekty jakich się spodziewałem. W poprzednim roku organizację imprezy przejął ode mnie (po trzech całkiem niezłych edycjach na terenie Państwowej Inspekcji Pracy) powołany zespół, którego celem było między innymi wykreowanie tej imprezy na lepszą i ciekawszą. Patrząc z perspektywy minionego roku, nie tylko była to dobra decyzja, ale też spowodowała realizację celu jaki sobie zaplanowałem. Bardzo mnie cieszy, że konferencja w takiej formie jak dziś została przyjęta (i to dość dobrze) przez uczestników.

W tym roku impreza odbywa się całkowicie w tygodniu co ma swoje plusy dodatnie i ujemne. W środę (dwudziesty drugi maja) odbędzie się pięć warsztatów prowadzonych przez prelegentów z zagranicy, jak też z naszego kraju. Włochy, Anglia, Stany Zjednoczone, Dania, Holandia, Polska. MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MSA, MCITP, MCT, MVP, MCM. Wystarczy? Myślę że to wystarczająca zachęta.  Na czwartek (dwudziestego trzeciego maja) i piątek (dwudziestego czwartego maja) zaplanowane zostały dwie ścieżki: DBA/DEV oraz BI/DW. Ilość sesji jest spora, od rana do wieczora w dwóch salach podbędzie się łącznie ponad dwadzieścia sesji. Lista prelegentów się zwiększy zarówno o rodzimych jak i przyjezdnych. Dużo więcej sesji z tematyki mi obcej, czyli BI/DW/DEV, mniej z DBA. Zobaczymy, może przy następnej edycji los się odmieni.

Poza prelegentami i członkiniami oraz członkami społeczności skupionej wokół SQL Server, będzie można zapoznać się z ofertą sponsorów, z których najciekawszym jest Fusion-IO, tworzący fenomenalne karty do wysokiej prędkości obliczeń. Pojawi się również po raz pierwszy Microsoft, oraz między innymi lokalny oddział IBM (ciekawe co mają do zaproponowania w zakresie baz danych, może nową wersję DB2?) i podmiot reprezentujący specjalistów skupionych wokół firmy Betacom: SQLExpert.pl

Ci co będą uczestniczyć przynajmniej w czwartkowej części konferencji, będą też mieli okazję poznać bliżej prelegentów, dopytać się o szczegóły sesji i działania SQL Serwera we wszystkich jego aspektach, na wieczornej imprezie integracyjnej. Wiktuały i napitki zapewnione. Międzynarodowe doświadczenia sporej grupy prelegentów mogą przynieść odpowiedzi na niektóre pytania. Warto więc je wcześniej przygotować. Miejscem tegorocznej konferencji jest nowy obiekt (moim zdaniem zupełnie niepotrzebny na mapie miasta, ale choć raz użyty do szlachetnego celu <no może drugi raz – Gutek, nie miej mi tego za złe>) o lekkim zabarwieniu konferencyjnym, czyli Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu. Dużo miejsca, duży parking, łatwy dojazd – same plusy. Prąd, wi-fi, kawa – to wszystko będzie na miejscu. Jak dla mnie niczego więcej nie trzeba, może tylko odrobiny czasu na wybranie własciwych sesji.

Wszystkie szczegóły znaleźć możecie na stronie konferencji SQLDay 2013 oraz na stronie dla fanów na Facebook. Zachęcam również do śledzenia kanałów ćwierkających: #SQLDay_pl oraz #PLSSUG.

PS: Pamiętajcie, że warto pójść przynajmniej na jedną sesję z zupełnie obcej Wam tematyki, aby odświeżyć umysł a także – być może – znaleźć natchnienie i nową, lepszą drogę życia… (Kędziora – ciągle im to powtarzam)

[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|

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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.