[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] 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.