[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] The 2013 Year Recap. Few words about past and future…

IMG_2077Nothing special happened. The World not going to end, it was only 2013 Year End. On the Eve of first full work week of 2014 (in Poland we have something similar to UK’s Bank Holiday, but it’s result of too strong Catholic Church in my country – it’s another completely unnecessary day off, just after xMass and Silvester Day) I should write something similar to my summary of 2012. I will try write this post in the same order like last year, and maybe in future years too. This year was a little bit different than year before, I work more, travel less, made few interesting projects and got some failures. But I still think that I didn’t use all my time which I can. I missed something last year, and I’ll try to find it in next twelve months. And here is my summary based on the last year schema:

Professional Job
I’m still work in the same place and I do almost the same things (even the company has changed). Non-Standard hours in 24/7/265 &1/4 in a year. I thing that something should change this year, or… everything else is under NDA statement.

Teaching
I renewed my MCT certification, but I hadn’t enough time for providing as much courses what I want. This point definitely must be change in next few months.

Learning
For few months I leave SQL Server, SharePoint and Azure areas and have been focused for corporate security and cyber security. For this year I’ve plan for working more with Microsoft products, but security risk, ISO, cyber security and compliance will be very important topic in my professional life this year.

User Group (s)
Leading of my group Polish SQL Server User Group in Wroclaw is not very easy task. But I organized few meetings in last year, with good (more or less) opinions from attendees. And I still have few moments each month for managing our channels: SITES:PLSSUG, SQL Day Conference, SQLDay Workshop,FAN PAGES:PLSSUG, SQL Day, SQL Day Workshop; TWITTERS:PLSSUG, SQL Day Conference; and YouTube. It’s not only this group, I’m also active member of Polish Computer Society (Data Security Division) and occasionally colaborate with other groups.

Blogging
Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time for blogging. I’ve three (no, in fact four) public blogs when I published only about eighty posts. I should increase this factor twise or more. I’ll try to scheduling/planning more post for this year.

Speaking
I love speaking. Even my sessions not always got very good opinions (when different audience and differenf events meet same speaking style and subject – results could be different too), I’m very happy and proud to sharing my knowledge, ideas, practices for other peoples. In last year I had great opportunity for speaking at local user group meetups (6 sessions / Wrocław) and first time at international user groups meetups (3 sessions / Birmingham, Maidenhead, Budapest), IT Conferences (16 sessions / Kiev, Kharkov, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Dublin, Rheinland, Stockholm, Moscow, Cluj-Napoca), Internal Sessions in Corpo (6 sessions / Wrocław) and Other Professional Conferences (4 sessions / Łódź, Wrocław, Warsaw).  Not too much, but really nice result.

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.

Conferences
Year of 2013 it was year of conferences. I have been on few SQL Saturdays (Exeter, Kiev, Kharkov, Rheinland, Dublin, Moscow), SQL Bits XI (Nottingham), IBM IT Forum, ISSA European Conference, Info Security, Service Desk & IT Support, Oracle Day, EMC Forum, SQL in the City, IT Camp, SQL Relay (whole week), SQL Rally, TechEd Europe, DevDay, 1337 Speak, Symantec Future and many smaller events in Poland.  I missed (4th year in a row) The MVP Summit and PASS Summit. And I hope that this year I’ll going to Seattle twice… (or once for long time).

Travels
Travelled a little. Again, not too much and not enough. Not same walue like last year (2012) but… My basics app for travelling – TripIt – collect all informations about my trips. I visited four countries for first time: Romania, Ucraine, Sweden /yes I have been in Karlskrona once in my previous life, but is not counted/ and Russia. The last one was most complicated with the Russian Federation Visa process, but with fantastic help of my MVP Leads (Yulia and Maria) everything finished good. And in final result I’ve two visas in my passport (hmm… maybe based on nationality the visas fighting between in the dark night?). Travel full stats: 33 trips, 99 days on trip, distance of 70 533 km, 46 cities and 13 countries.

Writing
2013 it was not ‘writer’s year’. I made some documentations, but I posted only few news on professional’s portals and no one article, no chapter in the book and of course no book. That’s really bad.

Collaboration
Less collaboration with SQL Server or Microsoft community. I tried to do my best for local communities such Microsoft SQL Server Hungarian User Group {HUG-MSSQL} and ‘eastern’ groups like SQL Server User Groups in Ucraine and Russia. But last year has been focused definitelly more for enterprise security, in first half of Year worked in MNE7 Project {MultiNational Experiment 7}, and in second half in MACCSA {Multinational Alliance for Collaborative Cyber Situational Awareness} with fantastic security persons from whole world worked for goverment, corporations and military sectors.

Recognizing
Recognision is very iportant. I’m proud to be honoured as MVP for SQL Server 2013, and still be in Friends of the RedGate PLUS and active member of few community groups.

 

Last year was better than previous in some areas, and it was worse in two or three. My plan for this year is simple: be more…