[EN] Wait! Am I still MVP?

Most Valuable Professional Award is a special award from Microsoft (Community) for Comunity (Microsoft oriented) Members who are active (more or less) in The Community Zone. A definition (explanation) from Microsoft is more detailed:

For more than two decades, Microsoft has recognized exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. It is part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enriching technical communities.

I have been awarded as Most Valuable Professional for SQL Server since 1st July 2010. My first award was a very, very surprise for me. I didn’t expect this award, and of course I was very happy and proud to be a member of this fantastic group. I’m a little strange guy, and before July 2011, July 2012, July 2013, July 2014 I never checked my inbox for eventually renomination. Not before but on afternoon of 1st July I had time for checking my inbox, and always I got special message:

Dear Tobiasz Koprowski,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011/2012/2013/2014 Microsoft® MVP Award!
This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.
We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SQL Server technical communities during the past year.


This year I had no chance to check my email. Why? On Wednesday July 1st, in the morning I attended for two hours brainstorming session by Jim Shields {aka Jim Shout} at Innovation Center {SITE|TWITTER} of DeMontfort University in Leicester (btw I’m proud Innovation Center Member) . Right after session I went to Southampton (from Leicester via London St Pancras via Oxford Circus via London Waterloo) where I delivered WP_20150701_007_stitch(?) two hours session about Windows Azure SQL Database, compability, backup, restore, best practices, tips and tricks for Southampton SQL Server User Group {SITE|EVENTBRITE|TWITTER}. I wrote delivered? It’s not good word… Evangelized will be better, because location if this meeting was most surprised for whole my speaker’s short career (picture on the right…)


After session (being dropped off by Steph Middelton at Southampton Central) I just back to Leicester (from Southampton via Clapham Junction via Vauxhall via London St Pancras). Whole my trip was about thirteen hours. Yes, in the meantime I saw one tweet from my friend from Kosovo: Dukagjin Maloku and today one post form CQURE Team. And just few hours ago I had chance to check my inbox, where I found information that I’m still in this band.

I was awarded sixth time in a row for SQL Server Most Valuable Professional. And because I completely not only had no time for checking mail, but also I completely forgot about renomination time (being busy but not being boring) Today I was surprised on the same level as six years ago! And yes it’s the power of community and magic of right distance for my daily, weekly, monthly, yearly activity in The Community Zone.


Thank You All!

[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] SQL Relay Autumn Tour – Day Two

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. Second day in Southampton. Arrived on Monday evening and after spending half an hour to find 51 Archers Road (where my hatel was) with Mr Neil Hambly, we sit down for a pint of Guinness. Old style british small hotel, not very functional (with many tiny stairs) but with nice service, gave me everything what I need.

IMG_7933Early morning, after two hours of working in the lobby/breakfast/pub area – where some gusts have not been satisfied for british breakfast – went for business meeting, across the city centre. Meeting was succesfull, so ater it, I went to SQLRelay venue. And after almost two hours of trip: from meeting to rail station – next to another city – next walking from rail station to venue I can say:

Even SQL Relay Southampton was not exactly in Southampton but in Worchester; the SQLSrelay in Winchester was not exactly in WInchester, but after crossing Strawberry Hill.

I just arrived after luch so some snacks, and kiw was only available, but unlimiteg hot chocolate and coffee makes me happy. I just prepared my session and delivered Maintenance Plans for Beginners in small room for about fifteen attendees. Full agenda for this event are below:

Keynote | Microsoft
Sponsor Sessions by Spectrum IT & Pyramid Analytics

Room: Emperor
Transaction Logs: A Primer | Stuart Moore      
AlwaysON for multi-site & multi-SubnetJohn Q Martin
Introduction to Azure SQL Database | James Boother          
Understanding Parallelism | Christian Bolton
Automate your SSIS Development with BIM | Andre Kamman
Room: Monarch
Using PowerPivot & DAX to predict and win Fantasy F1 | Alex Whittles
Help, my table is getting too big!James Skipwith
SQL Server Query Tuning: A 12-step process | Scott Klein
The Big Backup Theory | Richard Douglas
Daves Fun Time Hour | Dave Morrison
Room: Peacock
MDS & DQS – Beyond the TLAs to Data Quality | Neil Hambly
Intro to R | Steph Locke
Building an automated database deployment pipeline | Alex Yates
Transitioning from "Reporting" to BI Solutions | Eric Lawson
Maintenance Plans for Beginners | Tobiasz Koprowski

I have no chance/time for attending of any sessions (I’m sorry Richard for your Big Backup Theory), but Tueasday in Southampton was really hard and busy for me. Session will be available on my SlideShare {box} soon and I updating picture album on Facebook {SQL Relay UK 2014 – Week One} each day.


After closing ceremony, raffles and more we just packing our stuff and with James as driver and with Stephanie Lockie, Scott Klein and Andre Makan (who replace Mr Neil Hambly) by SQL Relay Funny Bus we went to Bristol. And it was rainy again…