[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard: Belfast SQL User Group

Friday evening after one hour bus trip (with UlsterBus), fifty minutes flight (with EasyJet) and almost three hours train trip (with EastMidlandsTrains) I back to home. Twenty eight hours earlier I landed in Belfast, where I went for invitation by Ryan Dickson {LINKEDIN}. Ryan is a leader of Belfast SQL Server User Group {PASSsite|Eventbrite} I have never been there, the group looks interesting, so based on previous talks with Ryan I decided to go…

IMG_5821Being MVP, member of PASS and Community Leader  – I have not only privileges, but obligations too. One of it is kind of ‘evangelization’. With Ryan we decided to showing and explaining for their members how Windows Azure SQL Database works. About twenty five people registered for this meeting and probably all came. We spend two hours, magically extended to almost three (hope that Ryan’s wife forgive us) discussing and playing around Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Server 2016, Windows Azure Blob Storage, coloured management studio tabs, security and more.

I’m very proud and happy to deliver this session. Trip was a little annoying and stressful from time to time (eg, with NationalExpress delay to Gatwick Airport), but finally I had fantastic time and got new experience. Especially with significantly different accent of my Northern Ireland’s audience.

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Slides from my session are available HERE and if you were there… you can rate my session HERE

#NeverStopExploring

[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard: 1st PASS East Mids Meetup

600_446675460A week ago I had very big pleasure to attend, co-orginize and speak at first PASS East Midland Metup in Nottingham. I’ve been at one or two previous meetings where this group resides in Leicester. But – my friend Gavin Campbell {TWITTER|LINKEDIN} decided to step back (we always have more important than user group things: work, home affairs, family dreams). I made same decision with my first SQL Server Community – Polish SQL Server User Group (in Wroclaw) {MEETUP}

And because I moved from Leicester to Nottingham, we: Gavin, Stuart Moore {TWITTER|LINKED|BLOG} and myself setup again PASS East Midlands User Group version 2.0 in Nottingham. From the middle of November we have new address and dates for our meetings – still quarterly on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November. We have great host which is famous company from payments & card industry: Capital One Credit Cards UK.

We are in internet in several places (sorted in my personal importance list):

On our first meetup we had two sessions – one presented by me and one by Stuart. And we had arround fifteen attendees – few our fans cancelled attendance before meeting (for several private/work related reasons) – which is not bad result for first meeting. We got some good feedback on meeting, just after meeting and via out meetup page. We will continuing our work with next dates:

  • in May – Thursday 5th but date is not yet confirmed / because we have small conflict with upcoming SQLBits Conference
  • in August – Thursday 4th
  • in November – Thursday 3rd

We are very open for any suggestions about speakers and subjects for our next meetings – you can share your idea.

[EN] July 2015 and my public speaking and presence

public-speakingThird quarter of 2015 just began. July will be a little bit less travelled month, however I will not sit down in my home-office-room. I’ve few confirmed sessions at conferences and user groups, and some plan for attending only. I will miss few events and unfortunetelly reject some of them. I previously blogged in quartely frequency, but from last month I switched to monthly update and here are my public speaking and presence for July 2015. Hope You will be able to meet me somewhere and say hello. 

Attendee:

To hear someone, to see someone, to meet someone, to be inspired. My plans are a little flexible (even my calendar is not):

Conferences:

  • SharePoint Saturday|London,England|11th July {SITE|TWITTER}
  • Identity and Mobility Forum|London,England|14th June {SITE|TWITTER}

User Groups Meetings:

  • Open Coffee: How to Thrive as a Creative Business |Leicester, England|01st July {SITE|TWITTER}
  • Tech Wednesday: Women in Tech|Birmingham, England|15st July {SITE} |
  • SQL Midlands: SSIS Night|Birmingham, England|16st July {SITE} |

Speaker:

Speaking is most important part of all my events. As many of us – The Speakers – we love it. So, of course I will have some chance to increasing my speakers skills here:

User Groups Meetings:

  • Southampton User Group #SQLSoton |Southampton, England|01st July {SITE|TWITTER} |session: Double SQL Azure Session

Conferences

  • SQL Saturday #418 | Manchester|Manchester,England|25th June {SITE}|session: 2AM A Disaster Just Began

 

Rejected events:

no rejected events this monts …

 

Anyway. if You will be somewhere arround my events, just ping me, tweet me or join for the event!