Notes from SQLBits Conference Day 1

Notes from SQLBits Conference Day 1

I’ll try to highlight the top takeaways per session from my side. Keynote – Level Up with Azure Data This was an entertaining show by Microsoft’s Bob Ward and Buck Woody . They pretended that Bob has a dream about presenting and could do everything. Great consequence was that they had a lot of great people from the Microsoft Team invited presented including Pedro Lopes, Anna Hoffmann, Patrick Leblanc (Guy in a cube) and much more. Demos were given with…

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SQLBits: Notes from Adam Jorgensen’s PreCon “Thriving as a technical leader”

SQLBits: Notes from Adam Jorgensen’s PreCon “Thriving as a technical leader”

This is part 2 of my series on learning at SQLBits. Today I had the pleasure to learn from Adam Jorgensen what it’s like to be a leader and how you can thrive being one. My personal motivation for this ist that I have been doing work as a BI engineer for over a decade now and am currently evaluating how to move on.# The session was truly worthwile…Adam kept it very interactive and Victoria Holt made sure that the…

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SQLBits: Notes from Brent Ozar’s PreCon “Mastering Parameter Sniffing”

SQLBits: Notes from Brent Ozar’s PreCon “Mastering Parameter Sniffing”

It’s learning time again…with my first time at SQLBits. Sadly it’s just virtual as there is still a corporate travel ban due to Covid, but I had a great first day and learned a ton. My wife just approached me this morning telling me “Hey if you gonna learn all day take this as a chance for your blog and share what you’ve learnt there…but keep it short and simple and don’t write essays”. With the latter part…I have my…

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Reflections on being a SQL teacher for the first time

Reflections on being a SQL teacher for the first time

I am currently volunteering as an instructor in a course on Data & SQL by Code First Girls. Read more about it here. Yesterday has been my first round as a teacher for a whole module. Here are some reflections on it and what I learned from it. TLDR: Don’t put too much content into one session…time catches up sooner as you think. Also allow some extra time for tech problems and Q&A. Be sure to have a dry run…

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Proud to be an instructor in the Code First Girl’s class on Data & SQL

Proud to be an instructor in the Code First Girl’s class on Data & SQL

I have the great pleasure and honor to be a volunteer for Code First Girls. This is a UK based non profit organization with the mission to encourage young women to pursue a job in the Tech sector by giving them foundamentals in relevant skills such as programming or (in my case) SQL and Databases. I have been given the opportunity by Experian to volunteer in that course and share my expertise as a data professional. What does that mean…

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SQLdays 2021 Erding: Zusammenfassung

SQLdays 2021 Erding: Zusammenfassung

Note: This blog post is in German as it is about a German conference and I expect mainly German readers. Moreover I have to admit it is easier to write German early in the morning than english :-P. Anyway feel free to run it through google translate if you are non-german-speaking and interested in the content. Wow…endlich mal wieder ein Blogeintrag nach langer Zeit. Ich finds zwar ganz gut, wenn man nicht immer was zu sagen haben muss aber zugegen…

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Exporting to Excel from PowerShell without having Excel installed

Exporting to Excel from PowerShell without having Excel installed

TLDR In case you don’t have time reading my writing about PowerShell and the coding process and just would like to have a script up and running feel free to jump right to the end of the blog post where the final scripts are provided. What’s this all about? As a BI/Analytics Practitioner my most common tool for communicating data to business users is Excel. I have been working to build a modern analytics infrastructure leveraging OLAP cubes for a…

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Azure Data Studio: Reset settings

Azure Data Studio: Reset settings

I had a weird behaviour yesterday with Azure Data Studio. A tab with a SQL Query kept coming up. If I tried to close it a save-changes-dialogue popped up but then nothing happend. Even after I closed Azure Data Studio and deleted the respective file the tab was still magically reopened after a restart. Even uninstall/reinstall did not help. Finally I reported the issue on¬†Github and a Microsoft Employee suggested dumping the profile in %appdata%.¬† So I renamed the profile…

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Pass Summit 2019: Conference Day 2

Pass Summit 2019: Conference Day 2

I already did a quite extensive write-up on some sessions from Conference Day 2 at PASS Summit 2019. Cybersecurity is everyone’s problem: An extract from the Keynote of Day 2 at Pass Summit Survival Techniques for the lone DBA (Pass Summit 2019 Conference Day 2) Successfully communicating with your customers (Pass Summit 2019: Conference Day 2) Here I would like to share the remaining sessions I went to. Design Strategies and Advanced Data Visualization This was quite an interesting session…

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Successfully communicating with your customers (Pass Summit 2019: Conference Day 2)

Successfully communicating with your customers (Pass Summit 2019: Conference Day 2)

Wow: PASS Summit is so diverse regarding sessions! It’s not just about geeks enjoying the latest new things in tech. Of course tech is the foundation for what we do and we all love it but everyone needs soft skills as well and Pass Summit is a great place to learn from other data experts about that topic. So I went to Denise McInerney‘s session on how to successfully communicate with customers. Denise had some excercises for the group which…

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