Upcoming Events: DEVintersection

Key Details

What: SQL Server & Azure SQL Conference at DEVintersection.
Where: Las Vegas, NV.
When: Sunday, December 5th through Friday, December 10th.
Admission is not free. Registration is available from the conference website.

What I’m Presenting

I don’t have dates and times just yet, but here are the talks I’m going to present:

2021-12-07 — 1:45 – 2:45 PM PST — Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Servers.

2021-12-08 — 4:15 – 5:00 PM PST — Building Your First Data Pipeline in Apache Spark

Upcoming Events: Global Azure Data & AI Fest

Key Details

What: November 2021 Global Azure Data & AI Fest (Modern Data Warehousing).
Where: On the Internet, UTC-4.
When: Friday, November 12th.
Admission is free. RSVP on Eventbrite.

What I’m Presenting

12:00 PM — 12:55 PM EDT — Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Servers.

These are going to be some fairly in-depth talks on Azure Synapse Analytics for this event—mine may be one of the highest-level and I’ve pegged this as intermediate.

Upcoming Events: PASS Data Community Summit

Key Details

What: PASS Data Community Summit 2021.
Where: On the Internet.
When: Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 12th.
Admission is free for the main conference, and pre-conference trainings are $200 apiece. RSVP on the PASS website.

What I’m Presenting

Wednesday, November 10 — 4:15 PM — 4:45 PM EDT — Building Your First Data Pipeline in Apache Spark

Thursday, November 11 — 11:45 AM — 12:15 PM EDT — Keeping It Classy: Designing a Great Classifier

The timings on here are a little strange, as PASS won’t actually broadcast the sessions during fixed time frames. Instead, they’ll release the videos as a bundle, let people watch what they want when they want, and set up Q&A sessions with the speakers at fixed time frames. In other words, those 30-minute blocks are where you get to ask questions about my sessions.

If you want to learn more about the sessions, check out a promo video I did for the Summit:

Upcoming Events: Live! 360 Orlando

Key Details

What: Live! 360
Where: Orlando, Florida.
When: November 15th through the 19th.
This is a paid event. Registration is available from the Live! 360 website.

What I’m Presenting

2021-11-18, 8:00 AM — 9:15 AM EDT — Does This Look Weird to You? An Introduction to Anomaly Detection

2021-11-18 09:30 — 10:45 AM EDT — Getting Beyond the Basics with Azure Machine Learning

2021-11-18 11:00 AM — 12:00 PM EDT — Artificial Intelligence Live! Panel Discussion: the Mainstreaming of AI and Machine Learning: Is It For Real?

These are two of my favorite talks so far in 2021, and I’m glad for the opportunity to deliver them.

As for the panel discussion, I’m thinking about taking the “No” side of the argument, and only partially to be a Devil’s Advocate. But if you want the full story, you’ll have to meet me in Orlando in two weeks.

Upcoming Events: Roanoke Valley .NET User Group

Key Details

What: Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RVNUG)
Where: On the Internet, UTC-5.
When: Thursday, November 4th.
Admission is free. RSVP on Meetup.

What I’m Presenting

6:00 PM — 8:00 PM EDT — Saving Your Wallet from the Cloud

Roanoke Valley is one of my favorite user groups to attend in person. The drive up is beautiful, though somehow we always get it scheduled the night before I need to fly out somewhere, and so I then have to drive back on dark country roads at not-so-beautiful evening hours. But because I’ve never driven off a hill (yet), I still enjoy it.

This time around, I won’t be able to drive up there, which makes perfect sense as I don’t have a flight the next day.

Upcoming Events: Azure Community Conference

Key Details

What: Azure Community Conference
Where: On the Internet, UTC+5.5 (India Standard Time).
When: Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th. Full-day, paid trainings on Sunday, October 31st.
Admission is free. RSVP on the Azure Community Conference website.

What I’m Presenting

7:30 AM — 8:30 AM EDT — Riding the Rails: Railway-Oriented Programming with F#

This is a talk I’ve wanted to put together for some time, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to give it here. This talk will, of course, be heavily indebted to Scott Wlaschin’s outstanding presentation and articles on the topic. I won’t stray too far from Scott’s explanations, though I do plan to simplify it a little and include some code examples to make things more apparent.

Upcoming Events: SQL Saturday Orlando

Key Details

What: SQL Saturday Orlando
Where: Orlando, Florida. Oh my goodness, it’s a real-life in-person event!
When: Saturday, October 30th.
Admission is free. RSVP on the SQL Saturday website.

What I’m Presenting

9:00 – 10:00 AM EDT — Saving Your Wallet from the Cloud

Not only is this an in-person event, it’s also a brand new talk from me. The talk will cover ways to save some scratch in the cloud by understanding how the pricing model works, estimating how much things cost, and developing cloud-specific utilization patterns to save money in the long run.

New DataCamp Course: Data Modeling in Power BI

I wanted to announce a brand new DataCamp course, entitled Data Modeling in Power BI. This course provides an introduction to techniques which you can use to simplify and speed up Power BI data models, with an emphasis on dimensional modeling and the Kimball technique of creating and working with star schemas.

This is a little bit different from my last DataCamp course, in that I was a collaborator on this one, so all of my work was behind the scenes. The final course is a product of my vision and Sara & Maarten’s excellent job of implementation. So go check out the course and share your thoughts.