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Women in Tech Book and Upcoming SQL Saturday Events

Its been a busy holiday for me. Tim and I spent the days traveling since the weekend after Christmas until January 2nd moving the RV from California to Texas. I’m not the biggest fan of the Southwest- I just like green and water too much… </p />
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Ode to Azure Cloud Shell on Christmas

When I arrived at Microsoft, I knew I would hopefully get to use my Linux skills for more than teaching SQL Server DBAs about Linux and was pleasantly surprised as I began working in Azure to find that, of course, it’s ALL LINUX.

After almost six months at the company and coming into the Christmas week, I’m thankful for all the technology I’m working with and what many assume that Microsoft won’t be about-  the command line.

Azure All the Time

As much as I feel GUIs are necessary, I’m happiest at the command line and recommend to all those I mentor to take the time to know how to perform any task from both the GUI as well as the CLI.  Since I practice what I preach, here I am six months in and have spent considerable time with all the features that you’ll find on the following page-

Clean Data = Happy Analytics

I just finished cleaning up the example data that I was offered for my own demos and solutions. Working in Education requires you use education data to ensure what you’re presenting resonates with the users you’re working with. Otherwise you just look silly presenting something that makes utterly no sense to the individual you’re hoping to impress.

Having been given the gift a large data set from demos and solutions, I quickly took the data in its original form and attempted to use it, “as is” in Power BI. After a less than stellar demonstration, set off by bizarre results in my visuals, I chalked it up to my lack of experience with Power BI. Upon research, a different culprit appeared- incomplete, inaacurate and After all my years as a DBA, I should have known that it always goes back to the data. If you don’t have clean data and a clean data model, forget it. You’re just wasting your time.

Visual Studio 2017 Incompatibility on *PROJ/SLN Files

Upon joining the Analytics and AI Team at Microsoft to support education, it became quickly apparent that my automation skills were needed more than getting me up to speed on Power BI.  My predecessor had built some great solutions, but to be more scalable, it would pay forward in the end for me to do the automation work, knowing I’d be granted a greater understanding of the products in the long run.

Extended Events with Azure Analysis Services

Its almost standard fare to be using Azure Analysis Services with our customer deployments these days.  As our customers evolve the value of their data.  SSIS integration runtimes were pivotal to this and now that there is Azure Analysis Services, it’s even easier to get started with just a few clicks in the portal interface, (or for me, a simple step in a script… :)) and migrate runtimes to the cloud.

That’ll Be Fun

I have a t-shirt that says, “Underestimate me, that’ll be fun” on the front of it.  This statement pretty much sums up my life and I continue to both impress and annoy people, which means I’m living up to it.

The session evaluations came out for PASS Summit and I was surprised by some of the reviews I received.  The opportunity to under estimate you is kind of expected.  I’m pretty comfortable with my skills as a presenter, but it is still new to me to not be as well known in the speaking community as I was in the Oracle side.  There is an additional thrill, as there is less expectation on who I am and I’m graded just like everyone else going into a presentation.

Sizing Up #SQLPass Summit 2018 After the Fact

This is my third time attending PASS Summit and second time as a speaker.  I applaud the PASS organizers, the community, the volunteers, the sponsors and the attendees for another incredible event.  In less than four days, I came home and tried to isolate one defining moment from the event and it was impossible to do so.

PASS Summit, Women in Technology ROCKS!

PASS Summit 2018 is the 16th annual WIT luncheon.  Many of the men are wearing kilts in support of the women in the SQL community, (it’s a thing here…) there’s a luncheon, there’s special panels and highlight on the women authors and speakers.

 

Women in Tech Speaker

The WIT speaker was Lauri Bingham, the Director of Technology Engineering Project Management at T-Mobile.  

Lauri shared her early life, the challenges her mother went through as a single, working mother without an employment history.  She said she made a promise to herself that she’d never be in that position and how her passion in technology was first sparked by a class in BASIC in school.

Three Months at Microsoft

Time Flies when you’re having fun or when you’re crazy busy-  I’m unsure which is more true.

I just completed my first review as an employee at Microsoft and good news!  They’re going to keep me. </p />
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Where in the World is DBA Goth Girl- Sept 11-23

Tim and I just arrived back in Colorado yesterday and just arrived-  as in Grand Junction, Colorado on the western border of Utah.  Hauling a 42Ft. 5th wheel means that you make some considerations on how far you can go and how far you want to go.

It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks and this is what’s in the plans:

Microsoft Education Data Summit

I’ll be flying to Las Vegas tomorrow morning to attend and train in Las Vegas with the rest of my technical peers in the education sector of Microsoft.  I look forward to these events, as it’s a rare time that I get to see my colleagues as a remote employee and the training is top notch.