People always say that breaking up is hard to do, and that holds true whether the break up is a personal relationship or the break up is between you and an employer. In my case the latter has come to fruition, as I am moving on from TekPartners BI Solutions and starting a new and exciting position with The Glenture Group, an Optimal Solutions Company. Leaving a company is never a decision that is made lightly especially when making the huge leap from a consultant working with local clients, to becoming a traveling consultant who will have Microsoft enterprise clients nationwide. This will mean larger scale clients and larger scale projects, but more importantly will mean time away from my family who mean the world to me. In the end, I decided to branch outside of my comfort zone of South Florida and move on.
While it is true that I am very excited about my new opportunity there are a many things I will be taking with me from my old employment. However, of all the things I gained the one thing I am most appreciative of and would be remiss not to mention was my introduction to the TRUE meaning and value of the SQL Community. The community is all about sharing and learning, not marketing or business, if you don’t get that than you truly aren’t part of the #SQLFamily. Meeting and working closely with Luis Figueroa (blog/twitter), who is the president of the Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group of South Florida, he encouraged me to get more involved, attend more chapter meetings, speak more, tweet more, and now here I am with two SQL Saturday presentations under my belt and a third one coming up in Tampa in two weeks.
Well, I guess that wraps it all up, there are so many feelings I have that a short blog post doesn’t give me the time to express, however my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement for what lies ahead. So I look at this next challenge and chapter of my life and I am reminded of a great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
A couple weeks back I was thrown into the fray and presented at my first ever SQL Saturday in South Florida. With that high in mind I packed my family in the van and we all made the trip up to Cocoa Beach for SQL Saturday #231. The festivities began on Friday night with the usual speaker dinner. Eventually, I will loosen up and everyone will be asking me to shut up but for now I just enjoy sitting back and listening to a lot of the conversation going on. I had the pleasure of sitting right next to Karen Lopez (aka: @datachick), and let me tell you between the information and the entertainment value she made the dinner worth its while.
Once Saturday rolled around I was pumped and ready to go for the day ahead. My session wasn’t until 4PM, so I got to spend a good portion of the day just hanging around, taking in sessions, making new friends and just being a sponge for all the information. A few highlights from the sessions included Richie Rump (aka: @Joriss) presenting to a standing room only crowd in his T-SQL Features session and Adam Jorgensen’s (aka: @ajbigdata) lunch presentation about the new world for the data professional. As for my session much like South Florida it was a lot of fun, although this time I had the added bonus/surprise of my family sneaking in the back to watch. It’s quite the experience speaking to a room full of people while having your kids watching, probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Alas, the session came to an end and we headed to the after party. The after party was very different as many of the speakers had their families and it was pretty cool to see the next generation of SQLites running around and playing together with no worries in the world.
All in all I couldn’t of asked for a better experience in Cocoa Beach. The organizers did an amazing job putting the event together and I can only hope to be asked back next year!
Public speaking and blogging are two things I’ve always wanted to do but have either been too busy or simply intimidated by. Well, after much peer pressure and encouragement from my awesome team at TekPartners BI Solutions, I finally conquered the first presentation at SQL Saturday #226 and what better way to kick off the new blog then to discuss the presentation.
First off, the event was absolutely awesome, the speaker lineup that the committee put together was impressive and to be on the same lineup as some of the speakers was nothing less than an honor. For my first presentation I really wanted to do something different, there are tons of great presentations and whitepapers on how to develop within the Microsoft stack, however I could not find much on the when and why specifically when it came to the Microsoft Reporting Technologies.
The presentation is a fun trip into what i break down as the four core reporting types and discusses what tools we have to achieve them and which to use when. As is my very nature the session is informational but yet very informal as I work on my comedy routine!
Below you will find the PowerPoint deck from the presentation, and if you are in the area please join me on July 27, 2013 in Cocoa Beach, FL at SQL Saturday 231 as I will be giving the presentation at 8:30 AM.