The 5 Year Microsoft MVP Milestone

When logging into my MVP profile to update community activities etc I still have to do a double take when seeing the bookmark image (on the left). Specifically, the 'Number of MVP Awards' sub heading, reading 5. Five consecutive years I've been given this great award from Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional. Smug face … Continue reading The 5 Year Microsoft MVP Milestone

Preparing My Community Talks for 2021

New & Updated Talks for the Community With 2020 in the rear view mirror its time to reflect on another year of experience gained as a consultant designing and delivering data platform solutions for my customers in this every changing world of technology. I've previously confessed that my job is my hobby, so its great … Continue reading Preparing My Community Talks for 2021

SQLBits 2020 – My Review & Thoughts

Like so many events SQLBits 2020 was delivered from our homes... Training sessions and content delivered via webcam and recordings. Catching up with friends done via chat rooms and breakout sessions. Hanging out in the coffee line done my hanging out in your kitchen with a headset. Banter and consume sharing done via social media. … Continue reading SQLBits 2020 – My Review & Thoughts

A Complete Introduction to Azure Data Factory

Following a recent talk I did for the Europe - Data Platform Discovery Day, here is the YouTube recording for those that didn't get to see it live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtDTJPbXVpQ Slides available in GitHub here: https://github.com/mrpaulandrew/CommunityEvents/blob/master/DataPlatformDiscoveryDay-2020/Slides.pdf Thanks again to the event organisers. Please reach out if you'd like me to speak at your community event. A … Continue reading A Complete Introduction to Azure Data Factory

Preparing for SQLBits 2020 – My Azure Data Factory Sessions

Another year and another excellent SQLBits conference is in the events calendar. We were supposed to be back in London and at the massive ExCel exhibition centre. However, the event (like most others) is going virtual. For me, once again I'm very humbled to have been selected to speak, not once, but three times. Thank … Continue reading Preparing for SQLBits 2020 – My Azure Data Factory Sessions

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Announcements – The Ignite Book of News 2019

How nice is this!... All the Microsoft Ignite announcements in one place. Very cool. Data Platform and AI things in chapter 3, starting on page 39. Sadly not that many new things for us data people this year, but still, its all great news. Azure Synapse Analytics seems to be the main data platform news, … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite 2019 Announcements – The Ignite Book of News 2019

Are you an MVP in the making?

Hi friends, just a casual reflective post from me. Within the data platform community you get to meet so many great people who are true experts in their respective fields. This made me wonder how many people are still out there that are truly the most valuable professionals? These people might be valuable to their … Continue reading Are you an MVP in the making?