The Microsoft Data Platform community has enriched my career through lots of learning and even job opportunities. Here are some of the ways that I have contributed to the community:
Author or Coauthor:
Let Her Finish: Voices from the Data Platform
SSRS 2016 mobile reports (via BlueGranite, Jan 2017)
SQL Server 2019 Administration Inside Out (tech editor)
Stories From The Trenches: Volume 2 from the Let Them Finish series
Planning a Power BI Enterprise Deployment whitepaper, versions 1 – 3 (tech editor)
Power BI videos on Skill Me Up
Power BI videos on SpringerLink/Apress
Active member: Mile Hi Power BI User Group
Active member: Denver SQL User Group (VP of Events, 2017 – 2018)
I co-organized six SQL Saturdays: SQL Saturday Denver #673 and #774 and SQL Saturday Kansas City #s 159, 191, 300, 444, and 548.
I occasionally answer questions on Stack Overflow and DBA Stack Exchange.
I participate on the Power BI forums and vote for new features in the Ideas section.
I blog on my personal site, which is also syndicated to the DCAC blog. My personal site is also syndicated to SQL Server Central. I published content on the BlueGranite blog when I worked there.
I tweet about SQL, BI, and analytics.
I post useful scripts on Gist.
I speak at conferences. Here are some upcoming and recent conferences:
- PASS Summit 2020 (Nov 10-13, 2020)
- Power Up – Exploring the Power BI Ecosystem (May 27, 2020)
- Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2019 and 2020
- Power BI World Tour Dallas (2019)
- KCDC 2018
- Focus 2018
- PASS Summit 2018
I present to user groups and virtual chapters:
- Albuquerque SQL Server User Group – June 12, 2020
I give webinars. Recent ones include:
- SentryOne/DCAC – (June 3, 2020) – Organizational Analytics During High-Stress Situations
- DCAC – (2019, on-demand) – “Is it time for an SSIS checkup?
DCAC – (2019, on-demand) – “Power BI: Where Should My Data Live?“
- Power BI – (2018, on-demand) – “Creating Accessible Power BI Reports“
- BlueGranite – (2018, on-demand) – “7 Steps to Better Power BI Visuals“
- BlueGranite – (2016, on-demand) – “Improve SQL Server Data Warehouse Delivery With Biml“
- BlueGranite – 2016, on-demand) – “Effective Communication Through Data Visualization“
I speak at SQL Saturdays. Upcoming and recent events include:
- SQLSaturday Chicago – August 15, 2020 – Creating Accessible Power BI Reports
- SQLSaturday Austin – BI, Feb 2020 – Creating Accessible Power BI Reports