A personal ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended my session at SQL Saturday Jax yesterday; your excitement about starting (or continuing) your technical journey was inspiring.  A special ‘thanks’ to those who personally took the time to tell me that they were encouraged,  that they could create their own technical path to ‘fully employed’ as a result of the session.  I am truly humbled by your gracious comments.

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The slide deck for the presentation is now loaded to the SQL Saturday website: scroll down the page, find my session, and you’ll see the download option.  In addition, I’ve  included the slide deck with this blog post as well. Three Foundational Bricks PDF format

Many of you took the time to complete the session survey, thank you for your positive feedback!  There was one comment that caught my eye, and I want to address it briefly now, and hope to go into more detail with another blog post.  The survey comment asked the question ‘how to become fully employed but no work experience’.

The focus of yesterday’s talk was to provide you resources to get you started in the learning process, but the ‘experience’ question is a good one.  Until I can address this in detail with a future blog post, I’ll leave you with two ideas.  After you’ve learned your skills, volunteer your technical skills at a non-profit organization.

Non-Profits

Small non-profits usually cannot afford much IT support, so you volunteering your services would provide them with the technical services they need, and provide you with the ‘real-world’ experience you need for your training (and your resume).

Create a Portfolio

Should any of your training incorporate Power BI, you can show your reports and dashboards live on your Power BI site (which is free for a personal account).  Also, create some SSRS reports and capture them with screenshots; you can then embed the screenshots as part of your growing portfolio.

Let me know if delving further into this is of interest to you, and we can explore this in greater detail.  I would love to hear from you, so feel to leave comments/questions on what you’re interested in hearing about.  I’d like to explore Power BI Desktop and T-SQL basics you need to know in the coming weeks.

Before I close for today, you might want to sign up for IT Pro Camp on June 11th at Keiser University,  click here for more information.  20160507_085222_resized

So thank you for taking this technical journey with me as we continue becoming ‘technical’ together.  And consider signing up for new blog notices by subscribing at the Subscribe@ section to the left.   Until next time!

Susan Schneider lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her wonderful husband Steve. She enjoys sailing and is a ‘wanna be fisherman’, and loves all things BI.  See more information under the ‘About Me’ section.  Remember to sign up for new blog notifications:  Go to Subscribe2 on the sidebar and sign up!

Several of you have been asking why there has not been a blog post of late. Well, I took a full-time job last year as a BI Analyst, so my time has been limited; however, there are so many exciting things happening in the ‘tech universe’, I could wait no longer.  Needless to say, it’s great to be back!

Microsoft is ready to unveil SQL Server 2016, and the changes to SSRS are set to be major. In fact, if you are in the Jacksonville area on April 20th, Brad Gall is speaking at JSSUG on ‘What’s New in Reporting Service 2016’; for more info, click the link at the end of this blog.  And Power BI……the Power BI team has put out new features on a monthly basis.  In fact, the landscape of Power BI has changed so dramatically over the past 7 months, you would be amazed.

My last blog left off with the promise of exploring Lynda.com Part 3 on Power BI; but things have changed so drastically with Power BI, the Lynda.com courses we were set to explore are obsolete for the most part. There have been 13 monthly updates in Power BI Desktop alone; check out the link at the bottom.

So you see, unless you’re following Microsoft directly or watching the newest Pragmatic Works free ‘Training on the T’s’; it’s a race to keep up with the technology. How fun is that!  Well that leads me to more good news; SQL Saturday Jacksonville is happening next month, May 7th, on the campus of University of North Florida.  I have included a link with information; it is a free, full day of technical training.  You will definitely want to sign up and spend the day with us.

There will be 9 different tracks, with over 40 sessions; and there will be 3 Pre-Conference sessions on Friday, May 6th.  The Pre-Con sessions will cost you a little money, but it is well worth the price!    The  3 Pre-Cons are:

-A Day of DBA Fundamentals: Install, Maintenance Plans and Security

– A Day of Azure

-Introduction to Data Science

If you can’t make a Pre-Con session on Friday, definitely sign up for SQL Saturday, it is totally free. Should you be able to attend SQL Saturday, I hope you will consider attending my session at 10:15 entitled: ‘From Non-Technical to Fully Employed Technical:  The Road Less Traveled’.

It’s hard to believe that since beginning my technical journey 6 years ago, I now have the privilege to speak at the same SQL Saturday that started me on my journey to technical. I hope you’ll consider joining me on May 7th as we continue becoming ‘technical’ together.  Until next time!

Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG)

SQL Saturday Jacksonville

Power BI Updates

Susan Schneider lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her wonderful husband Steve. She enjoys sailing and is a ‘wanna be fisherman’, and loves all things BI.  See more information under the ‘About Me’ section.  Remember to sign up for new blog notifications:  Go to Subscribe2 on the sidebar and sign up!