So anyone who has been following me for a while knows I have had a rough start to being a SQL speaker. From being laughed at to having my passion questioned, I think I got the rockiest start I can imagine. For someone who has always struggled to put himself in the spotlight, I really thought my speaking career died that day. I put my VMs on the shelf, archived my slide deck, and basically did nothing speaking wise since that day.
Now, I am emerging from the ashes of that day to speak again! I spent a lot of time since my last SQLSaturday appearance reflecting on feedback and I came to the conclusion that I either needed to spend a lot more time than what I had to practice or that I just didn’t have it in me to be a speaker. Either way, I believed my speaking career had come to an end. I figured that since most of the feedback I had received from experienced speakers was lukewarm at best and they were more experienced than me, it was a sign that my energy may be better spent elsewhere.
I can’t say that I truly accepted that decision, and I’ve spent plenty of time wondering what if. I have actually lost sleep over that over the months since my first SQLSaturday appearance.
Well, it’s time to cast off that previous feedback and get back in the spotlight!
I am going to be presenting “Building Your First Data Warehouse” at SQL Saturday Wausau. If you want to come and see what data warehouses are all about we will be building a simple data warehouse (technically, data mart but who’s splitting hairs?) to report on profitability data from the new sample database. All ETL work will be done in T-SQL so don’t let a lack of SSIS knowledge keep you at bay! We’ll be covering basic terminology, concepts, and processes. At the end of the session, you should be able to adequately articulate what a data warehouse is and do , and understand the basic flow behind an ETL process.