Well, sort of…. This blog has been quiet for nearly a year ever since I announced my name change, but my life has been less than quiet meanwhile. I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of activities:
- Working on customer projects in which I pushed the envelopes of Biml, Master Data Services, and Analysis Services (the good old-fashioned multidimensional kind which I assure you is not dead yet) and some Power BI thrown in for good measure. I’m currently taking a close look at Power BI Embedded which looks promising for one of my customers.
- DevConnections and PASS Summit conferences in the fall, 24 Hours of PASS online last fall (and coming up in a couple of weeks on May 25-26, 2016), and SQLSaturday events in Las Vegas (which I organized with @mr_stacia), Southampton UK, and Slovenia, and the PASS Business Analytics conference.
- Teaching an Immersion Event for Business Intelligence as a SQLSkills partner.
- Producing a Pluralsight course: Building Blocks of Biml.
- Figuring out what’s new in SQL Server 2016 so that I could work with Denny Cherry and Joey D’Antoni to write a book: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016. It’s available now as a free ebook from Microsoft Press but currently is half done. We’ve finished writing the book, but need to wait until SQL Server 2016 is released in June so that we can retest everything and update screenshots. The final version of the book will released soon after we complete that step so stay tuned!
During this past year, I’ve been teaching @mr_stacia how to help me get things done at Data Inspirations and I’m happy to say I am now reaping the benefits! One of those benefits is gaining some time to start blogging more than once a year. There are so many exciting developments in SQL Server coming soon… where should I begin?