Striving to put on an event this large and epic some day. 🙂
We have put on several SQL Saturday’s in Utah (3 to be exact) but I felt something needed to be different with the one we are planning now. Last year I pushed for more nosql/mysql sessions in the SQL Saturday because I saw a need in our community for more knowledge on those subjects. This year it’s time to step it up even more.
I started working with Hadoop heavily in January and learned of the Utah Hadoop users group in February (www.uhug.org). I wanted to find way’s I could help the group and build the community so I started discussing with the leaders about putting on a data conference. I wanted a combined conference that worked with all technologies and disciplines and really was just about data. I have always said Corporations and executives don’t care what technology you use as long as your solution meets the expectations of the business. We as engineers/developers/DBA’s/DW developers need to learn it’s not about a specific technology it’s just about finding the right tool for the job.
To this end the Big Mountain Data Conference is born. We will have a traditional SQL Saturday taking place with 3 separate tracks of all sorts of SQL goodness. We will have a “mixer” track showing you how SQL and other technologies can work together to make data solutions and then we will have 3 more tracks that talk all about open source data solutions (Hive,Hadoop,Mysql,Nosql and much more!). We want to bring the data experts together in one place and showcase all the many things you can do with data and how to move forward in a world that has ever increasing data demands. We are hoping that the attendees will stretch themselves to learn something new and visit other tools that can be used to expand their skill set.
We have assembled a great team of organizers and volunteers to help put this event together and we will be looking for presenters eager to pass on their skills to others. We hope that you will all join us on Sept 7th 2013 for this epic data event.
The SQL Saturday #246 you can access at www.utahsqlsaturday.com. Utah Geek Events will be hosting the Schedule/registration for the Big Mountain Data Side of things you can go to www.utahgeekevents.com which has open registration and a place to submit sessions.
I hope everyone will join us in learning about data and what you can do with it.
This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is brought to us from Wendy Pastrick (Blog |Twitter). She wanted us to talk about the road map in our career or what we have done to get to the point we are now in our career.
This is an interesting idea for me for 2 reasons. 1. While you are reading this I’m driving to Las Vegas for a conference for my company. So you could say I’m driving on my road map now! The other reason I’ll explain below.
Personally it’s very interesting for me to look back on my Road Map since it’s changed greatly since when I started. I can still remember being a Customer Service Lead and talking to my manager when she asked me where I wanted to be in 5 years. I said I was hoping to get a CAN/CNE certification and be a Network Administrator. 6 months later we inherited a Database app from another company and my life changed forever. I became the accidental DBA we all talk about and from that point forward started a path towards the data world.
Fast forward about 10 years and here I am facing another new path. For the last several months my focus and time has been on the Hadoop Ecosystem. 1.5 years ago I started with a new company and ran into a similar problem I’ve faced many times. Reads/Writes contending on the same SQL DB because we had no reporting environment to send the queries against, I set out to create such a reporting environment and both succeeded and failed in a lot of ways. We’ve decided now to take the good from that environment and migrate it into a Lamp/open source system that can horizontally scale at an excellent cost to the company. We are about a month out from some really serious testing of the system and I’m about as excited as I have ever been about any technology I’ve used.
What my “Road Map” has taught me through all these years is best summed up by one of my all-time favorite sayings.
“It’s not about the Destination, It’s about the Journey”
I’ve learned that even though I have had many destinations on my road map, the place that I’ve learned the most and grown the most as a Data Professional were the times when I went on a journey to find something. My suggestion to anyone working on the Road Map is pick out some destinations but make sure you take that road less travelled from time to time. I think you will find you will look back on those times more than any destination you reach.
Good luck in your Journey!