Campus Days 2014

Last Tuesday Campus Days was kicked off, but unfortunately I was not able to attend any sessions on Tuesday due to our youngest one teething (parents will understand). Wednesday I had my own session, right after Regis (b|l|t) and Kenneth (b|l|t) two slot session on HDInsight, Azure and Machine Learning. It’s always fun to be presenting in a movie Theater, as the screen simply doesn’t get much bigger – see Big Screen Selfie 🙂

Grumpy BI Dude

At my session on Power BI Visualization Wednesday there was a fairly good attendance – somewhere around 45 people turned up, and once we got started the questions began to trickled in. I guess a lot of the IT people at this diverse conference are currently thinking about Power BI, unfortunately not doing so much Power BI. It was rather clear that this audience wasn’t the usual BI gang that already knew most of the stuff, and I think I did accommodate for that in my presentation. The final score of 5.63 I am very happy with since it’s an improvement over last year. Next year will be even better, yeah? At least there is room for improvement

Thursday I attended two sessions, one on Microsoft Release Manager by Philip Haugaard MSFT, an old classmate of mine, and one on making the Business ready for mobile with Windows 8.1. The latter due to some requirements that has come up at Work, and I had hoped to get some answers in that session. One bonus info from the last session was about Project Sienna – a prototyping Tool by Microsoft I didn’t know about. Check it out here:

Campus Days Entrance
Campus Days Entrance

Socially the event was OK, but not great. Wednesday two movies were shown, Dumb & Dumber 2 and Codebreaker. I should have selected Codebreaker I guess. D&D2 was funny in some parts, but the story is really thin (thinner than expected). After the movies, the hall was converted into American 20’ies. Whiskey bar and several food stations, burger, crab cake, rib-eye and apple pie was served along with beers. A lot of buzz was going on, and I think the attendees were having a great time.

I really like the Campus Days event, mainly because of the diversity of the people attending. The sessions are just as diverse, and you can really tweak your learning by attending some sessions outside your own comfort zone – as a presenter you benefit as well, as you get to see IT-Pros outside your segment perform their sessions, that can be a good learning experience as well.

Hopefully Campus Days will be back next year, and hopefully I will get the opportunity to submit sessions and present again at this event.

Thanks for all the Fish!
Thanks for all the Fish!


Speaking at Campus Days Denmark 2013

Three days, more than 100 sessions, on 10 different tracks, Campus Days Denmark has become quite the act in town. I submitted three session abstracts. I was lucky and very delighted, that one of those got chosen. I will be presenting, in cooperation with my colleague Rasmus Reinholdt Nielsen (LinkedIn|Twitter), on the topic Optimizing BI with SQL Server 2014 in-memory database.

We will be showing how to optimize you BI solution through the use of the new SQL Server 2014 In-Memory database technology, called Hekaton. The first of two scenarios, will demonstrate how to performance optimize your ETL by using Hekaton as reference database. The second demo, will be building a ROLAP cube on top of Hekaton, to see what benefits can be achieved here.
See you there?


The Power of Custom Assemblies in Analysis Services

I have just submitted my second session (first non-Domestic and first non-Danish) based on the work in this blog post. I have done this presentation once before at the 7th MsBIP User Group meeting in Copenhagen, and have some ideas to refine it for the largest SQL Server conference in Europe, see more at
As far as I can tell, some really good session have already been submitted, so no shame in not getting selected. 🙂

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Update: This session is also submitted for the SQL Saturday #196 to be held in Copenhagen April 20th