Data Modernization in a Day

Last month I was allowed the opportunity to deliver Microsoft's workshop "Data Modernization in a Day" in Edina, Minnesota and Irving, Texas. The workshop is a deep-dive, interactive exploration of how to migrate applications and databases to the cloud. The purpose of the event is for professionals in data management and technical decision-making roles to better understand the following:
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ICT Pro TT Conference - Call For Speakers

The ICT PRO TT Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce will be hosting its 1st Annual International ICT Conference titled Ignite Your Digital Transformation on May 15th-16th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, 1 Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.

The aim of the conference is to bring together professionals from all spheres of the ICT community, to raise awareness of new and existing technologies, to encourage digital growth and development, and to foster collaboration and create channels of communication, all towards the goal of individual, corporate and national transformation.
The conference will focus on the following tracks as they relate to ICT:

  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Cybersecurity
  • Analytics
  • Cloud
  • Business Applications
  • Social
  • Information technology enabled services


The committee is seeking presenters who have experience presenting at conferences and other public forums in addition to being practitioners who can demonstrate in-depth knowledge and expertise in the focus areas. If you are interested in speaking at the event then download the proposal package and email the completed proposal in PDF or Microsoft Word format to

The deadline for submission is Feburary 9th 2018.

For more information about the conference or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, visit the website:

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PASS Summit 2017 - The Good and Bad News

The Good news
After seven (7) years of submitting and attending PASS Summit, this was the first year that I was selected as a presenter. It was a super awesometastic feeling (awesome + fantastic - copyright pending) when I got the email and I think it left me in shock for so long that I  forgot to post it on social media after PASS announced it on the summit site.

The Bad News
Right now I am supposed to be somewhere up in the air heading to Seattle (my second home), however I am here on the ground in Trinidad (my first home) thinking about how much this situation sucks. Two weeks ago I found out that I had a medical condition that could impact my trip and then based on how I felt the last few days, I decided to not take the chance of flying in my condition and hence I gave up my first opportunity to speak at the event.
The Good News part 2
The medical condition isn't going to kill me and I should be recovering sometime this week. Once I recover I have a list of events that I plan to be presenting at during November 2017 so look out for that blog post next week.

I want to thank the PASS Members and Teams - Directors, HQ members, committee members, volunteers and everyone affiliated for everything they do to ensure that a PASS Summit occurs every year and thank you for the opportunity to present at it this year. To the attendees, my sincerest apologies for my last minute cancellation and I will be able to make up for it next year (once I am lucky to be selected again).

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Mobile Reporting Session Recap

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend our 'Breakfast with Experts' event earlier this week.

During the first part of the event – Mobile Reporting, attendees were able to learn about the new and improved features of Reporting Services 2016 and how it can be used with Power BI for either cloud or on-premises environments. I also conducted a live demo showcasing Microsoft SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher and how it can be used to build sample reports with two data sets for a tablet and mobile phone. Attendees were then able to view sample reports via my Windows Phone Power BI application to get a clear idea of the end-user mobile experience.

If you are interested in learning more about Reporting Services 2016 and Mobile Reporting then check out the new Wrox book - Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and Mobile Reports.

Introduction to SoftwareOne

Reviewing SQL Server 2016

Viewing reports on a mobile device

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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and Mobile Reports

A few weeks ago, Wrox Publishers released their book entitled Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and Mobile Reports written by Paul Turley (B|T), an independent BI consultant and trainer, owner of Intelligent Business LLC and Mentor for SolidQ.

Paul asked me to be the technical editor for this book based on our previous collaboration for the 2012 version. I know that he took a lot of time and effort to ensure that this book delivered useful and relevant information for anyone looking to upgrade or leverage Reporting Services 2016 in their production environment.

Reviewing twenty-two (22) chapters while dealing with changes from SQL Server 2016 RC3 to RTM was definitely a challenge but it was also a great learning experience. I am greatly appreciative of this opportunity that Paul and Wrox has given me and I look forward to future collaborations with them.
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