Archive for category: Professional Development

My PASS Summit 2014 Submission Feedback

3 July, 2014 (16:50) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, Summit | By: Mark V

Speakers have been asking PASS for feedback regarding their Summit submissions for a few years. This year, following a bit of a heated “discussion,” PASS announced that session feedback would be available upon request. I, like so many other speakers had done, applaud this decision. PASS did make it clear that the both the quantity […]

PASS Business Analytics Conference 2014 Recap

14 May, 2014 (10:00) | Business Analytics, PASS, Professional Development | By: Mark V

Wow. That was quite a few days I had in San Jose last week. Since you follow my blog with rapt joy, you no doubt have already read my two Live Blogs of the keynote addresses. As you can see, there was a lot of great info flowing. It was really fun to participate in […]

Looking Forward to the PASS Business Analytics Conference

1 May, 2014 (10:00) | Business Analytics, PASS, Professional Development | By: Mark V

Next week, I have the great privilege to attend the PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose, CA. This is actually a bit of a surprise since the pieces only fell into place a few weeks ago for my being able to go. I have been given the opportunity to be part of the Blogger […]

2014 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server

1 April, 2014 (10:02) | Professional Development, SQL | By: Mark V

So… This happened: Dear Mark Vaillancourt, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SQL Server technical communities during the past year. I am […]

New Role: Business Intelligence Enterprise Consultant

27 March, 2014 (15:40) | Professional Development | By: Mark V

I am delighted to announce that I have taken on a new role at Digineer, the consulting firm I work for and adore. As the Business Intelligence Enterprise Consultant, I take on responsibilities that align well with my strengths and overall desires. At a high level, my duties are laid out below: 1. I still […]

Upcoming Presentations Spring 2014

18 March, 2014 (10:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, SQLSaturday | By: Mark V

It has been a while since I posted a list of upcoming presentations. In fact, some have come and gone without a blog post. Recent Past: SQL Saturday #241 Cleveland, OH – February 8, 2014 MDX Trek: First Contact DANGER: The Art and Science of Presenting West Michigan SQL Server User Group – February 27, […]

“Winning” The Power BI Demo Contest

7 February, 2014 (15:29) | Power BI, Professional Development | By: Mark V

First things first. According to the official rules, I did not win. My video did not even make it to the Top 15 Semi-Finalists. Not even close. The number of votes I got was laughable compared to others. But it was never about the votes for me. I never really had any illusions of winning […]

Upcoming Presentations: SQL Saturday #241 Cleveland

27 January, 2014 (10:17) | MDX, PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, SQLSaturday | By: Mark V

        It is with great joy that I announce that I will be presenting at SQL Saturday in Cleveland on February 8th. I have driven through Cleveland before, but never stopped for long. So, this will be my first real visit. Although, if it helps, I used to love to play as […]

PASS Summit 2013 Recap of Madness and Mayhem

23 October, 2013 (10:00) | PASS, Presentations, Professional Development, Regional Mentor, SQL, Summit | By: Mark V

Greetings! Another PASS Summit has come and gone. This was my third Summit and I have to say that I am truly hooked on this spectacular event. I had the privilege to be a bit more involved this year than in years past. I love when I can give some of my time and energy […]

PASS Summit Keynote Live Blog – Day 1

16 October, 2013 (07:15) | Live Blog, PASS, Professional Development, SQL | By: Mark V

Good morning from the PASS Summit! I will be live blogging the keynotes this year. The room is filling up with a few thousand of my closest friends. <<Please click on the post title to see the Live Blog entries>>