Microsoft’s PowerBI and Datazen

This week I’m going to be looking for differences in the two products at PASS Business Analytics. First initial look is one is cloud and one is on prem. Fiserv’s Bank Intelligence – bank/ credit union solution team has been on the search for a product to give our home grow BI product a face left. We have looked at Tableau, QlikSense, Cognos, Brist. This week @ #passbac I’m going to talking to people and get a real good idea on how PowerBI and Datazen could be a Fiserv solution. Stand by for updates.


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PASS Summit 2014…. 3rd Year!


SQLHiker Family in Pike Place Market


Selfie in Session


SQL karaoke



Space Needle


I’m back from the PASS Summit 2014 which had 3,941 delegates and 1,959 pre-conference registrations across 56 countries for a total of 5,900 registrations. The event’s sold-out Exhibit Hall features 57 partners, including Platinum sponsors Dell Software and HP. The visible first-timers badges were everywhere. My third year and keeps getting better each year. I did a lot of the usual things, walked in #SQLwalk, attended two pre-conference seminar, catching with coworkers and friends, visited with exhibitors, and went to a few after hours events (that included karaoke). You know, the remarkable Summit stuff. I was sporting my new t-shirts and sqlhiker logo designed by Daniel McLeod. Pre-conference I attended Big Data: Deploy, Design, and Manage Like a Pro with Adam JorgensenJohn Welch, and Buck Woody this was a well put together seminar the presenters knew there material. The level and nature of participation from students and presenters was simply exceptional, concrete exercise, concrete examples, excellent analysis and feedback. The time flew by! The second pre-conference I shadowed along in the SSIS: Problem, Design, Solution presented by the Knight brothers Brian KnightDevin Knight. The seminar materials were well worth it and included the two first class SSIS speakers insight for 5 hours; liked there approach.I also attended a series of PASS sessions at the event. I really enjoyed the sessions “Bullet-Resistant SSIS Packages” by Tim Mitchell and” Join Us! Getting Started as a Technical Speaker” by Eddie Wuerch. Both went be on the usual for explaining their topic. They are speakers I hope to be someday. I also went to a couple of community sessions in and around the work I will be doing at Fiserv. All good sessions; but this year is the first time I took a technical speaking course and something has clicked. I always knew enjoyed speaking and doing company Lunch n Learns. Just never thought about doing it for other DBA’s. So this year I’m setting new goals: Complete 24 blog post, volunteering some time to the Atlanta MDF chapter, and submitting as a speaker in a SQL Saturday. I just need to work out the timing and a topic. Any recommendations are welcome.With the long Veteran day following week after the conference; it gave my wife and I a chance to celebrate our anniversary and take in the tourist sites for an extra few days: Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Crab House, Bainbridge Island, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Great Wheel and Seattle Art Museum: SAM.The Summit is always a special event for me each year. I have been to many technical conferences in my career, but none compare to the experiences I’ve had since I began participating at PASS Summit. Whether you’re an attendee or a speaker, your experience will be enhanced exponentially by participating. First timer? No problem! This community welcomes you and wants you to have a positive experience. All you have to do is engage with other people. Smile. Ask a question. I hope to meet you and make your acquaintance.

SQL PASS Summit 2014 Checklist

This year we are headed back to Seattle, WA. First time for me. New job and new goals to be focused on at this year SQL Summit. I’m so ready to be with the #sqlfamily and discover the coastal seaport city of Seattle. This year my wife Stacy will be my guest and attend the evening events. After the conference her and I are getting some R&R at a B&B for our anniversary. A few extra days on the pacific coast will be good for us.

Be ready to be physical and mentally drained and mind blow at the same time. Its the best way I can describe the summit. I enjoyed it some much last year; I’m going back. I didn’t giving my employers an option. Told everyone at the office this is a conference for me and is hands down the best event for SQL DBAs.

So what do I need to do before SQL PASS Summit 2014:


  • Pre-Con
  • Full Summit
  • 1 Day

Travel plans

  1. Transport / Accommodation
  2. It would also be worthwhile to start planning on how you’d want to get to Washington State Convention Center, i.e. by car or public transport, etc.
  3. Weather in November

Review Sessions

  1. Use the schedule builder to put together a list of sessions to go to
  2. Guidebook App

Review Local Attractions

  1. Trip Advisor

Check out the networking events ,#sqlrun, #sqlwalk and SQL Karaoke.

Stay Connected on Social Media (What to know whats going on? Get on Twitter!)

  1. #sqlpass
  2. #summit14
  3. #SQLFamily

Things to take with:

  1. Mobile devices (Chargers)
  2. Bag to carry brochures and etc.
  3. Walking, Running, and Drinking shoes
  4. Have your business cards ready
  5. Water Bottle

Work covered- Out of Office enabled on email. Noting the time differences for reply.

See if you know any one else coming

Spread about SQL PASS Summit

First Timers events

1 Goal

One of the ways to get the most of the PASS Summit is to have at least one goal on what you want to achieve, even if it was just to “hang out” with #SQLFamily. HAVE FUN!



After SQL PASS Summit 2013

Just went to me first SQL PASS Summit and I have returned with a lots of new ideas for my work environment at UCBI and inspired to start this blog. I love everything SQL and hiking so I deiced to name it sqlhiker. So SQL Pass  what do I say? My first thoughts were this was going to be another tech conference. My first impressions after day one of precon I learned this was a family. The #sqlfamily is all about helping each other and the #summit13 really opened my eyes.

I got to visit with Wayne Valdes my previous co-worker at Pinch A Penny.  I meet Mladen Prajdić developer of SSMS Tools Pack. He told me version 3.0 would be out every soon.

Microsoft released SQL Server 2014 CTP2

This is my first post on and I am hoping to follow it up with many of the things I love about SQL and Hiking.