About Me

I’m a Business intelligence consultant at SQLSA, living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to consulting I also lead the local SQL User Group here in Johannesburg where we get together on a regular basis to discuss the various technologies in our field.

Some of my community activities are:

Speaking

2017-06-07 Real-time analytics with Azure stream analytics (PASS Business Analytics Marathon)

2017-06-06 Real-time analytics with Azure stream analytics (Data Scientist at MEA Cloud Society)

2017-05-24 Data wrangling in Power BI (JHB BI User Group)

2017-05-11 Real-time analytics with Azure stream analytics (PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group)

2017-05-09 Real-time analytics with Azure stream analytics (Jhb SQL User Group)

2017-03-09 Why your choice of index matters (DevconfZA)

2017-02-18 PowerBI and R: Best frenemies (satRdays)

2017-02-14 Why your choice of index matters (Jhb SQL User Group)

2016-09-17 Simple tips for better data warehouse design (SQL Sat #561 – Durban)

2016-09-10 Getting started with Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL Sat #559 – Cape Town)

2016-06-12 Real-time operational analytics in SQL 2016 (lightning talk)

2016-04-21 First look at Azure data warehouse (Durban SQL User Group)

2016-03-12 First look at Azure data warehouse (Johannesburg SQL User Group)

2016-03-08 A dummies guide to learning SQL (Johannesburg SQL User Group)

2015-09-19 Automating your data-warehouse development with BIML (SQL Saturday #455 – Durban)

2015-09-12 Automating your data-warehouse development with BIML (SQL Saturday #432 – Cape Town)

2015-09-05 Automating your data-warehouse development with BIML (SQL Saturday #425 – Johannesburg)

2015-08-11 Why the Dimensional model is still important (Short User group talk)

2015-06-09 What is this R thing anyway (lightning talk)

2015-02-10 Minion Re-index (Tool Review)

2014-09-09 Spatial data in SQL Server 2012 (Regular user group session)

2014-07-08 Inside the column store index (Lightning talk)

2013-09-14 Getting started with your first tabular cube (SQL Saturday #244)

2013-09-10 Common Table Expressions (Lightning talk)

2013-08-13 Handling errors in your T-SQL code (Regular user group session)

2013-05-14 Database constraints and why you should be using them (Regular user group session)

2012-11-13 Cool new features coming out at summit 2012 (Co-host with Gail Shaw)

2012-10-09 Database projects in Visual Studio (Regular user group session)

2012-06-12 A crash guide to Master Data Services (Regular user group session)

2012-03-13 A Lap around Data Quality services (Regular user group session)

2011-06-13 Introduction to spacial data in SQL server (Regular user group session)

2011-04-12 Implementing hierarchies in SQL server (Regular user group session)

Forums

MSDN

Volunteering

2016-09-03 SQL Saturday Johannesburg #554 (Organiser)

2016-03-05 PASS Summit 2016 (Program committee)

2015-09-05 SQL Saturday Johannesburg #425 (Co-Organiser)

2015-03-05 PASS Summit 2015 (Program committee)

2014-08-30 SQLSaturday Johannesburg #327 (Organiser)

2013-09-14 SQLSaturday Johannesburg #244 (Co-Organiser)

2012-11-09 to present JHB SQL User Group (Lead)

2011-05-07 SQLSaturday #83 (Volunteer)