CertificationI picked up two certifications over the last two years. That's a glacial pace I'd like to improve upon. I'm about half way through the study guide for Exam 70-483. If I can finish that up and pass the test in January, that'll give me most of the year to work on Exam 70-464 or Exam 70-465 (or both).
PresentationsMy employer has asked me to do some SQL Server-related presentations for customers and employees. The first presentation is slated for January. There's a palpable sense of nervous excitement. Those of you that are presenters surely can relate. What a wonderful opportunity for me to do something different!
PASSI only made it to two of my local chapter's PASS meetings last year. Both times, there was a SQL Server MVP presenting. Why didn't I take advantage of this throughout the year?
There's also the session recordings from PASS Summit 2015 that will keep me busy for hours and hours.
PublicationsI may start writing some technical articles for a SQL Server community site. I've never written for other sites before--it's a big step. Getting published carries a lot more weight and responsibility than casual blogging. I'm sure I'll learn a lot along the way as I strive to "get it right".
SQL Odds & EndsThere's so much in the realm of SQL to learn about, whether it's learning something new or brushing up on something old and familiar. Here's a few things on my radar:
- In-memory OLTP
- Columnstore Indexes
- Windows Containers
- Query Store
- Always Encrypted