My Learning Goals 2018

December 12, 2017

I thank Malathi (b|t) for hosting TSQL Tuesday #97. Topic for this month is  “Setting learning goals for 2018”.


I want to acknowledge that my learning goal will change with time and it happens every year. My first priority is my employer. I need to learn, improve and implement what the company need. Beside that I also want to learn things that are of my personal interest.

Microsoft Professional Program for Big Data track

I want to finish what I started in 2017 but did not get enough time to work on. BigDataPorgressMicrosoft Professional Program for Big Data track. This goal is aligned with my employer’s requirement and my personal learning goal. This course will introduce me to some of the concept that I have no knowledge today. For example “Processing Real-Time Data Streams in Azure” or “Developing Big Data Solutions with Azure Machine Learning”. At the same time will help me strengthen my knowledge in some areas such as “Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics” or ‘Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud”.

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

To improve my knowledge about Azure Architecture I will attempt Microsoft exam “70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions”. When it comes to Virtual Network  my knowledge is limited. Preparing for this exam will give me an opportunity to learn about:

  • Azure Virtual Network
  • External connectivity for Azure Virtual Networks
  • Network security strategies
  • Understand how connectivity works for hybrid applications

PowerShell Basics

I am comfortable doing many SQL Server related task using PowerShell but I feel like I can be more efficient if I shore up some of my basic knowledge.  Meaning String manipulation, Flow Control, Filter, Sort, Group and Format. When I started learning PowerShell my focus was on SQL Server related task and never took enough time to master the basics. Some of the material I might be using to learn are listed here.

T-SQL Querying

Read ‘T-SQL Querying By Itzik Ben-Gan, Adam Machanic, Dejan Sarka, Kevin Farlee‘  book end to end. I refer to this book a lot and every time I open this book I learn something new. I am confident that going through this book end to end will help me writing better code. At the same time reading this book will improve  my reviewing/tuning code skill.

Giving Back

I am planning to be more frequent in helping others with question in twitter with hashtag #SQLHELP.  Answer more database related questions at Speak frequently at Local User Groups, SQL Saturday’s and Virtual Chapters.  All of these will in turn lead me to learn new topics in 2018.

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