Many items peak my interest and that can sometimes make it difficult to choose a few that I would like to gain a deeper learning of, but I think my current role will guide me in 2018.
In no particular order:
SQL Server on Linux: This is a no brainer. As long as I can remember, I have preferred to work with command line over gui based tools. I’ve always felt like I have more control over what I am doing. And now that SQL Server is on Linux, I want to dig in and learn whatever I can. I think I also like the idea, that there aren’t a lot of SQL Server DBA’s that are familiar with Linux.
Cloud: I’ve played around in the cloud for years, but with little reason. Between Azure options and the Oracle Cloud, it’s time to start looking at the differences and see where each can help me.
Power BI: With Power BI Premium, I think this is a game changer for Corporate adoption.
Make it to PASS Summit: I’ve been to Oracle Open World 3 times, but do to job responsibilities or other co-workers training needs, I have unfortunately never made it to PASS. I don’t mind Open World, but more and more I can see PASS being more beneficial.