Ray Kim

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Troy, New York, United States

Ray Kim

Data analyst and technical writer, Data/SQL Saturday speaker since 2015, specializing in professional development topics. I'm the "professor at MIT who teaches English Lit."

Ray Kim is an advocate for documentation and technical communication. He is a co-founder of the Albany, NY SQL group (CASSUG), a member of the AlbanyUX user group, and a member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). He has spoken at numerous SQLSaturdays and at PASS Summit. He has worked various positions in technology, including as a developer, webmaster, analyst, technical writer, and instructor. He holds an MS in technical communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in computer science from Syracuse University.

A musician in his spare time, Ray plays four different instruments (piano, clarinet, mallet percussion, saxophone). He also enjoys going to ball games and doing CrossFit, and is a two-time SQLServerCentral.com fantasy football champion. He lives in Troy, NY with his wife, Lianne, and their two cats.

Current sessions

Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery

I was an employee of a company that had an office in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Prior to that infamous date, I had written several departmental documents that ended up being critical to our recovery. In this presentation, I provide a narrative of what happened in the weeks following 9/11, and how documentation played a role in getting the organization back on its feet.

While other disaster recovery presentations talk about strategies, plans, and techniques, this presentation focuses on the documentation itself. We will discuss the documents we had and how they were used in our recovery. We will also discuss what documents we didn’t have, and how they could have made the process better.


Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging

Ever wanted to start a ‘blog, but have no idea how to do it? It’s easier than you think! A number of people have become successful by writing ‘blog articles. I originally started my ‘blog to supplement my presentations. Since then, it’s taken on a life of its own.

In this presentation, I’ll tell you how I got started with ‘blogging, where it’s taken me since then, and lessons I’ve learned along the way. We’ll discuss ‘blog platforms, how to get started, what to write about, and what to do (and what NOT to do) when writing articles.


Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer

Documentation is one of the most critical, yet most blatantly ignored and disrespected tasks when it comes to technology. Businesses and technical professionals ignore documentation at their own risk. This session discusses what tech writing and documentation is about and why it’s critical for business. It also explores possible reasons for why it’s ignored, how documentation can be improved, and how “non-writers” can contribute to the process.


Networking 101: Building professional relationships

Networking. You keep hearing that word throughout your career development, but you don’t know much about it, much less, how to do it. You want to connect with technical and data professionals, so you attend events such as Data Saturday and your local user group. But what about your book club, your gym, your church group, or your kid’s soccer game? Those are prime — and overlooked — opportunities to network!

In this interactive session, we will discuss networking — what it is, why it’s important, and where opportunities exist. You will even have an opportunity to practice networking within the confines of our room. You might even leave this session with new networking contacts that you didn’t previously have! Bring business cards if you have them!


I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed

You’ve just been told by HR that you are no longer a part of their organization. You’ve been kicked to the curb. You are now living in the no-man’s land called unemployment.

Unemployment is a scary situation. You’re dealing with emotions and uncertainty. You don’t know if you’ll be out of work for days, weeks, or months.

Fortunately, unemployment is survivable. In this session, I’ll share my own experiences (and perhaps we’ll talk about some of yours) with unemployment, and how I managed to get through the tough times. We’ll discuss emotional impact, the job hunt, and things you can do to get yourself through this tough time. Hopefully, you’ll land on your feet once again before long!


Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people

Many tech professionals are faced with the challenge of explaining technical concepts to people who don’t understand technology. And only a few are able to do it well. This session provides some strategies and suggestions to go about bridging the technological knowledge gap. With time and practice, a technical person can serve as an effective interpreter of technical concepts. This is an interactive session; audience participation is expected and encouraged!


Past and future events

SQL Saturday #1017 (virtual), Minnesota

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
12 Dec 2020

PASS Summit 2020 (virtual)

Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging
13 Nov 2020

SQL Saturday #1003 (virtual), Memphis

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
3 Oct 2020

SQL Saturday #961 (virtual), Albany

Networking 101: Building professional relationships
25 Jul 2020

PASS Professional Development Virtual User Group

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
28 May 2020

SQL Saturday #953, Rochester

Business cards: the most important networking tool (lightning talk)
Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
29 Feb 2020
Rochester, New York, United States

PASS Professional Development Virtual User Group

Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging
21 Jan 2020

CASSUG user group meeting

What I did on my first PASS Summit! (lightning talk)
13 Jan 2020
East Greenbush, New York, United States

PASS Summit 2019

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
8 Nov 2019
Seattle, Washington, United States

SQL Saturday #912, New York City

Networking 101: Building professional relationships
Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
5 Oct 2019
New York City, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #892, Providence

Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging
24 Aug 2019
East Greenwich, Rhode Island, United States

SQL Saturday #855, Albany

Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging
20 Jul 2019
Albany, New York, United States

CASSUG user group meeting

Business cards: the most important networking tool (lightning talk)
8 Jul 2019
East Greenbush, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #839, Virginia Beach

Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
8 Jun 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

SQL Saturday #835, Philadephia

Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
4 May 2019
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States

SQL Saturday #813 (BI Edition), Boston

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
30 Mar 2019
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

PASS Professional Development Virtual User Group

Networking 101: Building professional relationships
8 Mar 2019

New England SQL Server User Group meeting

Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
13 Feb 2019
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

SQL Saturday #814, Washington, DC

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
Networking 101: Building professional relationships
8 Dec 2018
Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

SQL Saturday #797, Boston

Networking 101: Building professional relationships
22 Sep 2018
Burlington, Massachusetts, United States

SQL Saturday #741, Albany

Networking 101: Building professional relationships (as "Networking: it isn't just for breakfast anymore")
28 Jul 2018
Albany, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #716, New York City

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
So you want to be a SQL Saturday speaker?
19 May 2018
New York City, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #714, Philadelphia

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
21 Apr 2018
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States

SQL Saturday #723, Rochester

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
24 Mar 2018
Rochester, New York, United States

SQL Data Partners Podcast #125: "You must be an engineer"

28 Feb 2018

SQL Saturday #694, Providence

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
9 Dec 2017
Smithfield, Rhode Island, United States

CASSUG user group meeting

I lost my job! Now what?!? A survival guide for the unemployed
13 Nov 2017
East Greenbush, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #622, Albany

Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
29 Jul 2017
Albany, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #638, Philadelphia

Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
3 Jun 2017
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States

SQL Saturday #615, Baltimore

Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
6 May 2017
Columbia, Maryland, United States

SQL Saturday #545, Pittsburgh

Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
1 Oct 2016
Oakdale, Pennsylvania, United States

SQL Saturday #513, Albany

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
30 Jul 2016
Albany, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #517, Philadelphia

Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
4 Jun 2016
Malvern, Pennsylvania, United States

SQL Saturday #526, Rochester

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
14 May 2016
Rochester, New York, United States

CASSUG user group meeting

Disaster Documents: The role of documentation in disaster recovery
9 May 2016
Latham, New York, United States

CASSUG user group meeting

Tech Writing for Techies: A Primer
14 Mar 2016
Latham, New York, United States

SQL Saturday #465, Providence

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
12 Dec 2015
East Greenwich, Rhode Island, United States

SQL Saturday #386, Albany

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
25 Jul 2015
Albany, New York, United States

CASSUG user group meeting

Whacha just say? Talking technology to non technical people
8 Jun 2015
Latham, New York, United States