Fascination has always been with me when thinking of developing local talent. It has helped me immensely in my career both as an attendee, presenter, chapter leader, and more. One can glean immense value from becoming involved in a local UG (user group), whether by the connections made in networking, friendships formed, or learning something … Continue reading The Power of User Groups
Part of traveling to various events and being a part of the SQL Community means one can meet some pretty awesome professionals. I was fortunate enough to run into Warwick Rudd (B|T) at one of the PASS Summit events held in Seattle, and he definitely lives up to all the hype. Warwick is a … Continue reading Interview with Warwick Rudd
The past five years have been nothing short of an amazing ride on this thing we call “The SQL Journey”. I never cease to be amazed by the many outstanding data professionals we have in the PASS community. For me, this ride has been a great learning experience. In addition, I am very thankful … Continue reading The Next Chapter ~ A SQL Journey
To many times data professionals flounder in what some call a pool of uncertainty. The countless tasks, tickets, projects, and emails that may flow in without prioritizing will leave individuals searching for what is needed to be worked on now. Organize or Agonize Face it, we all influence someone. Whether you are a sole DBA out … Continue reading Time Management–Leadership
Time is slowly ticking toward 0:00 on the clock. As I look around I couldn't help but reflect back on the game – the game being 2015. Did I give it my all? Did I leave everything out on the court, and lay it all on the line? Sadly, I’m sure I could have done … Continue reading Reflections and Looking Forward
Everyone has a story; some stories are similar while some stories are vastly different. People always make the statement that you shouldn’t “assume” because if you do….well then you know what happens! I will go out on a limb and gather to say that many fall into the category I did when it comes to … Continue reading Community Involvement–Why Wait?
I wanted to start this series in regards to impact players that go above and beyond in the SQL Community. Coming from a sports background this resonates well with me and by the end of the year will have a 12 person roster. I get asked a lot when I go to events, conferences, talks, … Continue reading Impact Player Series – Part 1
SQL windows functions, it would seem, get lost in the shuffle most of the time when dealing with SQL. Why do you think that is? I honestly think that it is more or less developers, DBA's, and data professionals are oblivious to some of the cool features that can be accomplished with its utilization. To put … Continue reading Windows Functions; Who Knew?
I've often heard the quote "Success is not a journey, but a destination". Over the course of the last few weeks that quote has taken on a life like form in many fashions. To name a few things that have come to light to make this quote a very real thing are the MCM retiring, … Continue reading Success Is Journey Not A……
There are many helpful sites within the SQL Community and several more blog sites that I follow. My favorites are noted on this site; however one that keeps drawing me back time and time again is by Brent Ozar's group. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to check the site out … Continue reading Who Do I Follow? Where Do I Go?