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You Should Attend SQL in the City

This is just a friendly plug for my friends at RedGate regarding SQL in the City, a free series of events traveling around the country. It’s a free day of training and networking led by spectacular presenters such as Steve Jones (Blog/Twitter) and Grant Fritchey (Blog/Twitter), who will be headlining the Austin event next week. […]

My Father's Footsteps

Everyone has heard the quote, “The apple never falls far from the tree.” As we get older, we tend to rebel against the notion that we will eventually become our parents. As we age, it seems less a notion and more a certainty. Well, in many ways I have fought against this my entire life […]

Presenting at SQL Saturday Houston

This Saturday I’ll be down in Houston presenting at SQL Saturday #107. I can’t wait to hang out with some of the best minds in SQL Server, which just happen to be great friends of mine as well. The abstract for my session is below.

Data Warehousing – How to Convince “The Bobs”

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Should you Pursue a Business Intelligence Career?

The best way to answer that question is with other questions. Answer them honestly. Let me preface the questions by saying that I fully expect the majority of people who take the time to read this will answer yes to most of them.

Are you intelligent in general? You don’t have to be a Rocket […]

Why I Chose to Become a Business Intelligence DBA

Recently I’ve received several emails with the same basic theme. I was sought out because I am a Business Intelligence Consultant and they want to know whether the career would be good for them. Well, it’s hard to read a short synopsis of someone’s experience and recommend a life altering directional change. So, I decided […]

You are NOT a Junior DBA.

If you found your way to my blog, the chances are good that you consider yourself a Junior DBA. The chances are also good that you’re wrong. I can hear you saying right now, “Damn, you’re good, how do you know all that?” Well, I’m glad you asked.

Perceptions

I still remember my first SQL Server […]

Free Support Can Cost a Fortune

While performing some SQL programming work for a client they mentioned a problem they had with a vendor. I won’t name the vendor but I will say that it rhymes with Made2Damage. Anyway, the client spent most of the day trying to fix a problem with the help of telephone support. Hours were spent on […]

It's a PASS Thing, You Wouldn't Understand...

“Why would you do that for free?” she asked. I was kind of surprised and paused for a minute because it had been some time since I had thought about it.

To set the stage, I was visiting a relatively new client and since they have casual Fridays, I wore my speaker shirt from SQL […]

How to Ask for Help

Like many other technical bloggers, I receive requests for help on a regular basis. Since I’m constantly learning and evolving I approach others for help as well. A couple of years ago, I received an email from a new reader which began with:

Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an […]

Un-SQL Friday: Bad Interviews

I haven’t been participating in many of these blog memes because I have been so busy lately. A lot of my time was occupied with job hunting and since I just finished a series of interviews with different companies, this meme is perfectly timed. My good friend Jen McCown (Blog/Twitter), the fairer half of the […]