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Biml - Because I'm a Cheater

I’ll admit it, I’m a cheater. Now, before you click away in disgust, give me a minute to explain. Almost 15 years ago, when I felt stuck in my career as “The Made2Manage Guy,” I’d routinely run out of things to do. I mean, once you’ve learned all the pitfalls and gained a mastery of [...]

Changes in Priorities and Direction

Buy In

Everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Data Warehousing. I’m one of those fortunate few who finds their work fascinating, and I tend to dive head first into new projects.

I was recruited to join a team on a multi-terabyte data warehousing project late last summer. I was leery to take [...]

Gratitude, Resolutions, and Shit

“Shit!” I said, followed by even more graphic expletives. I lost you? Sorry, I forget that you don’t follow me around? Let me explain.

Like most people, I have a junk room filled with boxes and plastic storage bins. After Thanksgiving I was in the garage looking for our stored Christmas ornaments and came across a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On the Third Day of SQL Todd McDermid Gave to Me...

This year I made a concerted effort to get involved in the community in a big way and that has benefited me in several ways. I’ve made tons of new friends and found great people who are willing to share their knowledge with me and others. To recognize others for what they do in the [...]

Branding Leaves a Mark

It’s All About the Brand

I apologize for being late to the Un-SQL party, but work related problems have kept me busy since the PASS Summit. The Summit had a profound effect on me and I’m still trying to process it all.

Never mistake motion for action. – Ernest Hemingway

Like my new friend Grant [...]

Brent Ozar Steals My Ideas.

Stop Stealing

Alright Brent, that’s it. I’m calling you out. Your recent post on Getting Things Done was the final straw.

I’m not just talking about Brent, I’m also pointing an accusing finger at Steve Jones, Buck Woody, Tim Mitchell, and Brian Knight.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read these [...]

What can I say?

Dennis and I last year.

“They found this growth in my jaw… referred me to an oral surgeon… Sensei, it’s cancer,” Dennis said to me. I was shocked and devastated. This one-two punch was followed by a long pause and then, “They’re going to remove a lot of my lower jaw next week…”

People who [...]

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