Career

The end of an era

The end of an era

Today is my last day working for Liberty Tax Service. Liberty took a chance on me when I was fresh out of the Navy with no experience as a DBA and has been there every step of the way as…

Paul Randal, please mentor me

Today I’m going to go a bit off schedule and deviate from my usual technical content. Paul Randal (b | t) is the owner of SQLSkills which is a consulting and training organization. A few weeks ago Red-Gate announced their Tribal Awards…

My Epic Life Quest – Level 2 Achieved

DING – LEVEL 2 !!! I am excited to announce that I have achieved level 2 in My Epic Life Quest. My epic life quest is an idea that I got from Steve Kamb via Brent Ozar. As life goals…

A first timer’s lessons learned at PASS Summit 2014

A first timer’s lessons learned at PASS Summit 2014

Me, as a #sqlfirsttimer Just one year ago I didn’t know what the PASS Summit was. What came after has been a series of serendipitous events. I went to Charlotte, NC to Red-Gate’s SQL in the City event because it was within driving…

Let your burdens drive you forward

A few nights ago my wife and I were talking over dinner. We were discussing her co-worker’s behaviors regarding stress and deadlines. For the sake of this post let us call this person Jill. Jill is responsible for a work…

Ramping up for SQLSaturday #320 – Raleigh, NC

In just a couple of hours I will be driving down to Raleigh for tomorrow’s SQLSaturday #320. It looks like a great line up with far too many great sessions scheduled to attend them all. Just a few minutes ago…

You must just have the touch

Over the years, I’ve found my professional maturity to be a growing entity. One piece of evidence of this is how I react to being the most knowledgeable person in the room. Now, understand I’m not being arrogant, I mean, “the room,” literally. I…

Becoming a Senior DBA

My life in the work force began like many others, as a waiter at a Greek restaurant in my home town, Newtown, CT. After graduating from high school I ran off to join the Navy so that I could afford…

Information Technology: Minimum requirements

I’ve been asked, several times, what skills a person should work on if they wanted to enter the IT field. The specific question changes depending upon if the question was targeted at DBA, developer, systems administrator, or testing skills. When…