Learning Things Fast

Recently I was asked what has changed the most in my 35+ years of working with technology. I replied "The pace of change". When I started on mainframes, we sometimes had up to five-year development cycles. That meant we had time to more fully explore the technology we were implementing, and users had more time … Continue reading Learning Things Fast

Big Data is just Data

A few years ago it was all the rage to talk about "Big Data". Lots of descriptions of "Big Data" popped up, including the "V's" (Variety, Velocity, Volume, etc.) that proved very helpful. I even have my own definition: Big Data is any data you can't process in the time you want with the systems … Continue reading Big Data is just Data

How I Work – Using OneNote For My Daily Task List

It's not overstating things to say that I use Microsoft OneNote in every part of my life. I use it to create and track projects at work; categorize, list and annotate the technologies I work with; share information with my family (from groceries to the punch-down list my wife uses when she flips houses, to … Continue reading How I Work – Using OneNote For My Daily Task List

SQL Blogs from Microsoft – The List

We have migrated several active and inactive MSDN blogs to these new combined blogs.  If you’re wondering where the content went, here’s a table that lists the old blog and the new URL for the blog.  Note that each source blog has a label at the end there in the new target blog which allows … Continue reading SQL Blogs from Microsoft – The List

SQL Server Big Data Clusters Workshop at SQL Bits

On Thursday, 28 February 2019, I'll be teaching a brand-new course from Microsoft called "Microsoft SQL Server Big Data Clusters Architecture", which I'll be delivering as a one-day workshop at SQL Bits in Manchester in the UK. I wanted to explain how the course will work, since we'll be covering a lot of information in … Continue reading SQL Server Big Data Clusters Workshop at SQL Bits

Learning Areas for SQL Server Big Data Clusters

 If you're a data professional, you know that it's important to set aside some time for training when a new release or paradigm comes from your platform. In the case of SQL Server 2019 (and later), you'll want to pay close attention to the Big Data Clusters feature. It's a exponential knowledge increase, and that's … Continue reading Learning Areas for SQL Server Big Data Clusters

A Speaker’s Workshop in 35 Minutes

Well, not the *whole* workshop. That's a full-day long, with individualized attention and exercises. I condensed that into 35 minutes - and decided to make it free to everyone. If you check my LinkedIn profile, you'll see my "Job Title" section below my name reads "Smarter People are Better People". If you know more about, … Continue reading A Speaker’s Workshop in 35 Minutes