I am very excited to be able to announce that Microsoft has made me a Data Platform MVP. This is a big thrill. The right words escape me, I will have to make do with these.
If I Only had a Brain
I love this song from the Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, the scarecrow never gets a brain, instead he gets a honorary degree. I wish having an MVP award would make me smarter, but unfortunately, it does not do that. Frankly it means I am in very intimidating mental company as when I wrote this, there were only 370 Data Platform MVPs. Most likely I need to learn a lot more and maybe write a book so I can keep up.
One thing I do try to do is share what I know by blogging and speaking, if for no other reason than I don’t want to be a hypocrite. When I was learning SSIS, the person leading the project was tuning SSIS and he would not show me how. He obfuscated, and made SSIS tuning out to be wizardry. I thought to myself at the time, that he should tell me what he knows as I would do that. Later I found out the rules, and gave a few talks about SSIS, including one for the PASS Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Virtual Chapter which was recorded here. If I learn something, I want to tell other people, which is why I blog and speak. I think this is the greatest profession in the world and I feel bad for people who have chosen to do something else as the data platform stuff and they are missing out.
There are a ton of new technology things to learn coming up all the time. I keep up as much as I can and when I do learn something, I tend to blog or speak about it. If you subscribe to this blog or follow me on twitter, hopefully keeping up will be easier. I don’t want Microsoft to think that they made a mistake, so I plan on trying to increase the number of blog posts and speak when I am afforded the chance.
SQL Saturday Phoenix
I wanted to make sure to talk about the next place I will be speaking, SQL Saturday Phoenix, the largest data related technology event in the state of Arizona. I know it is going to be a great event thanks to Joe Barth and the rest of us on the organizing committee who have volunteered to make this a great event. The Arizona SQL Server Users Group was where I learned about the SQL Server Community and was where I started to really get motivated to start learning and I am happy to be a part of it. I hope to see you there.
Data aficionado et SQL Raconteur