I read Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly after a reference to it in an audio book. It’s the story of KPMG CEO Eugene O’Kelly, a man that worked his way to the top and worked a lot. A great example was flying to Australia just to sit next to a potential client for 90 minutes […]Read more "Book Review: Chasing Daylight"
It’s the end of November and this will probably be my last update on PASS for the year as things slow down for the holidays. This seems like a good time to update you on ongoing projects and to think about where I’ll be headed next year. As I look back at 2010 it’s a […]Read more "PASS Update #48"
TechEd will be in Atlanta next year, May 16-19, 2011 at the Georgia World Conference Center. I went this year to the one in New Orleans and would like to go again in 2011, though the one wrinkle for me is that it’s the week immediately following SQLRally. I’m expecting SQLRally to be an intense […]Read more "TechEd 2011"
I’ve been living with my Droid X phone for a couple weeks now. It’s definitely a big change from my Blackberry. As I think about what to you tell about it, it’s hard to separate the phone from the software from the usefulness, but I’ll try to share thoughts on all. The phone itself seems […]Read more "Android Adventures–Part 2"
I ran across this article in Visual Studio Magazine that tracks the source of a missing object to an embedded use statement. It’s not wrong to do that, but maybe it should be! For admin scripts, testing, etc, USE is valuable, but in the dev world it’s far better to solve the problem by adding […]Read more "Don’t Abuse the Use Statement"
Somewhat of a strange title, but it’s been an interesting journey to understand that I do take risks and to realize that taking risks isn’t bad. I’ll start at the middle of the story. A few months back I let the PASS Board know that I was cancelling a project and calling it a failure […]Read more "I am a Risk Taker"
One of the ideas I mentioned in my presentation on Comprehensive Professional Development was to set up some type of tracking system. It’s important to write down goals for time and money to devote to professional development, and to keep track of how you’re doing towards those goals. I keep thinking that I need to […]Read more "Template for Tracking Professional Development"
My friend Mala is heading up the 2nd annual SQLSaturday in Louisville, KY, being held next year on January 22, 2011 at the University of Louisville. The final schedule isn’t up yet but the list of submitted sessions looks good, lots of great speakers on the list. Somehow I had a mental image of Louisville […]Read more "A Plug for SQLSaturday #45 in Louisville"
As always, this represents my own views, I’m speaking only for me and not the entire PASS Board. Early last week Joe Webb announced on this blog that he will be the chair of the PASS Election Review Committee (ERC). Read his post for some his thoughts, and then I want to share here some […]Read more "PASS Update #47–Election Review Committee"
First, if you haven’t tried PAL yet, I highly recommend downloading it from CodePlex and giving it a try. You start by capturing a set of performance counters (which PAL recommends), then feed it to PAL to analyze against a set of recommendations and then output problem areas flagged as yellow or red depending on […]Read more "Help Set Recommendations for SSAS Counters in PAL"