Laid Off? Or the Beginning of Your Next Opportunity?

Why not both? My LinkedIn and social media feeds are filled with contacts and friends sharing their availability for a new career opportunity. While some are more gracious than concerned and others more concerned than gracious, it’s normal to be both concerned and gracious. Well, it was normal for me when it happened to me. …
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Presentation Schedule Update – January 2023

I am presenting! Here’s a partial list of upcoming events at which I am honored and privileged to present: 24 Jan 2023 – Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group (TriPASS) – Getting Started with the Azure Data Factory REST API 9 Feb 2023 – Richmond SQL Server User Group – Richmond, VA – Getting Started …
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AndyStream for 11 Nov 2021

Frank and I are on Day 8 of 1,000 days, a new thing we started 02 Nov 2021 to remind us time is not fungible and we should build – and stick to – atomic habits and systems of execution. This morning I popped on for a few minutes to thank our veterans and share …
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AndyStream for 9 Nov 2021

Frank and I are on Day 7 of 1,000 days, a new thing we started 02 Nov 2021 to remind us time is not fungible and we should build – and stick to – atomic habits and systems of execution. This morning I popped on for a few minutes to share information about the PASS …
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Why I Rarely Criticize

First, I do criticize. Sometimes I criticize publicly. Please realize my public criticism follows a series of events that has involved private criticism. In Business Some criticism in business is comparison. Other criticism is competition. I recently learned about “negative SEO.” I must admit, my reaction was part horror and part nausea. “Why would anyone …
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Wrapping Up 2020

It’s that time of year again; that time when bloggers and others share their thoughts about the year that was and the year to come. “2020 was ____.” I complete this sentence three ways, listed below. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments. “Different” …is the first word that leaps to mind. The …
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In 2020, Two Full Training Days, Two Continents

It dawned on me that I am honored to deliver two full-day conference training presentations in early 2020 on two continents! At the Difinity 2020 conference in Auckland New Zealand, Sandy Winarko and I are co-presenting Intelligent Data Integration with SSIS and Azure Data Factory 20 Feb 2020. Sandy is Principal Program Manager – Azure …
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Anders Schneiderman on Changing the World

Earlier this year, Frank (@Tableteer) and I had the honor of interviewing Anders Schneiderman (LinkedIn) on Data Driven. The episode is now live and titled Anders Schneiderman on Why We Need to Prepare Communities for the Future of Work. Anders has a plan to help people leverage emerging technology to transform their destiny. Anders’ plan …
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The Space Between

It happened again this weekend. After delivering my presentation titled “Moving Data with Azure Data Factory,” at SQL Saturday – Raleigh (which was awesome, by the way!) – one of the handful who stood because the seats were filled (I am humbled) approached and said, “I read your blog. How do you find time to …
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T-SQL Tuesday #111 Roundup

Thank You! First, we owe a debt of gratitude to my friend Adam Machanic (blog | @adammachanic | Data Education) for starting T-SQL Tuesday in the first place. Thank you, Adam! Next, we owe a huge shout-out to Steve Jones (blog | @way0utwest | SQL Server Central) for carrying the torch by maintaining tsqltuesday.com. Finally, thank you …
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