What if You Just Helped?

Serious question: “What if you just helped?” What do I mean by “just helped?” I mean, what if – when you saw (or read or heard about) someone that needs help – you helped? “I can’t afford to help, Andy.” Are you sure about that? If you read a tweet from someone who’s struggling at …
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T-SQL Tuesday 102: Giving Back

I enjoy the privilege and honor of participating in the SQL Server Community alongside many who read this blog. And I know from past experience that some reading this post will make the switch from consumers-only in our community to sharers and consumers one day. For my part, I consume more than I contribute. I …
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Stack Overflow Wants to Change

This week Stack Overflow shared a blog post titled Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change. I admire the courage and the transparency a great deal. It takes guts to admit mistakes and serious guts to publicly air the dirty laundry. Kudos to Stack Overflow. Why I Stopped Contributing to the Stack Overflow Conversation I …
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Who is Exhibiting at the PASS Summit 2018? Enterprise Data & Analytics, That’s Who!

I am honored and excited to announce that Enterprise Data & Analytics will be an exhibitor at the PASS Summit 2018! If you browse on over to the PASS Summit Sponsors page and scroll to the Exhibitors section, you’ll find us listed: Honored and excited – that’s me! I see – and have lived – …
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I’m a Speaker Mentor!

I’m honored to be part of an effort started by Alex Yates of DLM Consultants called Speaking Mentors. From the Home page: We are a bunch of experienced speakers who freely and without caveats offer our time to support first time speakers to deliver their first few sessions at tech meetups and/or conferences. If you would …
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Writing about Apache Storm Stirs Up a Storm

A storm is coming… I’ve been spending some time learning other data integration and analytics open-source-y stuff. Perhaps you’ve noticed recent blog posts like: Apache Storm Stream Processing in Azure HDInsight Achievement Unlocked: Certified in Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in Azure HDInsight Achievement Unlocked: Completed Processing Big Data in Hadoop with Azure HDInsight If …
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I Need Some Updates

As I type, 2017 is drawing to a close. For many, this time of year is a time of reflection on the past year and planning for the coming year. I recently saw this Windows message in the corner of my screen and realized, “You’re right, Windows. I do need some updates.” I’m not big …
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Website Ch-ch-changes…

Inspired by Frank La Vigne’s (blog | @Tableteer) snappy update to the Data Driven home page, I decided to spruce up a couple / three of my websites including this one, andyleonard.blog. I added the sidebar shown on the right of the site. It contains a more-readily-available search box and links to other websites I maintain – …
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Lessons Learned About Community Leadership

It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve in technical community leadership at the local (Richmond Virginia) and regional level. It’s not the same as managing geeks, but there are similarities. I’ve considered serving on a national level but not taken that plunge. Over the years I’ve learned some lessons that I thought I’d …
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