Enterprise Data & Analytics and SentryOne

I am honored to announce Enterprise Data & Analytics is a SentryOne Consulting Partner! We began communicating regularly with SentryOne soon after they acquired the SSIS people and products from Pragmatic Works. Becoming a partner just made sense because we have been recommending Task Factory and LegiTest for years. We are honored and excited to …
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Biml, Book Reviews, and Metadata-Driven Frameworks

I occasionally (rarely) read reviews at Amazon of books I’ve written. If I learn of a complaint regarding the book I often try to help. If a reader experiences difficulty with demos, I often offer to help, and sometimes I meet with readers to work through some difficulty related to the book (as I offered …
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Two (or More) Kinds of Developers

I’ve made statements about “two kinds of developers” for years. These statements are false inasmuch as all generalizations are false. The statements are not designed to be truisms. They are designed to make people think. Last week – while presenting a full-day pre-conference session at the PASS Summit 2018 and again when delivering a session …
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Free Stuff for People Who Give Back: Announcing 2019 Scholarships

Do you work for a charity or non-profit organization? Submit your application today. I haven’t advertised this in the past and… I’m not sure why: I donate licenses for SSIS Catalog Compare and (non-free) SSIS Framework Editions – and subscriptions to Biml Academy and SSIS Academy – and Enterprise Data & Analytics Training – to individuals who …
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It Costs Precisely $0.00USD to be Nice

Be nice. We all have bad days. I know I do. It seems like I get interrupted about 1,000 times more when I’m busy than when I’m not busy. Why is that? Is it some vast universal conspiracy to rob me of productive work? Is it all in my head? I am not sure. One …
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My Day – Saturday, 21 Jul 2018 – #SQLCareer

5:30-9:30 AM Awaken after hitting snooze thrice. Weigh in, pray, read the Bible, check the burn barrel. This morning I weigh 201 pounds. There’s a bunch to pray about. I start with praise followed by gratitude, thanking God for another day. This morning I read Psalm 150 again (now reading Psalms from last to first), …
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My Day – Friday, 20 Jul 2018 – #SQLCareer

5:06 AM – awaken after hitting the snooze on my phone alarm once. 5:06 – 9:30 AM – Weigh in, pray, read the Bible, coffee, check the burn barrel. This morning I weigh 201 pounds. There’s a bunch to pray about. I start with praise followed by gratitude, thanking God for another day. This morning …
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My Day – Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 – #SQLCareer

#SQLCareer post for Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 4:26 – 5:30 AM – Wake up (beating the alarm), weigh in, pray, read the Bible, coffee, check the burn barrel. Christy and I have been on a keto diet since 5 Mar. I started out at 238 pounds. This morning I weigh 199 pounds. I’ve been bouncing …
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The Cloud Costs Money

It’s true: the cloud costs money. Yesterday, when I logged into my Azure Portal to set up an Azure Data Factory Integration Runtime for my presentation, the balance for my Azure free subscription (which allows me $100USD per month) was sitting around $82USD. This morning, after leaving a demo instance of ADFIR running overnight, my …
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