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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“You Do Not Know What You Are Doing”

Peeves make lousy pets. Knowing this doesn’t help; I still keep a few pet peeves. One of my pet peeves is this statement, “You don’t know what you are doing.” Why is this a pet peeve? It denies the obvious fact that everyone one of us, everywhere, is still learning. “My Name is Andy and …
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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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Experience Matters

This is a picture of Kent Bradshaw, Microsoft Certified Data Scientist. Kent and I work together at Enterprise Data & Analytics delivering data engineering, business intelligence, and data-based solutions that help businesses turn their data into actionable information. We do not do this alone, we are surrounded by an excellent team that holds diverse skills, …
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Three Presentations With Penny Trupe

I’m excited to deliver three presentations next week with my co-worker and daughter, Penny Trupe! On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (19, 20, and 21 Mar) we are presenting the following 30-minute sessions at noon ET: Young Moms in Technology Beginning SSIS in Practice The Value Proposition of Certifications Click the links above to learn more. …
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I Want a Pony

Years ago, I emailed the Microsoft SSIS Developer Team with a request. It’s a long story. The short version is: there’s a bug in the way the SSIS runtime applies package configurations and this bug violates a principle of computing (the command line always wins). I should blog about it… In the email, I included …
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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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A True Story of Value vs. Hourly Rate

A little over a year ago I wrote a post titled Value. If you have a few minutes Value provides good background for this post. Unlike most of my posts about business and client interactions (I have a standing rule to not blog about stuff until at least one year has passed), the stuff I share in …
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