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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Leadership and Failure

How Do People Learn? There’s ample debate about whether people learn from mistakes. Don’t believe me? Search and see for yourself. There are compelling arguments for  both learning from our mistakes and not learning from them. In engineering and software, I think we learn from our mistakes. I can hear you thinking, “Why do you think …
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Time and Money in the Cloud

What Could Your Enterprise Do With Extra Time? Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, “Time is money.” The 2011 movie, In Time, depicts an entire economy based on time. (A friend pointed out that time is not fungible, but I digress…) So, what could your enterprise do with more time? When you think about it, …
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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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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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The Second-Best Time

I recently returned from the PASS Summit 2017 where I had an awesome time hanging out with members of the SQL Server Community, learning, and presenting. Attending a conference inspires a bunch of ideas. If you’re like me,  you might kick yourself and think, “Why didn’t I think of that sooner?!” If I had a time …
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(Some of) Why We Do What We Do, an Opinion

I encounter different personalities in the Technology Communities to which I belong. I’m not merely a consumer, I contribute a different personality as well. I’ve been playing and working in technology since 1975. One thing I’ve learned is: people believe the things they believe for a reason. Or reasons. I can hear some of you …
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Remain Standing

Why am I writing about this on a technical blog (instead of my personal blog where I discuss faith and culture)? In this post I discuss personal and professional perseverance. I make no apology for my faith or for sharing it in every setting – personal and professional. People are singletons; you cannot decouple components of …
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