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Overview of Published Articles – 2014Q1

Since I write at different places – this blog, Intense School and MSSQLTips.com - someone recently asked me if I could provide an overview from time to time to keep track of all the published material. It makes it easier to follow and it’s also a chance for me to promote my material to readers who perhaps […]

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Thinking with Data by Max Shron

DISCLAIMER I recently enrolled myself in the O’Reilly Blogger Review program, which basically allows me to get one O’Reilly eBook for free per month so I can review it on my blog. This works in both ways of course: I get free eBooks while they’re still hot from the press (figuratively speaking of course) and […]

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Master Data Services (Second Edition) – Review

For the preparation of my upcoming talk about SQL Server 2012 Master Data Services on the Microsoft Business Analytics Day (hosted by my company element61), I read the book Master Data Services 2nd edition by Tyler Graham. I had almost no prior experience with MDS up to this point (I very quickly glanced over it […]

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Star Schema The Complete Reference – Review

I finished my first book of this year and here’s the review! After I finished the newest edition of Ralph Kimball’s Data Warehouse Toolkit, a senior colleague of mine recommended the book Star Schema The Complete Reference by Christopher Adamson. To be honest, I had never heard about it. But was I wrong: this book […]

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Highly Available Presentations

A little over a month ago I posted the follow quick note on Facebook The second comment I received was from Tom LaRock (b | t), who said… My initial response was essentially “Nope, on my W530” I answered quickly and probably should have elaborated, because Tom’s next comment didn’t surprise me at all. Essentially, what […]

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User Group Success – Paying It Forward

In 2012, as my tenure on the PASSMN Board of Directors began, it quickly became apparent to me that “our little club” was quite fortunate. It was rare for us to have difficulty finding speakers or sponsors and when it came to SQL Saturday, the generosit…

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Happy 2014

I am a bit late with the almost obligatory “How was my past year and how do I think next year is going to rock” blog post – we’re already a good week into the new year – but without further ado I present you: How was my past year and how do I think…

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Book Review: Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer

Want to take the “black box” mystique out of the query optimizer?

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Nominated for the Tribal Awards

I’ve been notified I am a finalist for the category Best New Voice at the Tribal Awards. These awards are not for some tattoos on your lower back or on your biceps, but rather a collaboration of Simple-Talk and SQLServerCentral to give outstanding commu…

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Mentoring, Ambition, and Your Career

One of the values that BlueMetal holds close to how the team has been and is continually being built encompasses the concept of allowing each individual to succeed.  This success is based on focusing an individual on the key skills they possess, along w…

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