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Nominated for the 2014 Tribal Awards

Just like last year, SQLServerCentral.com and Simple Talk are hosting the Tribal Awards. In their words: The Tribal Awards, co-hosted by Simple-Talk and SQLServerCentral, seek to recognize outstanding members of the SQL community. We want to highlight people who are currently leaders due to their writing, speaking, or general community presence. In the previous edition, I was […]

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PASS Summit 2014 WIT Luncheon Recap

I’ve just returned from my fourth PASS Summit, and it was the best one to date. One of the highlights each year is the Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheaon on Thursday. This year was the 12th annual event, and I was invited to attend. PASS board vice president of marketing, Denise McInerney, sat down for a Q&A […]

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October Presentations

This year is flying by! September has been an excellent month. My 24 Hours of PASS Summit preview session went well, speaking for user groups is always encouraging, and IT/Dev Connections was a blast! Now, on to October! First up, I’m presenting at my user group, FoxPASS, in Appleton, WI on Wednesday, October 1. I’ll […]

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PASS elections are here, and this is who I’m supporting

It’s time for the annual PASS Board of Directors elections! If you work with SQL Server and aren’t familiar with the PASS organization, please take a few minutes to check it out. (Also note that if you aren’t a member yet, you won’t be able to vote this year.) PASS offers data professionals networking and […]

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Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook – Review

After my review of Tableau Dashboard Cookbook, I read another book about Tableau, namely Tableau Data Visualization Cookbook by Ashutosh Nandeshwar. The book is published by Packt but I am relieved to say this time there were no significant editing issues. In fact it is quite well written and as far as I could tell […]

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Modeling the Agile Data Warehouse with Data Vault – Review

A few months ago I followed an introductory course about the data vault modeling technique for data warehouses at a local training provider. As part of the training, I received the book Modeling the Agile Data Warehouse with Data Vault written by Hans Hultgren who also is an instructor for the official data vault certification. […]

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Tableau Dashboard Cookbook by Jen Stirrup

DISCLAIMER I received this book through the O’Reilly blogger review program, which I already mentioned in the review of Thinking With Data. The actual publisher of the book is Packt Publishing, not O’Reilly itself. TABLEAU DASHBOARD COOKBOOK I guess most people who have been in contact with the SQL Server community have at least heard […]

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What does “good at C#” mean?

I’m currently trying to quantify what it means to be good at a variety of technologies that we use day to day. Some I’ve put some thought into before (What does a Web Developer need to know?), but some are proving to be more difficult. Here’s my goal: I’m working with my team to build […]

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Naked Statistics

A few weeks ago I stumbled up on this book review of Naked Statistics by Nathan Yau. The introduction on Amazon promises us the following: Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called “sexy.” From batting averages and political polls to […]

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T-SQL Tuesday #54: An Interview Invitation

It’s time for another T-SQL Tuesday! This month’s blog party is hosted by Boris Hristov (blog | twitter) and the subject is about interviews and hiring. First I thought about writing a rant about the beginning of every interview and hiring process: recruiters. You can’t live with them and you can live without them. But […]

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