I'd like to use this blog post to wish everyone a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, druid fest or whatever you're celebrating this time of the year.

It has been a great year and I look forward to the year 2013. These are some of the professional goals I have set for myself:

  • Read more technical books. I haven't read almost any technical books in 2012 – shame on me – as I was too busy playing with SQL Server 2012 itself. There's a long long list of books waiting to be read and I intend to do better in 2013. The first book on my list is Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model by SSAS maestro's Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari and Chris Webb.
  • Get the MCSE Business Intelligence certificate. I got the MCSA certificate in 2012, so this is a logical next step. I'm a strong believer of certificates (I also hold the MCITP Business Intelligence for SQL Server 2008) so this is high on the list.
  • Learn more about SQL Server 2012. This is closely tied-in with the previous two points. I'd like to play around with Office 2013, the tabular model, PowerPivot and of course PowerView. I spent a lot of time in 2012 exploring the new SSIS and working for my MCSA certificate, so exploring the data visualization parts would be a nice change.
  • Write exciting blog posts. We'll see how that works out 🙂

What do you have planned for 2013? Let me know in the comments!