Category Archives: Work

Damn it Feels Good to be a Trainer

You’ve seen Office Space, so you know the song. I won’t attempt to reproduce the lyrics here[1] but you know where I’m coming from. I’ve been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1996, and “trainer” has been a key part … Continue reading

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So You Want to Work at Microsoft?

I love SQL Server. [1] I love working for Microsoft. [2] For me, these two loves are two things that go well together. I also love competition. If you love SQL Server as much as I do (and if you … Continue reading

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Back in the SSISaddle

Testing… Testing… Is this thing on? Although I still get the occasional comment on older blog posts, I assume that pretty much nobody subscribes to my blog anymore for SSIS information. When I joined Microsoft Learning in October 2008, the … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Window Layout for SSIS Development

My friend and colleague Lynn Langit has a habit of blogging where she posts an image and a brief question and that’s it. I’m very jealous, because I can’t seem to write a blog post that’s shorter than 20 pages … Continue reading

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ThinkPad Keyboard Madness

I own lots of laptops. After being an independent software development and BI consultant for many years, I’ve assembled quite the collection. I have Dells and Toshibas[1] and have had Gateways and HPs as well. My little home office is … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2008 – Free with Classroom Training

Talk about synchronicity – the old and the new have come together with a great big bonus for SQL Server professionals who are seeking training on SQL Server 2008. Microsoft Learning[1] is teaming up with the SQL Server[2] team to … Continue reading

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Losing My MVP

Since the beginning of the year I’ve had the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) logo on my blog. I’ve been delighted to be honored with the MVP award, because is is an acknowledgment of the effort I’ve made to give … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Ted!

Congratulations are in order – my friend and colleague Ted Malone has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Visual Studio Team System. So take a moment and send Ted a word of congratulations, and remember to ask … Continue reading

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Women in IT

Even though I haven’t blogged in it yet, the topic of women in IT is dear to my heart. I’ve been working in IT in one form or another for almost 15 years, and have worked for all sorts of … Continue reading

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Configuration Intelligence Analytics

I’ve been working with Configuresoft, Inc. since late last year, first as a BI consultant and for the last six weeks or so as a full time employee. Most of this time has been dedicated to building a next-generation BI … Continue reading

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