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Moving On To New Challenges

After nearly five and half years, I left NewsGator Technologies for a new position as a Database Architect at Avalara, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. My last day at NewsGator was June 3, 2011, and I started at Avalara on June 6, 2011.

NewsGator was a great experience for me over the past five plus years. I made some good friends, and I learned a lot about SQL Server. I am sure I would never have become a Microsoft SQL Server MVP if not for the experience I learned at NewsGator. As I told the founder of NewsGator, Greg Reinacker at my going away party, the fact that he usually said no when I wanted more and bigger database servers, forced me to learn other ways to improve scalability and performance besides just throwing hardware at the problem.

At some point, I will probably do a series of blog posts about the technical challenges we faced at NewsGator as we went through a period of very rapid growth in our database workload. It was an interesting journey, as we moved from 32-bit SQL Server 2000, running on a Dell PowerEdge 1850, all the way to SQL Server 2008 R2, running on slightly better hardware.

I am going to be staying in Parker, and working remotely, at least initially. I am staying on Bainbridge Island, at the Island Country Inn, for an initial three week period (which is a long business trip). Two more weeks, and I will be back in Parker. The crew at Avalara has been very helpful and welcoming. Steven Dunston wrote a very nice blog post about me here.


Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 13 June 2011

Good luck with your new journey in your experience!

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 13 June 2011

Congrats and Good Luck

Posted by Satya_skj on 13 June 2011


Congratulations on the new venture, I'm sure you dont' need any special luck to tackle the issues surrounding SQL Server arena... as your experience and knowledge is more valueable.

Posted by Steve Jones on 13 June 2011

Congrats! And I guess the Parker house is generating a little $$$ with all the solar and little use.

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