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SQL Swimmer

I started out as a software developer back in 1996 in Denver, CO, doing Client/Server development in PowerBuilder. I am now a Data Architect, living in High Point, NC and I love what I do. I’ve worked with all versions of SQL Server since the infamous split from the Sybase code (a.k.a. version 4.21a). I’ve worn all the hats that come with dealing with SQL Server, developer to data architect and everything in between. Twitter handle: @SQLSwimmer

Using Power BI To Track My Activities

As a MS MVP one of the things you have to do is keep track of all the “things” you do for community, whether it be volunteering, organizing, speaking, etc.  It can be a bit daunting trying to keep track of all of it.  But hey, I’m a Data Platform… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 20 February 2019

Speaking at SQL Saturday Chicago

I am so excited and honored to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  I will be presenting my Profiling Your Data session.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Chicago.  Last time I was there was when… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 15 February 2019

Speaking at SQL Saturday Victoria

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Victoria on Saturday, March 16, 2019. I will be presenting my What is Power BI session.

This is another kind of homecoming for me.  When I was a kid, my sister & I lived… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 13 February 2019

How To Use Power BI Embedded For Your Customers

Recently I had a need to build a Power BI report for a client.  This client has a multi-tenant database and their own custom web app.  They want to show each client their data without showing any other clients’ data. They also don’t want to require their customers have a… Read more

1 comments, 325 reads

Posted in SQL Swimmer on 7 February 2019

Don’t Forget To Take Break

So many times we get sucked into a rabbit whole when fixing/troubleshooting things we forget to take a break.  More often than not this leads to the “not seeing the trees through the forest” syndrome as my grandfather used to call it.

Sadly this happens to me more than I… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 23 January 2019

Speaking at DataGrillen

After speaking at SQL Saturday Iceland last year, which is a smaller event that I absolutely loved (you can read about that adventure here), I decided I wanted to do another smaller event.  They are much more intimate and offer a better chance of engaging with attendees, sponsors, organizers… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 4 January 2019

Speaking at SQLBits

I got an early Christmas present this year, I found out I had been selected to speak at SQLBits!  That’s what I call a gift that keeps on giving.

I have always wanted to attend SQLBits so I decided that 2019 would be the year I would finally attend.… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 4 January 2019

Speaking at SQL Saturday Nashville

I am excited and honored to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Nashville on January 12, 2019.

I’ve been to Nashville before, in fact I was just there last June for Music City Tech, and am super excited to be going back.

I will… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 4 January 2019

Where to Store Index DDL

Recently I was asked my opinion, via Twitter, on where to store the index DDL for a single database that had multiple clients with varied usage patterns.  You can see the whole thread here.

It’s a great question and there were some interesting suggestions made.  My approach to this… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 23 November 2018

Speaking At SQL Saturday DC

I am so excited to announce that I was selected to speak at SQL Saturday DC on December 8, 2018.

I will be presenting two sessions, What is Power BI? and Data Types Do Matter.  My Data Types Do Matter session is the same session that I presented at… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 12 November 2018

Speaking at SQL Saturday Oregon

I am so excited and honored that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Oregon on November 3, 2018.

I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session at 10:15 am.  I am so excited to be presenting to a kind of “home town” crowd.  I lived… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 16 October 2018

Things To Know About SQL Saturday Charlotte #806

Did you know that SQL Saturday Charlotte is just a few weeks away on October 20, 2018?  This will be the seventh year for SQL Saturday Charlotte.  Here are a few things we think you should know.

What’s New

Venue

After being at the same venue for the last six… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 27 September 2018

Moving On To New Adventures

I am pleased to announce that as of September 10, 2018, I will be part of the SQL Data Partners team!

I started my career at a consulting company in Denver, CO right out of college and loved the challenges that it brought.  After a long hiatus from consulting, I’m… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 6 September 2018

Power BI World Tour Is Coming to Charlotte

If you haven’t heard, Power BI is doing a world tour, eight cities in four months and Charlotte, NC is one of those stops.  The Power BI World Tour is coming to Charlotte on August 27, 2018, and I will be speaking at this event!

I will be presenting my… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 17 July 2018

New Logo Revealed

I’ve been pondering the creation of a logo for quite some time and I finally decided to go ahead with it.

Now, I can barely draw stick people (and have them even resemble people), so I knew I was going to have to hire someone to do this for me.… Read more

1 comments, 210 reads

Posted in SQL Swimmer on 17 July 2018

SQL Server Management Studio Tips & Tricks From Dr Greg Low

It’s been a bit slow in the US this week due to the American 4th of July holiday, but it’s been especially so for me since I work for a manufacturing company.  Our plants typically shut down for the entire week allowing us to do any major infrastructure work that… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 5 July 2018

I’m Speaking At SQL Saturday Baton Rouge!

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge (#749) on August 11, 2018. I will be presenting two sessions, Data Types Do Matter and What is Power BI?

One of the reasons that I’m so excited to speak in Baton Rouge,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 28 June 2018

New Session: Profiling Your Data

Data Quality is a huge issue, especially now with more and more data being created daily.  According to Micro Focus back in 2016, we were creating 44 ExaBytes of data per day and are expected to produce 463 ExaBytes of data per day by 2025.  That’s a LOT of data. Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 20 June 2018

Speaking At SalemSQL, A Kind Of Homecoming

I am so excited to announce that I will be giving my Data Types Do Matter session for the SalemSQL user group in Salem, OR on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

After being selected to speak in Seattle at the PASS Summit, I decided to reach out to the newly… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 14 June 2018

Analyzing Feedback From Music City Tech 2018

I recently presented two sessions at Music City Tech and just received my feedback.  I got great feedback and looks like I did a great job.  WooHoo!  It’s always nice to have your own version of what happened in your sessions validated.

Getting feedback on sessions is how we learn,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 11 June 2018

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