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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

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

Getting Called Up

When baseball players are called up to the Major League from the Minor League it’s referred to as getting “Called Up”.  Today I am proud (and very humbled) to announce that I have been Called Up to PASS Summit 2018.  I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter Read more

4 comments, 146 reads

Posted in SQL Swimmer on 6 June 2018

Music City Tech Rocked!

I know Nashville is most famous for Country music, but in the recent years, it has become home to more and more genres.  Last week I attended and spoke at Music City Tech/Music City Data in Nashville and let me tell you, it ROCKED!  The organizers were amazing, all the… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 5 June 2018

I Am Speaking At Music City Tech

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at Music City Tech held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, May 31 – June 2 2018.  Music City Tech is a multiday event with three simultaneous conferences, Music City Code, Music City Agile and Music City… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 4 April 2018

Speaking at SQL Saturday Atlanta (#733)

I am so honored and humbled to have been selected to speak at SQL Saturday Atlanta (#733) on May 19, 2018.  I will be presenting my Data Types Do Matter session.  This will be my second time speaking for this event in as many years.  I was so thrilled to… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 29 March 2018

SQL Saturday Iceland–What an Adventure!

Two Saturdays ago, I was in Reykjavik, Iceland, speaking at my very first international SQL Saturday.  WOW!  Is all I can say.  While this SQL Saturday is one of the smaller events I’ve spoken at, it definitely made an impression and will most likely go down as one of my… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 19 March 2018

SQL Saturday Richmond

SQL Saturday Richmond is just 5 days away and this will be the second time I have been selected to speak at this event.  SQL Saturday Richmond holds a special place in my heart as do the event organizers.  They gave me my first opportunity to speak at a SQL… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 19 March 2018

Using the Analysis Services Execute DDL Task

My grandfather used to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”  I always thought it was a disgusting saying, I mean who would ever want to “skin a cat”?!  Gross!  But the underlying meaning was clear, there’s always more than one way to do something.  And no… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 2 March 2018

I’m Speaking At SQL Saturday Richmond

I am so excited, I was selected to speak at SQL Saturday Richmond on March 24, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia.

SQL Saturday Richmond has a special place in my heart, it was my very first SQL Saturday as a speaker.  So this will be my second time speaking at this… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 6 February 2018

Lessons Learned From SQL Saturday Cleveland

I can finally breath a sigh of relief, my first time of presenting two sessions back to back is finally over.  I was so honored to have been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday Cleveland on February 3, 2018.  When I got the email notifying me of my selection, I… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 6 February 2018

I’m a Speaking Mentor!

I am so excited to announce that I have been accepted as a speaking mentor on SpeakingMentors.com!

I struggled for so many years with my fear of public speaking and now is my chance to help someone who may have those same fears.  Huge Thank You goes out to… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 31 January 2018

MVP Data Platform

Holy Cow!  I still can’t believe it, I was awarded the Microsoft MVP – Data Platform today.  I guess I really am starting the New Year off with a Bang!

I am so honored and humbled by this.  I wanted to Thank everyone for their support over the last several… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 4 January 2018

Kicking Off The New Year With A Bang

Back in 2015, I said would think about speaking in my #TSQL2sday #61 post.  Well here it is 2018 and I have finally embraced speaking.  And as it turns out, I love it.  I spoke eight times in 2017, from my local PASS group to Denver’s SQL Saturday.  I… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 3 January 2018

New Session: Data Types Do Matter

I started speaking on a semi-regular basis this year after many years of trepidation.  You can read about my first speaking experience here.  It’s three years later and I have discovered that I love speaking.  I always wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, but it didn’t… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 17 November 2017

girls + data is coming to SQL Saturday Charlotte

I am so excited to be part of the organizing team for SQL Saturday Charlotte again this year, the CBIG folks are always a pleasure to work with and I am honored to be able work with them.  I am proud to say that this year we are raising the… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 5 October 2017

Visual Studio 2017 Irritants From the SSIS Developer View

I was among the many Integration Services (SSIS)/Database (DB) developers out there that cheered when Microsoft finally announced support for SSIS in Visual Studio 2017.  I mean really, VS2017 was released back on March 7, 2017, but if you wanted to develop any SSIS packages in VS2017, you had to… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 5 October 2017

Speaking at SQL Saturday Spartanburg (#681)

I am so happy to announce (and honored to be selected) that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Spartanburg (#681) on September 23, 2017.  I will be presenting my What is Power BI? session at 8:30am.  I know it’s early, but I’d love to see you if you are… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 30 August 2017

SQL Saturday Charlotte (#683)

I am so excited to be helping out with SQL Saturday Charlotte again this year.  This is the 6th year that Charlotte BI Group (CBIG) has put this event on and the 3rd year that I’ve been asked to be part of the organizing team. 

We have a great lineup… Read more

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 22 August 2017

Speaking at SQL Saturday Denver (#673)

Wow, I can hardly contain my excitement.  I was selected to speak at SQL Saturday Denver on September 16, 2017.  I’ll be presenting my Intro to Integration Services session.  I’m excited for so many reasons, but firstly, this will be my first trip back “home” in seven years.  We planned…

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Posted in SQL Swimmer on 28 July 2017

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