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I’m in a book! Data Professionals at Work

A while back a friend of mine, Malathi Mahadevan (b/t), asked me if I’d like to do an interview for a book she was working on. I’ve been interviewed before but never quite like this. She called me up (on skype if I remember correctly) and we visited for a while. It was then transcribed, edited etc until we had a chapter talking about what it’s like to be a Data Professional At Work, which of course is the name of the book. It’s part of Apress Media’s “…At Work” series, and I’m a “Data Professional” so it kind of makes sense. Unfortunately, it turns out I do a much better job with written interviews than verbal. Fortunately, there are a bunch of amazing people involved in this project with lots of interesting things to say. Personally, I can’t wait to get my copy.

Bonus! There will be a couple of book signings at PASS Summit this year. I won’t be there but a bunch of the others will be. Stay tuned for times and locations.

Now, I’ll admit, a signing for a professional book may not seem .. well .. exciting. But it really is. I did one years back when I got bought my copy of SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2 and I had a great time getting it signed, and still have fun going back and seeing who signed it. If you get the chance take the time and do it.

People involved:

Editor and interviewer: Malathi Mahadevan (blog|twitter)

Forward: Kevin Kline (blog|twitter)

Kirsten Benzel (blog|twitter)
Jes Borland (blog|twitter)
Tim Costello (blog|twitter)
Kevin Feasel (blog|twitter)
Kenneth Fisher (blog|twitter)
Drew Furgiuele (blog|twitter)
Ginger Grant (blog|twitter)
Kathi Kellenberger (blog|twitter)
Kendra Little (blog|twitter)
Andy Mallon (blog|twitter)
Jimmy May (blog|twitter)
Marlon Ribunal (blog|twitter)
Julie Smith (blog|twitter)
Dave Walden (blog|twitter)
Tracy Boggiano (blog|twitter)
Jason Brimhall (blog|twitter)
Mindy Curnutt (blog|twitter)
Argenis Fernandez(blog|twitter)
Joseph Fleming (twitter)
Matt Gordon (blog|twitter)
Vicky Harp (blog|twitter)
Andy Leonard (blog|twitter)
Steph Locke (blog|twitter)
John Q. Martin (blog|twitter)
John Morehouse (blog|twitter)
Joe Sack (blog|twitter)
Jonathan Stewart (blog|twitter)


My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.


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