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Last Day in the UK

Last Day in the UK

  The driver behind the move   After over two and a half years at my current employers I am afraid to say that today is my last day. I’ve had a great time, met some wonderful people both internally and externally through a number of different customer facing engagements. Now it is time for […]

SQL Saturday #194 Exeter – A presenters review

SQL Saturday #194 Exeter – A presenters review

This weekend was full of a range of emotions for me. Grab a beverage and I’ll tell you all about it…. The Journey On the Friday I had arranged to take my 70-451 exam at lunchtime at a test center just outside Birmingham which would provide me with a nice jaunt down the M5, or so […]

As one door closes another one opens

As one door closes another one opens

Kevin’s departure as you can expect has left either holes or opportunities (depending on your point of view). I like to think of these as opportunities and indeed one of these opportunities in the form of SQLServerPedia.com has come my way. I am delighted to say that I will be the next Editor in Chief for SQLServerPedia.

Choosing the right professional

Choosing the right professional

I’m writing this blog post from my bed, you may think that’s a little too much information there is a good reason for telling you this as it provided the inspiration for this post. I hadn’t been feeling particularly well at the tail end of last week but pushed on (as you do) as there […]

2011 – The dissection

2011 – The dissection

  Blimey, doesn’t seem like a year since I wrote my last end of year review End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011 Things didn’t quite go to plan, mainly because of an unexpected career change this majorly shifted a number of my priorities which meant that some goals were re-prioritised, others were […]

Top 5 Third Party Quotes

Unless you’ve worked in a vacuum the likelyhood is that you either are a third company or you have many third companies with you, possibly both. Some are really really good and you can learn a lot from talking to them and working things out together, others have staff who should never have been allowed […]

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

Today has been a rather surprising day, I opened my inbox to find an email from Microsoft to find that I had been awarded the Microsoft Community Contributor Award, which I’m really rather proud of. I’m proud to be a member of such a vibrant SQL community and try to do my bit so it’s brilliant […]

January goals update

The reason I haven’t written a blog post in a while is that I’ve been trying to make some real headway with the goals that I set in my last post: ‘End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011’. One month on I thought I’d write a few words on how I’ve been getting […]

End of year review 2010 and goals for 2011

Last year I set myself a number of career goals which were more around certifications and learning than anything else, whilst this is very important and I feel passionately about learning I have realised over the last 12 months that this is not the only thing that I should be concentrating on. A lot has […]

New Arrival

Things have been a bit hectic recently and unfortunately have not been able to post much, there has been a good reason for the silence. In February this year my wife and I were blessed with another son “Harry”, once everything has settled down into a routine normal blogging service will resume. Richard DouglasMore Posts […]