certification

New Year Aspirations – Gavin Payne – MCA

New Year Aspirations – Gavin Payne – MCA

The seventh interview in the SQL Server “New Years Aspirations” series is with Gavin Payne talking about the Micorosft Certified Architect qualification.

New Year Aspirations – boB Taylor – MCM

New Year Aspirations – boB Taylor – MCM

The sixth interview in the SQL Server “New Years Aspirations” series is with boB Taylor talking about the SQL Server Masters Program.

Microsoft 70-433 exam review

In my last post “January Goals Update” I promised that I would write a few lines on my experience of taking the 70-433 SQL Server 2008 Database Development MCTS exam. I know not everybody is a big fan of the certification process but it does have it’s merits, Brad McGehee summed them up very well […]

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 […]

Fanfare for the Common Man

Today is a one of those days that I feel really has to be celebrated, hence the fanfare – all good celebrations start with a fanfare! If you haven’t heard Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland then you can listen to an extract of it here. I’m sure you’ll recongnise it once you […]

Learn something new each day

There was a time when it was concievable for somebody to know all about SQL Server, these days with the advent of DTS and subsequently SSIS there is a need to know about ETL processes. Of course an ETL process is pointless on it’s own, it by definition has to have a destination and seeing as this is SQL Server it will 95% of the time end up being consumed by Analysis Services. Add on to that all the new functionality in the database engine, new data types and CLR Integration and there is a whole world of things to learn.