Goals 2012

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Published on: February 8, 2012

As I have wanted to do each year, here is my goals post for 2012.  Last year I set out to do this very same thing but was very unsuccessful at completing the post.  Here is all I had written:

Personal

  • Family
  • Blogging
  • Build out my Virtual Environment

Professional

  • SSIS
  • SSRS
  • SSAS
  • Blogging
  • Writing (articles)
  • Community
  • Presentations

Education

  • Certification
  • Books

Fitness

  • Running
  • Exercise

This year, I will do much better.  As proof of that goal, this post will get published – one way or another.  Despite not having published an actual list of goals, I think I did fairly well with this list.  I wrote a few articles.  I was able to maintain a steady pace with my blog.  I completed my MCITP for both Admin and Dev tracks in 2008.  I became very familiar with SSRS and learned a substantial amount with SSIS.

So, as I set out to establish my goals, I decided to keep the list very short.

Professional Development

I will finish the MCITP for the BI track in 2008.  I plan to have this done by March 2012.

I will study for and take the MCM written and Lab exams for SQL 2008.  I will take more time to achieve this goal but will have it done by year end.

Continue writing.  I will continue to contribute articles for publication as well as write on my blog.  I hope to also do some writing professionally.

Personal

I have several rooms in the basement to finish.  I plan on finishing the family room and my office.

Community

I will continue to volunteer at the UG level as well as at the PASS level.  I like volunteering with PASS and helping to achieve the greatness that is PASS Summit.

Despite some setbacks already, I will push forward and get a SQLSaturday event to happen in Las Vegas.

There you have it.  Nothing too elaborate.  I’m trying to keep the goals short and simple without overly complicated detail.  I think this year will be a successful year as well.

Meme Monday January 2012

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Published on: January 9, 2012

Meme Monday was pushed back this month to the second Monday of the month.  That is a good thing or maybe a bad thing or maybe a non-discussion at all.  I guess it really depends on the person.  For me, I would have been rushing the post so I am fine with.  Oh wait, I sit here on the first Monday writing my post anyway.

Tom LaRock has asked us to write about what we plan to do for #sqlfamily in 2012.  I am somewhat prepared for this topic already.  I had been giving it some thought over the past couple of weeks.  I was even thinking of incorporating some of that into my Goals post for 2012 (assuming I get it done this year).

So, without further ado and without going to great detail, here is what I had been planning for the upcoming year and to describe in greater detail in my goals post.

1.  More SSRS and SSIS blog posts.  It seems that these have been somewhat popular in the past.  In addition, I have several posts lined up that I have been planning to write.  Some will be multi-part series, and others just a single post series.

2.  Present at least once per quarter throughout 2012.  I think this is attainable and I hope to add a few presentations to the bag.

3.  I really want to help organize an event.  This will take a lot more time and be a little more difficult based on event location relative to where I live – but I am hoping to get it done.

4.  I plan on maintaining the other activities such as UG help, forum help, twitter (when I can) help, articles, and blog posts.

 

That pretty much sums it up for what I hope to do for #sqlfamily in 2012.  What are you planning to do?

TSQL Tuesday 14: Committed

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Published on: January 11, 2011

Woohoo, It’s TSQL Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuesday!!! This month we are being hosted by one-half of the MidnightDBA – Jen McCown (Blog | Twitter), and she has asked us to speak on resolutions.

If we look in the dictionary we will find that resolution is closely related to several other words such as resolve and commit.  One form of resolution is the formal act of declaring your personal resolve or personal commitments.  For me, maybe it is just the act of having been committed.

More seriously – a resolution is just a fancy way of saying that you are making a personal commitment or personal goal.  As with all goals, you should track it.  Otherwise it’s not really a goal, nor is it really a strong commitment.

My Commitments

For this TSQL Tuesday post, I will just add a short list of my professional goals for this next year.  Otherwise, this post would be mostly about my non-professional goals.

This goals are nothing earth shattering.  But at least they are goals to keep me going, even with all of the other stuff still going on.

  1. Certification – I will complete my MCITP certification this year.  I wanted to do it last year, but never really focused on it or gave myself a firm deadline.
  2. Build out a Virtual Environment – this involves setting some VMs for Oracle, MySQL, FireBird, and SQL Server.  I may add other RDBMS’ to that list.  I want to use this environment to learn how to interface between them using SSIS.
  3. Public Speaking – Through brown bags, SQLSaturdays and User Groups – I want to speak more often.  I hope to do 2 SQLSaturdays (we’ll see how that pans out), 2 UG presentations, and then quarterly brown bags.
  4. Writing – I have two more articles in queue that I need to write and I want to write two beyond that for a total of four this year.  I also need to write more technical blog entries.  This has been extremely beneficial to me.  Writing in an effort to share knowledge has helped me learn the subject better.

Again, that is just a short list of goals, but it should keep me busy in addition to how busy I will be with my other goals, with life, and with family.

As I pondered these goals a bit more, I am somewhat stoked about them.  These goals will help with other goals.  These goals will help me to learn quite a bit – even though they may seem a bit generic.  I put a fair amount of thought into these and know I can achieve them, but also know that I have stepped them up a tad from last year.  I am looking forward to meeting some of you at SQL Saturdays as well as I am stoked about my Virtual Environment.

2010 Recap

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Published on: December 28, 2010

As a part of a recap on the year that was 2010, I should start with a recap of my goals.  For that review I had to go back to my Q3 review.  As I looked it over, I found that there was nothing really different from that review than now that needs to be reported.

I have been extraordinarily busy this quarter with things other than that list of goals and things other than my blog.  That is not necessarily bad – and is actually quite good.  Here are some of the posts that talk about some of what has kept me busy.

  1. New Baby Girl born
  2. Job Change
  3. User Group
  4. Holidays and Birthdays (4 in December alone between myself and children)

In all reality, despite all of the busy-ness of the past quarter – it has been good stuff.

As I ponder over 2011, there have been plenty of good things that have happened to me and my career.  Several things have changed for me over the year.  I have blogged about many of those things as well.  Some of the professional related things are:

  1. Started Tweeting
  2. TSQL Tuesday (even hosted one)
  3. Actively Involved with the Local UG
  4. Blogger Awards
  5. SQLSat

All in all there have been some things that have helped me a lot in my career this past year.  This has been a full year with plenty to show for it.  For me, the items that are harder to quantify over this past year has been the friendships I have gained.  In addition to those friendships, I would also add that my network has grown significantly.  More friends – bigger network I guess is one way to describe that.  But there is also the community involvement that has increased exponentially (over prior years) for me.  I have put myself out there more (blog, speak, tweet, etc).  I have written a few articles that have been published.  I have more that I need to write and will write.  It is a bit weird to think of being an MVP, but some people out there have brought it up.  I know I was nominated, but I am completely ok with not being a recognized MVP.

Another aspect of my career that has improved over the past year is the improvement in my communication and writing skills.  This is a side-effect of the blogging and article writing.  I just need to become more consistent with it and maybe start pumping out some more technical as well as longer articles.

Next years goals will be coming soon.

Bucket List

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Published on: October 26, 2010

I have no intentions of kicking the bucket – ever.  I have no intentions of getting old either.  We’ll see how all of that works out.

Bob Pusateri (BlogTwitter) posted his bucket list this morning and it seemed like an interesting topic for an early day such as this.  You can see his Bucket List here.

Pilot an aircraft – preferably something very fast.  I would even settle for a ride in a cockpit of an F-18 (Blue Angels) or F16 (Thunderbirds).  I know – the F-16 is a single pilot cockpit.  The point is – I want to ride up front in something really fast.

Skydiving – at least once.

Start my own Business.  It would be nice someday to be a consultant.

Write A Book.  Someday it would be nice to at least contribute to a publication, preferably about SQL Server or something career minded.

European Vacation.  I would like to take my family on a vacation to Europe.  I have been and lived there.  It would be good for the family to see different parts of the world.

Speak at the Summit.  I think I will practice a lot before that happens.  I will start submitting sessions for Summit, beginning with 2011.

Be Teleported.  I don’t want to experience the same things as we see in Willy Wonka.  I would rather it be more like Star Trek teleportation.

See Bears.  I would like to attend a game at Soldier Field and watch the Bears play.  Even better if I could take a couple of my sons with me.

Q3 Review

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Published on: October 26, 2010

Finally I am getting around to posting my Quarterly Goal review.  Last quarter’s review can be found here.

Start a Blog

This has been covered pretty well.

Implement a BI Solution

I have made no further progress on this.  Despite that, I have been converting several dts packages into SSIS packages.  I also have numerous reports for SSRS that I need to implement.  Also, let’s throw out there that I have spent considerable time working on the COGNOS 7 platform over this past quarter.  I have had to troubleshoot various components from cube build to security to execution and report accuracy.  That doesn’t count as a BI solution, however, it should be noted that there is more BI experience being gained.  The purpose of this goal was to increase experience and knowledge with BI.  Albeit, the goal was designed to gain that experience in the Microsoft products.

I have started several more projects along the lines of this goal.  Many have been implemented and are in use now.  However, the point of this goal was driven towards an end-to-end solution that involved SSAS, SSIS and SSRS – I have two of the three down-pat pretty good now.

1 Technical Blog Post per Week

This one is getting harder for me currently.  I am in the middle of some very big and high profile projects that have consumed a lot of my time.  I will be working harder at this goal over the upcoming quarter.  Despite that difficulty, I am still ahead of the goal by means of averages though I missed a technical post this last week.

I am leaving the above comment as-is for the time being.  It became more difficult to maintain that goal due to my schedule – but it will change in the upcoming quarter – I can feel it.

Attend 2010 Pass Summit

I have not yet attended the summit, and can’t do that until November.  However, I have registered for the Summit and have every intention of attending this year.

Present Once a Quarter (or 4 times)

I continued to make measurable progress.  I only presented once this quarter.  Next quarter I have more presentations that I can report on (like my Presentation for SQLSat54).

Write 2 Articles

I can mark this goal as achieved at this point.  My second article was published recently and I have a few more that I am working on in queue currently.  I wrote a short blog on the publication of this article.

Run Two Marathons

I have not run a marathon yet this year, and that sucks.  Due to too many conflicts and knee pain I didn’t run and won’t be running any marathons this year unless a miracle happens.

As for the less measurable goals, I think I am doing fine there as well.  I was assigned as VP to our PASS Users Group, I am on a subcommittee for Summit 2010, and I am actively involved with the community at SQLServerCentral.com.

Q2 Goal Review

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As we close out the Second Quarter of 2010 it is time to review progress made on the Goals I set at the beginning of the year.  Just like the end of Q1, I think I continue to make good progress.  Thus I will break down each of the goals that was established in that blog post back in January.

Start a Blog

This has been covered pretty well.

Implement a BI Solution

I have made no further progress on this.  Despite that, I have been converting several dts packages into SSIS packages.  I also have numerous reports for SSRS that I need to implement.  Also, let’s throw out there that I have spent considerable time working on the COGNOS 7 platform over this past quarter.  I have had to troubleshoot various components from cube build to security to execution and report accuracy.  That doesn’t count as a BI solution, however, it should be noted that there is more BI experience being gained.  The purpose of this goal was to increase experience and knowledge with BI.  Albeit, the goal was designed to gain that experience in the Microsoft products.

1 Technical Blog Post per Week

This one is getting harder for me currently.  I am in the middle of some very big and high profile projects that have consumed a lot of my time.  I will be working harder at this goal over the upcoming quarter.  Despite that difficulty, I am still ahead of the goal by means of averages though I missed a technical post this last week.

Attend 2010 Pass Summit

I have not yet attended the summit, and can’t do that until November.  However, I have registered for the Summit and have every intention of attending this year.

Present Once a Quarter (or 4 times)

I continued to make measurable progress.  I only presented once this quarter.  On the flip-side, I have taken the lead in two of the three UG meetings.

Write 2 Articles

I can mark this goal as achieved at this point.  My second article was published recently and I have a few more that I am working on in queue currently.  I wrote a short blog on the publication of this article.

Run Two Marathons

I have not run a marathon yet this year, but that is fine.  I have laid out my schedule for running and have several planned for my typical race season coming up in the fall.

As for the less measurable goals, I think I am doing fine there as well.  I was assigned as VP to our PASS Users Group, I am on a subcommittee for Summit 2010, and I am actively involved with the community at SQLServerCentral.com.

Goal Review Q1

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Published on: March 31, 2010

As we close out the First Quarter of 2010 it is time to review progress made on the Goals I set at the beginning of the year.  So far, I think I am progressing pretty well.  There has been measurable progress.  Thus I will break down each of the goals that were established in that blog post back in January.

Start a Blog

I think this one is pretty self evident at this point.  The blog is started and is active.  I have been able to produce good articles throughout these three months.  The blog is syndicated at SQLServerCentral.com and people at least look at the articles from time to time.  Some even leave comments.

Implement a BI Solution

The solution I planned for this has made progress.  I need to spend more time on the project.  I have been able to reduce the number of errors that I encountered throughout the processing of the package.  Also, as an end result the package performs better and provides more accurate results now.  Some of the errors were logic errors and some were actual errors.  I have a few more phases to implement including an archival piece, reporting piece, and more data retrieval.

1 Technical Blog Post per Week

As far as averages go, I am well ahead of this goal.  I have been able to output at least one technical article per week if going strictly by the calendar without rollforward or rollback of excess articles.  This works well with the first goal since the main premise of my blog is to write from a professional perspective on SQL Server.

Attend 2010 Pass Summit

I have not yet attended the summit, and can’t do that until November.  However, I have registered for the Summit and have every intention of attending this year.

Present Once a Quarter (or 4 times)

In the first quarter I presented twice at the local PASS Users Group.  The first was in January and the second was in March.

Write 2 Articles

I am half-way home with this goal.  The first article was published by SQLServerCentral in March.  It was titled Log Growing Pains.  I am working on topics for the next article.  I should have at least one more article submitted and published by the end of the year and hope to have more than that.

Run Two Marathons

I am sucking really bad at this one so far.  I still have plenty of time to correct and get on track for the year.  I will get back on track.

As for the less measurable goals, I think I am doing fine there as well.  I was assigned as VP to our PASS Users Group, I am on a subcommittee for Summit 2010, and I am actively involved with the community at SQLServerCentral.com.

Goals For 2010

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Like a lemming in the DBA community, I too am going to post my 2010 goals.  I am looking to create goals that are measurable.

1.  Start a BLOG (that was a goal at the start of the year, and I jumped right on it).

I wanted to realistically try to do something to Build my own brand, and help give back a little bit to the community.  It is a new challenge worthy of doing.  It’s like a journal published for the entire world to see.  Doing this will also help me figure out how to accomplish Goal 6.

2.  Implement a BI solution.

This is one that I have started and have shelved as things have become more busy.  I really want a full blown solution that involves SSRS, SSIS and SSAS.  I have done SSIS.  I have started learning a little SSRS and have supported it a little.  SSAS will be something entirely new to me.  However, it will be useful as a part of projects to reduce cost and better utilize resources that are currently allocated to Cognos.

3.  1 Technical Blog Post / week.

This may seem extremely light as far as a blogging goal goes.  I intend on having more blog posts than that.  However, the total will be from multiple categories and not just from a technical aspect.  By allowing myself 1 post per week, I give myself time to research and organize the post into something that will be of value down the road to me, and to some of those that may read this blog.

4.  Attend PASS 2010 Summit

I have attended PASS in the past, and really enjoyed it.  I felt like I really missed out on something this last year.  I would prefer not to miss out on another one.  There are plenty of people in the community I would like to meet.  I would also like to attend the seminars and learn something.

5.  Present once a quarter (or 4 times this year).

These presentations will most likely all be at my local PASS chapter.  I will be presenting this month, after having presented for the first time last month.  Giving a presentation is a good experience, and I learn quite a bit from doing that.  The difficult thing in presenting is coming up with something of value.

6.  Write 2 Articles

This will be the most difficult Goal as I see them at this point.  Writing a good article takes a lot of creativity.  Not only does it take creativity, a time commitment is required.  Then there is the review process – that is a little daunting.  As stated above, I think the BLOG will help with all of that.  Personally, presenting is easier than writing an article.

7. Run 2 Marathons

Being a marathoner used to running 4 or 5 a year, this is a low-end goal – if not for my recent injuries and surgery.  I will get back into Marathon shape and shed the weight gained from not running as much.  This is really the base goal for a much grander goal of qualifying for Boston some day.

I have other goals which I feel are not well suited to measuring in the same manner.  I would like to maintain community activity.  And then there are the other relationship type goals that just can’t be measured.  For all of those goals, we will keep them out of this list.

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