“A wine collection is a kind of extended family. Inanimate? Semi-animate would be a better description. You have housed the clan under the ground, in a cupboard, beneath the spare-room bed; they pass the days silently, motionlessly, locked up in a glassy purdah. Inside, of course, they are digesting time as a tree digests sunlight, moving imperceptibly toward an August of aroma and flavor.”
– Andrew Jefford
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Welcome to my new blog.
I have decided to start with an entirely fresh setup. This applies not only to my blog, but to a whole slew of areas of my life.
First, I have decided to take a new direction in my professional life. For 20 years or so, I have been mainly focused on the systems administration area of IT. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – I get to play on computers all day AND they pay me for it !!! I’ve had the opportunity to work on some of the biggest and most powerful machines around (Control Data mainframes, Cray supercomputers and Silicon Graphics graphical workstations). I’ve had the privilege of being asked work on some high profile and mission critical systems. I’ve also seen many, many changes happen in the industry. I can remember when 286 & 386 machines were “Da BOMB”. One project I worked on deployed top-of-the-line $20,000 Pentium Pro servers and now those same machines can’t even match the CPU power of my iPhone. One thing I’ve learned through all these years is that IT is all about change. Doing things faster, cheaper and, preferably, automatically. That’s the name of the game. Where are we headed next ? Data & analysing data. That’s where I believe it’s going.
More & more emphasis is being placed on Analytics and Business Intelligence. For the past 3 years or so, I’ve been able to focus on being the company’s primary production infrastructure SQL DBA. I’ve attended training classes & workshops. I’ve traveled all over Florida to network at various SQL Saturdays. I’m extremely involved in the local PASS chapter. Why have I immersed myself in all this database-y goodness. Because I can get a better job & further my career through it. I will, in the next week, be moving to a great company – Pragmatic Works. I will be performing database performance tuning and optimising, etc duties while branching out into the new world of BI. I will take my wealth of systems administration experience & pair it with the SQL & BI knowledge so that I can really be productive.
Second, In order to facilitate this career advancement, the family will be moving to Jacksonville. Initially, I will be staying in South Florida to
blow up a few bridges wrap up a few commitments that I have. We’re looking to make the big move north sometime in June ’11.
I will be sharing further changes that are on the horizon, but that will have to wait for another post at another time. This is only the first of many posts about various things – Life, SQL & everything.
Please stay tuned. This show is only going to get better …