Half a year down already? This year is flying by a such a rapid rate and it seems hard to keep up at times. However, things are progressing and I’ve managed to stay on top of a few of my goals for this year.
To recap what those goals were:
- Blog more
- Learn more
- Attend more SQL Server Events
- Interact more with the SQL Server Community
- Sleep Less
So how did I do?
I failed miserably at this one (Only 5 posts in for the 2nd quarter), but am ok with this as I had a lot of other, higher priority, items to keep me busy. I have been beavering away at Goal #2 “Learn more”, as well as doing a lot of Goal #5 by being there for my family – they are the most important part of my life after all.
A great big 10/10 here! Just as a new version of SQL Server is about to be released, I finally got round to doing my MCITP – Business Intelligence 2008, and I learnt a lot more than I thought I would in the process. I failed the 70-448 first time round, which I was none too pleased about I can assure you. But I persisted and at the 2nd attempt I had it in the bag (if only just). I aced 70-452 at the first attempt and actually laughed out loud when I saw the result (916/1000). Couldn’t quite believe it. The whole exercise has been hugely beneficial. I have been able to apply what I’ve learnt to the projects at hand and have even corrected a few misconceptions that a colleague had (but I won’t be naming names…). Happy days!
I’ve also been involved in a number of projects that are focused on SQL Server Analysis Services. This is a massive win for me as this is one area of the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack that I was yet to really get to grips with. It has been a steep learning curve, but it seems that that is what I thrive on. It has also been loads of fun and the opportunity to work with and learn from different colleagues has been amazing.
Other things that have been picked up and refined along the way this year are data modelling, solution architecture & design, creation of development standards and generally improving my SQL Server related skills (T-SQL, SSRS, SSIS, SSAS) thanks to all you SQL Server bloggers out there.
Attend more SQL Server Events
It turns out that most of the SQL Server events are just not at the right time for me right now. My family duties take precedence and until the bedtime routine (5:30pm – 7:15pm) becomes easier, evening events are just not possible. However, Jim McLeod and I have managed to create and host a very successful SQL Server Social event in May. While it has been quiet since then, we are planning on follow up events in the very near future.
The PASS Summit 2011 is the big one for me this year. I am giddy with excitement at having the opportunity to attend. I’ll be spending more of my time preparing for it and making sure that I am able to make the most out of any and all opportunities that present themselves. My flights are booked, my registration is booked. It’s time to make a packing list!
Interact more with the SQL Server Community
Words with Friends anyone? I have been playing WWF with Rob Farley (blog | twitter ) ever since he mentioned the game in a comment on this blog post. More recently I have been playing the game with a few others in the SQL Server community, and even though there is not a lot of banter, there is a sense of familiarity. Which I am hoping will help when I get to the PASS Summit later this year. If you are keen for a game look me up –>“lukehayler”.
Yes, I know this is not the same as being active on forums, blogs, twitter, Facebook, and now Google+. But with the tiny amount of time that I do have to myself, this is all I can manage right now. I know that this will change over the next few months, and am taking steps to do so.
10/10. Easy when you have a 5 month old & an almost 3yr old in the house :)