Congratulations 2017 Microsoft MVP!

March 19, 2017 Andy 1

Earlier this month, I got an email with the subject line “Congratulations 2017 Microsoft MVP!” I immediately commenced doing a Snoopy happy dance (my dog, Callie, picked up on the excitement and joined in). If you aren’t familiar with the MVP Program, you might be … [Read More]

Community Influencer of the Year

December 31, 2016 Andy 1

Last night, I was sitting at home with my husband, when I got an ominous message from Aaron Bertrand (blog|twitter): You up? I’m about to blog about you. You’ve been warned. ~ Aaron Bertrand Uhhh…. OK? It was 10:30 on a Friday night. I was … [Read More]

(Unofficial) PASS Summit 2016 LGBT Meetup

October 12, 2016 Andy 5

PASS Summit has tons of opportunities to meet like-minded folks, in addition to seeing old friends. There are the Women In Tech and Birds of a Feather Luncheons. There is the Community Zone. Friends catch up over coffee and meals. There are vendor parties. There … [Read More]

My 5th DBAnniversary

May 10, 2016 Andy 3

Five years ago today, I officially became a DBA: Good afternoon.  It is my pleasure to extend to you our offer of employment for the position of Database Administrator How I got there I got my first job at a software company in 2003. I had no degree, … [Read More]

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#sqlcares, #sqlwish, and #sqlfamily

November 19, 2015 Andy 0

I’ve been using SQL Server for a dozen years now, but I’ve only been starting to make friendships and build relationships within the SQL Server community in the last couple of years. More importantly, it has only been in the last year that I would … [Read More]

Watch your step! Don’t become a DBA-hole

July 14, 2015 Andy 2

No, I’m not discouraging anyone from being a DBA. I’m just discouraging DBAs from being A-holes. DBAs (and IT folk in general) have a terrible reputation for being curmudgeons, jerks, and a-holes. These guys exist, and working with them is a miserable experience–but they’re a … [Read More]