- Location: US (UTC -5)
- Expertise: Data Integration, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml), Leadership, Management
- Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn
I started working (well, playing) with computers in 1975 at age 11. I learned Motorola machine language and then BASIC. I was trained in electronics (and missile guidance systems maintenance) by the US Army and have an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.
I first delivered training for the Army National Guard Professional Education Center in 1986. During the 1990’s, I was an instructor at ECPI – a technical college in Richmond Virginia (US) where I taught mostly electronics.
Although I had been programming (as a hobby) with BASIC and Visual Basic for a couple decades, I did not begin working with databases until the mid-1990’s. I started with Microsoft Access and quickly moved to Microsoft SQL Server.
In the mid-2000’s I began delivering presentations and writing professionally. I’ve delivered presentations to public and private audiences, both free and paid engagements.
Learning is a passion. I enjoy learning immensely and compare the thrill of learning to the euphoria experienced during my (brief) running days (I trained for and completed a half-marathon at age 50). I love sharing what I learn. I want others to share the euphoric experience. Hence, I’ve written books, blog regularly, and present whenever I can.
I founded Enterprise Data & Analytics and serve as Chief Data Engineer. I built and maintain the Data Integration Lifecycle Management Suite (DILM Suite) – a collection of tools that facilitate DevOps with SSIS. I am honored to be a Friend of Redgate. I was a Microsoft MVP 2007-2012.
I do not know how many presentations I’ve delivered – my best guess is “hundreds.” Like Alex, I share a passion for our community. I am not self-taught, I am community-taught. Although I am still learning to present, I am happy to share what I’ve learned with anyone wishing to listen.
It is always an honor to present.