I’ve Been Busy: Working, Writing, Live 360, and SQLOrlando Meetup

Second Job

A little over a week has gone by since my first blog post went out. I’ve published four blog posts since and I’m warming up to the idea of sharing things with the internet. So far I’ve enjoyed learning, sharing, and experimenting.

I have written about:

Last Week Was Nuts

I work full-time. Thankfully, my office is less chaotic this time of year as we wind down towards the holidays; in my department, we work to wrap up projects and refine our annual technology strategy. It’s fantastic having this opportunity to focus on new technology and acquiring new knowledge. It’s also fantastic not spending nights and weekends putting out fires and fixing shit. Instead, I can focus on building upon the solid foundation we have created over the past few years.

The following are some of the infrastructure projects that we have completed:

  • Built a data warehouse and a robust BI infrastructure with ETL, MDS, and Tableau Server
  • Upgraded from SQL Server 2008R2 to SQL Server 2016
  • Constructed a disaster recovery infrastructure spanning two data centers with a Multi-Subnet Availability Group
  • Implemented development and testing environments
  • Introduced source control into our workflow

This Week Is More Nuts

Our Senior Software Engineer had to bail on the Live 360 Conference and over the weekend the staff was able to transfer registration to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hardly had time to look over the sessions. The first session I attended with SQLChickenSQLBalls, and JoshLuedeman was exceptional.

Besides catching up on work during my breaks, this week has an increase workload:

  • Make my first appearance at the SQLOrlando meetup this Wednesday after the evening session at Live 360. I’ve recently discovered this group and I’m looking forward to joining the local community.
  • Keep the blog momentum going.
  • Squeeze in some Christmas shopping.

I’m grateful that my Junior DBA is outstanding and can handle business in my absence. It says a lot about his character and where his career is headed.

And with that, I’m out. Have a great week.

Until next time.

-Chris