Monthly Archives: December 2016

Looking Back At 2016

lookingback2016When this blog started back in 2011 I had no idea that it would continue to grow to where it has gotten to today. There have been many learning curves along the way – some fun and some not so fun, but that is part of the journey.

Each year since inception this blog has steadily gained steam in terms of increased traffic each year ; so I am thankful for that. The SQL Professor was not started for that sole purpose though. Rather it was a place to keep my thoughts regarding issues, ideas I have or have ran across over a period of time, and to write about happenings in my own professional career. Getting feedback from, you the reader, is an added bonus. Receiving both good and bad comments and discussions is an integral piece in helping this blog to continue to morph and grow – a living document if you will.

I’m reminded often that while producing good content is key; it is also key to write about what you love and enjoy doing. SQL has been a big part of my professional career and I look forward to creating additional blog posts in that area. Another area that I’ve come to have a strong passion for is leadership. In 2017 I plan on perhaps producing a series on leadership and how it pertains to one’s career.

Looking Back

Nope; not doing that. While 2016 was a great ride professionally I want to set sights on 2017 and continue to hopefully make an impact.

Looking Ahead

In looking ahead there are several things on tap for 2017. Some of them are:

  • Continue to grow the User Group base here locally.
  • Continue to help and grow the SQL Saturday event here locally.
  • Expand speaking opportunities where it makes sense.
  • Continue to help as much as I can with the HA/DR virtual chapter.
  • Dive further into PASS and continue to help the organization that I’ve come to be strongly passionate about.
  • Continue to lead and build a strong DBA team here in the current shop (very talented individuals. Extremely blessed to have an outstanding team).
  • Build on leadership qualities.
  • Continue to do the best work I can for the SQL community.
  • Continue to build on new and existing relationships within the SQL community.

Expectations

Something that I’ve learned long ago is that we can’t make everyone happy regardless of how hard we try. Mistakes will happen, and events will occur – that is part of the journey. I said the other day that 2016 slapped me in the face on various fronts, but I’m still standing. While it is important to reflect on what lessons were learned in 2016; I also want to encourage you to look forward to 2017. Change, if you want it, starts from within. Will you take the first steps? Break out of your comfort zone and explore new heights.

Here is to a solid end of 2016, and to new beginnings/adventures in 2017 ~ Cheers.

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The New PASS Logo and More

pass-core-logos-for-delivery-02Change is not always easy. In fact, change is hard.

“Change” is a word from which some people shy away, and it can hinder the daily life of quite a few of us. However, change doesn’t always have to be negative.

It was only a few months ago, as I sat at the blogger’s table at PASS Summit 2016, that Denise McInerney (b|t) made the announcement of a new logo being rolled out this coming year. I will admit that I was caught off guard. Not because of the change that is coming. But simply because the existing brand is the only one I have ever known.

The “analytical” person inside me begins to wonder what the new logo represents. I am starting to get what the organization is trying to accomplish by encompassing what PASS represents and the members therein.

Change also means that not everyone will be happy. I know this firsthand. When making decisions on a daily basis that may affect various types of business, it is near impossible to please everyone. However, it is more important to look at the end game and the various umbrellas that will now fall under PASS. One example is the new event for PASS BA. The hybrid or mixture of both brands, while the old is phased out, will take some time. That much is apparent. And I agree that any new type of events that fall under the oversight of PASS should have the new branding and logo. This just makes sense from an executive standpoint.

This change in branding will represent many adjustments in the upcoming year of 2017 – websites, logos, and much more. Embracing change…it is something not always easily attained. Nevertheless, it is something that must be given much thought as we move forward.

One thing I think, and I’m looking at myself in the mirror when I say this, is that what often gets overlooked is what goes on behind the scenes to even remotely pull something like this off. It is something that should be worth mentioning that the many hours that go on behind the scenes to traverse the waters such as this should be commended.

For more information on what the Old to New branding will represent you can visit here

For a short video on how PASS has progressed you can visit here

Together We Are PASS