Big Data: Hype, Hyperbole, or Hyperopia?

March 22, 2013

Big Data. Surely you’ve heard or read something about it by now. Maybe you even have an opinion. Some people I know think it’s much ado about nothing. Nothing more than hype, which defines as “exaggerated publicity” at one end of the spectrum or “a swindle, deception, or trick” at the other. Others think […]


A Big Data Primer

March 18, 2013
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To gear up for the PASS Business Analytics Conference, the newly launched PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter asked me to do a presentation last week, “A Big Data Primer”. Many of us in the SQL Server community have been hearing the use of this term increase, and Microsoft has released HDInsight, both as an Azure […]


Musings on a BI Career: Past and Future

January 3, 2013

I wasn’t going to do it. The whole recap of the year just retired. The goal-setting of the year just arrived. But I did find myself having to plan a few things-plan for customer visits and activities, plan travel for upcoming events, plan time to prepare content for those events, and so on. And as […]


PASS Summit 2011 – Day 3 Keynote

October 14, 2011
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This morning’s keynote was opened with a SQL-themed song (written by Rob Farley) performed by the dynamic duo, Rob Farley and Buck Woody. Here are links to videos: Keynote Intro with the performance (excluding lyrics) Keynote Intro with “I Should Have Looked the Other Way” Lyrics Thanks go also to Wayne Snyder (@SQLWayne) who, as immediate past […]