One year ago, Buck Woody disappeared. He stopped blogging, took down his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and updated his LinkedIn profile to include the term “Department of Defense.” He still worked for Microsoft, but he was doing something…unspeakable. (Even more unspeakable than normal.) “How do I get my soul back out of this thing?” Good news – he’s back, but in slightly different places: Blogging at BuckWoody.WordPress.com @BuckWoodyMSFT on Twitter BuckWoody on Facebook And here’s why you should care: He’s now on Microsoft’s Advanced Analytics team (as pirates say, “ML, R”) He’s helping people use data to solve problems He doesn’t…Read
Business analytics is a hot career right now. Here’s why I’m smiling and nodding as it goes whizzing past: Analytics projects start as short term experiments. This sounds awesome at first for consultants because you can parachute in, jump on the data, and give the business actionable information. You can use whatever tools you want right now – and boy, do you have choices. There’s an analytics gold rush, which means many competing tools. To make money during a gold rush, you don’t mine gold – you sell mining supplies. Companies see the rush to analytics, so they’re slinging all kinds of tools out there…Read
Conferences have 4 parts: The attendees The material The speakers The organization Problem 1: PASS Doesn’t Have Enough Analytics Speakers or Content. PASS tried running a couple of business analytics (BA) conferences and got feedback from the attendees that the material wasn’t quite right. That’s because PASS’s traditional SQL-Server-focused membership doesn’t have enough presenters who can talk about real-world experience with cutting-edge analytics technologies. As a result, PASS has decided to skip the community call for speakers and instead just approach BA speakers with money. Read the PASS Board meeting minutes (PDF) for more details, including juicy details about free hands-on labs for the…Read
(Dear reader – PASS just announced a few changes to BAC 2015. The strangely-worded announcement is already causing a hubbub on Twitter, and I thought, “There’s gotta be a way to say this stuff clearly and positively.” So I’m taking a shot at it – here goes. Keep in mind that I have nothing to do with the BAC, I’ve never attended it, and I don’t even know why they’re doing this stuff. I’m making this up as I go.) Our annual PASS Summit is an incredible, mature event for data professionals. Every year, we’re lucky enough to get thousands of…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.