Scott Curtis is a Managing Director at Consilio and was previously at Huron Legal, a division of Huron Consulting that was just acquired by Consilio. Huron Legal has been a client of mine, but more importantly, Scott is a friend of mine, and we were talking about the challenges involved with company ownership changes. Scott asked if we could co-author a post about the topic, and I jumped at the opportunity. I’ll let him introduce himself first: Scott Curtis Writes: Have you ever found yourself caught in an acquisition, “realignment,” workforce reduction or other organizational change to your day job?…Read
You get paid for work that falls into one of these four boxes: Types of Business Pains 1. Not urgent, mild or no business pain Examples: “I’m curious and I just wondered something.” “I want to know best practices for ___.” “Fragmentation is high, and I want help fixing it.” To solve these kinds of pains, build blog posts, YouTube videos, or other self-help resources that people can consume on their own time. Expect to get a lot of “just curious” questions from the readers. But don’t expect any direct revenue. I’m not saying you shouldn’t build it – building…Read
Another year goes by without me getting hired by a car magazine. A year from now, what do you want to get paid to do? Who do you know that gets paid to do that today? What materials have they built to help you? How long will it take you to absorb those materials? How will you measure your progress along the road? A year from now, what do you no longer want to be doing? If you could automate those tasks away, how long would it take? If you can’t automate those tasks, who can you get to take them…Read
Last time we met, I finished up by talking about all of the crazy work involved in pairing the right consultant/contractor with the right client project. In my line of work, I get to see a whole lot of SQL Server projects – both good and bad – and work with the teams involved in building them. More often than not, I see contracting companies who have taken some disturbing shortcuts with horrifying results. See, bad contracting companies have a huge sales force that goes out and asks customers, “Hey, what problems are you having? Sure, we can solve those.…Read
Thinking about quitting your full time job and changing things up a little? Here’s a quick explanation of the differences between IT roles. Full Time Employees (FTEs) of Regular Companies You show up for work on Monday at 8AM, and you know exactly where you’re going to work, and who you’ll be working with. You have lots of water cooler conversations with the same people every week. You’re frequently called into meetings that you can’t refuse, and they waste your time for hours on end. That frustrates you because you’d rather be out doing real work. You’re on call (either all…Read
Disclaimer: I’m a guy. Set that aside for a minute. Step 1: Decide to be mentally close to inspiring people. The people physically close to you aren’t necessarily your best inspiration, and you can’t always control them. Often, they’re asshats. The people mentally close to you, however, are totally up to you. Make the decision to build an awesome list of inspiring people doing amazing things. These people, whether they know you today or not, are going to be your mental neighbors. Step 2: Sign up for Twitter and install a Twitter client. I’m not saying you have to post anything, mind…Read
Us admins are really good at measuring systems. (Well, we’re probably not, but we tell ourselves that we are.) We have all these pretty dashboards and counters to tell us exactly what’s going on with a system at any moment in time. But we usually measure our career with our salary. Jeremiah uses “MPH Achieved in Nevada” and his career is currently ahead of mine That’s putting the cart before the horse because salary only changes after the fact – after we’ve done amazing things, told management, and convinced them we’re worth more money. But what metric do we use to…Read
Paging all dinosaurs to the retraining camp Last week at SQLRally, I heard yet another session with the line, “DBAs are dinosaurs.” And: “DBAs must learn the analytics and cloud right now.” This is a total load of crap. 1. Most companies aren’t moving to the cloud or succeeding at analytics yet. Sure, they’re putting SOME stuff in the cloud, but not most, let alone all. They still need your help with their on-premise mess. 2. Analytics and cloud tools change dramatically every year. If you learned a lot about the cloud a year ago, you would have decided that SQL Azure was garbage,…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
Quick background: I started BrentOzar.com as a blog over a decade ago, and today it’s a successful consulting company that gets tens of thousands of spam comments per day. I failed at a few other side projects before that. This post is a brain dump for IT people who are thinking about starting their own thing. Most of the people who start businesses do it for the love of what they do, not because they want to go into finance, sales, and management. Most founders (myself included) have no idea what they’re getting into. That doesn’t mean they’ll fail, though, because passion…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.