For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, Mal asked us to blog about our 2018 learning goals. Her homework assignment included these 3 questions: What do I plan to learn? I like being at the cutting edge, learning things today that people are going to pay a lot for 5-10 years from now. I like to skate to where the puck is going. If a technology is already popular, then it’s too late for me to start learning it. In the early to mid 2000s, that meant learning virtualization, which paid off really well as that grew wildly in popularity. Then around…Read
James Rowland-Jones doing the SQLSaturday Vienna keynote At SQLSaturday Vienna last month, James Rowland-Jones (SQLbits organizer, former MVP, consulting company founder, and now Microsoft principal program manager, which is a pretty big deal) said in his keynote speech (paraphrased): “If you’re working with data, breadth is the new depth.” And years ago, Buck Woody (legendary Microsoftie currently doing machine learning and data science) told me: “In a mature market, be a specialist. In an immature market, be a generalist.” Both James and Buck are absolutely right. We’ve all got stories of parents and grandparents who worked in a factory, spent their…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
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.