Over the past five or six years I’ve put a great deal of thought into starting a blog… What would I write?  Would it be relevant?  Is it a waste of time?  etc… Many of you who read this have probably asked yourselves the same questions. 

As it turns out, I don’t have a great deal of margin or spare time in my daily life.  Even so, I believe that this discipline will help clients, associates, friends and perhaps even my mom better understand what I do for a living.

This blog will be technical in nature and more specifically it will focus on data becoming realized in an organization. 

I’ve been doing independent consulting for the most part over the past 7 years.  My focus over the past 10 years has been with relation database management systems (RDBMS).  I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in the industry.  My specific focus is with SQL Server, from ground up development to migrations, performance tuning and everything in between.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a great deal.    

Ok, so onto some content worth reading. 

Much like this blog, I’ve found that time is often hard to come by.  I don’t mean time to watch the new episode of the apprentice or time to get in a round of golf after a work day and before the sun sets, but time on your servers. 

Time to dig into your systems and provide value above and beyond your job description.

Time to analyze your environment with cutting edge technology / architecture.

Time to upgrade your skill set to take advantage of the new technology.

Time to tune your databases and identify recurring trends.

Time to think … versus reacting.

Time ….

Over the years I have learned that unlike the majority of commodities in this world, time is not a forgiving entity. 

As this blog matures, I will detail on the tools that I use and the methods employed to best manage the time that I have and have it be the most productive time spent.  I will also write about anything going on in my life as a small business owner and consultant.

I look forward to posting all things data related and humbly thank you for taking the time to read.


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging.

  2. Thank you Chris… I’m looking forward to this journey and I hope that it helps someone out there.

    • Jeff Van Ornum
    • April 14th, 2009

    Great first post…..looking forward to future posts!

  3. no sswug on the blogroll?

  4. SSWUG is on the blog roll. Alphabetically, right above Ted Malone’s blog.

  5. J,

    Your first blog…looks good!


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