I check our blog every now and then and hang my head in shame. We don’t write, we don’t call. What happened? Well actually a lot of good things. We failed to announce on our site when Audrey became an MVP!
Audrey’s an MVP!!!!
That happened in January! We’ve got this marketing thing nailed I tell you.
Audrey and I are both finishing up the final touches on our chapters for Wiley’s SQL Server 2012 Bible, which should be available in August.
I would like to point out that this book took as long to finish as it would have taken me to carry two children to term, and in many ways was more painful than bearing the two children I have. So for me over the last 18 months, I would often think “Gosh, you should blog”. And then my conscience would scream at me: “How dare you put letters in a row in a document that isn’t going to the Wiley Editor?” and then I’d go have a cookie.
I am now working as a consultant again for Innovative Architects. My boss is funnier than I am, which is hard for a ham like me to take, but other than that I’m really tickled to be onboard. We are building a very impressive data services practice and I love my team.
I’m hitting the road with a newer presentation. It’s all about Data Quality Services and it’s like the director’s cut version of the ten minute DQS talk I gave at the Special Ops tour in Atlanta. I’ll be presenting Data Quality Services—Finally! to the Columbus user group on June 25th (thanks Tim Radney (b | t).
Data Quality Services is a tool designed to capture the “folklore” of every organization. You know, the guy (let’s call him Phil) who’s worked with the data for 10 years and has all of the variations memorized. He can look at a spreadsheet and tell you which rows to consolidate, which rows are garbage, and he has all the macros needed to clean that crap up. Well now there is a way to capture the folklore in Phil’s brain and apply it much more efficiently. Its main interface, the DQS client, is very user friendly, as it is designed for the business user rather than developers. But the projects created with it can be applied in SSIS and MDS.
SSIS has been kicked out of the official BI stack (sort of) and it now joins DQS and Master Data Services in a new stack called Enterprise Information Management. Read more about it here. I’m thrilled to have a whole new area of Data Geekiness to dive into with these additions to SQL Server, and all of the clients I speak with seem pretty stoked about Data Quality as well.