Reading List – 2018

I don’t normally do New Year Resolutions, but during the Christmas break I was reading numerous articles on LinkedIn, I’ve always enjoyed Linkedin, with it’s career connections and articles. However, I also realized how much wasted time I spent on Facebook and Twitter, so because it’s that time of year, I am calling this my “New Year’s Resolution”: Spend more time bettering myself and my career

First up, purchase a kindle and I got a great deal. I wasn’t looking for two kindles, but when I saw Amazon had a special deal, buy two kindles get $60 off, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to gain some bonus points with my wife. Her kindle is a few years old and only 6gb, so I was able to get two Kindle Fire HD 8’s for $99.

Create a list of books to read and afterwards write a review. I am sure this list will continue to grow, but for starters and in no particular order:

Hit Refresh, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella 

Business Adventures, John Brooks  

Mindset, Carol Dweck 

The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker 

The Innovators, Walter Isaccson 

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy 

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, Scott Galloway

Not a book, but… Oracle E-Business Suite Architecture

Leave any book recommendations in the comments.


Oracle Open World and PASS Summit

A little less than a month ago I attended Oracle Open World in San Francisco. It’s been a few years since I last attended the conference. Although San Francisco seems to have changed the conference has stayed the same. Numerous days of sessions that are very informative. As I felt the last time I attended, many of the sessions seem like marketing sessions, this isn’t a bad thing, just different. I did really enjoy some sessions dealing with Oracle EBS, Oracle Cloud and DBA topics. One session “Navigating your DBA Career in the Oracle Cloud” by Craig Shallahamer from was very eye opening. Enough so, that I have started to look more closely at my future.

PASS Summit is going on right now and unfortunately, I am not in attendance. However, thanks to PASSTV, I have been able to watch numerous days worth of keynotes and sessions. This is definitely a conference that I would like to attend in the future. I know a good amount of people that attend every year and love this conference.

Combination of Both Worlds

I just recently came back to my blog and noticed that my last post stated that I was going back to Oracle. I did, but the fit with that employer was not the best and I moved on to another company at the beginning of 2016. I couldn’t be happier with that move in 2016. I get to work with SQL Server and Oracle along with other software packages. Some items that I am working on or researching and would like to blog about in the future, Automic Scheduling software, SQL Server on Linux, Azure, Azure Analysis Services, Business Intelligence, Power BI, Oracle Data Guard, Oracle Cloud and other various items.

Being lucky enough to go from DBA to Microsoft Business Intelligence

So far in my career I have been lucky enough to work with some really hot products. I started out of school as an Oracle DBA, while also performing SAP Basis duties. I did this for about 3 years, when I decided it was time to try something new. What I didn’t know at the time was that my Director did not want to lose me as a resource.

Our company was also starting to migrate our current Oracle and Cognos Data Warehouses to a Microsoft Data Warehouse. With my background as a DBA, they felt it was the next logical step in my career and they were right. I started in the group taking on SQL Server DBA tasks, while gaining the necessary skills with the Microsoft BI Stack. Looking back this was such an amazing opportunity. I was able to be an integral part of building the new warehouse from scratch. I had some brilliant co-workers, that were so willing to help me learn. I also had the opportunity to work with some really knowledgeable consultants from Pragmatic Works. A side effect to our company moving from the previous data warehouse to the new data warehouse was adopting Agile development. I had the opportunity to attend many BI related and Agile related trainings.

And now after leaving that company to join my current employer, I have continued to expand my BI skills. I am once again back to doing a lot of the SQL Server DBA tasks, but also learning more aspects of the process. I am still using Agile and the BI stack, but I’ve had the ability to bring my ideas to another warehouse conversion while also learning new approaches to migrations,  development and architecture.

My future goals are to become MCSE Certified and work towards an Architect position. At some point, I would also like to become a Microsoft MVP.

Trying LinkedIn Premium for a free month

Trying LinkedIn Premium for a free month. I have been a member and big fan of LinkedIn for quite some time. This is how I actually found my current position or should I say this is how my current position found me. I wasn’t really looking for a new opportunity, but one day a recruiter contacted me through my profile view and asked to talk. I was having one of those days at work and I figured what could it hurt. Within a week I had done a phone interview, on-site interview and had been offered the position. It was amazing, hardly no effort at all on my part.

So backed to LinkedIn Premium. Quite often I get the pop up, try premium free for 1 month, so once again, I figured why not, let’s give it a try. 
Here are the stated benefits.

– Unlock the full list of(Who’s Viewed Your Profile)
– Contact hiring managers and recruiters directly with InMail
– Move your job applications to the top of the list as a Featured Applicant
– Filter opportunities by salary, and see salary estimates for all job listings
– See how you compare to other applicants with Applicant Insights.
I’ll try an remember to write an update on whether I saw any real benefit or not.