Thoughts On Getting Promoted in Tech

Thoughts On Getting Promoted in Tech

I'm now at the point where I have over 15 years of full-time employment since I graduated college. Yikes! There are so many measures that can be used to judge the career growth I've had over that time, and I'm confident that by all of them, I am doing a pretty awesome job. But one piece of career growth that I've never gotten from any employer is a promotion. Allow me to define "promotion". In my mind, a promotion is where an employee earns a change in job title with commensurate increase in responsibility. I won't even say it has…
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I’m a Microsoft MVP!

I’m a Microsoft MVP!

The Friday before I left for PASS Summit, I was shocked and surprised to find out that I had been presented the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for Data Platform. My shock was genuine, as this was just about the last thing I was expecting. And then the congratulations and other kind words started rolling in from tons of #sqlfamily and other corners of the internet. My Twitter and Facebook exploded. I didn't get very much done that day. PASS Summit was also an even more incredible experience than usual as I had so many people congratulating me in…
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Topics I’d love to see at Conferences

Topics I’d love to see at Conferences

The Call for Speakers for PASS Summit 2019 has just closed, and now the Program Committee will begin the task of evaluating speakers and sessions and using those results to build a schedule. It's not easy. Really, it's not. I've served on the Program Committee numerous times and there's a lot of effort that goes into building that schedule. There are also many difficult decisions made, and many great sessions that there just isn't a timeslot for because they were pre-empted by an even better or more timely topic. These unfortunate facts got me thinking about topics that will probably…
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Bacon Blog Day 6: Bourbon Bacon

by @WidowPage Thank you so much for sticking with me but this is when the bacon gets really good!   I got this recipe from here. Let's start with a gratuitous pork belly photo. It's a nice piece of belly. It's earned a bourbon cure. Use the following ingredients: 1 cup of bourbon, divided 1/2 cup Kosher salt 2 tsp curing salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 Tbsp black pepper 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder Now the recipe calls for brushing the bourbon on the pork belly before combining it with the dry ingredients.  I don't do that.…
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Bacon Blog Day 4: A Cure for the Fever

Thank you so much for sticking with me and following along on this process.  I'm really enjoying this project and I would especially like to thank Bob for allowing me to use his blog. So let's cure this piggy's belly! I've cut it up into smaller pieces so we can try a couple of different cures.  I'm using a recipe out of Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn's Charcuterie.  I love this book and even if you aren't even going to cure meat, it's great reading.  I also recommend their Whiskey-Glazed Smoked Chicken and their Smoked Scallops.  I've also made their…
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