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Trick Question


This post is the fifty-fourth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page.

This post is about you.


Yep, you. Two questions:

  1. What is your job title? (<—Not a trick question)
  2. What business are you in? (<—Trick question)


Published Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Thomas Rushton said:

1: SQL Server DBA, Back Office Systems.

2: Keeping my client happy.  :-)

March 27, 2012 8:39 AM

Eugene Lobanov said:

1. BI Developer

2. Monkey business ;)

March 27, 2012 8:49 AM

dmmaxwell said:

1. SQL Server DBA.

2. I solve puzzles. (I'm not kidding. This is what I tell prospective employers.)


March 27, 2012 8:54 AM

John Hennesey said:

1. BI Architect

2. Getting whatever needs to be done, done, to the best of my abilities given the resources I have, am given, and can aquire.  Do this for my employer, my career, my family and myself; not necessarily in that order and the order always changing.

March 27, 2012 9:00 AM

Andy Galbraith (@DBA_ANDY) said:

1) Technical Consultant

2) Solving People's Problems

March 27, 2012 9:16 AM

Peter Schott said:

1. DB Developer

2. Officially - Church Management Software (though likely to branch out quite a bit in the not too distant future in quite a few ways)

  Less officially, but more accurately - satisfying the customers and serving people

March 27, 2012 9:34 AM

Jason said:

1: Sr SQL Server DBA

2: Customer Service

March 27, 2012 9:48 AM

K. Brian Kelley said:

1. "It depends."

2. "It depends."

March 27, 2012 9:58 AM

Geoff Hiten said:

1. Principal Consultant

2) I help people solve business problems using technology solutions. (short answer is the first three words).

March 27, 2012 9:58 AM

Ben Thul said:

1. Database consultant

2. Customer satisfaction

March 27, 2012 10:28 AM

Robert Pearl said:

1. Varies

2. Making SQL entertaining (and making some money too :-)

March 27, 2012 10:29 AM

Chris F said:

1. Database Administrator Staff

2. Helping the hospital system run efficiently

March 27, 2012 11:23 AM

Alex said:

1. Manager, IT

2. SELECT WhatEver.Project, WhenEver.DueDate, WhenEver.Priority

FROM WhatEver

INNER JOIN WhenEver ON WhatEver.BossWants = WhenEver.BossNeeds


March 27, 2012 12:16 PM

Aaron said:


1.) Husband/Dad

2.) Providing for my wife and children


1.) Principal Consultant

2.) Everyone is in sales right? :)

March 27, 2012 12:22 PM

Brandon Leach said:

1) DBA

2) Tech/sales/marketing/etc My customers are the users!

March 27, 2012 1:28 PM

Michael said:

1. DBA, DB Dev,

2. Logistics, shipping company

March 28, 2012 4:09 AM

RichB said:


Telepathy, psychokinesis, cursing, prestidigitation, frequent wizardry and an occasional sideline in necromancy.  General mastery of black arts.

March 28, 2012 6:09 AM

SpencerK said:

1) Development Coordinator/Babysitter/DBA/Query Writer/Installer/Tech Support/Salesman/Whatever else my boss tells me I am.

2) Yes.

March 28, 2012 6:56 PM

Amit Chauhan said:

1) BI Lead

2) Money Making

March 29, 2012 10:15 AM

Greg B said:

1) Senior Web Developer/Team Lead

2) Shepherd

March 30, 2012 9:17 AM

Jeff G. said:

1) Database Engineer

2) Being the "Little Dutch Boy" for my managers

March 30, 2012 2:47 PM

Jason Yousef said:

1) BI Developer

2) Servant !

April 4, 2012 1:53 PM

Dinesh Vishe said:

1) Database admin.

2) Cleint service.

April 27, 2012 12:39 AM

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