Ten years ago today I walked into a pokey little office in South West London for my first day working for a small IT consultancy called INT 21 Ltd (who no longer exist). I joined as a (very) junior consultant with a desire to do “something that involved writing code” so it was a bit of a surprise when my boss plonked a textbook in front of me and said “You’ve got two months, learn this!!”
That textbook was called “Professional Data Warehousing with SQL Server 7.0 and OLAP Services” by Sakhr Youness.
I had vaguely heard of SQL Server but OLAP Services was totally unbeknown to me as was this mysterious ETL tool called “Data Transformation Services” (and what on earth did ETL stand for anyway?).
Ten years on and I’m happy to say that that job put me on a SQL Server journey that I have been travelling ever since and hopefully will continue to do so for many years to come; there is so much more that I don’t yet know about this product and I am eager to learn. Moreover I have met many people in this industry, too many to mention, whom I now consider to be close friends. Best of all, that job caused me to up sticks to live in SW London where I moved into a shared house with a stranger called Rob who worked at the same place as a lovely lass by the name of Helen; eight years later Helen became my wife and we have been living and working in the same area since the day we met. In retrospect that move to INT 21 was probably the best decision I ever made both for my personal and professional life, if such a thing as fate exists then it definitely played its hand for me in early 2000.
Apologies for the self-indulgent blog post but I wanted to take the chance to reflect on what has been a marvellous ten years, and here’s to the next ten, twenty, thirty years being even better!