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  • Interpreting Communication

    One important thing about which to be self-aware is how you interpret communication. Communication is a two-phase commit. The first part lies with the person communicating. She has an idea she wishes to communicate, and she communicates it in writing or verbally. The second part is with the person (or people) to whom the communication is ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 10, 2015
  • Self-Awareness – Feedback

    Self-awareness is an important trait. I believe it is especially important for consultants. For each of us, there is some gap between reality and what we perceive. I believe one measure of humility (or pride) is this self-awareness delta. I also believe we can narrow this gap by engaging in exercises in intentional awareness. Which exercises? ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 8, 2015
  • When Wronged…

    My lovely bride and I visited Paris last year for SQL Saturday 323. We stuck around a few days to do touristy stuff and we learned a lot about the history of France. While reading about an uprising in the late 1800s, Christy stumbled upon the story of l'affaire Dreyfus (the Dreyfus Affair). In 1894 Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 6, 2015
  • Getting Started with SSIS: Renaming Your First Package

    When you create an SSIS Project using SQL Server Data Tools Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI), a new, empty SSIS package is added to the project. It is named Package.dtsx. One of the first things you want to do is rename this package, providing a more descriptive and more unique name. To rename the package, right-click the package name ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 5, 2015
  • Some Thoughts on Leadership

    The purpose of leading is not to be out front. Being out front is simply where good leaders find themselves. Front is merely a location, it conveys no authority. And it is possible to find oneself out front and not be a leader. The goal of a leader should not be to serve oneself, it should be to serve others. Which others, Andy? Im glad you ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 4, 2015
  • Getting Started with SSIS: SSDT-BI

    SQL Server Data Tools Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI) is a rich Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It is a version of Microsoft Visual Studio, and you can tell by looking at the title bar when you open SSDT-BI. Click on the image to enlarge and you will see Microsoft Visual Studio right there in the title bar. If the Start Page ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 3, 2015
  • Testing

    Its 2015 and we still have no flying cars. (Dear Doc Brown, we still need roads. Love, Andy) On a similar note, weve suffered through another year of software breaches and empty promises to fix the issues behind them. Brian Kelley (Blog | @kbriankelley) was right, We Dont Care About Data and IT Security. Part of the issue is testing. Do you ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 2, 2015
  • Getting Started with SSIS: Get the Software and Tools

    People often ask me for tips on getting started with SSIS. My advice is always the same: Get a copy of SQL Server Developer Edition. At the time of this writing, the current version of SQL Server is SQL Server 2014. If you work in an organization that uses SQL Server, you may be able to obtain a copy of SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition from ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 1, 2015
  • It’s That Time of Year to Think About Your Career

    If you work with SQL Server (or want to work with SQL Server), this is a good time of the year to think about your career. Why? Its the holiday season and you should have some time off unless you have a Crappy Job. You can use some of this time to advance your knowledge about SQL Server, especially the new version: SQL Server 2014. How? You can ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 5, 2014
  • A Biml Case Study

    Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) is a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) design patterns engine. A Story of Productivity A while back I was contacted by a client experiencing a familiar issue. The Production SQL Server instance was experiencing performance issues due to conflicts between customers and enterprise reporting needs. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 26, 2014
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