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  • “Can You See Me Think?”

    Introduction This post is the fifty-seventh part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. A Story… Once upon a time I was a manufacturing systems integrator. That’s a fancy description of a person who designs and builds machine control systems. I was asked to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 26, 2013
  • Dashboards

    Introduction This post is the forty-ninth 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 dashboards. Dashboards are where data meets decision-makers. The field of data visualization is about this intersection of information and actors. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 5, 2011
  • Performance-Based Management Stinks

    Introduction This post is the forty-eighth 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 Performance-Based Management (PBM). Almost… In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis refutes an argument with the following statement: It has every amiable ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 3, 2011
  • If I Were Stranded on a Deserted Isle with WiFi...

    My friend and fellow PASS Regional Mentor TJay Belt tagged me! “So You’re On A Deserted Island With WiFi and you’re still on the clock at work. Okay, so not a very good situational exercise here, but let’s roll with it; we’ll call it a virtual deserted island. Perhaps what I should simply ask is if you had a month without any walk-up work, no ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 19, 2009
  • On Estimating Software

    Introduction ''Just give me a number - I need something to tell my boss. We won't hold you to it, I just need something, anything, to get him off my back.'' There were nice people there. Good people. People that meant well. The gentleman speaking to me was one of them. He wanted a number and I gave him one. Estimates, Targets, and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 27, 2008
  • Happy Pi Day!

    Happy Pi Day Everyone!  ... at least in the US datetime format... :{> Andy
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 14, 2008
  • SSIS Design Pattern - ETL Instrumentation, Part 4

    Introduction This post is part of a series of posts on ETL Instrumentation. In Part 1 we built a database to hold collected SSIS run time metrics and an SSIS package to deomnstrate how and why we would load metrics into the database. In Part 2 we expanded on our database and the SSIS package to annotate version metadata, manage error metrics ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 26, 2007
  • Utilities: RML Utilities from PSS

    The SQL Server PSS group announces the release of RML Utilities.  From the blog post:  The Microsoft SQL Server support team uses several internally-written utilities to make it easier to work on a typical customer support case. These utilities may also be useful to database developers and system administrators who work with Microsoft ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 18, 2007
  • Context and Grain

    Introduction: The World Series (1979) and Photography Willie ''Pops'' Stargell started my interest in photography (...a funny way to start a post on a SQL Server blog site, but bear with me). Pops Stargell led the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to win the World Series. He was the MVP that year as well. My Mom, in the only time I ever remember her ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 3, 2007
  • Master Data Management 101: Standardize Units of Measure

    Introduction      There's quite a bit of hoopla about MDM lately, mostly due to awareness. While ''Lacks needed data'' was cited as the number 1 problem (with 21 votes) in data warehouses in the recent IBM Data Warehousing Satisfaction Survey (2007), ''Insufficient or inadequate master data'' made a decent showing ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 20, 2007
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