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  • Biml 101 – A Free Webinar 18 Nov 1:00 PM EST

    If you’ve heard the buzz about Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) but never used it, you may be curious about how Biml works and how it can help reduce the amount of time required to develop SSIS packages. In this 100-level presentation, BimlHero Andy Leonard demonstrates how to use Biml to build an SSIS package. Register here. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 4, 2015
  • 701

    It’s your turn. You start blogging. You cannot start in July 2007 like I did – even if you have a Delorean. But you can start in July 2015. Here’s the thing: In 2023, eight more years will have passed. Will you have posted 700 blog posts by then? You can. How do I know? It’s possible. “What Do I Blog About, Andy?” What was the last ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 24, 2015
  • Me and the Man

    Part 1 I grew up poor – the US version of poor. We never missed a meal but a few times it was only because we had a successful hunt. Suffice it to say that when we interacted with others, they always had more than us. More stuff, nicer houses and cars and toys. We weren’t unhappy kids – my brothers and I – but we were unable to do some things we ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 15, 2014
  • It’s About Delivering Value, Stupid

    James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” as part of Bill Clinton’s 1992 US Presidential campaign. I’m not fond of the “stupid” part. But I have also never successfully advised a governor to become President of the United States by unseating an incumbent President who enjoyed a 90% approval rating earlier in his presidency. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 11, 2013
  • Performance-Based Management and Andy’s Law

    Let’s begin with an assertion: “People are more important than process.” – Andy, circa 2008 Whenever an enterprise or institution adopts a new process or policy, that policy should serve people and not shackle them. The nicest thing that can be said about a policy that binds people is, “It wasn’t well thought out.” It’s a bad ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 10, 2013
  • The Perfect Trap

    Warning: I am about to express an opinion.* Introducing disruptive database technology is the perfect trap for database administrators. <…freak out here…> <… done? Good. Let’s continue…> Way back in 2007 – when Adam first emailed me about writing at SQLBlog – I wrote a post that asked “Which ‘flavor’ DBA are you?” I had three ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 5, 2012
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