We’re coming to SQL Saturday Phoenix

Hey everyone! I’m winging my way across the country this week but I can’t hold back my  excitement  to be coming to Phoenix the week of Feb 22 for SQL Saturday Phoenix!

I’m coming with a number of my Pragmatic Works peers. Some like Ginger and Alan are presenting with me during our precon. I can’t wait! Our precon is all about creating your future data warehouse platform. From SQLSaturday’s site:

” We’ll examine the problems and solutions facing the modern data warehouse. We’ll look at how to balance data loading and computing processes with the needs for the platform. Looking at how to work with both structured and unstructured data and when to continue to leverage relational databases versus file-base solutions, such as Hadoop. From on-premise to appliance to cloud solutions, this session will examine how to select the right fit for the right solution. We’ll also discuss how to augment these solutions with Big Data and Cloud technologies including automating those (and giving you the scripts to do so :) ) and adding common analytic data sources such as social media. At the end of the day, you will understand what is possible in the modern data warehouse and how to architect solutions fitting your company.”

This will be a jam packed day and the schedule for Saturday’s main event is packed with quality sessions and speakers such as:

  1. SSIS Tuning Tips and Tricks – Ginger Grant
  2. Dimensional Modeling Design PAtterns – Jason Horner (MCM)
  3. On Demand Compute with Azure and Powershell – Adam er.. Me :)
  4. Azure Data factory – Data Integration in the Cloud – Josh Luedeman
  5. BI DBA Performance Tuning – Bradley Ball
  6. Predicitng the future with Azure MAchine Learning – Ginger Grant
  7. SSAS Multidimensional vs. Tabular – Alan Faulkner
  8. SQL Server filesystem – Roger Wolter

There are lots of other great sessions and Pragmatic Works is bring our team from all over the country for an awesome day of community in beautiful Arizona.

Make sure to sign up for precons before they fill up. What a great value for a full day of training from all the great speakers lined up!. If you come to ours then please bring your current challenges so we can make sure we get a chance to solve them with you!


– See you out there! Adam J

The Anatomy of the Perfect Technical Interview from a Former Amazon VP

Neil Roseman is downright tired of hearing Silicon Valley companies say they “hire only the best and the brightest.” No matter how many times they say it, most still make decisions based on gut feel, basic credentials, GPAs, ivy league educations, flashy company names — even SAT scores. Roseman objects. As the former Technology VP for both Amazon and Zynga, he’s interviewed hundreds of people and believes every phase of the process needs to be meticulously designed to drill deep into skill sets, actual accomplishments, culture fit and leadership potential.

via The Anatomy of the Perfect Technical Interview from a Former Amazon VP.

How To Boost Your Big Data Salary

The best way to boost your salary in 2014 may be to learn a new data analytics tool. According to the 2013 Data Science Salary Survey from O’Reilly, there was a strong correlation between data scientists and analysts who used the highest number of tools and those who had the highest salaries. What’s more, those who used open source tools, such as R and Hadoop, tended to bring home more bacon than those who used commercial products, such as SAS and Teradata.

from Datanami http://ift.tt/1ikKOse

Free books on statistical learning

Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman’s Elements of Statistical Learning first appeared in 2001 and is already a classic. It is my go-to book when I need a quick refresher on a machine learning algorithm. I like it because it is written using the language and perspective of statistics, and provides a very useful entry point into the literature of machine learning which has its own terminology for statistical concepts. A free downloadable pdf version is available on the website. Recently, a simpler related book appeared entitled Introduction to Statistical Learning with applications in R by James, Witten, Hastie and Tibshirani. It “is aimed for upper level undergraduate students, masters students and Ph.D. students in the non-mathematical sciences”. This would be a great textbook for our new 3rd year subject on Business Analytics. The R code is a welcome addition in showing how to implement the methods. Again, a free downloadable pdf version is available on the website. There is also a new, free book on Statistical foundations of machine learning by Bontempi and Ben Taieb available on the OTexts platform. This is more of a handbook and is written by two authors coming from a machine learning background. R code is


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Employers, Employees and Loyalty, Oh My!

I recently read an article discussing the idea of loyalty, particularly as it applies to millennials – those of the youngest generation currently working. The article was titled “The Truth About Millennials and Job Loyalty”.  I found the article to be an interesting introspective of how “loyalty” is defined by someone within the millennial generation versus how older generations have defined the word. Whether it is right or wrong is, as the author put it, subjective to the point of view of the particular individual.

via Less Than Dot – Blog – Employers, Employees and Loyalty, Oh My!.

Congratulations, College Graduate. Now Tell Us: What Did You Learn?

It’s college commencement season. Across the country, moms and dads, grandparents, and other family members are gathering on campus quads, football fields, and in basketball arenas to celebrate a rite of passage for the Class of 2013.

The graduates are now ready for the next stage of their life—a job (hopefully), their parents’ basement (maybe), graduate school, law school, or maybe the Peace Corps or Teach for America. They’re definitely older than when they went off to college. They’re probably heavier. And with a bit of luck, they’re more mature than when they left high school.

But did these graduates actually learn anything in college to deserve that diploma?

via Congratulations, College Graduate. Now Tell Us: What Did You Learn? | LinkedIn.

8 Things Really Successful People Do

Most people claim to want success. But not everyone is willing to do the hard work and the smart work to get there. Often opportunities present themselves and because people are distracted, they miss them or give up on them before things fully develop.

Truly successful people don’t leave much to chance. They are disciplined and focused.  They constantly seek new methods to achieve more, in bigger and faster ways. Listed below are eight different practices that will help you concentrate your efforts on rising above the tide.

via 8 Things Really Successful People Do – Business Insider.

Wanted: Data scientists. No math chops? No problem.

The phenomenal growth in demand for Big Data talent is apparently set to continue. A recent survey of Fortune 500 companies, by consultants New Vantage Partners, found that 85% have either launched Big Data projects or are planning to do so, and that their spending on data analysis will jump by an average of 36% over the next several years. No wonder, then, that Harvard Business Review, in an article last October, called data analytics “the sexiest job of the 21st century.”

via Wanted: Data scientists. No math chops? No problem. – Ask Annie -Fortune Management.

Disconnected: My year without the Internet

We are using the Internet wrong. Smartphones turn people into horrible listeners. And cat videos aren’t as riveting as we think they are.

These are just some of the revelations writer Paul Miller had during a year of self-imposed exile from the Internet.

Miller came back online May 1 after giving up the Internet for a year and documenting his experiences for tech site The Verge. After a nerve-wracking start (including finding 22,000 e-mails in his inbox), Miller is settling comfortably back into the Web’s black hole of information and nonstop chatter.

We talked to Miller about what he learned on the other side, what’s changed online in the past year, and how his dream of being a cyborg won’t involve Google Glass.

via Disconnected: My year without the Internet – CNN.com.

Exploring Windows Azure Drives, Disks, and Images

With the preview of Windows Azure Virtual Machines, we have two new special types of blobs stored in Windows Azure Storage: Windows Azure Virtual Machine Disks and Window Azure Virtual Machine Images. And of course we also have the existing preview of Windows Azure Drives. In the rest of this post, we will refer to these as storage, disks, images, and drives. This post explores what drives, disks, and images are and how they interact with storage.

via Exploring Windows Azure Drives, Disks, and Images – Windows Azure Storage Team Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.