SQL Server Skillsets Database Development, SSIS, SSRS, Dashboards, Data Warehousing
Data Sources SQL Server, Oracle, Informix, DB2, XML, Salesforce.com with SOQL, Facebook API, Twitter API, Hubspot API.
Other Databases Access with VBA, Oracle, Informix, DB2
Business Intelligence Power Pivot, Power Query, Power View, Power Map, Excel VBA
Training & Familiarization SSAS, Big Data, Hadoop, Data Mining, DAX, MDX, XML, JSON, VB.NET Scripting, C# Scripting, Power Shell, Data Modeling, Master Data Services, Data Quality Services, Change Data Capture, Full Text Search, Service Broker, Talend, IBM DataStage.
I spend some available time on Experts Exchange where I answer technical questions, write articles, help run the site. This enables me to help others with similar needs and reinforce my own skillsets, with points awarded for answers, which earn certificates. The ones I’m most proud of is my Ace certificate in the Microsoft Access zone earned in 2008, and Genius certificate in SQL Server zone earned in 2013. In 2013 I was awarded a Most Valuable Expert (MVE) Award with many other excellent experts.
I also attend PASS events such as PASS Summit 2012, SQL Saturday events in Minnesota (I even presented classes at SQL Saturday #238 and SQL Saturday #453), and attend various PASS-Minnesota SQL Server User Group events.
In terms of official certification I passed the following Microsoft certification exams:
- 70-461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (2013, MSP status)
- 70-069 Microsoft Access for Windows '95 (2000, MCP status)
- 70-051 Microsoft Access Application Development (1998)
My personal computer history
I started playing with computers while growing up on Mackinac Island, Michigan at 13 years old on Atari 400 and Commodore 64 computers, learning BASIC programming from both for both classroom assignments and as a personal hobby.
I started college at Michigan State University as a Computer Science major, but eventually graduated with a degree in Accounting and moved to Minnesota. After five years’ experience as an Accountant and an MBA from the University of Minnesota I realized that I had it right when I was 13, and began a five-year, two-job transition back to Computer Science as a Microsoft Access database developer, which eventually led to SQL Server and Visual Basic.