Monthly Archives: August 2013

Resume hoarders

Unfortunately in my line of work as a consultant, I am contacted far too often by resume hoarders, who are “recruiters” who sole job is to collect resumes, with no attempt at all to try to match the right person … Continue reading

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Winner of the worst recruiter of the year!

Every week I get a bunch of emails from recruiters about jobs that I am not qualified for (see Low-rate recruiters – The bane of my existence).  Some obviously use keyword searches and just spam any person who has that … Continue reading

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Recruiters, pay rates, and client budgets

If a recruiter sends me a job description, the first question I ask is, “What is the pay rate”.  If it is not in the ballpark of what I make, I shut the conversation down as continuing would just be … Continue reading

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A placement firm’s “guaranteed” replacement

I have heard large placement firms say they are better than smaller firms because “They offer the client a guaranteed replacement in case the resource doesn’t work out or leaves project early “.  I asked my recruiter friend about this. … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2014: AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn was introduced in SQL Server 2012, and there are some enhancements in SQL Server 2014: Now support up to 8 secondary replicas that remain available for reads at all times, even in the presence of network failures.  Failover Cluster Instances … Continue reading

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Dear recruiter: I will not help you do your job for free

I literally get 10-15 calls and emails a week from recruiters asking if I can help them to find a data warehouse or business intelligence person for an opening at a client they have.  And another 10-15 emails for positions … Continue reading

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Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions

If your company is planning to build a data warehouse or BI solution (see Why you need Business Intelligence), you need to be aware that BI projects have high failure rates.  Gartner says between 70% to 80% of corporate business intelligence … Continue reading

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Presentations slides for Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions

Thanks to everyone who attended my session “Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions” for Pragmatic Works.  The abstract for my session is below and the recording will be available soon here.  I hope I provided some good info for you. Here … Continue reading

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Why use a SSAS cube?

What are the advantages of using SSAS Cubes over a regular data warehouse for reporting?  Note I’m not asking why report on a data warehouse instead of a OLTP database. which is covered at Why You Need a Data Warehouse.  Think … Continue reading

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Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions Presentation

I will be presenting a brand new session entitled “Best Practices to Deliver BI Solutions” tomorrow, August 6th, at 11am EST for Pragmatic Works.  You can register here.  The abstract for my session is below.  I hope you can make … Continue reading

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