Jes Schultz Borland

Jes Schultz Borlandshadow

Jes Schultz Borland

Data Head Stats:
  • Technology consultant in Osh Kosh, WI
  • Active member of PASS, PASS WIT, and MADPASS
  • @grrl_geek on Twitter
  • Blog: Less Than Dot
  • Where are you from, and what kind of company do you work for?
  • I live in Oshkosh, WI, and I am starting a job as a Technology Consultant. I’ll be putting on my database cape to help clients clean up existing database solutions, and create new ones. I also get to jump back in the Business Intelligence pool, which I love.
  • What’s decorating your office and/or desk right now?
  • I split my time between the office and home. (Working from home is the best benefit of my job.) My cubicle walls are covered in SQL posters–DMVs, Perfmon counters, anything that Kendra Little doodles. I always keep a Rosie the Riveter poster up for motivation. And last year, I got a cubicle mate – Computer Science Barbie.
     
    At home, my office is the smallest room in the house (converted attic space) with the largest window in the house. It’s a mishmash of SQL Server books, Wonder Woman memorabilia, and running bibs and medals. I love to be surrounded by toys that can distract me and mementos that inspire me.
  • What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced with SQL Server this year? What made it such a roadblock, and how did you eventually turn it from a problem to a solution?
  • It was a year in which I was trying to balance the administration of large databases using proven, effective scripts and procedures with learning and implementing new ideas. I took a PowerShell class and was able to write a couple scripts that saved my team hundreds of hours over the course of year. That’s a huge win, and we’re working to implement it even more.
  • You’re very active on Twitter. How can a DBA or dev new to Twitter make the most of it to become an active member of the SQL Server community?
  • First, tweet regularly. Tell us what you’re working on. Tell us what problems you’re encountering. Tell us what problems you’ve solved. We love to hear and talk about these things! Second, if you have questions, ASK! The SQL community on Twitter is awesomely helpful. We have the #sqlhelp and #ssrshelp hashtags, among others. Third, be yourself. You don’t always have to talk SQL, and you don’t always have to be serious. If we were, things like #sqlmoviequotes would never come about! I tweet about SQL, and running, and cooking, and how I can never reach anything on the top shelf.
  • Any thoughts on SQL Server 2012?
  • SQL Server 2012 is going to be awesome! I’m excited about the GUI for Extended Events. I think that will make it more attractive to more users, and they can harness the power. On the BI side, I think Power View is going to knock people’s socks off.
  • Who’s your favorite database blogger?
  • Gosh. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite roast of coffee. I have to give a special thanks to Ted Krueger. He was one of the first bloggers I read regularly, and he encouraged me to start blogging. I always enjoy reading Andy Leonard’s thought-provoking and well-thought-out posts. Erin Stellato always has easy-to-understand yet in-depth posts. I am really enjoying Paul White’s writing lately. And Kendra Little has to be mentioned, for her writing style and her doodles.
  • When did you discover your love for technology? Feel free to add a pivotal moment, if there was one.
  • Does playing Oregon Trail in first grade count? I had an “Aha!” moment with T-SQL when I was attending tech school for my associate’s degree. I had to take a T-SQL 101 class, and I loved it. I tore through the class in nine weeks, and came back the remaining nine to help other students and get more advanced help from the instructor. I knew it was something I wanted to work with for a long time.
  • Finally, what’s the geekiest thing you’ve ever done? (Or at least will admit to!)
  • One year, the ornaments on my Christmas tree were all old PC parts–CPUs, memory modules, and maybe even a modem or PCI card. I don’t know if that’s more or less geeky than tickets to see Harry Potter movies at midnight; getting the opening line of the Litany Against Fear, from the Dune novels, tattooed on my arm; or skipping work to drive to Chicago to meet Robert Jordan.
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