About Me

I am currently a Head Geek for SolarWinds.

I am also a Microsoft Certified Master, a SQL Server MVP, a VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. I have been in the IT industry for over 15 years and a database professional since 2002. I’ve worked with several database platforms (Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft) as well as several development platforms (C++, PowerBuilder, Microsoft .NET). My current role is focused on providing a quality performance monitoring tool for multiple platforms (MSSQL, Sybase, Oracle, and DB2).

I am the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA. The book is designed to give a junior to mid-level DBA a better understanding of what skills are needed in order to survive (and thrive) in their career. I have also participated in the technical review of several other books including Pro SQL Server 2008 Policy-Based ManagementSecuring SQL Server: Protecting Your Database from Attackers, and Pro SQL Database for Windows Azure: SQL Server in the Cloud.

In my role as Head Geek for SolarWinds my mission is to give IT and Data Professionals longer weekends.

I accomplish this by serving as a “Customer Doppleganger”. I solicit feedback from existing customers and industry experts then use that information to help our team create better products. My research and experience helped to create the initial versions of IgniteVM, now known as Database Performance Analyzer with the VM option, an industry recognized leading database performance monitoring tool. I work with a variety of customers to help solve questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization for SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and DB2.

Head Geeks are also responsible for content creation. The variety of content includes blog posts, webinars, videos, conference presentations, magazine articles, whitepapers, and books. This content allows for Head Geeks to help with product positioning and overall strategy.

The combination of research, content creation, and professional experience allows for Head Geeks to be recognized as thought leaders for their industry.

I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server, an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the global Microsoft SQL Server community.

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About This Blog

I created this site as a way to help me put into words some of the musings that go through my head daily. Sometimes they are work related, sometimes they are rants (which are almost always work related), and sometimes I try to offer insight. This site helps to give me a voice as well as force me to evaluate situations before I broadcast them to the world. In other words, it makes me pause and think about my actions (or reactions) with regards to situations that arise.

Enjoy the posts, and try not to take things so seriously as you go through life. Spend time with your family, with your children, and if you have not learned to laugh yet, there is no better time to start.

What I Can Do For You


If you are looking to connect with other data professionals, I can help you. If you are trying to fill an open position, or have contract work available, or just want to network with others, I can help you.


If you are looking for someone to help you understand some particular concept or feature of Microsoft SQL Server, I can help you. If I do not know the answer then I can reach into my network to help find the answer you need.


If you are looking for someone to provide you with a database solution, I can help you. If you need help with building a database solution, performance tuning, monitoring, or just general troubleshooting, I can help.

You can contact me by completing this form:

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