SQL Server on Google Cloud Platform

I recently tried out running SQL Server 2016 on a Google Cloud Platform Windows-based Virtual Machine (GCE – Google Compute Engine Service).  This is a quick way to try out new features of the latest version of SQL Server.  In this case, I wanted to test out the R (language)-in database services. Although you can […]

Speed Essay / Abstract Writing

A great teacher taught me a technique to use when I felt ‘blocked’ trying to write an essay.  I have used and refined this technique for years when I am doing professional writing, particularly as I write/submit abstracts to conference as a potential speaker. People often tell me ‘you write so fast!’.  Since I am […]

Getting Started with SQL Server & Redis

When is SQL Server ‘not enough’ and/or ‘too expensive’ for your application performance scalability needs?  Caching is a popular mechanism used to accelerate response times and help applications scale while reducing the load on RDBMS systems, and save on resources. Redis is a widely used in-memory NoSQL database, which can be used as a database, […]

Building a data warehouse with AWS Redshift and Partners

Resources from my talk at NDC-Sydney on how to to quickly setup a cloud-based data warehouse using AWS Redshift and AWS Marketplace partners, Matillion ETL for Redshift and Yellowfin for Data Visualization – includes short pptx deck, You Tube screencast video and link to aws cli setup scripts via a Github repo #HappyBuilding