Happy 2013! 2012 was a great year, and I hope that 2013 will be even better. To assist, I decided to create resolutions this year. I don't usually create resolutions because I believe that they aren't maintainable. Too often we hear of the gym membership that expired after a month due to disuse, the 20 pounds to lose that became 2 pounds, the bad habit that we were going to break... tomorrow…
But what I do like about new year resolutions is that the new year is a fresh start, a way to wipe the slate clean and wish for a better and brighter future. To make sure my resolutions don't become those drift into the ether, I need specific tasks that will force me to accomplish this.
So with that optimistic outlook, my professional resolutions for 2013:
- Blog twice a month. This will be my hardest resolution based on past history. ;)
- Tell people I'm going to do this (DONE!)
- Create an initial list of blog topics and dates - is there anything you want to read about?
- Add task reminders to my RememberTheMilk list so that I don't forget
- Learn more about PowerPivot, BISM, and DAX.
- Read DAX Formulas for PowerPivot: The Excel Pro's Guide to Mastering DAX (already purchased)
- Create a new prototype to practice these skills
- Learn more about Windows Azure SQL Reporting. I haven't delved into the exciting world of Microsoft cloud options, and I want to be able to intelligently share the different options available to people.
- Set up my own account to explore the options
- Create a comparison chart of pros and cons for cloud versus traditional BI/reporting options
- Explore EIM integration of DQS, MDS, SSIS. Matt Masson delivers a great presentation that shows how to use these three products together to create an EIM infrastructure. I believe the real power of these tools include using each product to create a full data ecosystem.
- Find a realistic example and implement a solution
- Employee Management Training. On the "soft skills" side, I need to learn more about management. I've recently agreed to start taking on minions--er, I mean managing employees. This is an entirely new skill for me. Since it directly affects the development and career of others, I really don't want to screw it up.
I think that's enough to start 2013 off right. What are your resolutions?