Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year Resolutions

imageHappy 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. ;)
  • Tasks:
    • 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.
  • Tasks:
  • 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.
  • Tasks:
    • 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.
  • Tasks:
    • 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.
  • Tasks:
    • Harvard ManageMentor training.  I am lucky to be part of a company that believes in training its employees by offering opportunities such as this.  I plan on utilizing this service this year
    • Read The First-Time Manager

I think that's enough to start 2013 off right.  What are your resolutions?