Ira Whiteside

1. Everyone’s an accidental DBA (or database professional) – what’s your story? How’d you become a SQLPerson?

I have been an “accidental programmer” since time began(1971), I applied to be a Central Office Engineer, but it ws 1973 and EEO was in place, I started at Ohio Bell(AT&T), in a job normally assigned to women, with a Card needle, Cards with no printing and handwriting my programs on paper sheets that had to turned in to a “Key Punch” operator to create the cards and then taken to the IO Room to be read into the IBM Card Reader wait three or four hours and see if my program compiled. Many years of IBM, UNIVAC, COBOL, IMS, FOCUS mainframe baloney, fast forward to 1997(Consultant now) I get a gig at American Family and I meet SQL Server 7 and specifically DTS and OLAP(Analysis Services) and design a Data Warehouse and OLAP Cubes , and I am hooked. By 2004 I was working with Donald Farmer and Bill Baker and presenting ideas on new DTS/SSIS Data Profiling Transforms. This went on become a set of SSIS Transforms currently being sold by Melissa Data.

2. What’s your favorite part of your current gig?

I created it.

3. Complete this sentence: “If I could do anything else, I would…”

“If I could do anything else, I would be an Archeologist.”

4. Complete this sentence: “When I’m not working I enjoy…”

“When I’m not working I enjoy Tessie (My wife), Christina and Victoria(Daughters), Julia (Grand Daughter), Jack and Jake (Grand Boys) and ANYTHING THAT HAS A BATTERY OR A POWER CORD.”

5. Complete this sentence: “I think the coolest thing in technology today is…”

“I think the coolest thing in technology today is the ubiquitous of it and the effortless way in which my grandchildren absorb it and EXPECT it. In essence what is “Cool” to me is “normal” to them. I can’t wait to see what they think is ‘cool’.”

6. Complete this sentence: “I look forward to the day when I can use technology to…”

“I look forward to the day when I can use technology to ensure nobody I love has to fear cancer.”

7. Share something different about yourself. (Remember, it’s a family blog!)

I am a realist, a pragmatist and very analytical, and believe there is far more to explain about our “Human People” , super set of SQL People, then we know and that we have been here far longer than is currently proposed. Frankly I want to explain everything. I actually believe some of the explanations covered in The Pyramid Code, and I am fascinated at the inception, evolution and adoption of Christianity. I can analyze Christian history and realize that certain tradeoffs were made to broaden its appeal and at time many were murdered in its name, yet after two years of facing cancer in my family and realizing “Perception is Perception” not “Reality”, that I believe in God as a matter of faith, not fact.

Originally published .

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