Garland MacNeill

DBA guy

SQLMac-GarlandWho am I?

My name is Garland and I’m originally from Colorado.. Although, I have lived in other areas of the country like Texas, Oklahoma, and most recently Wisconsin. My heart will always belong in the Rockies. In the fall of 2017, I was offered a position in Duluth, MN that I could not say to. So my wife and I packed up our things and moved to northern Wisconsin to enjoy our house in the woods.

What do I do? Well, seeing as you found my blog, you have probably figured out I’m in IT. Specifically I’m a SQL Database Administrator but I haven’t always been a SQL DBA. Since 1999, I’ve done a number of things. Dial up support at GTE, System Administrator, Linux Admin, IT Director, and for 7 years I was a DBA/System Analyst for AS400s. Then in 2014 I transitioned into being a full time SQL DBA. Now in the Northland, I’m still a SQL DBA, however my emphasis is more on being a Development DBA vs a Production DBA.

Database Administration

Did I always want to be a DBA? Lol no. In fact, years ago when I was a System Administrator for an Oracle consulting firm in Boulder I swore I had zero interest in databases. I even remember saying how I wanted nothing to do with programming either. It’ ironic how life can turn out isn’t it?

Why SQL Server? Well, for me personally it is probably because the .NET stack makes a little more sense to me. However, I’m not opposed to learning anything 

And then there’s development

Then there is my interest in development and moving more from a admin role to a development role. That’s my ultimate goal, to take what I have learned in as a System Admin, DBA, and Analyst to focus on database development. Maybe a devops type position? I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure that out. That’s the beauty of working in IT, it’s always changing and always offers choices.

And when I’m not working, I do other things like camp, fish, hunt, and ride motorcycles. 

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