Mike Scalise

Mike Scalise

My thoughts on SQL Server, Project Management, Fitness, and all points in between

I Received The Ellucian Outstanding Contributor Award

Today I was notified by Ellucian, a software and professional services company (primarily in higher education), that I had been awarded their Outstanding Contributor Award for my contributions to my peers and colleagues on their forums. Honestly, while I’m elated about the news, I wasn’t expecting this at all.

I have been involved with Ellucian products in some capacity for around 17 years, and as I’ve developed my skills over the years, I’ve always tried to share my knowledge with others so that they too could be great at their jobs. I never expected anything in return. I know everything I know because people were selfless enough to share and collaborate with me, so in some sense, I owe it to the community to help where I can.

In addition to a very nice letter, Ellucian also mailed me this beautiful award that I can display in my office. I’m truly grateful. Thank you to Ellucian and all of my colleagues who trusted me to help them with their questions and issues.

The Parker’s Heritage Collection from Heaven Hill Distillery

Last Updated: 06/17/2020

Why an entire post dedicated to Parker’s Heritage?

Well, when I became interested in rare whiskeys in late 2016, I came across a website that recounted the top ten rare whiskeys of the world. On that list was Parker’s Heritage 8th edition (13 Year Wheat Whiskey) from 2014. It described its color, nose, palate, and finish so eloquently that I had to try it. The problem was that it was, well, a rare whiskey. Intrigued, I began to research more about the collection and became hooked. The story, the quality, the rarity all worked for me. So if you want to know about Parker’s Heritage and my experience, read on.

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PASS Summit 2016

It was amazing, to say the least.

And yes, I know I’m a few months late to the game to blog about last year’s PASS Summit, but I only recently got my blog up and running and have had a chance to compile myriad pictures I took during the conference. Whether you’re relatively new to SQL Server and are considering going or a veteran who has been multiple times, I thought I’d share my experience in hopes that you’ll glean something from it–maybe a new nugget of information.

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Busting the Myth: Project Plans Are Developed and Managed Solely in Microsoft Project

In college, I majored in business administration and minored in entrepreneurial studies. This meant taking numerous marketing courses. I remember being taught many times over that we should use clear, descriptive, and unambiguous names if we ever started a business or launched a product or service. This way, potential customers would have no problem understanding what the company does or what function the products serve.

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How to Increase SQL Server Query Performance When You Have No Control Over the Query — A Unique Approach

Last week, at my local PASS chapter (Rochester), I gave a presentation titled “Magical Query Tuning.” In the presentation, I described a query-tuning technique that can be used when you think you’re out of options. I first learned of this method from Kendra Little at LittleKendra.com and I think it’s an incredibly interesting and not widely-known method, which is why I chose to share it with everyone.

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The Money Challenge

As we near the end of 2016, many of us are starting to think about next year. How can we make 2017 better than 2016? What should our resolutions be? What about our goals? Should we take that vacation we’ve been wanting to go on?

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Function Friday

I’m a huge proponent of SQL Server. I think it’s a great database engine and I find that I’m always looking for ways to expand my knowledge about the product and help others expand theirs. In that vein, starting in October of this year I’ve begun tweeting one SQL Server function and a link to its page on microsoft.com, each Friday. I call it Function Friday.

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