I’ve known Kent for a couple years now, having run into each other time and again around the various Heartland tech events. Kent’s a busy dude but he managed to spare a few cycles for me to answer these NINE Questions:
1. Where are you from? (if it's different than where you are now, please feel free to elaborate.)
I've lived lots of places over the years. I'm living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota now. It's really starting to feel like home.
2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product?
I work for DevelopMentor. We offer some of the top rated developer training and mentor services on .NET and SQL Server. We recently acquired Advanced Concept Center and will be adding more process and business analysis courses and consultants to our portfolio.
3. What brought you to your current employer?
The opportunity to be one of the best of the best and work with the very best brains I've ever known.
4. You're a big time database guy, but that's still a broad field... what's your specialty?
I really enjoy using databases to solve complex scientific and business problems. I deeply into Integration Services, XML, SQL/CLR integration and spatial data.
5. I follow a lot of folks on Twitter. What's your take on Twitter? When is it too much?
I think its an interesting way to share easily understood pieces of technical and "flavor of life" information. I like using it a bit more than blogging as its easier to make posts and parse other peoples tweets for good information. The signal to noise ratio is kind of high, but at the same time, I think thats interesting too. At least sometimes.
6. Do you think we're hitting any kind of critical mass with all the Conferences, Day of This, Codefoo, User Groups, Camps etc...?
We're not even close. The problem is that they are very siloed. We need to have more crossover events as like SxSW and Mix I think. I'd love a conference that mixes BI professionals and business analysts. It would be fascinating to watch the interactions. I'd also like to see more organizations reach out embrace the open source and academic communities.
7. You're a strong supporter of the local dev community, but that's just part of who you are. What's something the world doesn't know about you?
At my heart, I'm a science geek -- love mathematics, statistics, geography and physics. I love seeing how creative power users in these area really are. I'm also a business and economics geek, and I think its fascinating how BI and data mining applies to these areas. I'm currently working on a Doctorate in Management where my research work is how all of these areas can be unified into a new discipline.
8. Any non-technical hobbies? What are they and why?
Heh, I love to play Role Playing games like Traveller and Feng Shui. I'm also a homebrewer and love to cook. And, of course, I'm a voracious reader.
9. Last of all, any tattoos?
No tattoos, but have some completely bitch'n scars.