Moving On To New Challenges

After nearly five and half years, I left NewsGator Technologies for a new position as a Database Architect at Avalara, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. My last day at NewsGator was June 3, 2011, and I started at Avalara on June 6, 2011.

NewsGator was a great experience for me over the past five plus years. I made some good friends, and I learned a lot about SQL Server. I am sure I would never have become a Microsoft SQL Server MVP if not for the experience I learned at NewsGator. As I told the founder of NewsGator, Greg Reinacker at my going away party, the fact that he usually said no when I wanted more and bigger database servers, forced me to learn other ways to improve scalability and performance besides just throwing hardware at the problem.

At some point, I will probably do a series of blog posts about the technical challenges we faced at NewsGator as we went through a period of very rapid growth in our database workload. It was an interesting journey, as we moved from 32-bit SQL Server 2000, running on a Dell PowerEdge 1850, all the way to SQL Server 2008 R2, running on slightly better hardware.

I am going to be staying in Parker, and working remotely, at least initially. I am staying on Bainbridge Island, at the Island Country Inn, for an initial three week period (which is a long business trip). Two more weeks, and I will be back in Parker. The crew at Avalara has been very helpful and welcoming. Steven Dunston wrote a very nice blog post about me here.

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12 Responses to Moving On To New Challenges

  1. Congrats on the new position! I hope it is everything you want it to be!

  2. Mark Shay says:

    Good Luck with your new position!

  3. JohnW says:

    Good luck to you – and let’s hope your new employer is not *too* generous with their hardware budget 😉

  4. Carlos Bossy says:

    Good luck Glenn! We’ll have to grab lunch when you’re back in CO.

  5. Welcome to the Northwest – if only virtually 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your on your new position. Can you believe this is what passes for summer around here.

  7. Meher says:

    Congratulations Glen on the new Job.


  8. Meher says:

    Typo. Sorry I missed an extra ‘n’ in your name. It should be Glenn. Apologies.


  9. “Slightly better hardware” – lol. It’s not like you never got the new servers you wanted! You just didn’t get _all_ of them. 😉

  10. Michael A Reeds, MD PhD says:

    Very best wishes here, Glenn.

    You know, your blog came to my attention when I read of your forthcoming book on the Redgate website. (Is it July, yet, is it, is it?)

    About 6 months ago, I moved from Denver (35 years) to Las Vegas without having had the good sense to attend any of your local classes or meet you.


  11. Matt Velic says:

    I’ve been a little behind on my blog reading, so Belated Congratulations on the New Position!

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