Well, it is day 2 of a new year, and I’ve already oversubscribed my time and expanded my ambitions. But hey, it’s go big or go home, right?
So, the first priority on my 2016 list is to finish up the 2015 list. I’ve got two certifications in the works. I’m 2/3 of the way through the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 MCSA certification, with my 3rd test scheduled for March. I am 6/10 of the way through the Coursera Data Science specialization, and signed up for course 7 today, Regression Models. I’m hoping this will dovetail nicely with another course I signed up for recently, Mastering Data Analytics in Excel, since they are both talking about linear regression. I really should not be doing that Excel class, but I have to say, I like the idea of using Excel to analyze data, and it looks like they are teaching some useful predictive analytics there.
In 2015, I successfully restarted the Pittsburgh Business Intelligence Meetup Group, and in 2016 I plan to keep that group moving. Seeking presenters — any takers?
And then, there’s Big Data. Based on a growing interest in this at work, and Ralph Kimball’s indication that there is a place for this in data warehousing, I hope to get some practical experience with Spark and Scala in 2016.
Here’s a picture of some of the books I currently have out of the library. As you can see, I have some non-professional ambitions as well. I just can’t give up my love of vegetable gardening and hiking. Last year, Nancy and I successfully started veggies from seed, and hiked a bit of the Laurel Highlands trail. We may do the whole thing this summer, which means I have to really up the gym attendance. Been doing OK in 2015, but I have learned that a good morning workout fuels a productive day, so I hope to improve my attendance in 2016.
Finally, the blog. Here’s my annual promise to keep posting to the blog! Stay tuned…