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Interview with Josh Luedeman

SQL Saturday Nashville is quickly approaching.

We are happy to bring you another great interview in our series to get to know your pre-con speakers series.  This  is Josh Luedeman. You can find him on twitter here and his blog here.

Josh is a proud father, husband, and a Senior Consultant with the Premier Support for Developers team at Microsoft. He is a regular speaker at PASS Summit, SQL Saturdays, Code on the Beach, other IT conferences, and a delegate for Tech Field Day. He is also a co-leader of the PASS Big Data Virtual Chapter and Orlando PASS chapter.

He has worked in IT for over 10 years holding positions in Application Support, Database Administration, and Business Intelligence, in industries like Higher Education, Consulting, Manufacturing, and Software Development. He is currently focused on projects in Cloud Architecture, Hadoop, and Business Intelligence.

Josh will be speaking two pre-cons Demystifying Data Movement in Azure on Thursday and Azure for the Data/BI Professional on Friday.


Who should attend this session?

Azure for the Data Professional should be attended by anyone who is not already a certified expert in Azure. We’ll talk through the different services available on how they translate to the applications we already have in our on-premise solutions.  This session is for folks who don’t really understand the different services or mechanics of moving data around in Azure. We’ll talk through some of the services available, and what their strengths are.

What is your favorite thing about teaching this session?

I love showing people that the cloud isn’t as difficult as they think it is.

What 1 piece of great advice do you wish someone would have given you when you first started your career?

When I started my career, I was told that I should be an expert on something and be the best at it if I want to get anywhere in my career, and not to worry about other things. What I’ve learned since then is that you need to know a little about everything, but be strong in particular areas. Working in technology has become more and more about being able to build an entire solution, not just a small piece of it.

If you could go back and change the career path that lead you to where you are now would you?

I don’t know that I would change anything. The projects and positions I have had in my career have made me what I am today. I have been blessed to work at some of the best companies in the country and work with some of the most intelligent people I know, and now I work for the company that I’ve always wanted to work at since I was a kid, Microsoft.

When we asked Josh to share something more personal about himself he just avoided answering the question. So we decided to ask some of his friends for a few insider details about what makes Josh unique.

“He’s a part-time clown who enjoys cage fighting Tigers in his spare time.”  ….anonymous

“At night during the full moon, he dons a blue cape tights to fight database capers as AZURE MAN”  ….anonymous