Archive for November 22nd, 2011

You are your new Competition November 22nd, 2011

Vinod Kumar

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself – Washington Allston

In business, at school and even at work – we always try to define an external yardstick to measure performance. In my opinion, in professional life if you are going to measure success by evaluating with external standards you are guaranteed to be dissatisfied. In this competitive world, you will always find someone better than you, doing more things than you, making more or has more than you can imagine. This catchup game will never end.

Define your own standards for success

In the past, I have had the opportunity to interact with so many people who say my inspiration is Bill Gates or Steve Jobs etc etc. Instead of focusing outwards, see what are your acceptable standards for success. You will be amazed to know your goals are larger and not constrained when compared to your idols. Don’t put yourself inside a box, think as though you have no box to constrain yourself.

Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity. – Daniel Burrus

Don’t wait for that moment, create them

If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.

It is concerning when people say they are waiting for the right moment in their life to actually do “what they want to do”. Tomorrow is a mystery and we can only control what we have today at present. So the best investments today will not be on gold but on the people we love, the dreams that we have and living the life the way we want.

Reading Warren Buffett’s concepts around “doing what you dislike today so that you can do what you like tomorrow” is a great start. I personally feel, creating the opportunity and ceasing the same at the right time is critical.

Today, the work itself may be really exciting and noble, but if you are not positioning yourself for life after work, you need to change your role and revisit where you are. If you are counting upon that Life Changing Event, you are wishing for statistically unlikely event. Most successful people have taken the risks in life and it is these risks that make them what they are today !!!

Final words

I am not trying to advocate you leave your job and look out for that dreams. Work towards the dreams but be prepared to create that opportunities when the dreams can come true. Finally, be your best judge – don’t look out for that pat-on-the back or recognition that someone is going to shower with that lovely words over mail. Those will eventually come, set your own goals – work towards them and measure your own success.

Feel free to drop me a line if you have any interesting comments.

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SQL Server 2012 RC0 is out November 22nd, 2011

Vinod Kumar

Here a list of links and resources that might be of some interest to you on SQL Server 2012 RC0.

Release announcement on SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate.

Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012

Product Specifications for SQL Server 2012

Whatz New !!!

What’s New in SQL Server 2012 RC 0

What’s New in SQL Server Installation

SQL Server 2012 : Changes to system objects in RC0

SQL Server 2012 – Analysis Services

What’s New In Power View

Power View (SSRS)

What’s New in SSIS for SQL Server 2012 RC0

The Pivot Transform – Now with UI!

Various Download Details

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) – ISO

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Semantic Language Statistics RC0

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 RC0 End User License Agreements and Privacy Statement

SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Web Installer Preview

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 PowerPivot® for Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Release Candidate 0 (RC0)

SQL Server 2012 RC0 and PowerPivot V2 RC0

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express RC0

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 RC0 Master Data Services Add-in For Microsoft® Excel®

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) Manageability Tool Kit

SQL Server 2012 Samples

SQL Server 2012 Samples Readme

BI Features

Install SQL Server 2012 BI Features

Checklists for Installing BI Features

SQL Server 2012 – ColumnStore

SQL Server 2012 – Columnstore Index FAQ

Columnstore Indexes

SQL Server Columnstore Performance Tuning

SSIS Manageability & Automation

SSIS and PowerShell in SQL Server 2012

A Glimpse of the SSIS Catalog Managed Object Model


Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices Namespace

Security – Contained Databases

Contained Databases – Documentation

White-Papers (CTP3)

New Spatial Features in SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3

Extracting and Loading SharePoint Data in SQL Server Integration Services

Information & Documentation

Solving security issue in PowerPivot for SharePoint and Power View

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC 0 Release Notes – Very Important to read before starting any Installation

Books Online for SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC 0)

Tutorials for SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 (RC 0)

Developer Reference for SQL Server 2012

Product Information

Mission Critical Confidence – Overview

High Availability

Security & Compliance

Breakthrough Insight – Overview

SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Information Management

SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

Cloud On Your Terms – Overview

SQL Server 2012 Cloud-Ready Information Platform

SQL Server 2012 Programmability

SQL Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet

SQL Server 2012 Licensing

SQL Server 2012 Editions


Microsoft SQL Server Community Samples: Integration Services

Microsoft SQL Server Database Product Samples

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