About Colleen

My name is Colleen Morrow and I am a Database Administrator currently living and working in (wait for it)… Cleveland, OH.

My IT career began somewhere around the age of 10 when my father brought home a Commodore Vic 20.  I started writing little BASIC programs to display pictures of houses and butterflies.  But my life’s work was writing a choose-your-own-story program.  (I was 10, ok?)  Alas, I reached the end of the Vic 20’s 5K of memory before I reached the end of my story.  *sigh*

Fast-forwarding a bit, I started working with databases about 15 years ago when I did technical support for Informix databases and programming languages in my hometown of Buffalo, NY.  In 1998, I left Buffalo to take a programming job here in Cleveland.  Since then I’ve spent a lot of time wondering whether it’s better to have never been in the Superbowl or to have lost it 4 years in a row.

In early 2000, I decided I wanted to try my hand at database administration.  I was hired to my previous position initially as an Informix DBA, and over the years I transitioned to Oracle DBA and finally to SQL Server DBA.

In October of 2014, I moved to my current position as a SQL Server Consultant for UpSearch.  Needless to say I’m very excited about the challenges ahead.

There’s a little part of me that remains a programmer, though, and I love writing code to make my everyday work easier.

In my “other” life, I enjoy power tools, bourbon, and ice from those old aluminum trays.

You can find me on Twitter as @ClevelandDBA.

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