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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8 thoughts on “About Colleen

  • Joseph Roesch

    As fate would decide, I attended your SQL Saturday session on Blogging and loved it. I planned a different session but it ended up not being what it represented. Are you making your session deck available? It’s great for any blog topic!

    Thank you very much.

    Joseph Roesch

  • Andy Tabisz

    I also attended your SQL Saturday session on blogging and have already utilized many of your suggestions! I’m in the process of developing a new website focused much more on content and social media. My old site is http://www.wsdm-llc.com – the development site is dev.wsdm-llc.com I’d appreciate it if you could take a quick look at my 2 blog posts and tell me if I’m too wordy or other suggestions you have. Thanks a ton!

  • Ponnu

    Thanks for your slide “So I started this blog… now what?”
    I started my blog two years ago. Your slides very helpful to me to implement my blog for sql community.

  • shashi kumar

    Hi Colleen,

    I am following and reading your blog posts regarding 70-463 as I am preparing for that exam, really it is very helpful.

    I have a request, would you please write posts on 70-462 as well.

    Many Thanks

  • Susan McDermott

    Hello Colleen,

    I’m an acquisitions editor at Apress Media (www.apress.com) recruiting authors and acquiring books/resources in big data, cloud, networking, security, and enterprise software categories.

    I noticed your upcoming session at PASS Summit 2015 on Enterprise Auditing with SQL Server Audit. I think this is a very intriguing topic—exactly the type of idea we are keen to include in our database series—and I wondered if you had thought about writing a book based on your expertise in this area? Very often the work that goes into a robust presentation such as yours can be a great starting point for a book on the same subject.

    If you are interested, I’m eager to discuss the possibilities and next steps with you. Also, Apress has a booth (#711) at the conference, so I will be there as well. Perhaps we might even meet in person.


    Susan McDermott