About Colleen 5


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 2012, I moved to my current position as a Database Engineer for a software company in nearby Westlake, OH.  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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5 thoughts on “About Colleen

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    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 joseph.a.roesch@gmail.com
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    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 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!
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    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.