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 entered the world of consulting and currently work as a Senior Consultant at Fortified Data.  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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9 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

  • akhil mahajan

    Hello Colleen,

    Good Morning. Hope all is well at your end.

    This is Akhil Mahajan, chapter leader for the Cincinnati SQL Server User group. I wanted to get in touch base with you and see if we can get a great speaker like you to present at the user group meeting. The link for our user group is http://www.meetup.com/CincyPASS/.

    We hold meetings on the 3rd tuesday of every month. In the past we have been able to hold meetings on other days depending upon the presenter schedule.

    Please let me know what would be a good time to talk to you.

    Akhil Mahajan