From Software Developer to Data Person to Both
Andy Leonard started writing Motorola 6800 machine code and BASIC in 1975. Software was a hobby until it intersected Andy’s day job as an electrician in a manufacturing plant. It was in manufacturing that Andy encountered Programmable Logic Controllers – or PLCs – based on Motorola 68000 controllers. Most of his 6800 experience was applicable to the 68000’s.
Andy started writing in Visual Basic 2.0 when it was released. It was a natural progression from BASIC to VB. He transitioned from electrician to Human-Machine Interface (HMI) designer. HMI’s include data acquisition subsystems, which led Andy into databases.
From those humble beginnings – and by standing closest to the server when the real data people were moved into other positions – Andy migrated from being a software developer to being a data person. These days, he wears both hats as a data consultant and software product developer.
In this presentation, you will learn:
- How success in software development requires embracing change.
- How success in software development is in direct proportion to continuous learning.
- How your actions today will impact your tomorrow. “Be careful what you throw over your shoulder today. It may hit you in the face tomorrow.”
Andy Leonard is the founder and Chief Data Engineer at Enterprise Data & Analytics, an SSIS trainer, consultant, and developer; a Biml developer and BimlHero; SQL Server database and data warehouse developer, community mentor, engineer, and farmer. The author of several books, Andy is the creator of the DILM Suite (Data Integration Lifecycle Management) which includes several free – and some open source – utilities to facilitate enterprise data integration with SSIS, along with some awesome (and not free) applications like SSIS Catalog Compare.