And then there were Two. Years that is.
The concept of WaterOx Consulting, Inc. started many years ago, but legally on paper, it was started 2 years ago yesterday. As anyone running a business would attest to, the time flew by regardless of the level of fun. There are days I would celebrate a new client or a presentation well done. Other times I would sit worrying about how the mortgage would be paid as well as feeding the family. Even today, I am working on some new presentations and thinking on how to drum up some new business and I almost blew by completely missing this milestone in any company’s life.
A lot has happened and I want to take a little time to reflect back on a few things just to remind myself of what has been accomplished in this short of a time frame.
- Picked up 9 new clients.
- Grown through networking, without advertising campaigns.
- Clients range in size from a small boutique chocolate shop in NY State, to a large data warehousing and analysis company in the DC area to a few large online retailers.
- Developed Egret 1.0, a SQL monitoring tool I use as a consultant that works with multiple locations and clients and centralizes the data for my analysis.
- Started developing Egret 2.0, a cloud based version of the Egret monitoring system potentially available for public use.
- Successfully registered the trademark for Concierge DBA® – the long term DBA services WaterOx Consulting provides.
- Built our website (so far) with blog, photos, and videos pertaining to SQL Server and actually had people read things!
- Created & recorded a successful full length SQL DBA training course for LearnNowOnline, as well as a series of courses for Windows 8 / Server 2012 Administration.
- Accepted into the Google Helpouts pilot program and now offer services online through the program.
- Presented at my first User Group (NOVASQL) last year.
- Started the PASSDC User Group with Matt Velic (b|t) and Paul Rizza (b|t) in April of 2014 and have grown to over 120 members.
- Presented at my first SQL Saturday in Rochester, (which is coming up soon, but I can’t be there this year).
- Presented at 6 more SQL Saturdays over the past year and attended over 13 in total.
- Presented webinars on SQL topics for LearnNowOnline community members as well as PASS User Groups.
- Presented my ‘Optimizing Protected Indexes’ session at the Information Security Summit in Ohio.
- Co-ordinated the last 2 SQL Saturdays in Washington DC.
- Cruised 3 times on SQLCruise (1 Alaska, 2 Caribbean).
- Attended PASS Summit in 2013 for the first time.
- Was a finalist in 2012 for Red Gate Software’s Exceptional DBA award.
- Ran for the PASS Board of Directors and actually made the final slate! I had to withdraw due to some issues that came up with clients, but I will most likely run again.
Not to shabby. I am still striving to find more clients and more ways to give back to the community. This year I am looking forward to trying to get Egret 2.0 out for use. I am also excited to be working towards offering a couple of multi-day training courses in D.C. and other areas, including a week of private SQL training in 2015 in the Bahamas. Keep tuned for those exciting announcements & offers!
All in all the first couple of years, like any new venture, have not been easy but things have worked out pretty well so far.
This was never intended as a get rich quick scheme (trust me, it would be nice, but it isn’t making me rich at all!) but a way to be able to provide outstanding service and help to SQL users and the community.
On to the next 2 years, and more.