One thing I didn't quite accomplish this year is giving a lot of presentations. By my count, I only did five events this year. I was very busy building DI up and traveled about 32 of the 52 weeks. Traveling is not conductive to building a brand by giving speeches, but it is better to travel and make money than to give talks for free. I have been and will always try to find a happy medium.
SQL Saturday last February and the Day of Data event were great successes. Pam Shaw and I are hosting another SQL Saturday on January 24 at the KFORCE facility in downtown Tampa. Unfortunately, I was not able to put together a Day of Data to go with the Saturday, so maybe I'll host one in the spring.
With 2008 we saw a launch of SQL Server 2008 and some great improvements to the SSIS tool suite. With the coming launch of Windows 7 in 2009/early 2010, it's looking to be another good year for Microsoft.
As for my personal goals, I'm just interested in working, building up DI, helping out the community where I can, and having a general all around good time. If you're ever in Tampa and want to chat, drop me a line through the DI website (linked on the left) at the Contact Us form. I will also try to put up more blog postings, as I have a fairly strong amount of readership and don't like to disappoint.
Here's to a great 2008 and an even better 2009.