My name is Michael Deputy, I am married and a father of two. My twelve year old daughter was born with Down Syndrome. She is also a survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My ten year old son attends a school for gifted and talented and is a black belt in karate. My wife is a “stay at home mom” although she is rarely home when I come home for lunch. I’m pretty sure whomever came up with that term wasn’t one. We also have two dogs, a cat, an a number of fish.
As a family we are active in our church, volunteer and participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and Light the Night. The picture above is from on top of Diamond Head on Oahu a few days after my first TNT cycling event. My wife and I are also part of the “parents as faculty” for Riley Hospital for Children. I completed the Honolulu Century ride in 2008. If you ever get a chance to spend some time in Hawaii, I recommend you do it.
I am a DBA for a Catholic Hospital System in Indiana and Illinois. I have worked in IT for this organization for almost 11 years. I began my career as a desktop technician, then I was promoted to NetWare Adminster for our largest hospital. I spent about a year and half making the 11 NetWare servers the most stable they has ever experienced. Soon the corporate data center decided my skills were needed on a larger scale and made me the first corporate NetWare administrator. I took the company from many versions of NetWare 3 and 4 to a centralized eDirectory of Netware 5. Soon the decision was made to do the visine project. So I was put on the project to replace Netware with Windows. Once Netware was gone, I became a Windows/Citrix Adminsitrator. I’ll be honest I liked half the job. Citrix administration was absolutely no fun. After a few years of that, our only Linux administrator left for another job. My boss asked me to take over our Linux environment. That was a lot of fun. During this time VMware started it’s rise. I took a look at this technology and absolutely loved it. I architected our VMware environment and had huge success moving our organization into the virtual infrastructure. But we had a loss of our only two SQL server DBAs. Again, my boss asks me to take on a technology I had no experience in. This has been a totally fun ride. SQL2000, SQL2005, now looking at SQL2008. I’m also starting to get my feet wet with analysis services.