Patrick Birch

Patrick Birch
Patrick is responsible for curriculum development for the Informatica University team. During his time at Informatica, he has created several courses for PowerCenter and Data Quality. Patrick has almost 20 years of experience in the software industry. He has served in several roles during that time, such as a small network administrator, Microsoft Access developer, Microsoft SQL Server database administrator, and technical writer. He was a Senior Information Developer for Symantec. He has been the technical editor for several technical publications.

Building Expertise on the Clock

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field. – Neils Bohr

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow


 

We know that learning is continual activity. To be recognized as an expert takes a long time and dedication to practice. Most people can reach an acceptable level of knowledge and skill within a few months of working with a new skill. For some activities being acceptable is good enough. Recreational tennis players don’t need to beat Roger Federer next weekend; they want a good serve to beat their friends. Experts are the people who work harder to be better. (more…)

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Let’s Confirm You Are Integrated

Each and every day, we strive to create the very best product possible – not just for our clients and those who judge our work but, more importantly, for ourselves. We are all perfectionists in our own right; after all, each project we undertake is a testament to our own ability.

One source of creative inspiration that I find myself drawn to time and time again is Top Chef on Bravo. For those that have not watched; the series features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the title of “Top Chef.”  Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a Quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required to be the Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef and each week someone is asked to “pack up their knives” and go home. (more…)

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