2018 Holiday Parody

Adapted from “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the office
Not a creature was stirring, not even the bosses.
The stockings were hung on the cube walls with care,
In hopes that our bonuses soon would be there.

The sys admin in tie dye, wearing sandals with socks,
Leaned back at his desk, thinking […]

McNeely Tech President Honored as Woman in Technology

We’re pleased our president Mary Elizabeth McNeely has been named as a Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology honoree. Press release – Honoree list – Article front page. Woo hoo!

“Tech pros say they’ve had IT up to here”

Dallas Morning News: “Tech pros say they’ve had IT up to here”

This article resonates.

From the vantage point of our consulting practice, since the recession started, we’ve watched the IT atmosphere become leaner and meaner (the bad kind of meaner, not the good kind). Managers, seeing no other options, foist additional responsibilities on their technologists. Faced […]

2014 Silly Christmas Song

Here’s your holiday database song – sing it to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer:”


The disk drive got run over by a reindeer
While we were running backups Christmas Eve
You can say there’s no such thing as RAID-10
But as for me and the SAN admin, we believe

We’d been drinkin’ too much eggnog
And […]

McNeely Tech wins growth grant


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McNeely Technology Solutions Receives Lillie Knox Award
McNeely Technology Solutions Receives Cash Grant from Women’s Business Council -Southwest to Fund Growth Initiatives

Dallas, Texas, September 5, 2014 — McNeely Technology Solutions President, Mary Elizabeth McNeely, along with five other expansion-minded […]

Hotsos Symposium 2014 – the heavy and the light of it

I went to Hotsos Symposium 2014, in Irving, Texas, last week. If you’re an Oracle technologist and you’re not going to the Symposium each year, you’re really missing out. Not only is it a chance to see some excellent presentations, it’s also a chance to interact with the presenters on an ongoing basis […]

Oracle voodoo doll – good or bad?

A client and his wife bought me this voodoo doll while they were on vacation (see picture).

It is a “Watchover Voodoo Doll”, and the labeling says “Oracle – Gives you insight into your future and points you in the right direction.”

I thought voodoo dolls were for sticking pins into and putting […]

2012 Silly Christmas Song

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Here’s your holiday database song – sing it to the tune of “Let It Snow”:

“Make It Go!”

Oh, the database load is frightful,
Performance is not delightful.
The DBAs are eating crow,
Make it go, make it go, make it go!

It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
And sequential reads are popping.
Hit ratios are way down low,
It’s so […]

STEM – Encouraging the Next Generation of Girls

The Dallas chapter of ATW (the Alliance of Technology and Women) hosts a yearly event that highlights careers in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  The target audience is older girls.  This year the event was at the Winspear opera house.  ATW invited McNeely to host a table so we could talk to […]

Holy moly – Larry’s buying Lanai!

Larry Ellison is purchasing virtually the entire island of Lanai, Hawaii.  How amazing, how opulent.

I’ve written a special song for the occasion …

“Ellison’s Island”
(sing to the tune of “Gilligan’s Island”)

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of Larry’s trip
That started toward Lanai
Aboard his massive ship.

Our Larry was a mighty wealthy man
His future […]