I started my career in IT three decades ago. Since 1994 I chose to focus on databases, first on Sybase, later (1997) fulltime on Microsoft SQL Server. In 2005 I decided to go freelance, mainly focusing on performance tuning of SQL Server OLTP and BI platforms. Between 2005 and 2008 I was fortunate to speak at several events (Open World in Denmark, European PASS conference in Dusseldorf, ...). Since the past few years, I decided to move my focus from on-prem/DBA to cloud/Data engineer-architect. This combination gives me more than enough material to reassure DBA’s who fear from extinctions.