About Me – Jeff Pries
Hi, I’m Jeff. I’m a Data and Information Technology professional that lives in the Atlanta, GA area. I’ve worked in the Information Technology arena since 2002, though I’ve been using computers since the debut of the IBM PCjr in the early 80’s when I was a kid. While I love everything (well, most everything) technology and have experience with a wide amount of technology in the IT arena, my passion is data and data visualization. More so now than ever before, we are surrounded by data and countless devices are gathering data on everything around us that we see and interact with. With all that data accumulating at record speeds, there is more need than ever for storing, managing, and visualizing that data. I primarily work within the Microsoft SQL Server ecosystem, and in particular SQL Server Reporting Services, though this is an exciting time for data visualization and new tools (both free and commercial) are maturing every day for visualizing and analyzing data — which is great for those of us who love playing with these new tools.
I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart and learning how and why things work. Computers ended up being the best indulgence for this curiosity as the ever-changing nature of technology presents endless opportunities to learn how and why things work. This led me to getting a B.S. in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University and ultimately a career in Information Technology.
Over the years, I’ve worked heavily with both hardware and software, from setting up switches, routers, firewalls, servers, and storage systems, to configuring new Microsoft Windows Servers and VMware ESXi virtualization hosts. Additionally, I’ve configured, migrated, upgraded, and virtualized all sorts of Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and other application platforms. Additionally, I enjoy programming on the side, primarily developing C# console and ASP.NET web applications, frequently as Geocaching tools.
When I’m not in the technology trenches, I love travel as well as getting outdoors for hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, show skiing, and geocaching. Two of my more adventurous backpacking trips included climbing to the summit of Mt. Shasta, a 14,179 foot mountain in Redding, California and the West Coast Trail, a 50-mile hike along the coastal beaches and forests of remote Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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