About Straight Path Solutions
Straight Path Solutions is a team of SQL Server consultants with many years of experience and a drive to help our clients succeed. We come from all walks and our team can flex as our client needs flex, but we are all bound together by a common purpose and a love of all things technology, especially in the Microsoft Data Platform stack.
We’ve helped clients with projects that were as simple as “come in and help us figure this one quick thing out” to as complex as “help us design this warehouse, get it loaded and tune it as we go.” We have several clients engaged with us in one of our “DBA as a Service” opportunities where we are a part of their team, minding their databases and data needs for them. This engagement style is great because we come alongside a client. We teach and mentor. We respond when things get bad. Our proactive touch means things are going bad less and less, too.
Whatever the project type, our team probably has that skill, and if we can’t be experts for you? We’ll tell you that. Our Rolodex is wide and we have great relationships with other firms that are set up just like ours, but with a different specialty or focus. We complement these other consultancies well and they us. We’d rather lose a potential project and keep a happy client when we can’t provide top level expertise to your problem.
Our Pledge is simple. One of the principles that Mike strives for in every interaction with someone is “is the deal as good or better for the other side than it is for us?” if it is? Then it’s good. You can call this the Golden Rule, you can call this the realization that we are all in it together. For Mike? It comes down to his faith and the way he tries to live his life. For all of our partner companies and folks doing work with us? Their own reasons vary, but the point remains – we only partner with and work with consultants who have this integrity, humility, and client-first focus. We want you satisfied, not spending.
You name the industry vertical, we’ve probably been there. From heavily regulated industries like big pharmaceuticals, banks, credit unions, insurance, hospital systems to small Software as a Service start-ups and everything in between, we’ve worked with their data and our base of industry knowledge is always going up – as is our “sample size” for seeing what companies are doing with SQL Server.
About Mike Walsh
Mike is the founder of Straight Path Solutions. He started Straight Path in 2010 when he decided that after over a decade working with SQL Server in various roles, it was time to try and take his experience, passion, and knowledge to help clients of all sorts.
Shortly after founding Straight Path, he joined forces with some other like minded consultants at a Consortium of sorts called Linchpin People. Linchpin embodied the same principles Mike tries to live his life by. And he quickly became the first Partner at the firm and from there became a practice lead and a managing director. This experience was important in showing Mike the business side of consulting.
Back at Straight Path now, Mike is taking the lessons learned from over 17 years of working in IT, and over 6 years consulting and helping more clients directly and through matching the right top level skill set with the right client need. He is the technical lead for many of our engagements, and every client has his cell phone and they know he’ll answer when they have a need or a critical question, even if he isn’t their technical lead.
Mike is a husband, father to four great children, and a Christian. He’s a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in his small town in New Hampshire, and when he isn’t playing with his family, solving SQL Server issues, talking shop, it seems like he has plenty to do with his family running a small farm in NH raising Chickens, Cows, Pigs, Icelandic Sheep, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Honeybees and who knows what other animals have been added!
Mike loves working with SQL Server, He loves data and being a SQL Server Consultant. He loves watching a client’s face change when their problems die down. He speaks and blogs about SQL Server in his free time (when he has any!) and 6 times so far since 2011, Microsoft saw fit to recognize him as a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server, or now the Data Platform.
Why “Straight Path”?
Straight Path’s name comes from the “straight path” that Mike was called to walk when Jesus Christ came into his heart and knocked him down with a grace he had no deserve for. Through Straight Path, he hopes to glorify God through our work, living out the truth of the verse he selected as a “company verse” and treating folks fairly. While Straight Path has this story in its founding, not all of our partners or consultants have that same background. One of the principles found in the Bible is this sense that “we are all in it together” – we are all created the same way, with the same traits. Mike loves the diversity of the team he gets to work with and respects the differences of opinion on some of these personal matters.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Col 3:23-24
The Bible speaks of the chief end of man being to “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and love your neighbor as yourself” In fact Jesus says it is on these two truths that all the commands or “rules” stand. To that end, that’s the guiding principle of Straight Path. Is it honoring to God? Does it demonstrate a love for a neighbor so deep as Jesus described? If it does, then it’s probably the right track. If it doesn’t? Then something needs to change. And who is our neighbor? Everyone. Every client. Every partner. Every business associate. Whether they believe in the same things or think the same thoughts or not.