Last night I saw a tweet from Matt Gordon (b|t); the topic caught my eye – “How I Became A…SQL Server Data Professional”. The original idea spawned from Kevin who is known as the SQL Cyclist (b|t) over here at this post I’ll have to fill in the blank the same as Matt Gordon has … Continue reading How I Became A…SQL Server Data Professional
I was recently approached and asked, "What is SQL Saturday? I actually get asked that question more times than not from other people within and outside the community that have never had the pleasure of attending an event. I'd like to take a moment, and from my own perspective lay out the what, why, and … Continue reading What Is SQL Saturday?
Hello much younger Yates. Hope you’ve been doing well. Why don’t you pull up a chair and stay for a few minutes so we can talk and maybe help another data professional that is just starting out on his or her journey. Nah, it won’t take us a long time to get through our talk, … Continue reading A Letter To A Younger Yates
The day begins and you find yourself going through a list in your mind of things that need to be accomplished. You either make a mental note, jot it down on paper, or input notes into your mobile device. The day is getting off to a great start; you feel as though you have a … Continue reading Backup/Restore–What’s My Status?
Someone once told me at the shop that we have plenty of software utilities laying around that could be very useful that no one is utilizing. I got to thinking about that from a DBA standpoint; we are fortunate enough to have the Tool Belt from Red Gate and with that comes a plethora of … Continue reading Why Use Red Gate’s SQL Multi Script?
Have you ever heard the phrase "Hold The Fort"? Long ago in battle supply routes were targeted by enemy regiments that would cut off rations to fighting units. As the battle ensued the enemy had driven back their counterparts to a small area on a hill. They were being overwhelmed with many wounded and dying; … Continue reading Hold The Fort
Change is not always easy. In fact, change is hard. "Change" is a word from which some people shy away, and it can hinder the daily life of quite a few of us. However, change doesn’t always have to be negative. It was only a few months ago, as I sat at the blogger’s table … Continue reading The New PASS Logo and More
Good morning from PASS Summit 2016! Today will be the first keynote session at 8:15 a.m. with Joseph Sirosh. I've found myself back at the bloggers table this year during the keynotes so check back here for updates and highlights. In addition to these updates (plan on sending 4-5 mass live updates throughout the keynote) … Continue reading PASS Summit 2016 – Live Keynote
It's about time I got back into participating in the T-SQL Tuesday block parties that are hosted by community members each month. First, let's take care of some house keeping rules. Who Is Hosting? This month Andy Mallon (b|t) is hosting and has chosen a topic of We're still dealing with the same problems. This … Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday #83: We’re still dealing with the same problems
Piggy backing onto the recent SQL Saturday post here in Louisville, I wanted to take a more in-depth look, from my perspective, on how vendors all fit into these events. Having the opportunity to work alongside these vendors has been both a learning experience for myself along with forming new bonds along the way. Louisville … Continue reading Is ROI for Vendors Worth the SQL Saturday Investment?