Wow, hard for me to believe it has been a little bit since the last T-SQL Tuesday block party. This month Raul Gonzalez (b|t) has chosen the topic of what lessons one has learned the hard way. Before we get into the story, however, let’s take a look at who, what, when, and why of … Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday #92, Lessons Learned The Hard Way
Over the course of several years, I have given many technical and non-technical presentations. It is fun for me to put a new slide deck together, but it also requires a lot of hard work and can be time-consuming. I’ve had a few mistakes, to say the least, over the years where that one typo … Continue reading Built My Presentation, Now What?
Sometimes we, as data professionals, have to think outside the box. I know, crazy idea right? Each shop and situation are different; there will always be several different ways in most cases that you can arrive at a solid solution. This post has a few intentions behind it: It is not a “take this … Continue reading QA, Utility Databases, and Job Executions
“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” While this quote is true it is often times too late to act on an opportunity therefore it is missed. If you are a leader at your respective shop it can then be conceived that you are somewhat out of … Continue reading Can a Data Professional Be Organized?
I recently was on a call where a technical unit indicated they did not receive any form of documentation around the vendor database that was created. Now, seeing that I fall into the database profession it sparked my fancy. I began to ask a few questions to the individual who was asking for this documentation; … Continue reading SQL Doc by RedGate
This month’s topic by Koen Verbeeck (B|T) is based around times that are a changing. To break it down somewhat it was inspired by a blog post that Kendra Little (B|T) put together around Will the Cloud Eat My DBA Job. Koen is wanting to know with the ever-changing world of technology what kind of … Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday #89 Invitation – The times they are a-changing
Being a data professional you assume a certain amount of responsibility. It often requires having the right attitude and an action plan in place for finding the solutions to our problems at hand. Too many times we attack the symptoms causing the issue, but overlook the root cause. The quick Band-Aid fixes are found many … Continue reading Don’t Duck On Responsibilities
Often times we as leaders within our respective shops tend to waste our time focusing on the wrong things. Think about that for a moment and think about the team that you are on or that you are leading. I’ve seen it happen among some very talented teams where we (yes I include myself in … Continue reading Are You Wasting Energy?
If you've been involved in technology for any length of time you are aware of outside threats to your network or databases. You read about some of these threats in the news such as hacking, breaches, etc. All of these outside threats are pertinent and require our attention to detail as data professionals, but along … Continue reading Is There A Threat Inside?
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