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
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?
This post is for all you up and coming data professionals out there. Over the course of the last week we had a T-SQL Tuesday block party which I missed. The beginning of the year is a very hectic time at the shop; doesn’t negate the fact that I should have taken time to get … Continue reading The Pen Cap
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?
The word leadership has many synonyms attributed to it. Something that can be learned early on in one's career is that having a leader you can trust is very important. Trust is something that is earned; not given. As I reflect over the years I’ve noticed mistakes that have been made along the way; mistakes that … Continue reading 5 Characteristics Every Leader Should Practice
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
When this blog started back in 2011 I had no idea that it would continue to grow to where it has gotten to today. There have been many learning curves along the way - some fun and some not so fun, but that is part of the journey. Each year since inception this blog has … Continue reading Looking Back At 2016