A Data Professional’s Story – PASS Summit 2016

This year is different. Why? I'm not sure yet. There is a lot of reflection going on since my return from PASS Summit 2016. As I look at the long laundry list of "to do's" to get completed in the office; this past PASS Summit reminded me to slow down and take a minute to …

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PASS Summit Live Keynote – Release 5

Julie Koesmarno, Senior Project Manager at Microsoft, takes the stage to talk about business analytics utilizing War and Peace. Tracing emotions of each key characters via a heat map.....pretty cool to see application of SQL Light language. Cognitive capabilities managed with big data...... Deep learning is everywhere; this means that SQL Server 2016 falls into …

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PASS Summit Live Keynote – Release 3

  Justin Silver, Scientist Pros, takes the stage...... Taking data science out of the lab settings and placing it into real world scenarios. Azure has tremendously been able to allow enhanced functionality into the realm of data science bridging the gap 100x faster with SQL Server 2016. Microsoft is the only vendor that has the …

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Ten Essential Traits for DBA Success

There is greatness within you whether you believe it or not. Over the years there are certain skills that have helped me along the way that, in turn, may help you along your journey. These traits are by no means written in stone and some will not agree that these are important and that’s okay; …

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The Next Chapter ~ A SQL Journey

  The past five years have been nothing short of an amazing ride on this thing we call “The SQL Journey”. I never cease to be amazed by the many outstanding data professionals we have in the PASS community. For me, this ride has been a great learning experience. In addition, I am very thankful …

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SQL Saturday Field Notes

As you walk toward the entrance the door opens and there stands a volunteer smiling welcoming you in. You make your way into the building where you are ushered toward the sign in table; there is where you are greeted by more volunteers who help you get checked in and situated. After you get checked …

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Trumpet Sounds; Call To Post

This past weekend was the KY Derby. All eyes are on this one day of horse racing; celebrities come in to town in what seems to be a whirlwind two days. According to experts over 100 million dollars is pumped into the local economy. I get to see all the hoopla firsthand, and throughout the …

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Windows Functions; Who Knew?

SQL windows functions, it would seem, get lost in the shuffle most of the time when dealing with SQL. Why do you think that is? I honestly think that it is more or less developers, DBA's, and data professionals are oblivious to some of the cool features that can be accomplished with its utilization. To put …

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