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It's the Engineers

The staff that build your systems are more important than your choice of technology.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/08 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Implementing Azure SQL Database Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Rules

In previous articles, Marcin Policht has described the main characteristics of two new features known as Virtual Network service endpoints and Azure SQL Database virtual network rules. In this article, he focuses on the details of implementing this functionality.  Read more...
By 2018/01/08 | Source: Database Journal | Category: azure sql database
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Critical SQL Server Patches for Meltdown and Spectre

Everyone needs to learn about these hardware bugs and apply patches as soon as possible.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/18 (first published: 2018/01/05) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: sql server
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Nasty Fast PERCENT_RANK

Alan Burstein discusses a better performning alternative to PERCENT_RANK that works on SQL Server versions 2005+  Read more...
By Alan Burstein 2018/01/05 (first published: 2016/06/07) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: percent_rank
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It's Time to Patch and Upgrade

With bugs in our CPUs, everyone needs to plan on patching or upgrading.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Questions about Data Masking That You Were Too Shy to Ask

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in effect in May of 2018. Data masking is one technique that can help your organization comply with this and other regulations. William Brewer answers those questions about data masking that you were too shy to ask.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/01/05 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: data masking
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A Brief History of Data Analysis

Take a look at Data Analysis from ancient times to current days  Read more...
By Pete Revell 2018/01/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: data analysis
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Using Better Tools

Some companies don't want to use tools, but that doesn't make sense to Steve Jones.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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SQL Server Machine Learning Services – Part 1: Python Basics

Python is a very popular language used for many purposes including machine learning. SQL Server 2017 supports Python with its Machine Learning Services component. Robert Sheldon explains how to get started using Python in SQL Server in the first article of this series.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/01/04 | Source: SimpleTalk | Category: machine learning (ml)
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If you hear these phrases, you might need Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services

There are so many features in Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services that it can be difficult to wrap your head around what all they do and if you’re utilizing the tool to its fullest potential.  Read more...
By 2018/01/04 | Source: Redgate | Category: visual studio team services
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Stairway to MDX - Level 4: The Order() Function: Beyond Cube Hierarchies

Bill Pearson continues his examination of the versatile Order() function, focusing upon its use in providing dataset sorts that reach beyond dimensional hierarchies  Read more...
By Bill Pearson 2018/01/03 (first published: 2011/08/26) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: stairway series
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No Magical DevOps

DevOps isn't magic. It's just a way of getting better at how you build software.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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How to Turn on Instant File Initialization

Not having instant file initialization turned on slows down the process of adding pages to your database, because prior to allocating the data pages to your database, SQL Server needs to zero out the newly allocated pages.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/01/03 | Source: Database Journal | Category: sql server
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Free eBook: Performance Tuning with SQL Server Dynamic Management Views

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a significant and valuable addition to the DBA's troubleshooting armory, laying bare previously unavailable information regarding the under-the-covers activity of your database sessions and transactions.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/01/03 (first published: 2013/08/21) | Source: Redgate | Category: performance tuning
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The top 10 considerations when designing a data platform

Designing a data platform for a new product or service is a fascinating and exciting challenge. It’s also a daunting one.  Read more...
By 2018/01/03 | Source: Redgate | Category: data platform
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Automatic Plan Correction

SQL Server 2017 lets you solve parameter sniffing problems - Automatically!  Read more...
By Wayne Sheffield 2018/01/02 (first published: 2017/11/20) | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: automatic plan correction
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Understanding Your Value

Data can help you understand the value you bring to a company as a data professional.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Create Size-based Backups for SQL Server 2017

Jeffrey Yao explains how to generate backups based on the amount of data that has changed for differential and transaction log backups.  Read more...
By Additional Articles 2018/01/02 | Source: MSSQLTips.com | Category: sql server 2017
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How you can improve your SQL with code analysis in SQL Prompt

You could think of the code analysis feature in SQL Prompt as a machine-assisted code review. The rules that are used to check your code point out questionable areas that might be missed during regular testing.  Read more...
By 2018/01/02 | Source: Redgate | Category: redgate
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Happy New Year 2018

Today starts 2018  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/01/01 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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