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Guest Columnist: Louis Davidson (@drsql)

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DBAs and the Fear Factor

Louis Davidson on why DBAs ought to do one thing, every day, that is scary.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2014/07/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dba
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Just Enough know-how

As a professional, our knowledge of a given task should extend, at a minimum, one level deeper than is strictly necessary to perform the task. Anything deeper can be left to the ridiculously smart, or obsessive, or both  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2014/05/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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DBA Dreams

Louis Davidson on the small dreams that DBAs can nurture, each day, to elevate the drudgery of a seemingly banal task into a celebration of purpose.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2014/03/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Deduction

Like Sherlock Holmes, a DBA needs the sound deductive reasoning to pinpoint the root cause of a crime, in amongst a thousand interesting but irrelevant details.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2013/11/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Patience

Technical debt is frustrating but dealing with it requires patience. Louis Davidson explains why.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2013/09/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Baselines

It is very difficult to pinpoint what ails a server, just by looking at a single snapshot of the data, or to spot retrospectively what caused the problem by examining aggregated data for the server, collected over many months. The answer? Baselines.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2013/07/22 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Laziness

Louis Davidson is willing to bet that a relatively small handful of lazy people have done more for the world than all of the hard working people combined.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2013/03/25 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Amnesia

Louis Davidson explains why DBAs often need a healthy dose of selective, enforced amnesia about the pain of previous failures.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2013/01/07 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What Counts for a DBA: Being Replaceable

Louis Davidson describes why all DBAs should strive to be replaceable, and what that really means.  Read more...
By Louis Davidson (@drsql) 2012/12/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Ego, the Id and the DBA

In most organizations, the DBA team is seriously outnumbered by headstrong developers and clock driven managers, and "great" DBAs will often be outnumbered by...well...the not so great. In order to be heard in this environment, a DBA will not only need to be very skilled, but will also need a healthy dose of ego.  Read more...
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