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Regular Columnist: Steve Jones

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My background is I have been working with computers since I was about 12. My first "career" job in this industry was with network administration where I became the local DBA by default. I have also spent lots of time administering Netware and NT networks, developing software, managing smaller IT groups, making lots of coffee, ordering pizza for late nights, etc., etc. For those of you interested (or really bored), you can check out my resume.

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Cloud Snake Oil

The Cloud isn't always what it seems and Steve notes that paying attention to finances might be the most important thing.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/24 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Cancelling DBCC SHRINKFILE with EMPTYFILE

A fun experiment using DBCC SHRINKFILE to rebalance data.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: dbcc shrinkfile
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In Depth Learning at the PASS Summit

The pre-conference sessions for the 2018 PASS Summit were released.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/16 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Right Connection

Making a connection to the wrong database had disastrous results for Travis-CI.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/19 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Machine Learning Challenges

Machine Learning is an exciting branch of computer science, but it doesn't solve all our problems.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/17 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Keep It All

We could use more intelligence in our backup systems, since we don't need to keep all those files.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/20 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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IoT Success

The use of IoT is growing in businesses.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/11 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Believing the Data

Data is becoming the source of truth, but we need to learn to accept that.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/13 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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New IT Departments

The more IT departments change, the more they stay the same.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/23 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Considering Other Views

When we build software, are we empathetic to how others (literally) view our software?  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/12 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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In Memory of Robert

In memory of Robert Davis.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/05 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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A New New Microsoft

Microsoft reorganizes their divisions again.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/02 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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What's Downtime?

Steve asks the question today of how you might measure downtime and the scope you are concerned about.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/09 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Good Security Needs Layers

A good security system needs layers since our applications and platforms don't exist in a vacuum.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/18 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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ETL or ELT

What pattern is better for importing data? Steve discusses.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/03 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Best Ever

Steve wants to know which version of SQL Server you like the best.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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Is the DBA Title Dying?

Titles are very important to many people. Steve wonders if the main title many of us use will go away.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/04 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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The Nightmare Letter

The GDPR may bring nightmare letters like the one linked to from the editorial.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/03/28 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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TRIM() in T-SQL

The T-SQL language expanded in SQL Server 2017 with the TRIM() function.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/04/10 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: trim()
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dbatools is Growing Up

The dbatools project is rapidly expanding.  Read more...
By Steve Jones 2018/03/29 | Source: SQLServerCentral.com | Category: editorial
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