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Posted Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:32 PM
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I happen to be in a very favorable position that allows me to live and work remotely (telecommute) from my home in Tucson, AZ, to my office in Dalton, GA. Having an iPad with wireless connectivity and broadband mobile access will be ideal for me for those times when I travel away from my home office, such as to the SQL PASS summit every year (BTW, the conference this year was, again, great!), or when I just head out of town for some fun. When I work remotely, whether from home or on the road, I like to be working from a system with full capabilities, and the iPad fits the bill. Of course, I can just pack up my home office laptop and cart it along with me, but the iPad will be so much more compact and more convenient. Having some licenses for the SQL monitoring software from RedGate will also be a real help. The fact that I can leave my home laptop behind and just grab the iPad will make it so much easier and more efficient for me to head out on the road!

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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 2:02 AM
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I already have some freedom to work remotely but I am limited to using a work laptop with a vpn connection with a very dodgy battery so I have to have a mains connection at hand as well as a reliable wireless network connection for the VPN to work properly. We do now have access to our business network via citrix but for us DBA's the citrix platform has none of the sql tools we need so being able to use Redgates sql monitoring software just using a browser would be great especially with an Ipad. No more hunting for that elusive mains supply or lugging around the work laptop, it would allow me to work more effectively while travelling between offices and make travelling time more productive. Here in the UK the majority of trains don't have main supplys available so when your limited to a power hungry laptop you get about 15 mins of work done on a 2 hour journey.

We actually rolled out 50 ipads to lawyers in our company and despite making savings in the millions and completing various other projects it was the Ipads that got the most attention. Why? They made working in a work environment fun and enjoyable, whens the last time you heard a customer say they were having fun using your software or business pc? My argument though, why cant we DBA's enjoy using our work devices too
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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 2:21 AM
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I don't need to think too hard about the reasons I want an iPad and right now I'm downloading an ISO from MSDN so I'm going to pass on the podcast until there's less contention for bandwidth. My two main priorities are spending more time with my family and being more effective at my job.

I know I'm not unique in having more than one job. I currently have a full-time contract position locally where I work on site from 8 until 4. I also have a part-time contract that I fulfill remotely and that normally doesn't require a lot of effort. I enjoy the alternative perspective it provides and it gives me ongoing work between other contracts. As part of that work I am sometimes called on to look at server logs or investigate issues as they arise. Unfortunately this tends to coincide with the work day for my full-time position. I use iSSH on my iPhone to connect to a production Linux box to look at logs and apply application/database changes. It works but it aint pretty and it doesn't help when I need to RDP to have a look at their SQL Server box. I do own a laptop which is my main development machine at home but I really don't want to lug that to work with me every day just in case I need to access a server remotely and I certainly don't want to be accessing that remote server from the machines I work on for my other client. That's an area where an iPad would absolutely shine.

My other priority, my family. I am very lucky to have a lovely wife and three terrific boys, 4yrs, 7yrs, and 9yrs who are all very busy people and I find myself spending far too much time in my office doing fairly mundane activities such as following up on emails and reading tech bulletins/blogs. Having an iPad would allow me to do much of that in our family room, while still helping the older boys do research for homework (instead of having to dive back into the office to refer to the computer) and using some of the awesome apps for kids to keep the little guy entertained. With so many work-related demands on my time that don't fit into a 9 to 5 work day I want the ability to engage with my family while still being able to work effectively. I hope that makes sense; I'm not talking about sitting in the family room hiding behind the NYT app and believe me, with 3 small boys in the house if I try to hide behind anything it is game on. But I do want to be more present and that isn't possible when I'm buried in my office.
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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 4:14 AM


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I would love to have an iPad as my Christmas gift. It will certainly help me & this world too!

I will use the iPad to work from home (as much as possible!). Travel time saved (About 2 hrs everyday). This way I would be earning more time for myself, which I can use to either complete more of office work or spend the much required quality time with my little daughter & my family.

It would help our world by reducing traffic, noise, & air pollution, as I won't have to drive to work or use any public transport. I will do my bit in making this world a better place to live in!
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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 6:01 AM
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with the number of meetings I need to attend the iPad would certainly come in handy to keep an eye on things as I am away from my desk, would also be handy for viewing documents and note taking during those meetings.
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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 6:11 AM
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Hmmm... using an Ipad to help me do my job better... yes, I do believe that would happen if I were one of the fortunate ones to win the IPad.
Currently I am a jack of all trades in my position. I am a Business Analyst by title, but certainly that doesn't describe everything I do. I currently am the main onsite admin for both our Business Intelligence effort and our company wide SharePoint Server 2010 deployment. So I think this device would definitely help improve the quality of work I do. I am constantly check our SQL servers to make sure things like I/O, memory, and storage are all in the clear and that content is being served up to users in a fast and consistent manner. But I also want to make sure things are accessible to our users in an easy way.
Oh and did I mention the tons of information I have to process in a short amount of time??? :)
I think this is where I could really shine with the IPad. If I could have one device to carry my reference library plus all my bookmarked favorite SQL sever BOL and SSC articles this would allow me to be even more prepared for all of life's surprises.
My company currently has deployed a few IPads for use with other applications, but none are being used for BI at this time. Having this IPad would allow me to begin an initiative at our company with the management to ask them how to better use the information we give them everyday. Plus it will give me an excuse to get off my duff and meet with users to show them how to better use this device to process the large amounts of information they have to deal with.
So In summary it would be an awesome tool to help me process information faster, but also allow the users we support to have better quality of life and make better decisions every day.
Plus better work produced by me equals a better home life any day... :)
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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 6:12 AM

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iPads, like so much technology now-a-days, seem to be a solution without a problem. We have three people here at the office who rushed right out to get their iPads, and everyday, they lug them to work, and yet I have never (not even once) seen the iPads come out of the napsack/briefcase to be used! In fact, its become a bit of a joke around the office with one employee who, though a great guy and very talented, always has to have the latest technology, and yet is either spending months "setting it up" and never really "using" it, or returning it to the vendor finding they "didn't really need it".

As much as I commend the contest - thats a great gesture - is an iPad really anything more than a laptop without the "top" as has been pointed out by a few technologists?

Having gotten rid of a lot of needless technology in my life a few years ago, I see an iPad as just another gizmo to weigh down my baggage and give me another device to worry about. I don't have responsibility to monitor servers, but I am not sure an iPad makes that task any easier - let alone, couldn't you do the same from a laptop? Smart phone?

Having more that three decades in technology, what worries me today is that we used to build solutions to real problems - thats what drove technology. Now it seems most solutions are built, and then, as today's editorial glaringly shows - we go seeking a problem to apply them to.

To me, that seems completely bass-ackwards.

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Posted Monday, December 13, 2010 7:10 AM

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Hi Steve,

I've never used an Apple device. My geek daughter (@PennyTrupe) loves her Apple devices. Several geek friends (you, Grant, Brent) rave about the cool and productive things they can do with their iPads.

I've started a new venture for 2011 called Andy Leonard Training. I need to be more productive to accomplish my goals for this venture. I want to be productive, and I don't want the act of becoming productive to cut into my productivity. I'm willing to invest, but only so much. For example, I'm one of those people who needs reminders from my calendar. I need them to pop up and interrupt me and tell me to do something. Can I set this up now on my phone? Possibly, but it's no fun. I want something light and something that doesn't require me to become an Exchange admin to accomplish.

Does this exist on the iPad? I don't know. Investing the money and time for an uncertain outcome presents a high barrier. However, investing the time without having to invest the money - especially when starting a new venture - lowers that barrier to an acceptable level... if only I knew of a contest where I could win an iPad...

;{> Andy

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