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Posted Saturday, May 08, 2010 11:33 AM


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Are you recommending that one nominates one's self?



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Aboslutely. If you think you qualify, nominate yourself.






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Personally, I think it means more if someone else makes the nomination. It is sort of like nominating yourself for MVP, self-serving. I set a pretty high bar for myself, and I wouldn't nominate myself for either. It doesn't matter if I consider myself an Exeptional DBA, but it does matter if my employer and/or my peers consider me to be an Exceptional DBA.



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I understand that, but so many people outside the DBA world might not know about this, or you're in a boat like I was. I was the only DBA. no one would be able to judge.

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I understand that, but so many people outside the DBA world might not know about this, or you're in a boat like I was. I was the only DBA. no one would be able to judge.

Feel free to enter if you are proud of what you do



I would feel so much better about it if somebody else made the nomination. However, I do see that very same issue where I am now. So few people know about this award and many of us do work as the only DBA in the shop.




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Just can't do it. It's just too self-serving in my opinion to nominate myself. I'll admit, no one here at work knows about the Exceptional DBA competition, and I am one of three in our DBA group (I'm the lead with a Junior DBA and Database Programmer in my group).

It would be very humbling to just be nominated yet alone to win, but even I don't measure up to my own standards, as I set a very high bar for myself. There is so much to do and never enough time to do it all with the other duties and requests that keep coming my way.



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Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)
Just can't do it. It's just too self-serving in my opinion to nominate myself. I'll admit, no one here at work knows about the Exceptional DBA competition, and I am one of three in our DBA group (I'm the lead with a Junior DBA and Database Programmer in my group).

It would be very humbling to just be nominated yet alone to win, but even I don't measure up to my own standards, as I set a very high bar for myself. There is so much to do and never enough time to do it all with the other duties and requests that keep coming my way.


I agree, I too think it is a little self-serving to nominate yourself, but as stated before know one really knows about this outside of us DBA's, so I realistically don't see this going very far.


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I actually think it comes down to marketing. Perhaps, as DBA's, we need to start talking about the Exceptional DBA of the Year award to everyone and anyone that is willing to listen. But also, perhaps Redgate, as a sponsor, should publisize the competition in some of the more popular IT publications, both print and electronic, so that others outside of our small sphere of influence become aware of the award.

Also, by becoming active in the SQL Server community; participating in forums like SSC; writing articles for SSC or SSWUG, or SQL Server Standard, or SQL Server magazine, or any other technical magazines; becoming involved in the users groups (if possible, timing of meetings can cause issues; yes, Colorado Sprins SQL Server Users Group, I'm talking about you and Wednesday meetings), can make us more visible to our peers and what we are doing and capable of achieving. Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.



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Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)
I actually think it comes down to marketing. Perhaps, as DBA's, we need to start talking about the Exceptional DBA of the Year award to everyone and anyone that is willing to listen. But also, perhaps Redgate, as a sponsor, should publisize the competition in some of the more popular IT publications, both print and electronic, so that others outside of our small sphere of influence become aware of the award.

Also, by becoming active in the SQL Server community; participating in forums like SSC; writing articles for SSC or SSWUG, or SQL Server Standard, or SQL Server magazine, or any other technical magazines; becoming involved in the users groups (if possible, timing of meetings can cause issues; yes, Colorado Sprins SQL Server Users Group, I'm talking about you and Wednesday meetings), can make us more visible to our peers and what we are doing and capable of achieving. Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.



I will make sure to mention it in our UG. I think that is how it is going to have to start.




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