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Little Devices

By Steve Jones,

It seems that I get more and more done with my smartphone all the time. I find myself responding to lots of emails, having text or Twitter conversations, taking pictures, reading, even making notes on my iPhone. I can't imagine every going back to a non-smartphone device. Whether it's an iPhone, Android, or WinMo 7 device, I have found that they make me quite productive throughout the day.

I was just starting to get away from plain phones when I last worked for a large corporation. These days, I see many of my friends sporting smart phones, and getting work done on them. I even have one Windows administrator friend that carries an iPad around work, RDP'ing into servers to handle small tasks.

So I wonder how many database people can get things done. Since it's Friday, I thought that it would make an interesting poll:


How much of your work could you get done from a mobile device.

I'm wondering if there is a chance that you can see a good portion of your administration, monitoring, or even daily work done from some device that isn't a full size laptop? It could be a smartphone (Android, iOS, WinMo) or even a tablet (iPad/Galaxy) that allows you to actually knock things off your to-do list when you are away from your desk or don't have a laptop.

If you've never used a mobile device for doing work, please don't complain about them. They are great devices and they've made me very productive when I can't sit at a desk or carry a laptop. I think many others agree, and I'm interested in seeing how use mobile devices.

Steve Jones

If you're a DBA, you might want to check out SQL Monitor, from my employer, Red Gate Software. Maybe your boss will let you get a copy and an iPad to manage your servers.

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