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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Making Better Presentations–Organize Things

This is part of a series of tips for speakers on how to make your presentations better.

Organization matters, and it makes a difference to how your presentation goes. The more organized you are, the better the experience for attendees. If you are very unorganized, then it becomes hard for… Read more

0 comments, 87 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 29 September 2014

PASS Rocks SQL Saturday

I had another piece that looked at some issues with PASS slated for today, but it’s been a tough morning. Both with work, and with the conflict with PASS, so I’m going to move this up and give PASS more praise. As conflicted as I am about the organization, it… Read more

1 comments, 126 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 September 2014

People Helping People – Volunteers

Continuing on with things that PASS does well, since I want to be balanced, I wanted to talk about volunteers.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but PASS gets a lot of volunteers. There are volunteers that run SQL Saturdays. Volunteers that run user groups. Volunteers that help out for… Read more

0 comments, 109 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 26 September 2014

The BaCON Debacle, or Who’s Mike?

Who is Mike in the business intelligence/analytics world?

Is it Mike White? If it is, he’s the guy I call for help with SSAS stuff. I’ve known Mike for years and he’s a smart guy.

Is it Mike Davis? He’s another smart guy. I don’t know him, but I… Read more

5 comments, 145 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2014

An Amazing Conference

I said that I’d write about some good things PASS does, and I’ll make it a point to do so. Despite my complaints and criticisms, I like the organization. I’ve been a part of it since October 1999, when the initial conference was in the basement ballroom of a hotel… Read more

0 comments, 4,195 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2014

Why Have a Nom Com?

I don’t want to get too deeply involved in the complaints and struggles of PASS, but I also want to ensure we have a healthy community. I want to have us continue to grow and prosper as data professionals who work with SQL Server. PASS has a mission, and it… Read more

8 comments, 141 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 25 September 2014

Still time to get a SQL Server tattoo

Not for me, and perhaps not for you, but you can still encourage Jason Strate, Gareth Swanepoel, Ed Watson, and Kristen Benzel to go under the needle. If we raise $25,000 for Doctors without Borders, they’ll get tattoos.

We’re over the $10,000 mark, so we’re already going to have… Read more

0 comments, 126 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 24 September 2014

A SQLServerCentral DR Event

We had a disaster at SQLServerCentral this past weekend. It wasn’t a big disaster, but it was an event that required a restore of data.

An Administrative Error

On Saturday, I was attending SQL Saturday #331 in Denver. In between my sessions, I was prepping a few demos and finished… Read more

0 comments, 126 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 23 September 2014

The Mentoring Experiment – Closing Thoughts

Andy wrote a post today called The End of the Mentoring Experiment, which is something we’ve talked about for some time. In fitting with the decision, and perhaps justifying it further, we decided to do this a few months back, but as with many things, we haven’t gotten to… Read more

0 comments, 137 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 September 2014

Grant for President

Grant Fritchey is running for the PASS board. He’s not running for President, though I’m not sure why he shouldn’t be able to. The board makes decisions as a group and the President isn’t necessarily more or less powerful than other members. However the President can be the face… Read more

2 comments, 131 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 22 September 2014

Back from DevConnections

I spent a few days at DevConnections this week and really enjoyed the conference. The location was Aria in Las Vegas, where I’ve never been, but it was a new, really nice hotel and there was one amazing thing:

The wi-fi worked.

Not on and off, pretty much the entire… Read more

0 comments, 148 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 19 September 2014

DevConnections 2014

It’s time for Devconnections again, and I’m back in Las Vegas for the conference. This is a great conference if you work with a variety of Microsoft technologies, or want to learn about something in addition to SQL Server. We have some great SQL Server talks, but if you want… Read more

0 comments, 132 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 September 2014

We’re On

We crossed the $10k mark for the Argenis Without Borders campaign, meaning that Brent, Grant, Adam, Gail, and myself will join Argenis in dressing up in colorful costumes at the PASS Summit. I’ve already purchased a few things, and I’m ready.

I’d like to thank everyone that donated, as… Read more

0 comments, 245 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 September 2014

Better Presentations–Zoom

This is part of a series of tips for speakers on how to make your presentations better.

I’ve given around 30 presentations a year for the last few years, and easily a dozen a year for a number of years before that. I visit events all over the US and… Read more

1 comments, 95 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 16 September 2014

Untested

The 2014 Apple keynote was today, with the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iWatch taking center stage. I was excited, with an aging iPhone 4S that needs to be replaced. I tuned in, expecting to watch the announcements while taking care of some busywork on the other monitor.

At… Read more

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Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 September 2014

The BBQ Crawl at SQL Saturday #300

This weekend is SQL Saturday #300 in Kansas City. I’ll be traveling Friday for the event, hoping to arrive in time to go on the pre-event barbeque crawl that the organizers set up every year. It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since I was last in KC.… Read more

0 comments, 110 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 September 2014

Better Presentations–Fonts

This is part of a series of tips for speakers to make your presentations better.

Please, please, please, learn how to set up your machine to look good on screen.

I saw Brent Ozar write a few notes on how to make your presentations better recently. This was primarily for… Read more

1 comments, 110 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 September 2014

Silicon Valley is a different world

I spent the last couple days at Flowcon 2014, a conference that is bringing people together to talk about growing their organizations with continuous delivery and design, and lean product development.

It does some of that, but it wasn’t what I expected. The attendees for the most part were people… Read more

4 comments, 159 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 September 2014

Off to Flowcon 2014

With all of the work on a deployment pipeline and Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) I’ve worked on, I thought it would be instructive to go see how the software developers build their product better. A few months ago I noticed that FlowCon 2014 was coming to San… Read more

0 comments, 116 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 September 2014

Crosstabs over Pivots

I wrote about a basic PIVOT query recently. It’s an interesting way to write a query and turn row data into columns. That’s handy, and lots of people have a need for it. However I’d never used PIVOT in production code. I’ve always written a crosstab query instead.

If I… Read more

2 comments, 1,293 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 September 2014

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