Of the hundreds of cities that I’ve visited around the world, Chicago is one of my favorites. The food. The museums. The architecture. The scenery. It’s all good – except for those outrageously cold winters. So I was really excited when my family agreed that they’d enjoy spending their summer… Read more
I’ve been to Chicagoland many times over the years. During the 1990’s, when I worked for Deloitte, I occasionally traveled to the practice office in downtown Chicago or to the tax practice in Deerfield. In the later 1990’s and early 2000’s (a.k.a. “the aughts”), I frequently traveled to the original… Read more
For some people, Indianapolis means one thing, and one thing only – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (a.k.a “The Brickyard”) and the Indianapolis 500. In my case, it means several times speaking at IndyPASS, the local SQL Server User Group, over the last 10 years. I first spoke at… Read more
Along the banks of the mighty Ohio River, in sight of the shores of Indiana, lies beautiful Louisville, KY. Louisville is a place with a strong connection for me. (No, not because I drink bourbon, although that’s a pretty good reason to like the place, come to… Read more
ICYMI: Parameter Sniffing, Friends with Partition Benefits, and SELECT INTO Parallelism – SQL Server Performance
Great topics for further reading about tuning SQL Server performance:
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I travel and speak quite a lot. A frequent question I’m asked at these events is “I want to start blogging, but don’t know where to start. What do you recommend?” This is a such a common… Read more
ICYMI: Partitioning Advice, Purging Data Bloat, and an example of TVF Misbehavior – SQL Server Performance
Here are some oldies, but goodies that I recommend you read:
Most of us know that partitions are one of the best ways to scale very large databases or very large IO workloads. However, there are risks, two of which are explored in… Read more
ICYMI: Query Optimization Phases, Observer Overhead, and Secrets of SP_Updatestats – SQL Server Performance
Do you do a bit of query tuning? Then check out this treasure trove of performance tuning advice!
Great Articles at SQLPerformance.com
There are so many good articles from SQLPerformance.com this ICYMI article that it’s hard to know which are best to highlight in the limited space.
So, I’ll be arbitrary and simply choose a few of my favorite entries as well look back:
Don’t miss these great articles on SQLPerformance.com from the industry’s top experts:
Update 09-Mar-2015: The original PASS links I provided were behind a firewall. Thanks reader MMcDonald, we have a working link on YouTube.
The SQL Sentry forum for SQL Statement Tuning
Have you ever looked at our community site specifically dedicated to helping users tune their SQL queries, http://answers.SQLPerformance.com?
You can easily upload an execution plan directly from our free Plan Explorer tool or from good ol’ SQL Server Management Studio to… Read more
Troubleshooting full-day workshop in Richmond (March) and Configuration full-day workshop in Huntington Beach (April)
Want to learn more about SQL Server? Now’s a good time to get a full day of inexpensive high-quality training on both the east and west coast, in March and April, respectively.
I hope you’ll join me for a full-day troubleshooting and performance tuning workshop on the Friday preceding the… Read more
Have you read any of the great articles on SQLPerformance.com? The deep-dive technical info about SQL Server performance issues authored by the SQL Server industry’s top experts. Here are a few great articles from the early days of the website, January 2013:
If you’re an IT manager, the first thing I’d like to tell you is how invested Microsoft is in SQL Server. While earlier incarnations of executive leadership focused in other areas (anyone remember “Developers! Developers! Developers!”?), Microsoft’s new leadership is very bullish on SQL Server. And, why not? After… Read more
I’m decidedly old-school in a few of my habits. My morning routine, barring anything out of the ordinary, is one such example. Typically, I’ll get up between 6:30 to 7:00 am, grab my first cup of coffee, and then chat with my daughters for a few minutes before seeing… Read more
I’ve got a question for you. Where did you learn how to listen?
Of all the coaching and consulting clients I have asked that question to, not one has had formal training to become a better listener.
Some have pointed to the works of Stephen Covey and others like him… Read more
Here’s a real-world story: Data collection and analysis is, ironically, for a data management profession, one of the toughest parts of my job. I regularly pull data from our various databases and packaged application reporting systems for CRM, licensing, and user information.
If you’ve ever worked with a packaged product,… Read more
A new abbreviation is beginning to take hold. I first heard of it on Seth Godin’s blog. The abbreviation? tl; dr.
Too long; didn’t read.
I like the new abbreviation. It gives voice to something that has been going on for many years. The elephant in the room now… Read more