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Mala's Data Blog

My name is Malathi, a.k.a Mala - I am a DBA turned BI/Data Science person, working with SQL Server since 6.5. I am also founder of the Louisville SQL Server user group, organizer of 8 SQL Saturdays, Regional mentor for northeast, and 12-year PASS conference attendee. In my spare time I love to garden, travel, read, paint, and do yoga.

T-SQL Tuesday 109: To influence and to be influenced

The last T-SQL Tuesday of this year is hosted by Jason Brimhall – one of my long-time friends in the SQL community. Jason’s topic is ‘To influence and to be influenced’ – call out times when something you did influenced someone , and you were in turn influenced by something… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 12 December 2018

Epic Life Quest – looking back

This will be my last post for the year. In this am going to look back on goals I set for myself over past two years, how well I’ve done, and what I plan to do in the year ahead.

The idea of epic life quest was started (in community)… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 3 December 2018

Counting blessings – from Summit V2.0 and beyond

I have been a regular attendee at PASS Summit for 15 years now. This year (2018) marked my 15th year in a row. It is the 20th year for the summit. In many ways this summit was a significant, special one for me – in my career, personal growth and… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 22 November 2018

T-SQL Tuesday 108 – A poetic summary

This is November and T-SQL Tuesday time,
I hope you are ready to read the summary – I am the host and it’s mine.
I’d like to begin by saying thanks to you two –
Adam Machanic and Steve Jones,
to whom this is due.
Thanks for keeping this blog… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 19 November 2018

T-SQL Tuesday 108 – Learning R

I am the proud host of TSQL Tuesday for the month of November 2018.

My call to post entries is here . I wanted to know from community on what are the non sql server technologies they are dabbling in, to keep up with the rapidly changing data world. This… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 18 November 2018

PASS Summit 2018 – Day 2 – 11/8/2018

It is day 2 of the summit already, am at the bloggers table again, waiting for the rest of the bloggers to arrive. Yesterday was a great day of training and networking, ending with the SentryOne party. I had so much fun and it was hard getting up early today.… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 8 November 2018

PASS Summit 2018 – Day 1 – 11/7/2018

I am proud and fortunate to be sitting beside stars of the community at the blogging table this year. I will be updating this post with details of the keynote as we go along here…a chilly fall morning in Seattle and day #1 of the PASS Summit. Some highlights of… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 7 November 2018

T-SQL Tuesday 108 Invitation- Non SQL Server Technologies

I am proud and honored to be hosting T-SQL Tuesday again. This monthly blog party started by SQL Guru Adam Machanic since 2009 has completed 100 months this year and am the lucky host of event #108. If you are participating in this month’s party (kindly coordinated by my dear… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 29 October 2018

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 25 October 2018

Data Professionals at Work – a book-writing adventure

I love to write. It is how I express myself best. During the last fall I was pondering starting on a book, my first one. I’ve heard many people talk of the experience. Some enjoy it, others think it is too much work in return for too little. (We don’t… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 4 September 2018

10 SQL Saturdays – and a personal parting of ways

I’ve written many posts on SQL Saturdays , especially the one at Louisville. This one is a  bit different. This is my last time co running an event and also marks my move from the town I lived in for almost two decades. This is a story of my personal… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 23 July 2018

Lessons on relocating – from running SQL Saturdays

I recently accepted a job offer in another town and relocated from my base of Louisville, KY. I have not relocated in 18 years, and had several lessons to learn in this process. Some lessons I had learned from 10 years of running SQL Saturdays came in handy for this…as… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 4 June 2018

Ohhhhhh S…t!! A tribute to Robert Davis

Today marks 3 days since we’ve lost Robert Davis a.k.a SQLSoldier, one of the pillars of SQL Family community.
I was introduced to Robert many years ago at one of the PASS Summits. I had known of him as a SQL genius well before that. One of my good friends… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 5 April 2018

Data experiments with salary survey – I

As someone who just crossed three decades of working in technology – I have a sudden renewed interest in understanding how careers in technology evolve with age or years of experience. Those of us older in this industry are among the first generation who have worked almost an entire career… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 12 March 2018

My experience with TechOutbound 2018 – Caribbean

I am a passionate, regular attendee of Techoutbound (formerly SQLCruise) events. I try to do at least one every year.  This year’s cruise on east coast was to East Caribbean – with an itinerary that was different from original because of hurricane related issues in the area. We were doing… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 26 February 2018

DBA best practices..from the DBA from Heaven

I met Tom Roush for the first time around 9 years ago – at a PASS Summit. If I recall right –  Kendra Little introduced him to me as a colleague from Microsoft and a friend of hers. I met him at several summits following that – found him a… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 1 February 2018

SQL Saturday Nashville 2018

I decided to go to the SQL Saturday at Nashville this year to get some good learning and networking in during frigid January. One of the reasons I wanted to go was that the line up for precons was amazing and I wanted to learn more on Azure particularly. I… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 15 January 2018

T-SQL Tuesday #97 Roundup: Learning goals for 2018

T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blog party started by respected SQL Guru Adam Machanic. I was honored with hosting this month’s party. I picked a topic that is important for me at this time of the year – setting learning goals. I was surprised and somewhat overwhelmed to see the… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 18 December 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #97 – My learning plan

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by…er..yours truly. I picked a topic that usually comes up for me every December – learning goals for the next year. This is the first time that I am blogging about it.

Usually this review is accompanied by a strange combination of imposter syndrome,… Read more

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 11 December 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #97 – Setting learning goals for 2018

This is my first opportunity hosting a T-SQL Tuesday and am super excited!!
T-SQL Tuesday is the brainchild of well respected SQL Guru and author of ‘sp_whois active’ – Adam Machanic (b|t).  Adam rightly predicted that we all could benefit from ‘a recurring, revolving blog party’…

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Posted in Mala's Data Blog on 4 December 2017

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