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Data Science & Workshop - NYC

So, the new industry buzz word is Data Science. Are you a Data Scientist?  Do you remember taking that in college? Maybe have a DS (Data Science) Degree? Did you cringe at chemistry? Bomb physics? Snore at geology? Well now you too may already be a "DATA SCIENTIST.  Sounds really cool:… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 23 August 2016

TOMORROW: CNJSSUG Presents - Hilary Cotter - Performance Tuning

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, The next meeting of the Central NJ SQL Server Users Group will be on Wednesday August 10, 2016 at 6pm, located at In-Person @ 101 Wood Avenue South, Suite 900 Iselin, New Jersey, United States (map).  Long time SQL Server MVP, Hilary Cotter, will… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 9 August 2016

T-SQL Tuesday 79 - It's SQL Server 2016 - stupid

Well, today is a busy T-SQL Tuesday no. 79, (it's also Flag Day in the U.S, and also a clerical day for school, so kids are home, but I digress!) and this month's host is Michael J. Swart, aka Database Whisperer.  With SQL 2016 recently released to GA… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 14 June 2016

SQL Server 2016 NYC Launch Event - Slide Decks Posted!

Quick post-event follow-up of our very successful SQL Server 2016 NYC Launch Event! We would like to thank ALL our attendees for coming, and hope you are now thinking about upgrading, migrating, and deploying SQL Server 2016 at your company!  My presentation "Why Upgrade SQL Server" certainly should… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 10 June 2016

THE SQL Server 2016 NYC Launch Event Schedule

Presenting the OFFICIAL SQL Server 2016 NYC Launch Event Schedule for Thursday, June 2, 2016, just ONE day after the official SQL Server 2016 RTM June 1, 2016 is here:

8:45-9:00 Simon Facer

Introduction & Kick OFF!

9:00 – 9:45 Robert Davis

New Paradigm for Performance Tuning in… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 31 May 2016

SQL Server 2016 NYC Launch Event - Tickets Running Out!

In a previous blog, I spoke about the upcoming RTM Launch of SQL Server 2016 - Get Ready! Microsoft is ready to rock-and-roll and rtm its highly anticipated SQL Server 2016 data platform in 1-week!
Strategically and lucky stars aligned planning, June 2, 2016 will be the NYC Big Apple… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 24 May 2016

SQL Server 2016 - Launch Get Ready

      You've been waiting, you've been asking, some begging to know the magic date of when Microsoft's SQL Server 2016 will be officially released! Ever since the exciting Data Driven event back in March, kicked off by Satya Nadella, everyone was wondering when is R-T-M of SQL2016? It's coming, it's… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 6 May 2016

Are You Data Driven? SQL Server 2016 revealed!

By now, all you folks who logged on to watch the ultimate Microsoft Data Driven event, streamed live from New York City (my hometown), now know about the extraordinary release and new features planned for SQL Server 2016, and its HUGE!  If you missed it, be sure to see the… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 March 2016

Return of the .NET - NYC

Thought I would share a note that I received from Nick Landry, Sr. Technical Evangelist for NY Metro & NJ, about the return of the NYC .NET Developers group.  Worthy news for those like me in my neck of the woods, I am pleased to announce that after a… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 21 January 2016

SQLSaturday #465 - Providence, RI - Another East Coast Event!

Upcoming this Saturday 12/12/2015, SQL Saturday #465, taking place in the more modest Providence, Rhode Island venue, comes a great event of sponsors, speakers and sessions.  In order to craft such an incredible day of SQL Server learning, laughing, and lunching, you need a Crafty DBA to pull it off! … Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 December 2015

T-SQL Tuesday 73 - Naught or Nice - Change Control Process

You better watch out, you better not cry, gonna find out who's naught and nice - TSQL Tuesday #73 is coming to town!  And that is today's topic for this month's TSQL Tuesday, by Mr. Bradley Balls, aka SQLBalls, SQL Server MVP, and friend.  Brad must have been thinking… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 8 December 2015

SQLSatDC - Down in DC - 12/5

Saturday, December 5, 2015: SQLSaturday#470 is on track to be an extraordinary event in DC this Saturday, with a fantastic lineup of speakers, sponsors and sessions.  It is worthy to mention that the SQLSaturday DC event has been running for six years now, and they are expecting over 350… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 2 December 2015

T-SQL Tuesday No.72 - Is Your Data Model, Normal?

Well I’m not a data modeler, nor do I play one in the corporate world.  But it is TSQLTuesday No. 72, and I have my tales to tell.  Mickey Stewe, (b|t), aka @SQLMickey, database architect, whose focus is on data modeling, has invited… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 10 November 2015

No longer a SQL Server MVP - Read Carefully.

As of October 1, 2015, I am no longer a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.  Countless of my colleagues met the same fate, as the future of our SQL MVP award was in doubt.  Where does that now leave us?  Yes, it is true, we are no longer… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 27 October 2015

First Day as DBA - Now What?

It's your first day at Corp of America as DBA. The old DBA left. The sysadmins are managing the SQL Servers. And the developers have free reign on ad-hoc code deployments. Critical reports are running slow. The project managers have past deadlines due to immediate concerns of performance issues on…

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 19 October 2015

Be a Social SQL DBA Superhero - #SQLHelp

Following up on my previous blog on introducing the “Social DBA”, I spoke about the concept of leveraging social networking to excel in your professional database career.  The Microsoft SQL Server technical community is quite a unique and diverse bunch, with the commonality of SQL Server technology… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 8 October 2015

The Future Virtualization of the Workforce - Telecommuting

Welcome to the 21st century!  20th century habits die hard! What am I talking about today? I’m talking about the virtuous virtue of virtual vocations, more commonly known as Telecommuting or Remote Work. With today’s technology, companies should be adapting more widely to this strategy, and actively creating… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 6 October 2015

Intro to the Social DBA with a bit of #SQLHelp

Are you a Social DBA?  No I don’t mean that you are a DBA and attend a myriad of merry mixers, networking events, post SQLSaturday soirees, or PASS parties. (Yet that’s a great way to make connections, and build your professional database of career-complimenting contacts.) I’m talking about putting… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 28 September 2015

Excel as a Database Professional

People ask me all the time how to become a DBA.  This is a topic that so many colleagues of mine write about, and talk about in their professional development tracks.  The more important question is once you “are” in the role of DBA, what to do next? Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 24 September 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #70 - SQL Server In the Enterprise

PearlKnows WeB log, Stardate 2015.9.8: This week’s topic is strategies for managing an enterprise, brought to us by one half of the Midnight DBA train, SQL MVP Jen McCown.  This is a great topic, and you don’t have to be a Captain Kirk, although he did pretty… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 8 September 2015

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