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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

Remember Nepal - Lead by Example

Below is the original article in its entirety, that was published on the Americas MVP Community Facebook page, on July 18th, with respect to SQLCommunity and the Nepal earthquakes back in April/May 2015.

My recent communications with Shree Khanal, Founder & Leader Himalayan SQL Server User Group   and his… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 20 August 2015

CNJSSUG Presents: Architecting a SQL Server Availability Groups Topology - Edwin Sarmiento

Tomorrow Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6PM EDT, my friend and SQL MVP colleague, Edwin Sarmiento will be in town to deliver a great presentation to the Central New Jersey SQL Server User Group (CNJSSUG). 

Details below, reproduced in this blog,

Featured Presentation:

Architecting a SQL Server Availability Groups Topology

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 August 2015

Red Gate in the City - DLM Training workshop & UG in NYC - August 27, 2015

We have another great 1-DAY training workshop coming to New York City at MS NYC HQ 11 Times Square on August 27, 2015!  It's not SQLinTheCity, but Red Gate Software will be in town with SQL MVP Ike Ellis (b|t) who will be hosting a Database… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 August 2015

SQLSaturday #386 - SQLSaturday in Albany, NY

Coming this Saturday, upstate rules, the official capitol of New York State is #SQLSat386, in Albany! Check out their event home page for more details of speakers, sponsors, sessions, and registration.  The event will be held at SUNY Albany Campus -  Map, July 25, 2015 at SUNY Albany,… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 23 July 2015

PASS Performance Virtual Chapter’s 2015 Performance Palooza - TOMORROW! - 7/23


The PASS Performance Virtual Chapter’s 2015 Performance Palooza is tomorrow starting at 10AM Central Time!  This event will feature presentations by John Sterrett, Warner Chaves, Andy Galbraith, Matan Yungman, Neil Hambly, Tim Mitchell, Trayce Jordan and Mike Fal.  All sessions will be… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 22 July 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #68 - Just Say No to Defaults & Stay Healthy

Happy T-SQL Tuesday, July 14, 2015! (I have been time traveling, and now back on this continuum ;-)  @SQLBek, Andy Yun, has launched his own “Just Say No” campaign, and that is in the form of this month’s terrific T-SQL Tuesday topic, #68, “Just Say No To… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 7 July 2015

SQLSaturday #410 - Chattanooga, TN - This Weekend!

Kicking off the SQLSaturday#410 event down in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the Pre-Con event Tune Like a Guru, by SQLGuru Kevin Boles, covering a wide array of topics that form the backbone of my SQL Server performance analysis and tuning work. As a long-time relational engine consultant Kevin has repeatedly found… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 25 June 2015

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