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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

Archives: November 2009

Skipping SQL Connections

I’ve never been to Las Vegas, and was looking forward to going for the first time this week for SQL Connections. SQLServerCentral is sponsoring a track and I was looking forward to speaking to a new group of people that doesn’t usually come to the PASS Summit.

That’s… Read more

3 comments, 139 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 November 2009

PASS Summit - David DeWitt Keynote

Microsoft sent Dr. David DeWitt to do the last keynote of the PASS Summit. He's a technical fellow in the data and storage platform. He's looking forward to the future of SQL Server and is talking to future of technology and trends.

From 1 to 1000 MIPS is his talk. Read more

1 comments, 1,169 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2009

PASS Summit - DELL Keynote

Note might be sparse here as it's not a great keynote. There's a lack of excitement, and enthusiasm from the speakers this week for keynotes. I've typically dreaded the vendor keynote because they work too hard to try and sell you something.

DELL is here to talk about SQL Server… Read more

0 comments, 389 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2009

PASS Summit - Opening Remarks with Bill Graziano

Bill, the Vice President of Marketing, opened the day with a few remarks about how to keep up with PASS.  Then a tribute to Kevin Kline.

Kevin has been a part of PASS for 10 years, and it was great to see people recognizing his efforts. Wayne Snyder came up… Read more

0 comments, 633 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 5 November 2009

Women in Technology Luncheon

I've never attended this in the past, but I've wanted to. As the father of young girl I want to be sure that my daughter has the same opportunities as my sons in the career world. Supporting other women in technology just feels like something I should do.

The luncheon… Read more

12 comments, 1,206 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 November 2009

PASS Summit - Tom Casey

Today's keynote was from Tom Casey, called Bringing Greater agility to your business.

The number for the day is 20%. Fewer than 20% of the people that we help every day as data professionals, have access to BI tools and technology. I wonder if that's true. In many places I'd… Read more

0 comments, 318 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 November 2009

PASS Summit 2009 - Opening Remarks

Opening remarks on day 2 of the Summit come from Rushabh Mehta, vice president of finance. Rushabh is giving us some more insight into how the money works with PASS. Even though it's a non-profit, PASS needs funding to survive, a good portion of which comes from the conference.

A… Read more

1 comments, 292 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 November 2009

PASS Summit 2009 - Ted Kummert

After Bob Muglia, Ted Kummert came on stage. He's the senior VP of the server tools division and works for Bob. He talked about how life has changed for him at PASS and then gave us his top 5 to be at PASS

  • PASS Continues to thrive and grow -…

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0 comments, 364 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2009

PASS Summit - Bob Muglia

President of server tools at Microsoft, Bob Muglia, he overseas Windows Server, Systems Center, Hyper-V, and of course, SQL Server. Bob was the product manager when SQL Server was announced by Microsoft in 1988 and actually brought a box on stage of the Ashton-Tate/Microsoft SQL Server 1.0. I never used… Read more

0 comments, 284 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2009

PASS Summit 2009 - Wayne Snyder

The opening remarks of the first day are typically from the President of PASS. Wayne Snyder, the outgoing president started with a welcome, and then some facts and figures on the conference. From the PASS Press release:

  • 46 countries
  • 2,998 registrations

However that number lists 2,200 conference registrations, and 798… Read more

0 comments, 375 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2009

Pass Summit 2009 - Live Blogging

I'm blogging from the PASS Summit 2009, making notes as the keynotes unfold. This is my second year doing it and it's a great time. Look for lots of notes and thoughts about the event on this blog over the next few days.

Yesterday was a busy one for me.… Read more

1 comments, 115 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2009

The Best Day of the Year - The SQLServerCentral Party at the PASS Summit

Each year I host an opening night party at the PASS Summit. I set up a deal years ago with the PASS organization to refer people to the event. In exchange for referring people, and having them use my code, my company got $50 per person as a fee. We… Read more

0 comments, 400 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 November 2009

Fingers Crossed on a Short Flight

I'm heading to Seattle in a couple hours. Bags packed, I've completed my run for the day, and getting ready to drive away. I've got my things packed in two bags, along with a number of prizes for the SQLServerCentral party tonight.

A few years ago I was in the… Read more

0 comments, 114 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 2 November 2009

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