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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: June 2010

We’re Well into Q2

I saw a post from Seth Phelabaum on SQLServerCentral reviewing his goals as of Q2. About 20 days premature, but it’s a good reminder that you ought to review your goals periodically. Take a few minutes today to see where you are and if you can make some progress… Read more

2 comments, 104 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 June 2010

Presenting Data and Information

I got this flyer in the mail recently.

It was for a seminar by Edward Tufte, and it caught my eye with the various books at the top. I read through it, and was noticed that there was a date in Denver. I called my boss, and he said it… Read more

0 comments, 155 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 11 June 2010

My Anonymity is Fading

I’ve done a good amount to raise my profile over the years. Not with that intention, but as I’ve tried to be more active in the SQL community, writing more about SQL Server, my profile has raised.

Today I saw Dave Winer posting on Twitter about the Google home page… Read more

10 comments, 109 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 June 2010

No Respect for IT

I saw this link posted by Buck Woody (blog | Twitter) and I was a little stunned. This is a profile page for a real estate company, which lists all the people working at this small company. I’ve reproduced the picture below, without the titles.

Can you guess… Read more

6 comments, 163 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 10 June 2010

SQL Saturday #22 - Pensacola

This was my second year going to SQL Saturday in Pensacola and once again I enjoyed it. I stayed again at the Hampton Inn, and bandwidth sucked again. I remembered this from last year, and it was a struggle to get things done. I might need to pick a new… Read more

0 comments, 107 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 June 2010

TechEd 2010 - A Half a Conference Recap

I left TechEd this morning, actually too early, catching a 7:12am flight from New Orleans to Denver. Which meant a 5am alarm for me, not the most fun after being out with some fellow MVPs last night at the New Orleans Aquarium.

This was a short TechEd for me, combined… Read more

2 comments, 95 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 9 June 2010

The Parallel Data Warehouse Edition of SQL Server 2008 R2 – TechEd 2010

It’s the million dollar question. Literally.

I stopped by the SQL Server area at TechEd in the expo to talk to Val Fontana, a Microsoft’ie I’ve known for a few years to talk about the largest, and yet-to-be-released version of SQL Server 2008 R2 known as Parallel Data Warehouse. It’s… Read more

3 comments, 690 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2010

BI at the Royal Canadian Mint - TechEd

The Royal Canadian Mint, in Ottawa, is located at a large castle. How cool is that? Would you want to work there?

They are a $2B corporation, but about $700mm without gold trading/processing, with about 950 employees.

Not the Canadian government, they’re really a mid level manufacturing company. They have… Read more

0 comments, 177 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2010

TechEd 2010 – BI Keynote Part 2

In the customer demo, a few reports that were built with PowerPivot and Report Builder 3.0, which are helpful to business people in their hospital. The mapping control in RB3 is nice, and the customer said they built the report in minutes.

There are tremendous features and capabilities in Reporting… Read more

0 comments, 256 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2010

TechEd 2010 – BI Keynote – Part 1

The second day’s keynote is by Ted Kummert and focuses on BI.

This keynote is in one of the smaller auditoriums, which makes sense as only a portion of the attendees are interested in BI. However there are a fair number of BI people in the conference that have a… Read more

0 comments, 249 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2010

The BI Conference at TechEd

It’s a bad idea. Co-locating the BI conference at TechEd has created a lot of confusion and annoyance. If people aren’t allowed to flow between the conferences, why have them together?

Brad McGehee ran into this yesterday when he went to attend a session and was turned away because he… Read more

0 comments, 174 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2010

T-SQL Tuesday #7 - StreamInsight

The 7th T-SQL Tuesday is upon us and you can read about it on SQL Chicken’s blog. He’s hosting this month, with a few rule changes (like the picture above) and his call is for posts on new features in SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2.

T-SQL Tuesday… Read more

1 comments, 816 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 8 June 2010

StreamInsight

This is one of my favorite technologies for SQL Server 2008 R2. This session was from Torsten Grabs, the program manager.

It starts looking at the value  of timely analysis. Being able to view, and use data in a timely manner. A trend line of analysis with time. Data that… Read more

0 comments, 1,069 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 June 2010

Master Data Services

You need consistent, reliable data. You want data that you can trust.

This is usually data about your transactions, slowly changing data that multiple stakeholders need. This is not necessarily the traditional definition of MDM, but MS sees as master data as something that is important. This isn’t a great… Read more

0 comments, 293 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 June 2010

TechEd 2010 Opening Keynote

It’s a zoo.

Once again wifi sucks, sitting in the keynote room, unable to join the wireless network and get a connection. Likely this will be posted later in the day once I find a stable connection.

Opening this morning was (Syncopation?) a jazz band from New Orleans, playing live… Read more

1 comments, 110 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 June 2010

Blogging at TechEd

I’ll be at TechEd on Monday/Tuesday. Not going to sessions as I don’t have the time to stay there all week, but with an Expo pass, I’ll be hanging out, talking to authors, meeting people, etc.

Look for the Friday Hawaiian shirts if you’re at TechEd around the Experts and… Read more

0 comments, 122 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 7 June 2010

Prepping for SQL Saturday #22

In Pensacola, the Hampton Inn, and bandwidth sucks. I remember this from last year. Adding a few notes to my PPTs, have both computers linked to the Internet, hoping that Live Mesh works since most sites, including Google News, aren’t.

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2 comments, 105 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2010

Multitasking for the iPhone

I didn’t think that multitasking was a big deal for my iPhone when I got it. I’d had it on the Google G1, but didn’t realize that it was a big deal. After all, I really only “see” one thing on the phone at a time. And having come off… Read more

0 comments, 260 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2010

On the Road Again

I’m leaving today for SQL Saturday #22 in Pensacola, FL. I’ll be there tonight and tomorrow, leaving Sun morning for New Orleans and a few days at TechEd. This is a long trip, taking me away from home for 5+ days, which isn’t something I like to do too often. Read more

2 comments, 112 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 4 June 2010

T-SQL Tuesday coming next week

The T-SQL Tuesday party #7 is coming next Tuesday, June 8th. Since it’s TechEd week, and I’ll be there along with lots of you, so now’s the time to schedule a post and get it ready.

The rules have changed, so be sure to read them, and be sure you… Read more

2 comments, 102 reads

Posted in The Voice of the DBA on 3 June 2010

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