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The Smiling DBA

Thomas LeBlanc ( MCITP 2005/2008 & MCDBA 2000) is a Senior SQL Server DBA at Turner Industries, LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. He has been in the IT field for 21 years starting as a COBOL programmer, graduating to dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, upgrading to Visual Basic versions 3-6 and even some .Net(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago for Thomas while working at a Paper Mill in St. Francisville, LA continuing with IEM, then Amedisys. Performance tuning and reviewing database design and code was an everyday occurrence for DBAs at Amedisys. Thomas’ free time is spent helping those less fortunate and improving his relationship with his family and God.

Archives: July 2012

SQL Saturday #150 & TechDay in Baton Rouge–Sharepoint

This year’s SQLSaturday in Baton Rouge includes a Sharepoint track with 2 local speakers(Cody Gros & Eric Trivette), MCM Tom Resing and Bill Waters. Sharepoint sessions are great for those in the BI field using Microsoft BI stack managing PerformancePoint and PowerView/SSRS integration or SQL Server DBAs having a… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 28 July 2012

PASS Data Architecture presents Ami Levin: Where Are My (Primary) Keys?

I saw Ami Levin at the PASS Summit 2011 presenting on Loop Iterators in Execution Plans. It was on my top 3 sessions last year at the Summit. He has an excellent way of using visuals to explain things. The session for the PASS Data Architecture VC on Thursday (July… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 22 July 2012

SQL Saturday #150 and TechDay Baton Rouge–BI 1 track

The SQL Saturday/TechDay in Baton Rouge will be the forth annual this year. The Business Intelligence sessions occupy 2 tracks this year. This blog will be about the speakers from first track.

The full schedule can be found here.

 
8:20AM - Introduction to SSIS with a Real-World Example

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 19 July 2012

PASS BI/DW presents Dimensional Modeling 101–by me…

With a little help from the Kimball Group, I have become somewhat knowledgeable with the Data Mart dimension model approach to Data Warehousing. The PASS DW/BI Virtual Chapter has graciously allowed me to present on Dimensional Modeling. I am not an expert, so this is an introduction to what… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 16 July 2012

I’m Speaking: PASS Summit 2012 and more…

Tuesday, July 10th started a string of speaking engagements I have been blessed (or cursed) with in the months of July and August 2012. My local brother from a different mother, Patrick LeBlanc, hosted a SQLLunch for me as I demonstrated the new CDC controls in SSIS 2012. Patrick’s… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 12 July 2012

Baton Rouge SQLSaturday #150 & Tech Day .Net 1 track

August 4th of this year will be the forth annual Baton Rouge SQL Saturday and Tech Day. LSU has offered the new business building for out event.

This blog continues the series of blogs over the next few weeks to spotlight the tracks for this FREE event. Of course, nothing… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 10 July 2012

Baton Rouge SQLSaturday #150 & Tech Day–DBA 1 track

August 4th of this year will be the forth annual Baton Rouge SQL Saturday and Tech Day. Patrick LeBlanc got the ball rolling 4 years ago and now a team of IT professionals from Baton Rouge have continued the effort.

This blog starts a series of blogs over the next… Read more

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Posted in The Smiling DBA on 8 July 2012