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The SQL Professor

Chris Yates is a Database Administration Manager with over thirteen years of experience in the SQL industry. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions accompanied by a strong development background. He enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by contributing on several SQL forums, creating “The SQL Professor”, and speaking at several SQL functions. His passion and focus is not only with technology but also helping others along their way and career path.

Thank You–#PASSElections

This week has been a whirlwind; as the results came in earlier this week on the election I wanted to take a moment and say Thank You. It is with great honor and privilege to be elected to a seat on the PASS Board.

This position is one that… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 28 September 2017

Four PASS Questions–My Take #PASSElections

As part of the campaign material for this years election for Board of Directors; the candidates were asked to answer four questions. While I did put together a short two-minute video for PASS that will be published soon on the election site regarding these questions; I felt it prudent… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 19 September 2017

Running for the PASS Board of Directors #PASSelections

This year I decided to take “someday” to heart and do something that has been on my mind for awhile – submit my application to run for the PASS Board. Going through the process so far has been a humbling experience; one that I’ve learned a lot from. I’m excited… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 14 September 2017

SQL Saturday Louisville Re-Cap

And like the wind another SQL Saturday Louisville has come and gone. This past weekend seemed to be a huge success, but it didn’t come with some take-away’s and that is okay. I think every time we put on an event like this we are always looking for ways to… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 9 August 2017

SQL Summer Vacation–SentryOne

We are having an extra Louisville SQL Server and Power BI User Group meeting this month due to the SQL Summer Vacation coming into town. SentryOne’s Kevin Kline (B|T) will be rolling into town for a fun filled 2-hour event on Wednesday the 25th. This is… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 24 July 2017

PAC Community Ambassador – SQL Sentry

Last week Aaron Bertrand (b|t) published a post regarding five new PAC Community Ambassadors for SentryOne. I am privileged and honored to be a part of this journey with some stellar data professionals:

  • Andy Mallon (b|t)
  • John Morehouse (b|t

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 17 July 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #92, Lessons Learned The Hard Way

Wow, hard for me to believe it has been a little bit since the last T-SQL Tuesday block party. This month Raul Gonzalez (b|t) has chosen the topic of what lessons one has learned the hard way. Before we get into the story, however, let’s take… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 11 July 2017

Built My Presentation, Now What?

Over the course of several years, I have given many technical and non-technical presentations. It is fun for me to put a new slide deck together, but it also requires a lot of hard work and can be time-consuming. I’ve had a few mistakes, to say the least, over the… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 7 June 2017

Personal Ownership–The Vision Within

It has been said that the very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. It has to be a vision you can articulate clearly and precisely on any occasion. There is a vast difference between a person that has a vision and what is called a visionary person.… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 2 May 2017

QA, Utility Databases, and Job Executions

Sometimes we, as data professionals, have to think outside the box. I know, crazy idea right? Each shop and situation are different; there will always be several different ways in most cases that you can arrive at a solid solution.

 

This post has a few intentions behind it:

  • It…

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 26 April 2017

Can a Data Professional Be Organized?

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”  While this quote is true it is often times too late to act on an opportunity therefore it is missed. If you are a leader at your respective shop it can then be conceived that… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 25 April 2017

SQL Doc by RedGate

I recently was on a call where a technical unit indicated they did not receive any form of documentation around the vendor database that was created. Now, seeing that I fall into the database profession it sparked my fancy. I began to ask a few questions to the individual who… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 19 April 2017

Integrity–A Key Ingredient to Leadership

When I have the opportunities to speak, whether local or elsewhere, on leadership I am often asked what are some things that make up a good leader? Over the years one very common word keeps coming up ~ integrity. It is a small word with a big meaning; if… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 18 April 2017

T-SQL Tuesday #89 Invitation – The times they are a-changing

This month’s topic by Koen Verbeeck (B|T) is based around times that are a changing. To break it down somewhat it was inspired by a blog post that Kendra Little (B|T) put together around Will the Cloud Eat My DBA Job.… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 11 April 2017

Don’t Duck On Responsibilities

Being a data professional you assume a certain amount of responsibility. It often requires having the right attitude and an action plan in place for finding the solutions to our problems at hand. Too many times we attack the symptoms causing the issue, but overlook the root cause. The quick… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 10 April 2017

Are You Wasting Energy?

Often times we as leaders within our respective shops tend to waste our time focusing on the wrong things. Think about that for a moment and think about the team that you are on or that you are leading. I’ve seen it happen among some very talented teams where we… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 6 April 2017

Is There A Threat Inside?

If you’ve been involved in technology for any length of time you are aware of outside threats to your network or databases. You read about some of these threats in the news such as hacking, breaches, etc.

All of these outside threats are pertinent and require our attention to detail… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 5 April 2017

How I Became A…SQL Server Data Professional

Last night I saw a tweet from Matt Gordon (b|t); the topic caught my eye – “How I Became A…SQL Server Data Professional”. The original idea spawned from Kevin who is known as the SQL Cyclist (b|t) over here at this post Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 4 April 2017

What Is SQL Saturday?

I was recently approached and asked, “What is SQL Saturday? I actually get asked that question more times than not from other people within and outside the community that have never had the pleasure of attending an event. I’d like to take a moment, and from my own perspective lay… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 3 April 2017

The Pen Cap

This post is for all you up and coming data professionals out there. Over the course of the last week we had a T-SQL Tuesday block party which I missed. The beginning of the year is a very hectic time at the shop; doesn’t negate the fact that I… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 21 March 2017

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